Simon Shaps leaves Core Media Group

Simon Shaps (pictured), who launched the American Idol producer's London outpost 18 months ago, is departing as the company concentrates on the U.S. market.
July 15, 2014

MD of international content and production Simon Shaps (pictured) is leaving American Idol producer Core Media Group, as the company concentrates on the U.S. market.

His departure follows news that 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management intend to form a super-indie comprising Fox’s Shine Group and Apollo-owned Core and Endemol.

“Given our continued focus on domestic growth within the content space — and as that production output continues to increase — we are concentrating our resources within the U.S.,” a company rep told realscreen.

The NYC-headquartered conglomerate, which also owns the So You Think You Can Dance franchise, launched a London outpost headed by former ITV exec Shaps in January 2013.

Since then, Core created a London-based office for Doomsday Preppers prodco Sharp Entertainment and started a joint venture with UK-based format shop Big Minded geared towards discovering, creating and developing formats with global appeal.

Shaps will is continuing to work on future projects with Core as a consultant.

“We will maintain a Sharp Entertainment footprint overseas as well as a relationship with UK format house Big Minded,” the rep said.

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