Endemol Shine North America Co-Chairman Charlie Corwin to Exit

Cris Abrego will take over as sole chairman and CEO

Charlie Corwin
Emma McIntyre

Endemol Shine North America co-chairman and CEO Charlie Corwin is stepping down later this month, the company announced on Wednesday.

Cris Abrego will take sole leadership of the company’s businesses across the U.S. and Latin America as CEO of Endemol Shine North America and Chairman of Endemol Shine Americas.

Corwin will continue to serve as an executive producer on several Endemol Shine Studios scripted projects, including the previously announced drama series adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by “Luther” creator Neil Cross.

Both Abrego and Corwin joined the company’s North American business after selling their respective production companies to Endemol. The two were initially named co-chairmen and co-CEOs of Endemol North America in October 2013.

Abrego and Corwin were originally named co-CEO’s of Endemol Shine North America in October 2014. Both added oversight of the company’s Latin America division in January 2016, as they were named co-chairmen, Endemol Shine Americas.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked alongside some of the most talented, creative people in our industry at Endemol Shine over these last three years,” Corwin said. “And I know that I’m leaving our teams here in North America and across Latin America in great hands with Cris Abrego, who is a leader in every sense of the word.”

“I am honored to be leading the Endemol Shine teams in both North America and Latin America, where we have a lot of momentum across all facets of our business and some very promising new series set to launch in the coming months,” Abrego said.

“Clearly we are all going to miss Charlie, who has been a great partner since we first joined the company together and he’s played an integral role in bringing together the tremendous leadership team we now have in place.”

Corwin, an award-winning film and TV producer, previously led the production company Original Media as its CEO and co-founder. Endemol acquired a majority stake in Original Media in November 2007, after which Corwin remained CEO.