About Us

Set up in 1999 specialising in entertainment, factual entertainment, live event programming and now scripted drama, ShinAwiL is one of the largest and most successful independent production companies in Ireland. In 2009 ShinAwiL Ltd. opened its first UK office and 2012 saw its first BBC NI commission, Undercover NI. 2015 will see ShinAwiL consolidate its UK base by opening a London office. ShinAwiL is the production powerhouse behind some of Ireland’s biggest entertainment series’ including The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland and most recently The Voice of Ireland. The latest development is the move into original Drama production to mirror Screentime in Australia’s massive success in Drama. As well as dominating the Irish market by producing large-scale international formats, ShinAwiL has also created original formats. “Soccastars” was licensed in Portugal, Turkey, Malaysia and 7 Middle Eastern States while “Rising Stars” has been licensed to 8 countries in the Caribbean Basin. ShinAwiL is currently in development on original factual entertainment series’ for the UK and US markets.

Larry Bass Shinawil CEO

In 1999 Larry Bass established ShinAwiL Productions Ltd.

Larry has Executive Produced the Irish versions of the multi award winning series’, The Apprentice that won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland and most recently the hugely successful The Voice of Ireland. Other recent productions include Home of the Year, What are you Eating?, Meet the McDonagh’s and Tested on Humans.

The ShinAwiL development team is currently in development on original series’ for the Irish, UK and USA market, both scripted and non-scripted.

Previous credits include Popstars, You’re A Star, Charity You’re A Star, Test The Teachers, Charity Lords of the Ring, Fame The Musical and The Obesity Clinic.

In 2000, Larry was elected to the national Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), serving as deputy chairman from January 2003 to February 2004, and as Chairman from February 2004 to February 2005. He was reelected to the board in 2015. He also was the Irish member of CEPI from 2003 to 2006.

Larry is an advisory board member of FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Entertainment Masterclass. He has also sat on a jury for the Internationl Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF and Real Screen Television Awards.

Larry has guest lectured at DIT Dublin, IADT Dublin, MipTV and MIPCOM, SPAA Australia and Entertainment Masterclass.

Larry served on the Board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2010 to 2015.

Head of Development

Alan Gillespie joined ShinAwiL in 2010 as Head of Development. Alan holds a BA Hons. Degree in Media Production with Journalism and oversees the development of content in the Dublin and Belfast offices across all genres.

During his tenure Alan has increased ShinAwiL’s output in Entertainment programming and expanded the brand of ShinAwiL into other genres. Notable commissions include, “Dancing with the Stars (Ireland)” ‘The Voice of Ireland’, ‘MasterChef Ireland’, ‘The Obesity Clinic’, ‘Undercover NI’, ‘Get the Numbers, Write’, ‘Bressies’ Teenage Kicks’, ‘Along Home Shores’, ‘Peak Performance’, ‘Tested on Humans’, ‘Home of the Year’, ‘What Are You Eating’ ‘Gift from Death’ and ‘Meet the McDonaghs’.

Steven Courtney is Creative Director at Shinawil
Creative Director

Steven Courtney has been with ShinAwiL for the past 6 years where he began as a development executive working extensively across the companies slate, developing programmes for Irish and UK broadcasters.

As Head of Digital Steven is responsible for the management of content revenue streams across non-broadcast platforms. This includes curating and producing content for ShinAwiL television properties including “The Voice of Ireland” and “MasterChef”, as well as overseeing the creation of bespoke multiplatform content for brands and advertising agencies.

Steven’s background is firmly based in creative content creation having worked for many years as a director across both documentary and factual entertainment programming for broadcasters as well as online platforms

Head of Production

Coming soon

Aaron Farrel, head of drama at Shinawil
Head of Drama

Aaron Farrell is Head of Drama for Shinawil Productions. He is responsible for building a distinctive slate of projects with strong critical and commercial appeal, and getting these projects financed and on the screen.

He is currently an executive producer on THE THIRD WAVE, David Freyne’s debut feature starring Ellen Page, which shoots late 2016, and developing THE LAST BARBARIAN, the TV drama series being written by Frank Spotnitz, to be directed by Jim Sheridan.

Previously he was a Production Executive on four seasons of Michael Hirst’s VIKINGS, and two seasons of Neil Jordan’s THE BORGIAS. He has also co-produced CALVARY, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Oscar nominee Juanita Wilson’s forthcoming release TOMATO RED, and CHERRYBOMB starring Rupert Grint.


Kevin Ryan, Shinawil
Head of Business Development

Kevin is the Head of Business Development at ShinAwil and is responsible for generating new business and advertising funded programming (AFP). His role involves engaging with National and International brands an organisations, working to seamlessly develop suitable commercial partnerships with ongoing and future productions at ShinAwil in Ireland, UK and US.

Before joining ShinAwil, Kevin held senior positions within the US Multinational, IBM and supported Foreign Direct Investment businesses looking to setup European operations in Ireland in his role as VP of Business Development, Ireland Gateway to Europe. Kevin was also CEO/Founder of Onwave, a leading Satellite Telecoms company in Ireland & UK. He is a graduate in Management & Industrial Relations from the National College of Ireland and most recently University College Dublin where he completed Post-Graduate studies in Innovation and Enterprise in 2013.