Sophie Turner Laing
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United Kingdom
2019

Endemol Shine Group

Sophie
Turner
Laing

CEO

Joining Endemol Shine after it was formed by the three-way merger of Endemol, Shine and Core Media in 2014, Turner Laing integrated it quickly, even as executives departed and some industry insiders predicted failure. Encompassing 120 production companies in more than 20 territories, it’s been likened to a “flotilla of different-size ships going in the same direction but quite independent.” As fleet admiral, she presided over some 700 productions across 270 channels last year, with hits including “Master­Chef,”  “Big Brother” and “Peaky Blinders.” She received an International Emmy Directorate and an OBE for her services in media. An anticipated sale of Endemol Shine came to fruition in 2019, with France-based Banijay Group set to acquire it for $2.2 billion.

Career

  • BBC
  • Endemol Shine Group
  • Sky UK

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Sophie Turner Laing's Executive Legacy Solidified With Emmy Gold

Sophie Turner Laing's Executive Legacy Solidified With Emmy Gold

When the intl. Academy hands Sophie Turner Laing its 2018 Directorate Award in November, it will recognize an executive who has worked her way up from the ground floor to become one of the most important figures in global TV.She has been focused on the potential sale of Endemol Shine, but with 21st Century Fox and Apollo deciding to hold onto their asset, she will double down on the day-to-day business of running one of the world’s largest international content...

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