After months of meetings and consultations, Endemol Shine North America, the U.S operation of the recently merged Endemol, Shine and CORE Media, has finalized its new executive management structure under co-chairmen and co-CEOs Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego.
There is a relatively small bloodletting in the consolidation, with many senior executives on both the Endemol and Shine side staying on.
On the scripted side, Carolyn G. Bernstein, EVP, Scripted Programming at Shine America and Jeremy Gold, EVP, Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios are both staying and will continue in their current roles in the newly merged Endemol Shine Studios. Both will report to Corwin and Abrego. As rumored for awhile, Endemol Studios CEO Philippe Maigret, who launched the operation and led it since 2011, is stepping down and transitioning into a consultancy role.
On the reality side, Shine America’s president of unscripted television Eden Gaha will serve as President, Unscripted Television, Endemol Shine USA, reporting to Abrego and Corwin. Rob Smith, who has been EVP, Creative Affairs for Endemol USA, has been named EVP, Head of Unscripted Television and will work alongside, and report to, Gaha. Leaving is Chachi Senior, who led Shine America unscripted label Ardaban.
Endemol North America COO Ben Samek has been named Chief Operating Officer for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin. (Shine America did not have a COO).
John Farrell will serve as General Counsel for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to Abrego and Corwin. Farrell previously served in the same capacity at Endemol USA. Jeff Schneider, who served as EVP/General Counsel for Shine America, is leaving.
Vivi Zigler, who was previously President, Shine 360° & Digital, Shine America, has been named President, Digital, Brand & Audience Development, Endemol Shine North America and will report to Abrego and Corwin. Will Keenan will remain President, Endemol Beyond USA and report to Zigler.
Paul Jennings, who has been Endemol North America’s Chief Financial Officer, will serve in the same capacity for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin.
Joe Schlosser, who was previously Senior Vice President, Communications at Shine America, has been named SSVP, Communications, Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin.
Denise Rodine, who joined Endemol North America this past year as VP, Human Resources, will continue in that role for Endemol Shine North America and report to Samek.
As previously announced, CORE Media Group will continue to retain its own capital structure within the new joint venture, headed by Peter Hurwitz as President.
“Endemol Shine combines the creative spirit of independence with the global scale of a major studio,” said Corwin and Abrego. “We are thrilled to announce the incredible new executive team in North America that will help lead our company into the future.”
Endemol Shine Group now brands itself as the largest independent production and distribution group in the world. In North America, Corwin and Abrego’s teams will oversee a programming lineup of more than 1,000 hours 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 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).
CORE Media Group’s development and production operations include 19 Entertainment (American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance) and Sharp Entertainment (Man v. Food and Property Wars).
Also part of the Endemol Shine Group is digital network Endemol Beyond.