Larry Bass

Exclusive: Director Jim Sheridan moves into TV with Frank Spotnitz, Shinawil

Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan (In The Name Of The Father, Brothers) is making his first move into TV with a show that has been created by The X Files scribe Frank Spotnitz, who is also attached to write. The Last Barbarian is from Larry Bass’s Irish producer Shinawil and Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, with Sheridan […]

Op-ed: Finding new diamonds in formats

Larry Bass, CEO of Irish producer ShinAwil, on how to find original formats in an increasingly competitive market. Despite the sun shining brightly on Le Croisette, it was difficult not to notice the waning delegate numbers at this year’s MIPTV. Indeed, it was hardly surprising that organisers declared on Monday that they would be introducing […]

Ireland’s ShinAwiL rolls out first scripted slate

Irish producer ShinAwiL, best known for making local versions of formats such as Dancing With The Stars and Dragons’ Den, is launching an international drama division. A trio of projects marks the producer’s first scripted development slate, and includes contemporary crime drama Kill, young-adult drama Tara And The Humanimals and period drama Flying Blind. The […]

Irish Screentime exits Banijay fold

Banijay Group’s Screentime ShinAwiL has been sold back to the Irish prodco’s management. CEO Larry Bass has taken 100% control after a mutually-agreed share buyback. Further to that, the firm will revert to its original name, ShinAwiL. Banijay International will continue selling ShinAwiL programming internationally, with the prodco continuing to sell Banijay formats in Ireland. […]