Screen’s most famous bro duo to leave Shine

Banijay reshapes Endemol Shine Australia without its swashbuckling co-CEOs.

At the beginning of July, Euro-conglomerate Banijay, formerly the benign absorber of Screentime, took over Shine Endemol as part of a much larger international play.

Banijay discovered the Fennessey Brothers running the company, presiding over a very satisfying non-scripted empire which made it the largest production company in Australia by its own estimates.

Now the Fennesseys are leaving at some unspecified time, to be replaced by the current Chief Content Officer Peter Newman, who ultimately comes from SBS in a rare reversal of the usual direction from commercial to government. Newman came to Shine back in 2012 and in his time has worked on MasterChef Australia, Big Brother, Australian Survivor, Married at First Sight and LEGO Masters.

Mark and Carl Fennessey are going off for a long think. In a statement the brothers said ‘Ten years ago we commenced a journey with Elisabeth Murdoch to ‘Inspire, Create and Shine’. The period since has been like one long day filled with rewarding experiences and great success but the time has come for the next adventure … We look forward to a much-needed break and extend our best wishes to Banijay.’

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.