Endemol Shine Australia co-CEOs step down, Peter Newman upped

Mark and Carl Fennessy, co-CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia, are stepping down from the company after 10 years at the helm. Peter Newman, chief content officer of Endemol Shine Australia, will take ...
September 22, 2020

Mark and Carl Fennessy, co-CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia, are stepping down from the company after 10 years at the helm.

Peter Newman, chief content officer of Endemol Shine Australia, will take over the business as CEO, leading its content pipeline and overarching operations.

The news comes as a number of executives have shifted roles or exited Endemol Shine Group (ESG) in recent months following Banijay’s acquisition of the global producer distributor.

Nicola Bamford, CEO of international operations; Wim Ponnet, chief strategy and commercial officer; Nordics CEO Karin Stjärne; and Nicolas Coppermann, president of Endemol Shine France are among the senior ESG leadership to step down since the deal closed in early July.

In their time at Endemol Shine Australia, Mark and Carl (pictured) oversaw the merger of the Endemol and Shine businesses in Australia and have subsequently led the team’s development and production on global entertainment franchises.

Newman joined Shine in 2012 as creative director, before taking up the CCO post in 2019.

He has been significantly involved in such series as MasterChef Australia, Big Brother, Australian Survivor, Married at First Sight and LEGO Masters.

Prior to his appointment at Shine, Newman was head of production and development at Australian broadcaster SBS. Having begun his career in his native city of London, he has also held a number of roles across the UK’s independent production sector, most notably at the BBC.

In a joint statement, the Fennessy brothers said: “Ten years ago we commenced a journey with Elisabeth Murdoch to ‘Inspire, Create and Shine.’ The period since has been like one long day filled with rewarding experiences and great success but the time has come for the next adventure. We’re grateful to the broadcasters for their support and we salute our incredible team of talented executives with whom we’ve had the privilege to lead. We look forward to a much-needed break and extend our best wishes to Banijay.”

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) bid farewell to the duo in a statement released today (Sept. 22).

“In their decade at the helm, Mark and Carl have shaped the cultural narrative of our nation, overseeing the development and production of an array of acclaimed dramas and unscripted formats which Australian audiences tune into every night,” SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said.

“Since establishing Shine Australia in January 2010, Mark and Carl have steered the business through a period of immense change and their productions continue to generate significant revenue for our industry and sustain thousands of jobs over a number of years.

“We wish them well as they take a well deserved break and look forward to working with newly appointed CEO Peter Newman and the entire team at Endemol Shine Australia as the business enters a new frontier as part of the Banijay Group.”

In other news, supersized distribution outfit Banijay Rights — spearheaded by chief Cathy Payne — has officially laid out its sales structure.

Headquartered in London, the global team will have sales representatives in offices around the world, including Paris, Moscow, Sydney, LA, Miami, Mumbai and Singapore.

Among the appointments, Chris Stewart takes up the role of SVP, UK and Ireland; Claire Jago is named SVP, Nordics; and Matthew Hodges becomes SVP, German Speaking EMEA.

Elliott Chalkley has been confirmed as SVP of Italy and Iberia, Alex Le Merle as SVP Benelux and Paris-based Isabelle Queme as SVP French Speaking EMEA.

Lyle Bettson-Barker is appointed as SVP Australia and NZ and Kell Hoddinott as VP Australia and NZ.

Matt Creasey, who was confirmed earlier this summer as EVP of sales acquisitions and co-productions – rest of the world, will oversee sales operatives outside of EMEA.

Simon Cox will take on the role of SVP of acquisitions, working with Emily Elisha, who is named VP of acquisitions.

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