London, February 6, 2012: Shine Pictures, the film division of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, has appointed Marina Brackenbury as Head of Development.

Brackenbury will jointly report to Shine Pictures’ Head of Film Ollie Madden and Executive Chairman Stephen Garrett, and is tasked with overseeing and expanding Shine’s development slate.

Shine Pictures has a joint venture with New Regency, for whom they are producing The Gray Man, the Brad Pitt starring thriller directed by James Gray, and the feature version of bestselling Scandinavian thriller Three Seconds. The company also has a sequel to Eastern Promises set up at Focus.

Brackenbury previously acted as Head of Development at international commercials and music video production company Stink, where she ran their feature film department, developing material with directors on the roster and bolstering their diverse film slate out of the London and LA offices.

She has also worked in acquisitions and co-productions in the international offices of New Line Cinema and subsequently Bob Berney’s Picturehouse and more recently at Paramount Vantage, travelling extensively on the festival circuit, sourcing films including The Orphanage and Son of Rambow. She also served at HanWay Films  in various roles.

Madden said of Brackenbury’s appointment: “Marina is one of the brightest executives working in the British film business, with experience at both studios and independents. She has a great eye for classy, commercial fare and we’re thrilled that she will be joining us.”

Brackenbury added: “I am very excited about the opportunity at Shine Pictures. The calibre of talent on their already impressive slate is high, and I’ve admired their appetite for distinctive material and strong distributor relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. I couldn’t be happier to be joining Ollie, Stephen and the rest of the ambitious team.”

Shine Pictures develops and produces filmmaker driven, commercial films for the worldwide market. Past productions (under previous banner Kudos Pictures) include Eastern Promises, Brighton Rock, and the upcoming Salmon Fishing in the Yemen directed by Lasse Hallstrom and written by Simon Beaufoy starring Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt.