Endemol Shine Taps Sky Alum for International Ops.


Former Sky exec Nicola Bamford has joined Endemol Shine Group as CEO of international operations, effective in October.

In her new role, Bamford will oversee operation companies in China, France, Iberia, India, Italy, Israel and Southeast Asia. She will collaborate with Marina Williams, COO of international operations, who manages CEE and Middle Eastern territories, Poland, Russia and Africa. Bamford will work out of Amsterdam and London under Sophie Turner Laing, Endemol Shine Group’s CEO. She will also serve on the group’s executive team and commercial boards.

Previously, Bamford held a number of senior positions at Sky in the U.K., Germany and India. She most recently was director of international OTT. Earlier in her career, Bamford was director of Sky Store, chief content and business development officer for Tata Sky, senior VP of programming for Sky Deutschland, and director of channels and operations at Sky UK.

Turner Laing said: “Nicola combines a truly global outlook with commercial prowess, creative instincts and infectious enthusiasm. A great combination of skills and experience and a perfect fit for our group and the role. We very much look forward to welcoming her to the fold.”

Bamford added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sky and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me. I am sorry to be leaving so many great colleagues and friends. But this was an irresistible opportunity to work with such a diverse range of creative leaders and countries to help them realize their ambitions.”