Endemol Shine Group has appointed two senior executives to lead its UK operations.
Former Endemol UK CEO Lucas Church is now the chairman of Endemol Shine UK, and former Endemol UK COO Richard Johnston has become the CEO of Endemol Shine UK.
The news comes as Shine Group COO Tim Robinson announced he will step down in the spring. Until then, he will work with the Endemol Shine Group management team to transfer his responsibilities within the new structure.
Johnston will work with Church to oversee and support Endemol Shine UK companies including Artists Studio, Brown Eyed Boy, DSP, Dragonfly, Fifty Fathoms, House of Tomorrow, Initial, Kudos, Lovely Day, Princess Productions, Remarkable Television, Shine North, Shine Soho, Shine TV, Tiger Aspect, Tigress and Zeppotron.
Additionally, Church is taking on the role of chairman of the group commercial board at Endemol Shine Group in order to coordinate and initiate commercial business globally in areas including digital video, gaming, apps and brand relations.
The newly formed joint venture, which officially launched last month, comprises Endemol, Shine and Core Media. Cathy Payne was promoted to CEO of the companies’ combined sales and distribution unit following the departure of Shine International CEO Nadine Nohr.
“Lucas and Richard have both played a central role in driving the expansion of Endemol’s traditional television business as well as innovating into new areas like online digital video,” said Tim Hincks, president of Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “They are ideally suited to help grow the new group’s wide ranging UK operations and international commercial initiatives.”
Church has held several positions at Endemol UK over the years, including commercial director, joint MD, and COO. He was also formerly the chair of Endemol’s group commercial board. Johnston joined Endemol UK precursor Broadcast Communications as financial controller. He later became the company’s joint MD and CFO.