Endemol Shine N.A. ramps up legal, business affairs team

The U.S.-based Endemol Shine Group subsidiary has named Michael Gifford (pictured, center) as senior VP of business and legal affairs, while Ed Prince (left) and Marjorie Williams (right) have each been appointed VP of business and legal affairs.
June 14, 2016

Endemol Shine North America has bolstered its business and legal affairs team with the hiring of three new executives.

The U.S.-based Endemol Shine Group subsidiary has named Michael Gifford (pictured, center) as senior VP of business and legal affairs, while Ed Prince (left) and Marjorie Williams (right) have each been appointed VP of business and legal affairs. All three will be located at the producer’s Los Angeles offices and will report to general counsel John Farrell.

On the unscripted front, as VP of business and legal affairs, Williams will oversee development matters for Endemol’s unscripted programming team. She will also work closely alongside the firm’s digital division, Endemol Shine Beyond, while also providing support to Farrell on daily corporate and litigation matters.

Previously, Williams served as senior counsel for business and legal affairs at Viacom, where she was instrumental in structuring and negotiating new deals for Comedy Central’s digital content.

In his new role, Gifford will serve as a negotiator and legal adviser to the company, working primarily within scripted division Endemol Shine Studios.

Most recently, Gifford served as VP of business and legal affairs at Viacom, where he was tasked with overseeing daily business and legal affairs operations relating to all aspects of the development and production of scripted television presentations, pilots and series for cable networks including MTV, VH1, Spike and Epix.

Prince, meanwhile, is charged with offering advice, counsel and comprehensive business and legal services to the shop’s digital, brand and audience development group.

Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Prince served as lead production counsel at Mattel Inc., working on all entertainment projects, live events and strategic entertainment partners. Previously, he held positions at NBCUniversal Television, The Writer’s Guild of America West and United Talent Agency.

Endemol Shine North America’s non-fiction production credits include such hit series as CBS’ Big Brother, Spike’s Ink Master, Fox’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, History’s Swamp People  and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

“Michael, Ed and Marjorie all bring with them a wealth of entertainment-related experience and each has expertise in specialized fields that will surely benefit many of our divisions here internally,” said Farrell in a statement.

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