‘American Idol’ Producer Nigel Lythgoe Signs With Shine America

Nigel Lythgoe will help develop and produce programs for the global TV marketplace

"American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has entered a multi-year production deal with Shine America.

Getty ImagesUnder the exclusive deal between Nigel Lythgoe Productions and Shine, Lythgoe will jointly develop and produce entertainment franchises for the global television marketplace with the Shine Group, Shine America CEO Rich Ross said Thursday.

Nigel Lythgoe Productions will continue to be based in Los Angeles. The agreement begins Jan. 1, 2013.

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"I am thrilled to be teaming up with Shine to develop new shows for a global audience," Lythgoe said. "We live in one world and need to create content for that market. I cannot think of a more exciting company to partner with in order to face that challenge."

"Nigel is clearly one of the world's leading television producers, with an un-matched track record in TV programming both here in the U.S. and in the UK," Ross added. "We are thrilled to welcome Nigel and his team to the Shine family and we look forward to developing the next wave of entertainment franchises together."

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Shine America, the U.S. arm of the Shine Group, the production company chaired by Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth Murdoch, produces and distributes a variety of scripted and unscripted programs. Past and current shows include "The Biggest Loser," "The Office," "Ugly Betty," "Tabatha Takes Over," and adaptations of Shine Group formats "MasterChef" and "Minute to Win It."