Elisabeth Murdoch, former programming head of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is expected to make small-to-medium budget features though her newly-launched TV and film production outfit, Shine Entertainment.

Shine, jointly owned by Murdoch and former production director at Carlton Television Waheed Alli, is armed with an output deal with BSkyB, which will also have a 5% stake in the venture. BSkyB has been a prolific backer of features, most notably Saving Grace, through production arm Sky Pictures.

The main thrust of Shine, however, is expected to be TV programming ranging from reality shows to drama and comedy series. Murdoch, who left BSkyB last May, will act as chairman and chief executive.

TV producer Kenton Allen is to act as creative director, entertainment and comedy, while former BBC head of documentaries Paul Hamann is to act as creative director, factual.