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Endemol Shine UK factual director Kim Shillinglaw exits company

Endemol Shine UK factual director Kim Shillinglaw is exiting the company after more than three years, Realscreen has confirmed. Company CEO Richard Johnson announced her departure in a memo to staff. He said Shillinglaw ...
January 31, 2020

Endemol Shine UK factual director Kim Shillinglaw is exiting the company after more than three years, Realscreen has confirmed.

Company CEO Richard Johnson announced her departure in a memo to staff. He said Shillinglaw (pictured) had “done a fantastic job” overseeing the strategic direction and portfolios of factual labels Dragonfly, DSP, Tigress and Workerbee.

“Under her leadership these businesses have been transformed. Bringing in new creative and commercial talent, Kim’s worked closely with those teams to restructure the factual portfolio, open new offices and deliver outstanding growth in both revenues and profitability,” he wrote. “As well as helping to increase our BBC business significantly, she’s driven an expansion in customer base, working with the likes of Netflix, Quibi, A&E, MTV and Nat Geo. Our factual businesses have produced outstanding content, winning BAFTAs, Griersons and RTS awards.”

Johnson added Shillinglaw leaves the brands in “excellent shape and excellent hands.”

“While incredibly sad to see her go, I understand her desire to move onto her next challenge. I’d like to thank Kim for all her hard work and leadership. It’s been fantastic to have her on board and I wish her all the very best in her next role,” he said.

Before joining Endemol Shine UK, Shillinglaw served as controller for BBC2 and BBC4.

At the British pubcaster, Shillinglaw oversaw a range of programs including the documentary Meet the Ukippers; docuseries The Detectives, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, Frozen Planet, Africa and Exodus: Our Journey to Europe; TV experiments such as Are British Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School; and factual offerings such as The Real Marigold Hotel.

The news of her departure comes just a few days after Lisa Perrin, CEO of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, joined ITV Studio’s senior management team after six years at the global producer-distributor.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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