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Ex-Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Joins Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine America

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 30, 2012 at 1:29PM

Having moved up through the Disney ranks to head of Disney Channels Worldwide and then a short tenure running the Disney Studio, Rich Ross is now taking over chairman Elisabeth Murdoch's TV and production company Shine America as CEO, reports Variety.
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Rich Ross
Rich Ross

Having moved up through the Disney ranks to head of Disney Channels Worldwide and then a short tenure running the Disney Studio, Rich Ross is now taking over chairman Elisabeth Murdoch's TV and production company Shine America as CEO, reports Variety.

In 2011 News Corp. acquired her ten-year-old Shine Group, which has 28 operating companies; Elisabeth Murdoch is assumed to be readying herself for wider responsibilties at her father Rupert's empire.

Ross takes over for departing Carl Fennessy, who is returning to Australia after two years supervising the U.S. Shine Group.

This article is related to: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Moguls


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.