Endemol Shine Group

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Endemol Shine Group
Industry Television production
Film distributor
Founded 1 January 2015; 3 years ago (2015-01-01)
Headquarters ,
Key people
Sophie Turner Laing (CEO)
Owner 21st Century Fox (50%)
Apollo Global Management (50%)
Number of employees
6,500 (2016)
Website endemolshinegroup.com

Endemol Shine Group is a Dutch-based production company of scripted and non-scripted television, responsible for programmes such as Big Brother, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and Hunted.

Formed in 2015 through a merger of Dutch television studio Endemol and Elisabeth Murdoch's UK-based studio Shine Group, Endemol Shine Group companies include Dragonfly, Kudos, and Princess Productions. It also includes: Shine TV which was founded in 2001 by Elisabeth Murdoch; and Metronome Film & Television, a Scandinavian-based production group. Shine International is the group’s international distribution arm and is responsible for the distribution of the various formats of the group. The group has also established international companies Endemol Shine North America, Endemol Shine Australia, Endemol Shine India, Endemol Shine Germany, Endemol Shine France, and Endemol Shine Iberia.


Shine acquired Reveille Productions in 2008. News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox, to be acquired by The Walt Disney Company) acquired Shine Group in April 2011 for $415 million.[1] US pension funds who are shareholders in News Corporation are suing the company accusing Murdoch of nepotism.[2]

In May 2014, Apollo and 21st Century Fox announced a joint venture to combine 21st Century Fox's Shine Group and Apollo's Endemol and CORE Media Group.[1] The transaction was completed on December 17, 2014. Both Apollo and 21st Century Fox (to be acquired by latter) owning 50% of the joint venture called, "Endemol Shine Group" that took place on January 1, 2015.[1]

Aborted sale in 2018

In April 2018, Fox and Apollo appointed Deutsche Bank and Aryeh Bourkoff's Liontree to handle a potential sale of Endemol Shine, following Fox's sale to The Walt Disney Company.[3] William Morris Endeavor[4] and Banijay Group[5] had eyed an acquisition of Endemol Shine, with Banijay even entering advanced talks to buy the studio.[6]

On August 29, 2018, the RTL Group (which owns Fremantle) withdrew its bid for Endemol Shine.[7] In September 2018, BBC Studios,[8] along with Discovery, Inc. and Liberty Global (which each own 50% of All3Media)[9] announced that they would not bid on the studio. ITV plc provisionally placed a bid on the studio but did not confirm an official bid as the sale is still only a potential scenario at this point.[10] In October 2018, ITV plc withdrew from the auction.[11] Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate also ruled out of the bidding.[12] ProSiebenSat.1 Media (which owns Red Arrow Studios) was considered for a joint bid with Banijay, but the latter ruled itself out as well.[13]

Endemol Shine later made a statement that they had been in negotiations with several parties and were confident they would have an owner by end of November 2018.[14] However, on November 6, 2018 it was announced that both Fox and Apollo have decided to suspend the selling process as a deal could not be reached by prospective buyers. In the meantime, Fox's 50% stake in the company will be given to Disney.[15] The announcement was made hours before European Commission's clearance of Disney's impending purchase of 21st Century Fox on certain conditions.[16]

Shine TV

Shine Limited (Shine TV) is a British media production company with offices in London and Manchester, and is part of Shine Group. Shine Limited was founded in March 2001 by Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch. The company was 80% owned by Elisabeth Murdoch, 15% by Lord Alli, and 5% by BSkyB, who signed a deal guaranteeing to buy an agreed amount of Shine programming for two years.

Shine International

Shine Group's logo in 2001

Shine International is the sales and distribution branch of the group. It handles the licensing and international distribution of television formats from Shine Limited to around 150 countries worldwide


  • Shine Digital – digital media
  • Shine Pictures – feature films
  • Shine 360° – commercialisation of properties belonging to the group


Digital and Gaming
  • Bossa Studios – In 2011, Shine Group acquired the social gaming company.
  • ChannelFlip – a creator of short form online video programming in the UK. Founded in 2008 by Justin Gayner and Wil Harris..
  • Brown Eyed Boy – set up by former BBC and Chrysalis Entertainment executive Gary Reich in 2002.
  • Good Catch

Metronome Film & Television

Metronome Film & Television and its 15 companies were acquired by Shine Group in 2009, as part of the deal, all production entities will continue to operate independently.[17]

  • Meter Film and Television AB
  • Stockholm-Köpenhamn AB
  • Metronome Productions A/S
  • Metronome Film and Television Oy
  • Metronome Spartacus AS
  • Metronome LLC (US)
  • Rubicon TV AS
  • Metrix Interactive AB
  • Filmlance International AB
Editing and facilities
  • Studios Mekaniken AB
  • Studios A/S
  • Studios AS
IP creation and distribution
  • Schulmangruppen (50%)
  • Metronome Digital Media AB


  1. ^ a b c News Corp Completes Deal To Buy Shine Group The Hollywood Deadline
  2. ^ "Murdoch deal for Shine faces shareholder writ". BBC News. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/19/endemol-shine-part-owned-by-fox-has-hired-banks-to-seek-a-sale.html
  4. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/endeavor-endemol-shine-possible-bid-1202948023
  5. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/indie-giants-circle-endemol-shine-as-bidding-heats-up-1125407
  6. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/banijay-endemol-shine-advanced-talks-acquisition-1202968509
  7. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/rtl-group-results/update-1-broadcaster-rtl-walks-away-from-endemol-to-focus-on-content-streaming-idUSL8N1VK1T7
  8. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/09/bbc-studios-endemol-shine-1202463822/
  9. ^ https://www.independent.ie/business/world/virgin-media-owner-backs-out-of-endemol-deal-37344311.html
  10. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/09/itv-endemol-shine-bid-1202465398
  11. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/itv-bows-out-buy-endemol-shine-1202966807
  12. ^ https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/endemol-shine-sale-banijay-itv-mipcom-1202984090/
  13. ^ https://tbivision.com/2018/10/11/exclusive-banijay-eyes-joint-bid-for-endemol/
  14. ^ Chu, Henry (September 18, 2018). "Endemol Shine Sale to Be Completed Within Weeks, Top Exec Says". Variety.
  15. ^ Clarke, Stewart (November 6, 2018). "Endemol Shine Sale Called Off (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  16. ^ Roxborough, Scott (November 6, 2018). "Disney's Fox Deal Gets European Union Clearance Subject to Divestments". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ Rushton, Katherine. "Shine acquires Metronome for £60m". Retrieved 12 December 2016.

External links

  • Official website
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