Lucas Church (pictured), chairman of Endemol Shine UK, is to step down from the position this fall.
The exec – who also serves as chairman of Endemol Shine Group’s commercial board – leaves the company after 23 years. Since the launch of the JV late last year, Church has overseen the formation of the commercial partnerships team, and has also worked closely with UK CEO Richard Johnston in combining Endemol and Shine’s businesses locally.
Church also overseas international commercial business across the company in such areas as new ventures, digital video, gaming, apps and brand relations, and he played a key role in launching and overseeing the company’s digital platform Endemol Beyond.
The exec first joined the company as head of business affairs at the UK label Initial in 1992. When it was bought by Broadcast Communications – now Endemol UK – Church went on to hold various senior positions within the UK group including head of legal and business affairs, commercial director and chief operating officer. He was appointed CEO of Endemol UK in 2012 and then chair of the company’s commercial board in 2013.
Church assumed his current position as Endemol Shine UK chairman when the company’s UK businesses were combined with Shine Group in January 2015.
“I think the time will be right later this year for me to put my mind to something new, but I know I’m leaving our commercial, digital and UK teams in the best possible hands,” said Church in a statement. “I feel incredibly lucky to have been part of such a unique company and wish everyone here all the very best.”