Eden Gaha, President, Unscripted Television, Endemol Shine USA and his top lieutenant, Rob Smith, EVP, Head of Unscripted Television, have filled out the rest of the newly merged company’s unscripted executive ranks. Linda Giambrone, formerly EVP and Head of Production for Shine America, has been named EVP and Head of Unscripted Production for Endemol Shine USA, overseeing production for the company’s entire reality portfolio, which includes Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC) and Wipeout (ABC). Showrunner Georgie Hurford-Jones has joined the company as SVP, Unscripted Programming.
Working with Giambrone on the production side will be Rob Day, formerly EVP of Production for Endemol USA, who will continue in his role for Endemol Shine USA, overseeing production on daytime syndicated series Steve Harvey, Bullseye and special projects for the company. Rachel Dax, formerly VP, Production for Shine America, has been promoted to SVP, Unscripted Production, Endemol Shine USA, reporting to Giambrone. Dax will oversee all day-to-day production for Endemol Shine USA’s unscripted programming, including The Island, Aloha Vet.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Hurford-Jones oversaw NBC’s America’s Got Talent after launching ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, while serving as SVP of Simon Cowell’s Syco TV. Hurford-Jones was also formerly in charge of ITV’s series, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Robin Feinberg, formerly VP Unscripted Programming for Shine America, has been named SVP, Unscripted Programming for Endemol Shine USA. Feinberg will continue to oversee day-to-day programming efforts for such series as Fake Off, Restaurant Startup and Aloha Vet.
Michael Brooks, previously SVP, Programming, Shine America, will continue serving in that role for Endemol Shine USA. Brooks is currently overseeing programming efforts for The Biggest Loser and The Island.
In development, Michael Weinberg, formerly VP, Unscripted Development for Endemol USA, has been promoted to SVP, Development. Weinberg works alongside Chris Culvenor, previously SVP, Unscripted Development at Shine America and now serving in the same capacity for Endemol Shine USA.
Laura Gibson and Christopher Potts have both joined the Endemol Shine USA team as VPs of unscripted development, reporting to Culvenor. Gibson joins from AOC Productions, where she was formerly Head of Development. Potts comes from Lionsgate’s Banca Studio, where he had served as VP, Development.