Shine Australia bosses Carl and Mark Fennessy have been promoted to global roles within the News Ltd-owned reality TV production house.
Carl Fennessy will become Shine USA chief executive while Mark Fennessy has been appointed to the the newly-created role of president of Shine Network, where he will work with the London-based internal unit overseeing key shows such as MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and One Born Every Minute.
Both will retain their current roles although Carl will move to Los Angeles while Mark remains in Sydney, where he will also forge new co-production relationships in countries where Shine does not yet have a market presence.
Shine Group chair and chief executive Elisabeth Murdoch said: “Mark and Carl have taken Shine Australia from a standing start to the market leader in barely over a year. An extraordinary achievement that is down their respective and complementary creative and commercial skills, and the energy and drive they share. Their new, extended roles come in recognition of this and will respectively allow the group to further benefit from these skills.”
The Fennessy's set up Shine Australia in January 2010 after leaving FremantleMedia Australia. Their shows are regularly amongst the top-rated in Australia including MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and The Biggest Loser.
(From left to right) Mark Fennessy, Elisabeth Murdoch and Carl Fennessy