MD Matt Campbell dumped as Shine CEO Carl Fennessy returns


Shine’s Matt Campbell has been made redundant

Shine’s Carl Fennessy is to return home from running the company’s US operation in a move which sees MD matt Campbell laid off.

Shine is Australia’s most successful TV production house with franchises including The Voice, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek.

Although it was not announced at the time that Fennessy headed overseas, Shine claims it was always the plan for him to return after a two year stint.

Campbell was with the company for just over a year, joining from SBS in July last year, following the announcement of Fennessy’s move to the US in June 2011.

Carl and Mark Fennessy launched Shine Australia in 2009 after leaving production house FremantleMedia.

Mark Fennessy, CEO and president of Shine Australia, said of Campbell’s departure: “We sincerely thank Matt Campbell and wish him the best. He is a talented executive and has contributed greatly to Shine during his time with us. This restructure ensures our business is correctly positioned for continued growth while enhancing our ability to deliver premium content.””

Carl Fennessy is expected home in mid-2013 following his handover to newly appointed CEO Shine America, Rich Ross.

Meanwhile, Tim Robinson, appointed COO of Shine Australia last October, has been promoted to COO of parent company Shine Group, relocating to London in early 2013.

Director of production Sara Horn’s new title becomes executive director of production while Scott Howard, head of business and legal affairs has been promoted to commercial director. Chris Fry joins Shine Australia from Shine Group as head of business and finance strategy.

Shine was founded by Elisabeth Murdoch and was bought by News Corp last year for a reported $650m.


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