Endemol Shine-owned unscripted production company 51 Minds Entertainment has made several promotions — including two in the development department — and new hires. Head of development Chris Kinsella has been upped to SVP and Jessica Bofshever to VP of Development. In addition, Andrew Jacobson has been named Head of Branded Entertainment as the company is making in a move in the branded entertainment space, Tricia Biggio is moving from VH1 to 51 Minds as VP, Current Productions, and Hannan Abdelaa is being promoted to Director of Development.
Kinsella, who most recently served as 51 Minds’ VP of Development, has played a key role in developing the company’s recently launched series Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Broken Skull Challenge.
Bofshever formerly served as Director, Development. She has been behind such series as She Got Game and the recent rebrand of Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake. Prior to joining 51 Minds, she was a director of development at Good Clean Fun.
Jacobson will be charged with leading 51 Minds into the branded space for the first time. Jacobson, who has served as Director of Development for 51 Minds over the last two years, formerly worked in branded development at Electus.
Biggio recently served as VH1’s current executive on a number of 51 Minds shows, including T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, She’s Got Game and Suave Says. Prior to joining VH1, Biggio was a producer for Lighthearted Entertainment, where she helped to develop Dating Naked and Bye Felicia.
Elyse Adams has also been promoted to Director, Current Productions. Adams has been with 51 Minds for nearly two years, working in the current department on series including Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake.
“The past few years have been some of the most successful in the history of 51 Minds Entertainment, with the launch of several hit new series and the development of some of our most ambitious and promising projects to date,” said 51 Minds Entertainment CEO Christian Sarabia. “We have assembled an incredibly diverse and creative team and these moves today are a reflection of the team’s hard work and the bright future we see here at 51 Minds.”