Endemol Shine U.K. Topper Lucas Church to Leave in Fall

LONDON — Lucas Church, chairman of Endemol Shine U.K. and of Endemol Shine Group’s commercial board, will leave the company in the fall.

Church has played a key role in bringing Endemol and Shine together following their merger in January. This has included the recent formation of the commercial partnerships team, led by managing director of commercial partnerships Branco Scherer, as well as working with U.K. CEO Richard Johnston in uniting Endemol’s and Shine’s businesses locally.

In addition to his role as chairman of Endemol Shine U.K., Lucas oversees international commercial business across the group in areas including new ventures, digital video, gaming, apps and brand relations.

Latterly, he played a central role in launching and overseeing the company’s digital channel network Endemol Beyond, which has been rolled out across multiple markets, and now has some 1.7 billion monthly views.

Church said: “I think the time will be right later this year for me to put my mind to something new, but I know I’m leaving our commercial, digital and U.K. teams in the best possible hands.”

Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks said: “It’s hard to overstate Lucas’ contribution to the business over years of transformational change and growth.”

Lucas first joined the company as head of business affairs at U.K. label Initial in 1992. He went on to hold numerous senior positions within the U.K. group, including head of legal and business affairs, commercial director and chief operating officer. He was appointed CEO of Endemol U.K. in 2012 and took an additional international role as chair of the group commercial board in 2013. He was promoted to his current position as chairman of Endemol Shine U.K. when Endemol’s U.K. business was combined with that of Shine Group in January 2015.

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