Authentic Entertainment

Lexton leaves Authentic after 18 years

Lauren Lexton, co-founder of Authentic Entertainment, is set to leave the production company after 18 years. She will be succeeded as CEO by Helga Eike, an Authentic veteran, who is set to return to the business having launched Red Bandit Media with ITV America. Lexton leaves Authentic having overseen the creation of a number of […]

Authentic & Kronicle ink unscripted deal

Authentic Entertainment is partnering with Kronicle Media to develop and produce character driven content about women. The deal will solidify collaboration on both documentary and unscripted projects. Authentic, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, is the production company behind unscripted hits such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Kronicle was formed last year by […]

Authentic brings in Endemol Shine vet for production

Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), has named the latter’s veteran exec Kirk Anderson senior VP of production and operations. Anderson will work closely with Authentic’s CEO, Lauren Lexton, and its executive VP of production and content, Jeffrey Weaver. The veteran was formerly with ESNA and for the past two years […]

UK gameshow Pointless set for US remake

US gameshow network GSN is aiming to remake Endemol Shine Group’s British quiz format Pointless. The show is a staple daytime series for BBC One in the UK, which has run to more than 1,000 episodes to date. Endemol Shine North America’s Authentic Entertainment is working up a US version for GSN, which Sony Pictures […]

Spotlight on Abrego as Corwin exits Endemol Shine

Cris Abrego is to become the sole CEO of Endemol Shine North America after it emerged Charlie Corwin was unexpectedly exiting the 21st Century Fox-backed production giant. US reports have strongly linked Corwin to a post at Imagine Entertainment, the prodco behind National Geographic’s new drama-doc Mars. He would take on the role of CEO, […]

Veteran joins US unscripted body as policy chief

Veteran cable TV producer Michelle Van Kempen has joined US body the Non-Fiction Producers Association as head of policy and development. Working out of LA, the will work closely with NPA general manager John Ford, to whom she will report. Van Kempen was co-principal and executive producer at Film Garden Entertainment, which was behind shows […]

Endemol Shine US prodco restructures

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo prodco Authentic Entertainment has restructured. Company CEO Lauren Lexton has renewed her contract at the Endemol Shine North America-owned prodco following the exit of company co-founder Tom Rogan last month, sparking a round of exec changes and promotions. Michael Bouson becomes COO under the new structure and Doug Mirabello senior […]

Co-founder exiting Honey Boo Boo prodco

Tom Rogan is leaving US producer Authentic Entertainment 15 years after co-founding it with Lauren Lexton. Authentic is part of Endemol Shine North America, after Endemol USA acquired the prodco in 2010 in a deal reportedly worth around US$60 million. While Rogan is leaving, Lexton has signed a new contract to remain as CEO of […]

Cable sparks a US indie M&A frenzy

The international media groups that previously drove rounds of M&A activity among indies in the UK and Europe are now focused on acquisitions in the US as the cable sector and unscripted business boom. John Hazelton looks at who’s buying what, where opportunity lies and asks who’ll be next on to board the consolidation gravy […]