The integrated Endemol Shine France banner will roll out early next year with Endemol France’s boss Nicolas Coppermann to preside. Thierry Lachkar, Shine France president, will step down in early 2017.
“Moving forward, we believe that combining the considerable strengths of the Shine and Endemol teams in France under Nicolas will create a local powerhouse that is best positioned to deliver channel-defining content to our customers and leverage future opportunities in the fast-changing marketplace,” said Sophie Turner Laing, Endemol Shine CEO, who also paid tribute to Lachkar’s work.
Coppermann said the launch of Endemol Shine France will allow the company to “unite creative, production and entrepreneurial talent” and “broaden [the outfit’s] collective reach in the marketplace and further enhance [its] ability to bring the best ideas to life across different platforms and genres.”
During his tenure at Shine France, Lachkar launched 50 programs in scripted and non-scripted across all channels and platforms, reaching 203 million viewers, according to the company.
The integration of the two businesses and launch of Endemol Shine France will have to be greenlit by local anti-trust authorities.