×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Endemol Shine Surprises With Plan to Shrink Southeast Asia Operation

Multinational TV production group Endemol Shine is to shrink its regional office in Singapore, which had been overseeing original production in Southeast Asia. The downsized operation will continue to handle format licensing and sales of finished programming.

The surprise move was announced on the eve of the Singapore Media Festival, an umbrella event spanning film, TV and finance markets, as well as the Singapore International Film Festival. Endemol Shine’s cutback in the city state is expected to be complete by mid-2018., at which point, Fotini Paraskakis, current MD of Endemol Shine Asia, will move to an unspecified new venture.

“With the marketplace becoming ever more global, we plan to play to our strengths by focusing on our long-established production operations around the region as centers of excellence to serve our Asian clients, rather than producing out of Singapore,” Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner-Laing said in a memo circulated to staff.

“Going forward, a dedicated regional format sales team based out of Singapore and Mumbai will be supported centrally by [the Endemol Shine] Group and will report to Cathy Payne,” the memo said. As previously announced, Nicola Bamford is now in place as CEO of international operations and will oversee all Endemol Shine business across Asia.

“This new structure will play to Endemol Shine Asia’s principal strengths as the No. 1 formats company in the region, while adopting a more international approach to producing for Asian platforms,” Paraskakis said in a statement.

The move appears to be a shift in the opposite direction of other international TV groups, which have increasingly sought to set up or acquire local and regional production operations in Asia. While justifying the move in terms of globalization, Endemol Shine is leaving in place other Asian hubs in China and a joint venture in India.

The move also comes at a time when the Singapore outpost was doing record volumes of business. Meanwhile, the Chinese office is struggling to sell formats following a regulatory change that discourages foreign shows being acquired or remade in China.

Endemol Shine was founded by Elisabeth Murdoch. It is jointly owned by 21st Century Fox and by American private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

More TV

  • How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes

    How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

    Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the [...]

  • Whiskey Tango Cavalier

    TV Review: 'Whiskey Cavalier'

    The crux of “Whiskey Cavalier” can be found right in its protagonist’s name. “Will Chase” is a purposefully ridiculous wink of a name that tries to be both debonair and very silly all at once, just like the FBI agent (played by Scott Foley) to which it belongs. This isn’t a regular spy drama, “Whiskey [...]

  • Brody Stevens Dead

    Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

    Prominent Los Angeles comedian Brody Stevens died Friday in Los Angeles, Variety has confirmed. He was 48. “Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community,” Stevens’ reps said in a statement. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Malik Yoba to Reprise Role in 'New York Undercover' Reboot at ABC

    Malik Yoba, who starred as Detective J.C. Williams in the 90s show “New York Undercover,” is set to reprise the role in the ABC reboot, sources tell Variety. Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s [...]

  • Chris Burrous dead KTLA anchor

    KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous' Cause of Death Released

    An investigative report on KTLA anchor Chris Burrous has determined that his cause of death was attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Burrous, 43, was found unconscious at a motel in Glendale, Calif on December 27, and later died at the hospital. The death has been ruled as accidental. [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Win Publicity Campaign Awards

    Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” as the top movie publicity campaign for 2018 and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the best television campaign. Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” topped the campaigns for Disney’s “Black Panther,” Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and Universal’s “Halloween” for [...]

  • THE MASKED SINGER: Rabbit in the

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of Feb. 11: 'Masked Singer' Easily Tops Competition

    Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was the highest-rated broadcast show of the week in both Live+Same Day and Live+3. For the week of Feb. 11, the unscripted singing competition series went from a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 to a 3.4, a rise of 42%. In total viewers, the show went from 7.8 million viewers to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content