Shine America and Nigel Lythgoe Productions have entered into a multi-year, exclusive partnership that will see the two production companies cooperatively develop and produce entertainment franchises within the Shine Group for the global marketplace.
The deal between the U.S. branch of the Shine Group and the production shingle of the EP behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance takes effect at the start of the new year.
“Nigel is clearly one of the world’s leading television producers, with an un-matched track record in TV programming both here in the U.S. and in the UK,” said Shine America CEO Rich Ross in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Nigel and his team to the Shine family and we look forward to developing the next wave of entertainment franchises together.”
“I have known and admired Nigel for a long time,” added Shine Group chairman Elisabeth Murdoch. “He is one of the world’s most talented, accomplished and respected program makers. The creative potential of our partnership is truly staggering and I am more than delighted to be able to be working with him.”
Lythgoe is currently exec producing American Idol and also serves as EP and judge on So You Think You Can Dance?, the multiple Emmy winning talent competition he co-created. Both series air on Fox in the U.S.
“I am thrilled to be teaming up with Shine to develop new shows for a global audience,” said Lythgoe. “We live in one world and need to create content for that market. I cannot think of a more exciting company to partner with in order to face that challenge.”