Shine International has promoted Katrina Neylon from VP of sales to SVP and head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) – a role vacated by Ruth Clarke earlier this year.
Neylon will lead sales strategy for the Shine Group’s sales and distribution arm across traditional and new media channels for programs and formats such as MasterChef, One Born Every Minute and Got To Dance.
Since joining the company in 2011, she has brokered a number of recent deals in the region, including a package of 250 hours of original programming with Discovery Networks in EMEA; helped grow the MasterChef format in countries such as The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and South Africa; and launched unscripted series such as Tabatha Takes Over and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.
“This promotion marks the final piece in the jigsaw in the appointment of our regional heads, complementing Matt Ashcroft in Asia Pacific and Matt Vassallo and Tania Jacobson for Americas,” said Shine International CEO Nadine Nohr in a statement. “Katrina has excelled in an acting capacity in this role for the past five months and has extensive multi-genre distribution experience.”
Prior to joining Shine, Neylon was The Walt Disney Company’s senior sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe and worked in sales for Twentieth Century Fox Television International.
In May, Clarke left Shine to head up acquisitions and coproductions for distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment.