Endemol Shine North America finalises executive management

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 17 March 2015

Endemol Shine North America has finalised its new executive management structure for the joint venture that brings together Endemol, Shine and CORE Media.

Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the company, will oversee a programming line-up of more than 1,000 hours of series across broadcast, cable, syndication and digital platforms. These include Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Hell on Wheels (AMC), Kingdom (DirecTV), Wipeout (ABC) and nationally syndicated Steve Harvey.

"Endemol Shine combines the creative spirit of independence with the global scale of a major studio," said Corwin and Abrego. "With a wide variety of hit formats and the top international sales operation in the world, our company is fast becoming the destination for innovative talent in scripted, unscripted and digital genres. We are thrilled to announce the incredible new executive team in North America that will help lead our company into the future."

Ben Samek has been named COO for Endemol Shine North America (he was formerly COO for Endemol North America). Eden Gaha will serve as president, unscripted television, Endemol Shine USA (she previously served in the same capacity for Shine America).

Rob Smith, executive vice president of creative affairs, has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and head of unscripted television, and will work alongside, and report to, Gaha.

There are several other continuing positions as well. John Farrell will serve as general counsel for Endemol Shine North America — he previously served in the same capacity at Endemol USA. And Paul Jennings, who has been Endemol North America's CFO, will serve in the same capacity for Endemol Shine North America. Joe Schlosser, who was previously senior vice president of communications at Shine America, will take the same role at Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin. Denise Rodine, who joined Endemol North America this past year as vice president of human resources, will continue in that role for Endemol Shine North America.

Vivi Zigler, who was previously president at Shine 360° and digital at Shine America, has been named president of digital, brand and audience development at Endemol Shine North America. Will Keenan will remain president, Endemol Beyond USA and report to Zigler.

Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, scripted programming at Shine America and Jeremy Gold, executive vice president, creative affairs, Endemol Studios, will continue in their current roles in the newly merged Endemol Shine Studios.

Philippe Maigret, CEO since August 2011 at Endemol Studios, is stepping down and transitioning into a consultancy role.

As previously announced, CORE Media Group will continue to have a separate capital structure and development and production operations, including 19 Entertainment (American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance) and Sharp Entertainment (Man vs Food and Property Wars). It will be headed by Peter Hurwitz as president.

Endemol Shine North America subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment (Knife Fight, Flipping Out), Original Media (Ink Master, Swamp People), True Entertainment (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Vanity Fair Confidential) and 51 Minds Entertainment (Below Deck, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle).