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Endemol Shine UK (formerly Endemol UK Ltd before January 2015)[1] is one of the largest independent media producers in the United Kingdom. The group is part of Endemol Shine Group, a worldwide network of production companies spanning twenty four countries.

Endemol Shine UK
GenreProduction company
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994)
FounderJoop van den Ende
John de Mol
HeadquartersShepherd's Bush,
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
OwnerScott Trust Limited (1990–1998)
Endemol (1998–present)
Telefónica (2000–2007)
Mediaset (2007–2011)
21st Century Fox (2015-2019, 50%)
Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International (2019–present, 50%)
Apollo Global Management (2012–present, 50%)
Number of employees
ParentFininvest (2007–2011)
Endemol Shine Group (2015–present)

Endemol Shine UK incorporates a number of production brands, including Artists Studio, Cheetah Television, Darlow Smithson Productions, House of Tomorrow, Initial, Remarkable Television (previously Brighter Pictures), Tiger Aspect, Tigress Productions, Zeppotron, and their digital divisions: Endemol Games[2] and Endemol Digital Studio.

With the advent of a joint venture with 21st Century Fox, additional companies under the new Endemol Shine UK umbrella include Dragonfly, Kudos, and Princess Productions (now defunct). The various television production brands specialise in a broad range of genres including factual entertainment, reality series, drama series, specialist factual, arts, live events, music entertainment, documentaries, youth shows, and comedy.[3]

In the United Kingdom, Endemol is mostly known for producing both Big Brother (2000–2018) and Celebrity Big Brother (2001–2018).


The company originated from Peter Bazalgette's sale of his television company Bazal to the Guardian Media Group (GMG) in 1990. In September 1998, Endemol acquired a 50% stake and the division was named GMG Endemol. Endemol bought the company outright from GMG in August 2000.[4]

Since 2000, a series of corporate owners and public stock transactions has culminated in the joint venture of 2014 with 21st Century Fox's Shine Group to form the rebranded Endemol Shine UK, effective January 2015.[5][1]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards TV Moment of the Year Black MirrorSan Junipero Nominated
Diversity in Media Awards Production Company of the Year Tiger Aspect Productions Nominated


  1. ^ a b Martinson, Jane (11 January 2016). "Endemol Shine president to leave one year after creation of 'mega indie'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Endemol Shine Gaming". Retrieved 28 September 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ Barraclough, Leo (28 July 2014). "Endemol, Charlie Brooker Launch House of Tomorrow". Variety. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (27 September 2007). "From That's Life to Big Brother" – via
  5. ^ Szalai, Georg (10 October 2014). "Fox, Apollo Complete Deal to Combine Shine, Endemol, Core Media". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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