Unscripted

Shine America names development execs

Chris Culvenor (pictured, right) is joining Shine America as senior VP of development, from sister company Shine Australia, while Christie McConnell (left) has been named VP of development, joining from Stephen David Entertainment.
August 21, 2012


Chris Culvenor (pictured, right) is joining Shine America as senior VP of development, from sister company Shine Australia, while Christie McConnell (left) has been named VP of development.

Reporting to Shine America president Eden Gaha, Culvenor will oversee day-to-day unscripted development for the LA-based production company. He has been with Shine Australia since 2010, where he oversaw the development and sales of the production company’s television programs.

While there, the company launched Australian formats of MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Voice Australia and Australia’s Next Top Model.

Prior to his time at Shine Australia, Culvenor served as director of digital media and alternative programming for FremantleMedia Australia, and held director and producer positions at Insight Productions Canada, where he worked on Canadian Idol.

“Chris is an outstanding creative executive with a track record for developing major unscripted formats,” said Carl Fennessy, Shine America’s CEO. “His experience and expertise in unscripted television make him the perfect person to lead Shine America’s development team.”

McConnell, meanwhile, joins Shine America from Stephen David Entertainment, where she served as VP of development since 2010. She will also be based in the LA office.

She most recently oversaw development on The Men Who Built America for History Channel, Extreme Cheapskates for TLC and RedRum for Investigation Discovery, and prior to that was a development executive at Notional.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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