Murdoch to polish up Shine portfolio


Shine chairman and CEO Elisabeth Murdoch is stepping back from the day-to-day running of Shine Prods. to focus on developing opportunities across the Shine portfolio of companies.

Effective Oct. 6, Jamie Munro, formerly commercial director and senior vp international productions at Tiger Aspect, will run the commercial side of the business, reporting to Shine Group president Alex Mahon.

Shine programs director Karen Smith, meanwhile, has been promoted to run creative operations and will report to Murdoch.

The move will free up Murdoch and Mahon "to devote time evenly across the Shine Group of companies," which include Reveille, Kudos, Princess Prods. and distribution arm Shine Reveille International, the company said Thursday.

Under the new structure, director of production Joe McLusky and Shine TV director of legal and business affairs John Gilbert, who reported to Mahon, now will report to Munro.

Munro, a seasoned factual and reality executive who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, will be charged with growing and evolving Shine's TV portfolio.

Before joining Tiger Aspect in 2005, Munro spent 12 years at the BBC and BBC Worldwide, contributing to such international commercial successes as "The Life of Mammals," "What Not to Wear" and "Strictly Come Dancing," on which he first worked with Smith, then an executive producer at the BBC.

Munro also was part of the team that set up the BBC's New York production office and successfully sold and launched "Dancing With the Stars" to ABC. At Tiger Aspect, he exploited the commercial potential of such hits as "Robin Hood," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "The Vicar of Dibley" and launched international formats including "Make Me a Supermodel."

Since being launched by Murdoch seven years ago, Shine has grown through acquisitions from a relatively modest U.K. production house to an international player on both sides of the Atlantic. Shine recently announced plans for a move into feature films via last month's launch of movie division Shine Pictures in partnership with New Regency.

The offshoot, designed to put Shine on a bigger stage, will be overseen by Murdoch and run on a day-to-day basis by Kudos execs Stephen Garrett and Paul Webster, the team behind such hits as "Spooks" and "Life on Mars." (partialdiff)