Endemol Shine Group

Endemol Shine Group
Industry Television production
Film distributor
Founded January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
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 (formerly Shine Group) is a Dutch production company of scripted and non-scripted television, responsible for programmes such as Big Brother, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and Hunted.

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 Shine America, Shine Australia, Shine India, Shine Germany, Shine France, and most recently 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]

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] Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate,[4] ITV plc,[5] FremantleMedia, Banijay Group and All3Media[6] have expressed interest in acquiring Endemol Shine. On August 29, 2018, the RTL Group, which owns FremantleMedia, withdrew its bid for Endemol Shine.[7]

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 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.[8]

  • 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


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