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Conrad stepping back at Shine prodco Princess

Princess Productions CEO Henrietta Conrad is stepping back into a chairman role 17 years after founding the Shine Group-owned factual entertainment producer. Conrad will focus on Princess’s overall strategy after handing the day-to-day running of the firm to finance director Conor Baily and director of talent Emma Hardy, who will now be joint managing directors. […]

Shine America raids Viacom, A+E for exec appointments

The US division of Shine Group has recruited business affairs execs Michael Minden and Yvonne Rena Bennett. Minden will be senior VP, business affairs and head of entertainment and legal at Shine America. He joins from Viacom Media Networks (fka MTV Networks). Bennett joins Shine from A+E where she was VP, business and legal affairs. […]

Shine TV looks within for MD

UK-based Shine TV has promoted Kelly Webb-Lamb to managing director. The Shine Group prodco has handed her the role 18 months after she joined to become its creative director. She joined from Princess Pictures during a restructure that saw the previously multi-genre producer Shine TV refocusing its efforts on factual and factual entertainment programming. Shine […]

Programming team changes at Shine’s Dragonfly

Shine Group-owned Dragonfly has created a new specialist factual role and recruited a new head of development from rival UK producer North One. Edwina Silver has become Dragonfly’s first head of specialist factual. She joined the producer in 2006 as head of development and exec-produced The Burrowers: Animals Underground (above), the 3x60mins natural history series that debuted […]

Metronome MD exits to launch Shine-backed prodco

Merete Mortensen is stepping down from her position as managing director of the Danish arm of Scandinavia’s Metronome to launch her own company within the Shine Group. She is immediately being replaced by Metronome Productions’ vice MD and director of programmes Kent Nikolajasen at Shine’s Copenhagen-based production company. Mortensen’s new company, whose name is currently […]

Shine scores Barcroft first-look deal

Shine International has secured a first-look deal with UK indie Barcroft Productions, the company behind Megafamilies and 600lb Mum: Race Against Time. The deal – described a “significant development and distribution” agreement – hands Shine Group’s sales arm first look at Barcroft shows in development, plus distribution of series including Pistorius Trial: The Key Questions, […]

Former Friday TV chief to revamp American Idol

Swedish reality TV executive Per Blankens is heading to the US to become an executive producer on Fox’s flagging talent format American Idol. Blankens will join the show in its upcoming 13th season. He will join News Corp. veteran David Hill on the 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America-produced series. This comes after Nigel Lythgoe […]

Shine International confirms permanent CEO

Shine International’s interim CEO Nadine Nohr has been confirmed in the post on a permanent basis. Nohr (below) has held the interim title at News Corp-owned Shine Group’s international arm since September last year, when she was drafted in to replace Camilla Hammer, who had left for personal reasons after less than a year in […]

Long-serving exec John Gilbert exiting Shine

A long-serving Shine Group executive is leaving the News Corp-owned producer to join Industry Media, a James Grant Group business affairs company. John Gilbert has been with Shine since its start-up phase in 2001 in a number of roles. He was most recently brand-focused division Shine 360’s commercial and business affairs director and is credited […]

News Corp ents biz named 21st Century Fox

The entertainment and media arm of News Corp will be called 21st Century Fox. The name will come into effect once News Corp completes the split of its entertainment and publishing arms later this year. Furthermore, the moves puts pay to the Fox Group moniker, which will cease to exist at that point. Falling under […]