Endemol Shine Australia promotes executives

Endemol Shine Australia has promoted executive producers Tara McWilliams, David McDonald and Sara Richardson to new leadership positions, each reporting to CEO Peter Newman.

McWilliams, who oversees Married at first sightwill become director of content, joining Amelia Fisk and Marty Benson, expanding her tenure across a portfolio of shows within the unscripted slate.

McDonald was named head of comedy, tasked with leading the company into new territory in the form of scripted comedies and sketches, as well as other light entertainment projects. He will continue to oversee LEGO Masters and Glasses box.

Finally, Sara Richardson, has been promoted to head of screenwriting and will continue to grow her growing roster.

Peter Newman said: “The appointments we are making today are well deserved and reflect the talent, experience and drive of these three brilliant individuals.

“Tara is without a doubt one of Australia’s most remarkable unscripted creators. Her phenomenal experience and passion will now connect to even more of our exciting unscripted roster.

“Combined with his exceptional experience as a showrunner, David’s natural talent and credentials as a comedian make him the ideal choice to break new ground in comedy and lead the charge for us in this space.

“In just 12 months Sara has shown us what an incredible talent she is, her passion for the scripted genre clearly demonstrates that she has what it takes to drive our scripted business forward and stands ready to deliver new exciting projects in this important space for ESA.”