Elisabeth Murdoch is an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the creative industries. In October 2019, Elisabeth joined forces with Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone to found SISTER, a global content company which develops, produces and invests in visionary storytellers. Elisabeth is also founder and Chair of Locksmith Animation, and a strategic minority shareholder in Youngest Media, 110% Content & belofx.
In 2001, Elisabeth founded Shine, which she managed and grew, first as Chief Executive and latterly as Chairman, into one of the world’s leading production companies over her 14-year tenure.
Elisabeth set up the Freelands Foundation in 2015 with the ambition to give everyone in the UK, regardless of background or location, access to art education, to raise their aspirations and empower them to transform their life opportunities.
Elisabeth is a National Council member of Arts Council England and a non-Executive Director of Tribeca Enterprise. She was a Tate Trustee between 2008 and 2016 and Chairman of the Tate Modern Advisory Council between 2009 and 2016.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT JOY?
Any free time in the sunshine with my children and husband. And wine. Not necessarily at the same time.
WHO HAS THE GREATEST VOICE (SPOKEN OR SINGING)?
I am always astounded by the power of Nina Simone.
WHICH MOVIE HAVE YOU WATCHED THE MOST TIMES?
Cannot tell a lie – Grease and Star Wars at least 20 times each. Maybe Lion King pipped that when my kids were young.
WHICH TV PROGRAMME/FILM DO YOU WISH YOU'D MADE?
I was obsessed with Six Feet Under. It still stays with me. Fleabag. The Thick of It. The West Wing. South Park. The list is long. Game of Thrones has to get a mention. As for documentaries, I thought OJ: Made in America was a tour de force.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTIEST PLEASURE?
I fear I may be considered a whale on Candy Crush. It used to be a bit of a problem.