Grant splits from Shine International

As the Shine Group's distribution division prepares to relocate from L.A. to London, its current president won't be making the move.
May 11, 2011

Shine Group is moving its sales and distribution arm, Shine International, to London from L.A., but its president, Chris Grant, won’t be making the move and will leave the company.

In a statement, Shine Group said that Grant chose not to relocate to London but will work with the company through a six-month transitional period and help in the search for a London-based successor. Shine Group president Alex Mahon will oversee the division in the interim.

Shine International will retain an L.A. office, with the main sales and distribution management team moving to the UK to be closer to complementary departments at Shine Group, according to the company.

Shine International executive vice president John Pollak will remain in his role as head of sales until the close of the year, staying in the L.A. office and managing the L.A.-based team and third party producer relationships. Martin Rakusen, senior vice president of business and operations, will be heading to the London office.

In addition to the London HQ, Shine International will have outposts in France, Germany, Australia and the Nordic regions and will remain at current staff levels.

“At this stage of the company’s growth, Shine International needs its headquarters alongside our teams that manage and exploit group formats, brands and digital rights, with local sales experts in our global production centers of excellence,” said Mahon. “This move ensures we fully realize the potential for our IP while remaining nimble, responsive and best able to act at pace on behalf of our companies and clients.

“Chris Grant has been an exceptional leader, establishing Shine International as one of the most successful and respected distributors of content globally,” he added. “We are respectful of his decision to want to remain in Los Angeles and delighted he will be working with us to ensure a seamless transition, after which we wish him the very best in his future plans in which we hope there are opportunities to work together again.”

“These changes are absolutely right for the business at this point in its development,” said Grant. “However, LA is my home and rather than relocate, it is also a good time for me to allow my colleagues to build on the success we have, together, created.”

Grant was named president of Shine International in 2008, following Shine’s acquisition of Biggest Loser producers Reveille. Prior to that, he was director of Reveille’s international distribution and creative affairs division. Grant had been with Reveille since its inception in 2002. Shine Group recently announced the departure of another founding member of Reveille, managing director Howard T. Owens, and the hiring of Eden Gaha, former showrunner of Celebrity Apprentice, to replace him.

The moves follow the purchase of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group by News Corp. in February.

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