Mark and Carl Fennessy to depart Shine Australia as merger plan draws near


Mark and Carl Fenessy

Shine Australia has announced that brothers Mark and Carl Fennessy will be depart their roles as CEOs of the production house later this year.

The departures come ahead of the merger of the Shine and Endemol production businesses within Australia later in 2015.

“We have loved our time at Shine and remain immensely proud of the business we have built,” Mark and Carl Fennessy said in a statement.

“We sincerely thank our brilliant, loyal and dedicated team who have worked beside us every day on this extraordinary journey. We wish the Endemol Shine Group every success in the future and look forward to a welcome break ahead of our next adventure”. 

Shine Australia said today that the structure, leadership and start date of the merged entity will be announced in due course following a consultation process led by Martha Brass, Co-CEO international operations, Endemol Shine Group.

Shine Australia and Endemol Australia will continue to operate independently until then.

Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing said: “Mark and Carl have built Shine Australia into a great business for which they deserve much credit, but I understand and am respectful of their decision to move on at this juncture.

“They truly deserve a break before deciding what their longer-term future holds and we wish them the best for whatever that may be. We continue to explore the best way for two talented, brilliant teams in Australia to come together, the plans for which we look forward to announcing in the forthcoming months.”

The decision of the duo to depart follows a period of negotiation with Endemol Shine Group regarding their future beyond their existing contract. They will see out executive duties on the current slate of programming before leaving later this year.

Shine Australia produces major Australian TV shows including Masterchef, The Voice, The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek.

Nic Christensen 

Mumbrella content director Tim Burrowes interviewed the brothers in 2010.


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