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Shine TV Announces New Leadership

London: It was announced today that Tanya Shaw and Tim Whitwell have been promoted to Managing Director and Creative Director roles respectively at Shine TV.

Shaw, currently Creative Director, and Whitwell, currently Head of Programming at the company, commence their new positions in the New Year. The moves follow the decision by Kelly Webb-Lamb to leave at the end of 2015 as announced last month. Shaw joined Shine TV as Creative Director in 2014 from the role of Commissioning Editor, Factual Features and Formats at the BBC. At Shine TV, Shaw has overseen a number of successful series including the recent All Change at Longleat for BBC1, daytime hit Council House Crackdown (also for BBC1) and The Force: Manchester for Sky1.

Double BAFTA winner Whitwell was appointed Head of Programmes for Shine TV in 2012 joining from Optomen TV where he was previously Editor, Documentaries and Features. Most recently, Whitwell played a key role in the development and execution of The Island with Bear Grylls and the recently re-commissioned Hunted for Channel 4. Whitwell has also won two RTS awards for Heston’s Feasts and The Island.

Richard Johnston, CEO, Endemol Shine UK said: “Both Tanya and Tim have played a large part in the company’s success in recent years helping Shine TV become synonymous with brave, ambitious, high profile factual programming through returning hits such as The Island With Bear Grylls and Hunted. Each has an innate understanding of the company’s DNA making them ideal choices to step up into their new roles.”

Tanya Shaw said: “I’m very proud to be taking up the Managing Director mantle, and look forward to working with the exceptional team to build on what’s been achieved together in recent years.” Tim Whitwell said: “We’re up for it. We have great shows on air, many ideas brewing and I can’t wait to take these forward with the team.”

Whilst at the BBC Shaw introduced shows including Mary Berry Cooks, Ben and James versus The Arabian Desert, The Incredible Spice Men and The Great Interior Design Challenge. Whilst Commissioning Editor of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 she was responsible for amongst others, Four Rooms, The Food Hospital, Alone In The Wild and Bear Grylls’ first two Wild Weekends. Prior to Channel 4, Shaw held the post of Creative Director at Silver River. Shaw’s production credits also include Lads Army, I’m a Celebrity, Pop Idol and the BAFTA-winning first series of The Apprentice.

During his time at Optomen, Whitwell served as Executive Producer on Heston’s Feasts and Series Producer on the BAFTA-winning fourth series of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares both for Channel 4. Previously, in ten years at the BBC’s Documentary unit, Whitwell produced and directed documentary and factual entertainment projects including Soldiers To Be, A Child Against All Odds and Too Fat Too Young.

The Shine TV slate includes the BAFTA-winning The Island with Bear Grylls, recent hit Hunted for Channel 4, All Change at Longleat for BBC1, daytime hit Council House Crackdown (also for BBC1) and The Force: Manchester for Sky1. Further popular shows have included The Undriveables, Help, I'm Having Triplets! and Britain's Best Bakery for ITV, three series of Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew, Big Town Dance and The Face (co-production with Princess Productions) for Sky1, plus six series of Channel 5's Eddie Stobart's Trucks and Trailers.

Source: Shine TV