Discovery and Hearst execs join Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine Group has appointed Hearst’s Kathryn Flood and Discovery’s Lawrence Pavely as creative strategists within its commercial partnerships team. Flood and Pavely’s remit will include developing international sales propositions for branded content in the TV and digital sectors. They will be tasked with generating new business sales and working with brands and clients locally […]

Tiger Aspect to produce Aliens Love Underpants for Sky

Endemol Shine-owned Tiger Aspect (Mr Bean, Charlie and Lola) is adapting award-winning children’s book Aliens Love Underpants AND… into a 12 x 2 minute animation series for Sky. The show, to be labeled as a Sky Original Production, will be available exclusively to Sky and the Sky Kids app, and is part of a concerted […]

Endemol Shine prodco Princess closing

Endemol Shine UK is closing Princess Productions, after the London-based prodco lost its studio space and following a period of management upheaval. UK broadcaster Channel 5 also recently put production of one of its key shows, The Wright Stuff, out to tender, dealing the prodco another blow. Staff were told about the closure this morning […]

Endemol Shine’s Gaha exiting

Eden Gaha is leaving Endemol Shine North America. He has been president of unscripted at the company since its formation after the merger of Endemol and Shine. Before the merger he was at Shine. News of his departure broke last week, with Gaha confirming the news to US trades and alluding to a new venture. […]

Seacrest, Endemol Shine pact for YouTube talent show

Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine are making Best.Cover.Ever, a singing competition series that will launch on YouTube this year. Singer Ludacris will front the series, which will feature Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, and Jason Derulo. The format will see international musicians performing cover versions of hit songs with the best getting to perform with […]

BBC Worldwide staffs up in Brazil

BBC Worldwide is expanding its Brazilian operations with two new execs joining the distributor’s São Paulo office. Carolina Alckmin joins the Worldwide unit as a development producer, while Luiz Eduardo Silva Soares is named digital sales coordinator. Alckmin has worked for the country’s largest broadcaster TV Globo as well as prodcos including O2 and Tangerina. The […]

Changing of the guard at Tiger Aspect

Longtime Tiger Aspect exec Sophie Clarke-Jervoise is stepping down, with Ben Cavey and Will Gould taking over at the Endemol Shine UK prodco. Clarke-Jervoise joined Tiger Aspect in 2005 as head of comedy and became managing director in 2012. Cavey and Gould will become co-MDs under the new structure, having previously run Cave Bear, the […]

Endemol Shine poaches BBC programming exec

Former BBC channel controller Kim Shillinglaw has hired BBC formats and features commissioning boss Donna Clark to run Darlow Smithson. Former BBC Two and Four chief Kim Shillinglaw became director of factual at Endemol Shine UK last year, having left the UK pubcaster amid its restructuring. She has now brought in ex-colleague Clark (left) who […]

Sigourney Weaver on board Gorillas in the Mist doc

Sigourney Weaver will narrate a new Nat Geo series about Dian Fossey, the naturalist whose life story was told in the Hollywood movie Gorillas in the Mist. Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist will be produced by Endemol Shine prodco Tigress. Man on Wire exec producer James Marsh is also on board. Weaver, who played […]

Sky orders drama from Walking Dead star

UK satellite channel Sky Atlantic has commissioned an original production by Line of Duty and The Walking Dead actor Lennie James. James (pictured in The Walking Dead) has written and created drama Gone, which will be directed by Nick Murphy (The Last Kingdom) and produced by UK-based Line of Duty prodco World Productions. Set on an East […]