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Fennessy brothers to lead Endemol Shine Australia

After announcing their resignation from Shine Australia in April, Mark (pictured, right) and Carl Fennessy (left) will now lead the merged Endemol Shine Australia as joint CEOs.
May 29, 2015

Mark (pictured, right) and Carl Fennessy (left) have had a change of heart and are sticking with the Endemol Shine Group.

In April, the former Shine Australia CEOs announced plans to resign later this year amidst contract negotiations ahead of Endemol Australia and Shine Australia’s planned merger later this year.

Now, following ongoing discussions, the pair has been appointed joint CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia.

“Since giving notice we have continued to work through a transition, producing our current slate of shows and assisting with a succession plan,” the siblings said in a statement. “Our pride in the local business coupled with a fierce loyalty towards our talented staff was always going to make departing difficult. They say a week’s a long time in television – so after further discussion and consideration we’ve decided to accept the opportunity of managing the merged company.”

Their appointment comes a month after Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull announced she will step down when the company merges with Shine Australia. She will stay on in the position until the merger takes place. The brothers launched FremantleMedia Australia before founding the Shine Group’s Australian arm in 2010.

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