Shine strikes first-look deal with Absolutely Independent

The deal extends the Dutch format house's catalog, including The Singing Office (pictured), to Portugal, Spain and Germany.
December 21, 2011

News Corp.’s Shine Group has struck a first-look production deal with independent Dutch format house Absolutely Independent for its European arms, Shine Iberia and Shine Germany.

The deal gives the two shops full access to Absolutely Independent’s catalog of formats including The Singing Office (pictured), Find My Family, The Exit List and The Phone.

Shine Iberia will have the first look option to produce formats for Portugal and Spain, while Shine Germany has the option for Germany.

Founded in 1996 by Patty Geneste, the distributor has sold more than 60 produced formats to clients in more than 50 countries.  She hopes the deal will lead to further sales of existing programs and further development of its new ideas in the local markets.

“This is a deal which offers huge potential, giving Shine Iberia access to not only many fantastic shows but also tried and tested global formats,” Shine Iberia CEO Macarena Rey said in a statement. Axel Kuehn, CEO Shine Germany, called Absolutely “a world class creative team.”

Last year, Shine struck a reciprocal first-look deal with Zodiak Rights for Italy and Germany.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.