Shine Australia announced three appointments this week, one of which is Paul Franklin, a key FremantleMedia Australia exec.
Franklin has been appointed Director of Programming. In addition to being the architect behind the stripping of MasterChef Australia and The Biggest Loser, his credits also include Jamie’s Kitchen Australia, The Farmer Wants A Wife, Project Runway Australia, The Gift, Triple Zero Heroes and The Apprentice Australia. He also spent seven years producing in the UK. This will be his third stint with the Mark and Carl Fennessy, having worked for them at both FremantleMedia Australia and Crackerjack.
Producer Julie Ward becomes Director of Entertainment. Her credits include Rove Live, Australian Idol, It Takes Two, ARIA Awards and So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
Sara Horn becomes as Director of Production, a role she occupied at both Crackerjack & Fremantlemedia Australia. She has overseen a slate of 16 productions including Neighbours, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, Australia’s Got Talent, Project Runway, The Farmer Wants A Wife, The Biggest Loser and MasterChef Australia.
CEO Mark Fennessy said: “We’re truly excited and delighted to welcome Paul Franklin, Julie Ward and Sara Horn to Shine Australia. As suppliers of premium content we’re only as good as the quality of our people and these 3 talented executives are simply the best in the business.”
Shine Australia is currently producing Minute to Win It with several other formats in production or development including Junior MasterChef, Letters and Numbers and Relocation Relocation Australia.