Cathy Payne


Hulu buys Mr Bean toon

US on-demand and catch-up service Hulu has acquired Mr Bean: The Animated Series. Hulu has bought seasons one and two, totalling 104x11mins. The cartoon show, based on the live-action comedy series of the same name, is on CITV in the UK where it is performing strongly. Season two launched on CITV in February. The show […]

Endemol Shine opens Shoebox TV

Endemol Shine International has pacted with a UK film producer that’s moving into high-end drama production. The deal with Shoebox TV is for scripted development and first-look distribution rights. Shoebox TV has launched as the television arm of Shoebox Films, which producers Paul Webster and Guy Heeley and director Joe Wright own as principals (pictured […]

Endemol Shine Group: the story so far

The enormous distribution group created by the merger of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media is taking shape, with a raft of new appointments, executives leaving the business and former staffers turning up elsewhere. Here are the key appointments at the new super group. Endemol Shine Group has been shaping up under CEO Sophie Turner […]

Boelhouwer to exit Endemol Shine formats unit

Iris Boelhouwer will exit Endemol Shine Group, as the company merges its creative networks units and splits out formats distribution. Boelhouwer (left) was Endemol’s managing director, creative operations before the merger of her firm, Shine Group and Core Media. However, she has decided to leave after she oversees the integration of her old division with Shine […]

Sales arm shapes up at Endemol Shine

The merged global sales unit of Endemol Shine Group will be called Endemol Shine International. The unit will encompass the Endemol Worldwide Distribution and Shine International, and have bases in eight cities including London, LA, Paris, Sydney, Miami and Moscow and new bases in Singapore and Mumbai. Cathy Payne (pictured) will lead ESI as chief […]

Endemol Shine Group created, senior team named

Endemol, Shine and Core have launched their joint enterprise, which has been initially named ‘Endemol Shine Group’. Content sales will be run by Endemol Worldwide Distribution boss Cathy Payne (left). Nadine Nohr (below right) and Axel Kuehn are the highest-profile casualties amid a wide-ranging restructure. Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass have also bagged […]

Endemol secures Mam Tor first-look deal

Endemol Worldwide Distribution has secured an exclusive three-year development and distribution deal with new UK prodco Mam Tor Productions. Endemol’s sales arm will provide development funding and deficit financing in return for rights to programming coming from the prodco. Mam Tor launched in April this year with former film and TV agent Tally Garner at […]

Endemol takes rights to Bourdain and Spurlock CNN series

Endemol will distribute Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock Inside Man after acquiring international rights to both series. The shows originally went out on news network CNN and the distribution deal sees Endemol take all rights outside the US. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the titular chef and host as he travels to far […]

Cirkus brings in Blinders, Pemberley in Endemol deal

‘Best of British’ on-demand service Cirkus has acquired BBC dramas Peaky Blinders (pictured) and Death Comes to Pemberley as part of a wide-ranging output deal with Endemol. The agreement gives Cirkus access to Endemol’s drama, comedy and entertainment shows and includes the upcoming BBC World War I drama The Ark, plus library shows such as Prisoner’s […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]