Mark Fennessy

Starz SVOD service to debut in MENA

Starz’s international subscription on-demand platform will makes its worldwide debut in the Middle East and North Africa. Starz Play Arabia launches on April 2 in 17 territories throughout the region, offering consumers premium content from the US cable channel on-demand. Starz developed its local offer with Parsifal Entertainment Group, with Maaz Sheikh, who was chief […]

Fennessys to exit Endemol Shine

Mark and Carl Fennessy will exit Endemol Shine Group later this year after deciding not to run the Australian wing of the global programming. The pair, currently Shine Australia co-CEOs, will leave the business upon completion of their current contracts, which end mid-way through 2015. This comes as Endemol Shine plans to merge the Shine […]

Network Ten puts Shine on Spelling Bee

Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten has greenlit The Great Australian Spelling Bee. In the event show, kids, with support from their families, will take on spelling challenges. The format was created by Shine Australia and Network Ten’s drama boss Rick Maier. Shine Australia will produce the show. The wider Endemol Shine International distribution operation is […]

Shine’s Callaghan exits for Screentime

Shine Australia’s executive director, Rory Callaghan, is joining Banijay Group’s Screentime as CEO. He will join late this year upon completion of his current contract, with current Screentime Group chief exec Bob Campbell becoming executive chairman immediately. Callaghan (pictured) previously worked with Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti when both were at Endemol, the former as […]

MasterChef’s secret sauce

MasterChef recently broke the 50-territory mark for local versions. TBI spoke to the people making, distributing and broadcasting the show about the ingredients that have helped it become the preeminent global cooking show. Not every hit international format comes with a grocery bill, but broadcasters ordering MasterChef will need to spend between £300-£450 (US$485-$730) in […]

Ten plunges into Shark Tank

Australia’s Network Ten is creating its own version of Shark Tank, the American series based on Japanese business reality format Dragon’s Den. Ten is billing Shark Tank as its “new event television series” following a deal with format distributor Sony Pictures Television. A TX date of 2015 has been pencilled in. The format sees wannabe […]