Shine lights up German operation

Elisabeth Murdoch expands company's int'l footprint

COLOGNE, Germany -- Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group has set up shop in Germany in the first of several planned international satellites for the U.K./U.S. production company.

Shine Germany will have offices in Munich and Cologne and be run by Axel Kuhn, a former programming exec at German commercial network RTL 2. Holger Rettler of production group Tresor TV has been named deputy CEO.

Shine said it plans to launch similar operations in a number of territories worldwide over the next 12 months.

Kuhn and Rettler have worked together on several formats for the German market, including mega-hit "Supernanny" for RTL. Other properties Kuhn has adapted for Germany include "Bratcamp" and "Popstars."