Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Sophie Turner Laing took up her position as Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine Group in December 2014. As Chief Executive Officer of global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group, Sophie Turner Laing oversees a network of more than 120 creative production companies in over 30 markets with a portfolio of approximately 600 revenue-generating titles across scripted and non-scripted genres.
With productions in over 50 languages for multiple platforms around the world, Endemol Shine Group’s best-known international hits include Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Bron (The Bridge), Deal or No Deal, Hell on Wheels, Humans, Hunted, The Island, MasterChef, Mr. Bean, Peaky Blinders, The Biggest Loser, The Fall, The Money Drop and many more. The company was formed by the joint venture bringing together Endemol and Shine Group at the beginning of 2015.
Prior to taking up her current role in in December 2014, Sophie held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Director of Movies and Managing Director, Content. Sophie was instrumental in forging Sky’s ground-breaking partnership with HBO, which led to the launch of Sky Atlantic. She was also the driving force behind Sky’s commitment to increase investment in original British programming to £600m a year, achieved in 2014.
Prior to joining Sky she held a number of senior roles at the BBC including Acting Director of Television.
Sophie began her television career at Henson International Television where she worked on programmes like The Muppet Show and rose to become Sales Director. She went on to set up HIT Entertainment with Peter Orton in 1989 and later moved to Flextech, as a buyer.
Sophie has been honoured with a Royal Television Society (RTS) Fellowship for her “outstanding contribution” to British television, as well as the inaugural MIPTV Médaille d’Honneur for her contribution to television globally. In January 2016 she received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award in recognition of “extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.”
Chief Creative Officer
As Chief Creative Officer, Peter Salmon’s brief is to champion ideas and further accelerate the rollout of content internationally across linear and digital platforms.
A highly experienced programme maker and commissioner, Salmon has held numerous leadership positions in broadcasting and production at Channel 4, Granada TV, The Television Corporation and the BBC, where he has been Controller of BBC1, Director of Sport and founding Director of BBC North. Prior to joining Endemol Shine Group Peter was responsible for establishing and managing BBC Studios, the new production division being created within the BBC.
Peter is also co-inventor of Sport Relief, the £100m charity initiative with Comic Relief, where he is a Trustee. As Controller of BBC One Salmon commissioned ‘Waking the Dead’, ‘Holby City’, ‘dinnerladies’ and ‘My Family’ among others, and at BBC Sport he won back rights to ‘Match of the Day’ and pioneered sport online and red button services at Wimbledon and The 2004 Athens Olympics. He was Chief Creative Officer of BBC Vision, overseeing in-house production including ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Top Gear’, ‘Dragon’s Den’, ‘EastEnders’ and ‘The One Show’. As a programme maker he was on the original ‘Crimewatch UK’ team and became its series producer, produced more than 20 programmes at the Natural History Unit and was Executive Producer for Wallace and Gromit Oscar winner ‘The Wrong Trousers’ from Aardman Animations. His other positions in the industry have included CEO of independent production group, The Television Corporation, Controller of Factual Programmes for Channel 4 and Director of Programmes for Granada Television. Most recently he established and ran BBC North, the 3,000 strong BBC production base near Manchester and was Director, BBC England before becoming Director of BBC Studios in late 2015.
CEO of International Operations
Martha was appointed to the role for the newly launched Endemol Shine Group in December 2014. In this role Martha oversees companies in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, India, China, South-East Asia, Latin America and Israel.
Martha’s previous role was Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Endemol Group’s operating companies across Australia, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
She first joined Endemol in January 2009 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer before being promoted to Managing Director of International Operations in March 2010, and became Chief Operating Officer in January 2013.
Prior to joining Endemol, Martha spent four years as Executive Vice President and Head of Television for 19 Entertainment, based in both London and Los Angeles. She was responsible for managing the development, production and sales of 19’s television properties, including the worldwide phenomenon, Idols, as well as the hit series So You Think You Can Dance.
Previously Martha spent six years at FremantleMedia, where she held a number of roles including Chief Operating Officer, FremantleMedia North America; Chief Operating Officer, Southern Europe and South Africa; Commercial Director, FremantleMedia Production and Commercial & Finance Director, Fremantle International Distribution. Martha has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Executive Vice President
Boudewijn Beusmans is Executive Vice President of Endemol Shine Group. Boudewijn was appointed this role in March 2016. Prior to this he held the role of Group Commercial Officer where his responsibilities included overseeing distribution and legal affairs before leaving that post in October 2015 to become joint CEO of Endemol Nederland.
Boudewijn worked as a lawyer with a large Dutch firm prior to joining Endemol in 2005, where he was appointed Corporate Secretary four years later and became responsible for all corporate legal matters. In 2011 Boudewijn became Global Head of Legal & Corporate Secretary at Endemol Group and went on to become Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer. In this capacity he oversaw the group’s legal affairs, being responsible for the group’s legal and compliance matters.
Chief Financial Officer
Ivan Nash Vila is Chief Financial Officer of Endemol Shine Group, responsible for leading all the company’s finance operations including controlling, accounting, tax and treasury as well as IT and internal controls. Ivan took up his role in Autumn 2016 and is based at the company’s headquarters in Amsterdam.
Ivan has over 20 years of international experience in Operational Finance, M&A, Business Development, Strategy and Investor Relations across sectors including Media, Technology and Telecommunications.
He was formerly CFO of UPC at Liberty Global plc, overseeing financial operations and strategy for the combined business in Austria/Switzerland and five countries in Central & Eastern Europe. His achievements during this time included the restructuring and integration of the combined Swiss and Austrian operations, expansion of finance processes to CEE, and the development of new business in areas including mobile, content and other platforms.
Ivan joined Liberty Global in 2005 when the company acquired Cablecom, Switzerland’s largest cable operator, where he was Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. He went on to hold numerous other senior management positions at Liberty Global including Director of M&A, Head of Financial Planning, and Head of Investor Relations Europe.
Emma joined Endemol Shine Group, where she is based in Amsterdam, in March 2016. Prior to that New Zealand-born was the General Counsel at News UK, the publisher of The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times and The TLS.
Emma has worked in the media space for most of her career, including at Sky and National Geographic Channel, where she was Global General Counsel. She has also held positions at several legal firms including Axiom, where her client engagements included Amazon and Sky, and Allens in Australia where she worked on the launch of pay TV channel, Foxtel.
This year Emma was named as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100. In her role as General Counsel, Emma is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters relating to ESG including intellectual property, licensing, corporate, commercial and compliance. Emma is also responsible for Endemol Shine International, the distribution arm for Endemol Shine Group which represents ESG’s catalogue of premium finished and format programming across all genres.
Chairman, Northern Europe
Marcus first joined the company in October 2008 as Managing Director of Endemol Germany. Previously he had been Managing Director of ProSiebenSat1’s interactive TV business 9Live and before that had started up successful interactive media businesses. He was in the founding team of teen focused channel Viva and before worked as an independent producer at leading companies such as MME and Brainpool. Furthermore he was founder of an independent music label.
At Endemol Shine Germany he founded several joint ventures like “Herr P.” in Hamburg with the popular host Jörg Pilawa, the award winning company (Grimme Preis, Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Deutscher Comedypreis) “Florida TV” in Berlin with the hosts Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Wiedemann & Berg Television with the Oscar-winning producers Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg and META productions, the company for high quality journalistic formats. Furthermore he founded the digital company Endemol Shine beyond, which was rolled out internationally and is a success story in 9 countries.
Marcus became CEO of the newly combined Endemol Shine Germany at the beginning of 2015. Furthermore he was promoted to Chairman, Northern Europe with a remit to support and coordinate the operations in the Nordics, the Netherlands and Belgium whilst continuing to lead Endemol Shine Germany as CEO.
Group Director of Strategy & Commercial Development
Wim joined Endemol Shine Group from Yahoo EMEA where he was Senior Director, Strategy & Operations since 2011, overseeing the company’s strategic planning and business development across the region. This has included identifying and pursuing opportunities for M&A, commercial partnerships and expansion into new markets, whilst evaluating and exploiting trends in the marketplace.
Wim’s previous roles have included a number of senior positions at Coca Cola, including managing projects and planning across host cities and venues for UEFA Euro 2008 and overseeing a portfolio of national and international accounts.
As Group Director of Strategy & Commercial Development Wim is responsible for defining and implementing Endemol Shine Group’s global strategy, working closely with the company’s local leaders and partners around the world and reporting directly to CEO Sophie Turner Laing. This includes identifying and pursuing new business opportunities, including acquisitions and expansion into new markets, whilst tracking and leveraging market trends as well as driving the groups digital endeavours.
His remit will include overseeing the Group’s commercial, M&A, Endemol Beyond and research teams.
Head of Human Resources
Jana joined Endemol Shine Group in 2015 as Chief HR Director prior to this she was Head of HR at Philips leading global HR for areas including Finance, Legal, Global Brands, Communications and Digital.
Jana has over 20 years’ experience in international HR and talent management, leading HR teams at a number of global companies, holding positions such as Head of HR at Nike’s Retail & E-commerce business, where she was responsible for over 5000 employees in 17 countries.
Co-Director, Marketing & Communications
Patrick was appointed to the role in December 2014 and oversees both areas for the newly launched company. Patrick joined Shine Group as the group’s first Communications Director in September 2010 having represented the company for several years whilst at Freud Communications.
Patrick joined Freuds in the early 1990s working as unit publicist on the Big Breakfast. From this high profile role, he went on to represent some of that decade’s most high profile programmes including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush andTFI Friday and presenters such as Chris Evans and Ant and Dec, joining the company board in 1999.
In the noughties he spearheaded the agency’s Entertainment-led accounts representing broadcasters (BSkyB), independent producers (Shine Group, Gallowgate, Baby Cow), social media platforms (bebo), a diverse selection of talent (Basil Brush, Steve Coogan, Bear Grylls, Trinny and Susannah), and industry body BAFTA for both their Television and Film Award ceremonies, (the latter of which he oversaw media for across thirteen years). In addition, he led agency campaigns for public bodies including Visit London and worked on the successful bid for the London 2012 Olympics. Over the last ten years, Patrick has also became established as a regular contributor and guest presenter on radio, with review and media commentary slots for BBC London and LBC and helped develop and deliver branded content for clients including Walkers and Diageo, whose worldwide Arthurs Day broadcast he Executive Produced for two years.
Patrick sits on the BAFTA Television Committee.
Co-Director, Marketing & Communications
Charlie was appointed to the role in December 2014 and oversees both areas for the newly launched company. Charlie joined Endemol’s UK operation in 1999 as Head of Corporate and Public Relations and was promoted to Director of Communications in 2004. In 2006 he was given the additional role of Group Press Officer for Endemol Group, with a further remit for media communications internationally, before being appointed Global Head of Public Relations in February 2009.
Prior to joining Endemol he was part of the Corporate PR team behind the launch campaign for Channel 5 in the UK, joining in 1996 as Corporate Affairs Executive. He was previously an account executive at international public affairs agency IGA with a wide range of blue chip clients.
As Co-Director of Marketing and Communications for Endemol Shine Group, Charlie has responsibility for the company’s worldwide media communications and marketing as well as continuing to oversee media relations for Endemol Shine UK.