Broadchurch has often been referred to as Britain’s answer to The Killing; it’s also ITV‘s biggest new drama since Downton Abbey. But there are no dinner jackets or Dowagers here. In a reversal of established thinking that period dramas are the major game in town, this contemporary drama has gripped Britain since it debuted in March. ITV has just ordered a second season of the show which concluded its first season on Monday night. Anticipation for that finale episode was so high, it was worthy of “Who shot J.R.?” comparisons. BBC America has U.S. rights to the eight-part murder mystery that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman at the head of an ensemble cast. The first season’s story explored what happens to a small coastal community when a media frenzy comes to town after a young boy is murdered.
At launch, Broadchurch drew 9.1M viewers for a 31% share and continued to pull strong numbers throughout the run. The mystery surrounding the death of little Danny Latimer kept Britons in thrall until it was resolved in Monday night’s closing episode, and reviews have been largely positive. BBC America will air the series later this year and Shine America holds the format rights in the U.S. Production on season two starts in 2014, although plot details and returning characters are being kept under wraps. READ MORE »
Veteran unscripted TV executive and producer Kate Shepherd has joined Shine America as VP Development. Shepherd, who most recently was the executive producer and showrunner on the first season of CW/BBC Worldwide Prods’ reality series Breaking Pointe, will oversee development of unscripted programming from within the global Shine Group and work with third-party producers. She will report to Chris Culvenor, Shine America’s SVP Unscripted Development. Read More »
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
The Bridge, the Shine America-FX Prods. co-produced adaptation of the Scandinavian crime drama series Bron, represents what Rich Ross described as “a perfect example” of the Fox units’ concerted push … Read More »
Leslie Belzberg will oversee day-to-day scripted production for the studio, including production oversight for the upcoming drama series The Bridge, which is slated to launch this summer on FX. Her appointment was announced today by Carolyn … Read More »
GSN announced today that it has put in a 40-show order for the game show Minute To Win It. The new one-hours are produced by Shine America, based on the format owned by Shine’s sister … Read More »
Shine America is launching Shine Hispanic & Latin America, a new division that will develop and produce original Spanish-language content for the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. Veteran Colombian TV producer and executive Cristina Palacio has been named president of the new division, reporting to Shine America CEO Rich Ross. Read More »
Production has started on Ghost Ghirls, a Web comedy series from Shine America and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods, which is set to debut in spring 2013 on Yahoo! Screen.
Black, as well as Jake Johnson, Molly Shannon, Jason Schwartzman and other celebrities, are set to make cameo appearances in Ghost Ghirls, a comedic take on popular paranormal procedurals like Medium and Ghost Whisperer. The project, originally developed as a TV series for Syfy last year, chronicles the antics of two young female ghostbusters, played by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci (two-women improv show BEANS!) — a pair of investigators attempting to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena. At the same time, they attempt to convince their clients, other-worldly visitors and themselves that they are legit. Read More »
Dave Schulz has been named VP Production and Chris Campbell VP Post Production at Shine America. Schulz, previously Executive Director, Production, will continue to oversee day-to-day production across Shine America’s properties and development slate. Campbell, who was … Read More »
Former Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross is returning to television, this time on the production side. Ross has been named CEO of Shine America, taking the reins of the U.S. outpost of Elisabeth Murdoch‘s Shine Group. He will start in January. Ross had a very successful run as President of Disney Channels Worldwide, overseeing global hits like Hannah Montana and High School Musical, before he moved to the feature side in 2009 for a rocky two-and-a-half-year term that ended in April.
At Shine America, Ross will replace current CEO Carl Fennessy. Fennessy, formerly co-CEO of Shine Australia, was brought to the U.S. in mid-2011 to succeed then-Shine Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk when he left in January 2012. After helping Ross with the transition, Fennessy will return to Australia where he will resume his duties as co-CEO of Shine Australia.
Ross and Shine Group chairman Murdoch have known each other for 20 years. “Rich is a world-class executive and the ideal leader to build on our extraordinary momentum at Shine America. We all welcome him warmly,” she said. “On behalf of everyone at Shine, I would like to thank Carl for his outstanding leadership over the last 18 months. He will be missed in America as much as he will be welcomed home in Australia.”
Shine America’s slate includes unscripted series MasterChef on Fox and The Biggest Loser on NBC, which will soon be joined by The Face on Oxygen. The company, whose scripted series originally consisted of Reveille’s The Office and The Tudors, has been ramping up scripted development and recently landed its first scripted pilot, The Bridge on FX, and first Spanish-language production, Minuto Para Ganar on MundoFOX. The company also recently launched New York-based format label Ardaban.
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EXCLUSIVE: FX has put in development an untitled coming-of-age comedy from Shine America and Jack Black‘s Electric Dynamite. Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Rob Schrab (Children’s Hospital) are co-writing the project, said to be tonally … Read More »
The creator and executive producer behind the Food Network’s Chopped franchise joins the Shine America label as its Chief Creative Officer, Ardaban CEO Chachi Senior announced today. As COO, the veteran format creator will oversee all the … Read More »
Former NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment president Vivi Zigler has been named President, Digital & Shine 360 for Shine America.
Zigler will oversee all branded entertainment, licensing, digital and live experiences for Shine America. She also will formally launch Shine 360° in the US. Shine America’s SVP and current head of digital, David Anderson, will now report to Zigler
First established in 2010, Shine 360° is the global commercial and rights management division of the Shine Group, responsible for developing the company’s brands across sponsorship and advertiser partnerships, digital and interactive, retail and consumer products, as well as live experiences. The Los Angeles branch will join offices in Sydney, Paris, London and Stockholm. “We live in a time when content has to be done in multiple genres on multiple platforms, and Vivi is a rare breed executive who can help us extend our content into the digital space,” said Shine America CEO Carl Fennessy to whom Zigler will report.
Zigler spent the last 19 years at NBCUniversal and was named President, NBCUni Digital Entertainment in June 2008. She left the company this past June when Robert Hayes has brought in as EVP, Digital Media. Zigler, who also has marketing, ad sales and current programming executive background, didn’t consider switching areas. “You can’t leave digital, it’s the future,” she said. Zigler said she was attracted by Shine because “it uses all the crayons in the box. It’s both a global and a local company, and it understands how to develop properties with multi-platform engagement from the get-go.” Read More »
Chris Culvenor has been named senior VP development at Shine America, and Christie McConnell has joined the company as VP development, CEO Carl … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Liz Murdoch’s Shine America has signed with WME for representation in all areas, including scripted and unscripted TV and digital programming. This is the first time Shine America, recently formed by the merging of … Read More »
Shine America is hiring its first in-house PR executive. NBC veteran Joe Schlosser is joining the company in the newly created position of SVP, Communications, Shine America. He will oversee the company’s corporate branding, trade and consumer media relations, programming publicity, events and talent relations. Publicity for Shine America has been handled by Triple 7 Public Relations’ Carrie Simons going back to the days of Reveille. She will continue to do work for Shine, now in tandem with Schlosser. Schlosser spent the last ten years working at NBC, most recently as SVP, NBC Entertainment Television Publicity. Read More »
Reveille is no more. Four years after Shine Group acquired the company from Ben Silverman, the Reveille brand will cease to exist. Shine this morning announced a restructuring and a rebranding, in which all of its U.S. businesses — … Read More »