Cris Abrego


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 […]

Ex-Spike content chief joins Endemol Shine

Former Spike TV content chief Sharon Levy has joined Endemol Shine North America. She has been named president of scripted and unscripted television at Endemol Shine Group’s LA-based arm. She recently left her role as executive VP of original series at Spike, which is soon to be branded as the Paramount Network. There she had […]

Endemol Shine North America signs TV personality

LA-based prodco Endemol Shine North America has secured a development deal with media personality Angie Martinez. Martinez (pictured) will develop unscripted and scripted content for digital and more traditional platforms with Endemol Shine and another prodco, Major TV, which former publisher Raymond Garcia leads. She has over 20 years of experience hosting on-air shows across radio and TV. Martinez is […]

Endemol Shine prodcos merge in US

Endemol Shine North America’s New York-based prodcos True Entertainment and Original Media are merging into a fully-integrated entity. The new company, Truly Original, will remain a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, with Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh (left) and Steven Weinstock (below right) as co-presidents and co-CEOs. Truly Original will maintain the creative labels […]

Reed Midem claims 70% surge in MIP Cancun numbers

The MIP Cancun market attracted 560 TV execs from 387 companies, organiser Reed Midem said, following the end of the event on November 17. The attendance numbers were up 70% according to Reed, which also noted delegates from 46 countries were at the Mexican market. Reed organises meetings between buyers and sellers at the event, […]

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, […]

Left Hook connects with Endemol Shine NA

Endemol Shine North America and subsidiary True Entertainment have signed flegling Left Hook Media to overall production deals. Left Hook founders Scott Teti and Matt Odgers (pictured) are already in production with Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm on upcoming MTV series Almost Impossible Game Show, and with True on Bravo’s Summer House. They recently […]

Maker EVP to lead Endemol Beyond USA

Maker Studios programming chief Bonnie Pan has joined Endemol Beyond USA as president. She technically replaces Will Keenan, who left Endemol Shine North America’s digital production and multichannel network last year. Company COO Adrian Sexton has been interim president since the departure in August last year. Sexton, who joined Endemol Beyond USA after leaving Participant […]

Endemol Shine prodcos make dev team changes

Endemol Shine North America-owned True Entertainment and Original Media have added senior VPs to theirs ranks, with True also closing a new overall development deal with its former executive VP. Tony Biancosino (pictured) has bee named SVP, development at Swamp People producer Original, while Hazel Steward becomes SVP, East Coast development at True, which is […]

Ex-SPT exec named Endemol Shine Studios boss

The changes at Endemol Shine Studios continue, with former Sony Pictures Television and Alcon Television Group scripted executive Sharon Hall named president. Hall will oversee Endemol Shine Group’s US studio, with executive VP Jeremy Gold now reporting into her. Gold had been overseeing the studio with Carolyn Bernstein following the departure of Philippe Maigret last […]