Shine America strikes deal with Nigel Lythgoe

Shine America has struck a deal with American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe to produce formats for the international market.

The US division of Lis Murdoch’s production and distribution company has entered an exclusive partnership with Nigel Lythgoe Productions.

The deal is one of the first major deals to be announced by new Shine America CEO Rich Ross, the former Disney chief who joined the company in October.

Lythgoe, who also exec produces So You Think You Can Dance, said: “I am thrilled to be teaming up with Shine to develop new shows for a global audience. We live in one world and need to create content for that market. I cannot think of a more exciting company to partner with in order to face that challenge.”

“Shine Group’s mission is to be the home for the world’s best creative talent and Nigel exemplifies and accelerates that as the creator and star of some of the world’s most popular formats,” said Alex Mahon, CEO Shine Group. “We believe that in joining forces, we will create even more compelling global hits.”

Elisabeth Murdoch, chairman, Shine Group, added: “I have known and admired Nigel for a long time. He is one of the world’s most talented, accomplished and respected programme makers. The creative potential of our partnership is truly staggering and I am more than delighted to be able to be working with him.”