LONDON, March 12 2012: Shine Group today announced a restructure of its UK senior management that sees Princess Productions and Kudos Chief Executive’s Henrietta Conrad and Jane Featherstone assuming joint responsibility for the UK as Joint Chairmen.
In addition to their current roles as Chief Executives of Kudos and Princess Productions, UK based company Dragonfly will report to Featherstone who will continue to oversee comedy and drama labels Brown Eyed Boy and Lovely Day. Shine TV will report to Conrad who also becomes its Chief Executive.
The restructure sees Joint Managing Directors of Shine TV, Jamie Munro and Karen Smith choosing to step down from their positions with neither being replaced.
The move to bring the six Shine Group UK companies under the joint leadership of Featherstone and Conrad is designed to provide greater opportunity for closer collaboration between the UK businesses and to provide greater clarity of focus for each.
The reorganisation will see Shine TV enhance its focus on factual, factual entertainment and features genres with Kelly Webb-Lamb moving from Princess to become Creative Director, Shine TV. All current factual, factual entertainment and features series at Princess will move under the Shine TV label. Princess Productions will enhance its focus on entertainment, comedy entertainment and daytime output, with Duncan Gray remaining as Creative Director and both new, and current, entertainment series at Shine TV coming under the Princess banner. Both companies will collaborate closely on developments that cross genres.
Shine Group CEO and Chairman Elisabeth Murdoch said: “This re-structure promotes centres of excellence, provides clarity for our partners, and increased opportunities for the production teams. Shine is a collection of companies that believe passionately that we are better when working closer together. This new structure allows us to live by this principle. Jane and Hen bring exceptional talent and experience to all of our UK companies, and their leadership of the UK will be of great benefit to the entire Shine Group. I’d like to thank Karen and Jamie for their incredible work at Shine TV in their five years at the helm. They have achieved a great deal together but while it is sad to see colleagues depart, I respect their decision to leave at this fork in the road. They leave with our thanks and best wishes for what I know will be bright futures for them both.”
Shine Group includes some of the most respected and prolific production companies in the worlds of scripted and non-scripted television, social gaming and digital now numbering 27 across 12 countries. These include Metronome, the Nordic region’s pre-eminent production group as well as Shine Germany, Shine France, Shine Australia and Shine Iberia all of which have been successfully established over the last three years. Shine International, the group’s international distribution arm is responsible for the distribution of over 3000 hours of broadcast content annually.