Unscripted

Shine America names development execs

Chris Culvenor (pictured, right) is joining Shine America as senior VP of development, from sister company Shine Australia, while Christie McConnell (left) has been named VP of development, joining from Stephen David Entertainment.
August 21, 2012

Chris Culvenor (pictured, right) is joining Shine America as senior VP of development, from sister company Shine Australia, while Christie McConnell (left) has been named VP of development.

Reporting to Shine America president Eden Gaha,¬†Culvenor will oversee day-to-day unscripted development for the LA-based production company. He has been with Shine Australia since 2010, where he oversaw the development and sales of the production company’s television programs.

While there, the company launched Australian formats of MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Voice Australia and Australia’s Next Top Model.

Prior to his time at Shine Australia, Culvenor served as director of digital media and alternative programming for FremantleMedia Australia, and held director and producer positions at Insight Productions Canada, where he worked on Canadian Idol.

“Chris is an outstanding creative executive with a track record for developing major unscripted formats,” said Carl Fennessy, Shine America’s CEO. “His experience and expertise in unscripted television make him the perfect person to lead Shine America’s development team.”

McConnell, meanwhile, joins Shine America from Stephen David Entertainment, where she served as VP of development since 2010. She will also be based in the LA office.

She most recently oversaw development on The Men Who Built America for History Channel, Extreme Cheapskates for TLC and RedRum for Investigation Discovery, and prior to that was a development executive at Notional.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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