LONDON -- BAFTA-winning indie banner Dragonfly Film and Television, a division of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, has appointed Lucinda Hicks as chief operating officer.
Hicks lands at Dragonfly having most recently been Shine Group vice president of operations and business development.
Reporting to Dragonfly managing director Simon Dickson, Hicks is charged with overseeing all commercial, operational and business-related activities at the Shine Group production company behind shows including One Born Every Minute, The Hotel, The Plane Crash and What Happens In Kavos.
Since joining Shine in 2010 as vice president of global business development, Hicks has worked to identify new companies and partnerships for Shine Group, supporting expansion into new territories and genres.
Prior to Shine, Hicks has held several strategic roles, serving as strategy manager at Channel 4, strategic and commercial manager at FremantleMedia and as a business strategist at the BBC.
Hicks succeeds outgoing COO Steve Nam with the pair undertaking a handover before Hicks takes up the role permanently in March.
It was announced that Nam was stepping down from the role in November last year, choosing to leave at the same time as Sanjay Singhal, Dragonfly’s previous managing director.
Hicks’ Shine Group responsibilities will be assumed by incoming Shine Group chief operating officer Tim Robinson upon commencing his role, also in March.
Dickson said:"Throughout our time together at Shine Group she [Hicks] has consistently displayed an innate understanding of our broadcasters' and partners’ needs -- both domestically, and internationally."