Executive Team

Carl Fennessy - CEO of Shine America

As the CEO of Shine America and joint CEO for Shine Australia and New Zealand, Carl Fennessy is responsible for driving the ongoing commercial strategy of the Shine Group companies in the United States.

Fennessy launched Shine Australia in 2010, and was a driving force in the company's aggressive growth to becoming one of the leading content producers in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining Shine, Fennessy was CEO at FremantleMedia Australia, and successfully launched and managed independent production company Crackerjack.
Eden Gaha - President of Shine America

As the President of Shine America, Eden Gaha is responsible for the oversight of the Company's unscripted, creative development, digital and brand integration departments.

Gaha joined the company in 2011, after executive producing Celebrity Apprentice for five seasons during his tenure with Mark Burnett Productions. His additional credits while there included co-executive producer for The Contender, Pirate Master and Rock Star. Gaha also served as supervising producer on Survivor in 2003, where he enjoyed two seasons on the show and earned two Emmy nominations. Prior to moving to the United States, Gaha had a successful television career in his native Australia for a decade.
Lee Rierson - Chief of Business Operations

Lee Rierson, Chief of Business Operations and Legal for Shine America, is responsible for the company's business and legal affairs, human resources, labor relations, physical production and other corporate and strategic operations across all labels and business units.

Prior to his current role, Rierson served as Managing Director and Head of Worldwide Business Operations for Reveille, and successfully led the company's business, legal, and operational affairs from 2006-2011, first through a period of rapid growth as an independent production company, then overseeing due diligence in connection with its sale to Shine Group, and most recently seeing Reveille through the Group's acquisition by News Corp and transition to Shine America.

Before joining Reveille, Rierson served as Vice President of Business Affairs at ABC Entertainment, and prior to that worked as an attorney specializing in labor, employment and entertainment law. He also serves as a member of the KCRW Foundation Board of Directors.
Steve Shikiya - Chief Financial Officer

Steve Shikiya is Chief Financial Officer for Shine America and oversees the company's financial operations.

Most recently, Shikiya served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Strategy for Fox Television Studios, where he was responsible for all financial operations, as well as the studio's corporate business development and digital strategies. Previously, he was responsible for initiating and overseeing the global strategic planning and business development activities for FOX Filmed Entertainment (FFE), and oversaw the studio's deal analysis efforts for all motion pictures produced by the Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Animation, and Fox Searchlight labels.

Shikiya held additional senior management positions at MGM Studios, Launch Media, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Arthur Andersen.

Leadership

David Anderson - Senior Vice President and Head of Digital

As Senior Vice President and Head of Digital for Shine America, Anderson is responsible for leading the company's efforts in developing original digital programming and managing the digital rights of its television properties.

Prior to joining the company, Anderson was Vice President, Sales Strategy for Fox Audience Network, the fifth largest display-advertising network in the U.S. While at FAN, he co-developed the monetization strategy including building of a direct sales force, agency and brand strategy as well as the development and launch of one of the largest self-service display advertising platforms.
Monica Austin - Senior Vice President, Business and Brand Development

As Senior Vice President, Business and Brand Development, Monica Austin leads Shine America 360 and the Company's strategic on-air brand integration and sponsorship as well as off-air merchandising and licensing opportunities for all scripted, unscripted and digital properties.

A veteran in business and brand development, Austin joined Shine from Super! Alright!, where, as the Vice President, Business and Content Development, she developed, managed and implemented strategy for the company's existing brand clients including experiential events, website development, digital content, social media engagement and general campaign positioning. While there she also developed and executive produced a new series for National Geographic Wild.

Prior to Super! Alright!, Austin was at ITV Global Entertainment where she spearheaded the exploitation and commercialization of worldwide brands for development in the digital, gaming, off-air and traditional merchandising and licensing space as well as implementing on-air integration and sponsorship initiatives across all ITV Studios US properties including Hell's Kitchen (FOX), Nanny 911 (FOX) and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (NBC).
David Benavente - Senior Vice President, Production Finance and Administration

As Senior Vice President, Production Finance and Administration, David Benavente is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day production accounting functions, including supervision of Production Finance and Accounting staffs and oversight of all production accounting services for Shine America. Additionally, Benavente oversees the company's administration services including office services and IT.

Prior to joining Reveille in 2010, Benavente was Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for Warner Brothers television divisions, Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Television.
Daryl Berg - Executive Director of Music

Executive Director of Music, Daryl Berg is responsible for Shine America's music strategy, expanding the music portfolio and building licensing properties across platforms in scripted, unscripted and digital productions.

Berg previously was Director of Music for FUEL TV, where he spearheaded music strategy for the network including music supervision, licensing and booking bands to overseeing the network's music marketing campaigns. Prior to FUEL TV, Berg co-created Crusty Old Timer, Inc., a music supervision and placement company. He also served as Director of Business Development and New Media at EMI Recorded Music.
Carolyn G. Bernstein - Executive Vice President, Scripted Television

Carolyn G. Bernstein is the Executive Vice President, Scripted Television for Shine America, overseeing the development of all scripted series.

Prior to joining the company in 2008, Carolyn served as the Executive Vice President of Drama Development and Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming at The WB Television Network from 1999-2008 where she developed successful and long-running dramatic series including Gilmore Girls, Smallville, One Tree Hill and Supernatural and was responsible for The WB's first non-fiction series hit, Popstars. Bernstein also worked as Vice President of Drama Development at Columbia TriStar Television, where she developed the hit drama, Dawson's Creek
Chris Campbell - Executive in Charge of Post Production

As Executive in Charge of Post Production, Chris Campbell leads the company's post production team for its scripted and unscripted television series.

Campbell previously served as Executive in Charge of Post Production for Mark Burnett Productions from 2002-2011. During his tenure with Burnett, Campbell designed, implemented and oversaw the post production for Mark Burnett Productions. His credits include such hit series as Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender and Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Rob Cohen - Vice President, Creative Affairs

As Vice President, Creative Affairs, Rob Cohen works with Shine America's development team to create compelling and engaging content across platforms.

Cohen most recently worked at Mark Burnett Productions where he helped foster and develop projects including Expedition Impossible (ABC), "Sarah Palin's Alaska" (TLC) and the upcoming History Channel's miniseries The Bible. His other credits include developing My Cat From Hell for Animal Planet, Mad Fashion with Chris March for Bravo and years of field work producing shows like Scream Queens, Tough Love and Beauty and the Geek. Prior to Mark Burnett, Cohen was at FremantleMedia.
Jeff Friedman - Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs

As Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Jeff Friedman is responsible for managing all of Shine America's day-to-day business and legal affairs matters including the development, production, distribution and exploitation of all US unscripted and scripted television and digital media programming as well as Reveille's merchandising, ancillary and licensing businesses.

Prior to joining the company in 2008, Friedman was Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Fox Television Studios.
Linda Giambrone - Senior Vice President and Head of Production

Linda Giambrone is Senior Vice President and Head of Production for Shine America, driving production for all scripted and non-scripted properties.   A seasoned Emmy-nominated television producer and production executive, Giambrone's credits boast production and development oversight of variety, talk, news, game shows, live events and reality. Prior to joining the company, Giambrone was the Senior Vice President of BBC Worldwide Productions which included responsibilities with the International Sales and Distributions Department and the various BBC Worldwide global production offices, as well as the launch of the US scripted business. While with the company, Giambrone launched their super-brand Dancing with the Stars and piloted, launched and oversaw several projects for ABC, NBC, MTV, TLC, Lifetime, The History Channel and GSN, to name a few.  
Harvey Grisalez - Vice President of Creative Affairs, Shine Latino

As Vice President of Creative Affairs, Harvey Grisalez joins the Shine Latino team to lead the television programming and multi-platform brand expansion in Latin American markets.

Before joining Shine, Grisalez was Director of Programming for Fox Television Studios where he was responsible for the development and production of local language content for US Hispanic and international markets including Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Prior to Fox Television Studios, Grisalez served as partner and executive producer at the independent production company Indigo Entertainment, where he developed and supervised all stages of production for television programming filmed outside the US, for American and international clients.
Matt O'Brien - Vice President, Creative Affairs, Shine America

In his role of Vice President, Creative Affairs, Matt O'Brien works with Shine America's creative team in the development of the company's broad slate of scripted and unscripted projects and series.

Prior to joining the company, O'Brien was Director of Development for 51 Minds (Flavor of Love, Surreal Life, Bridalplasty), where he developed projects for CBS, A&E;, Lifetime, History, VH1, MTV and E!, among others. O'Brien began his career in alternative television as Director of Development at Stone & Company Entertainment where he worked on a variety of television projects including The Mole (ABC), BrainSurge (Nickelodeon) and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Travel Channel) and created NYC Prep (Bravo).
Heather Schuster - Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs and Executive Producer

Heather Schuster serves as the Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs and Executive Producer for Shine America.

Prior to joining the company, Schuster developed projects for Mark Burnett Productions, Fremantle, ITV, Warner Horizon, Telepictures, and FTVS among others. She produced five seasons of The Apprentice, served as co-executive producer for Celebrity Fit Club (VH1), and was the supervising producer for series on ABC and the CW among others. Schuster also helped to create and executive produce the first three seasons of Tabatha's Salon Takeover (Bravo).