After a 15-year run, Authentic Entertainment’s Tom Rogan is exiting the reality/documentary production company he co-founded with Lauren Lexton, it was announced today by Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, Co-CEOs and Co-Chairmen, Endemol Shine North America. Lexton has renewed her contract and will remain as CEO.
“Lauren is truly one of the most respected and talented producers in her field and we’re thrilled that she’s going to continue on in her role leading the team at Authentic and overseeing its roster of hit series and deep slate of projects in development,” says Corwin and Abrego. “And we thank Tom for all that he has done for Authentic Entertainment, helping build it into one of the most successful unscripted studios in the business. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Authentic Entertainment is behind unscripted shows including Ace of Cakes, Flipping Out, Toddlers & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Best Thing I Ever Ate, among others. In August 2010, Authentic was acquired by Endemol USA, now Endemol Shine North America.
The top executive change comes five years after Authentic’s purchase by Endemol, which is the standard term for the leadership of an acquired company to stay on board. It also comes months after the US operations of Endemol and Shine were merged under Endemol’s Abrego and Corwin.
Authentic Entertainment is in production on six series and specials premiering later this year including Duff Goldman’s Cakemasters for Food Network, Knife Fight for Esquire and series for FYI, History Channel and Discovery. Authentic’s Flipping Out wraps its eighth season later this month on Bravo.