Endemol has acquired a majority stake in actual/reality/documentary producer Authentic Entertainment in the USA. Founded in 2000 by Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan and headquartered in Los Angeles, Authentic produces more than 200 hours of programming per year for such networks as Bravo, Food Network, Sundance, Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet. Its credits include series Ace of Cakes, Flipping Out!, My First Home, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Toddlers and Tiaras as well as specials The 750 Pound Man, My Husband’s Three Wives, Help I’m a Hoarder! and Incredibly Small: Kenadie’s Story.
Endemol has been on a buying spree over the past 18 months, acquiring Australia’s largest drama producer, Southern Star; leading German drama producers Wiedemann & Berg Television (The Lives of Others); Weit Media in Russia; and three leading UK most independent production companies, Tiger Aspect, Darlow Smithson and Tigress.