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Endemol Shine North America Finalizes Joint Venture Executive Structure

The studio is home to programs like “Big Brother,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Hell on Wheels”

Endemol Shine North America has finalized its new executive management structure, the company announced Monday.

The new structure is a result of a joint venture that brings together Endemol, Shine and CORE Media under Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, the co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the company.

Endemol Shine Group is now the largest independent production and distribution group in the world. In North America alone, the company oversees a lineup of more than 1,000 hours of programming 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.”

Also part of the Endemol Shine Group family in North America is CORE Media Group, which has a separate capital structure and incorporates development and production operations including 19 Entertainment (“American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”) and Sharp Entertainment (“Man v. Food” and “Property Wars”).

Endemol Beyond, an award-winning digital network, is part of the Endemol Shine Group. Endemol Beyond USA produces exclusive content for traditional and digital stars such as Michelle Phan, Brittany Furlan, Pitbull and many others. Beyond channels are available across more than 20 platforms including YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Roku, TiVo, DailyMotion and Amazon Fire TV.

Ben Samek has been named chief operating officer for Endemol Shine North America. Samek, who was formerly COO for Endemol North America, reports to both Abrego and Corwin.

Eden Gaha will serve as president of unscripted television for Endemol Shine USA. Gaha, who was previously president of unscripted television for Shine America, will report to Abrego and Corwin.

Rob Smith, who has been executive vice president of creative affairs, has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and head of unscripted television. He will work alongside, and report to, Gaha.

Vivi Zigler, who was previously president of Shine 360 & Digital for Shine America, has been named president of?digital, brand, and audience development for Endemol Shine North America and will report to Abrego and Corwin. Will Keenan will remain president of Endemol Beyond USA and report to Zigler.

Carolyn G. Bernstein, executive vice president of scripted programming at Shine America and Jeremy Gold, executive vice president of creative affairs for Endemol Studios, will continue in their current roles in the newly merged Endemol Shine Studios. Both Bernstein and Gold will report to Corwin and Abrego.

Philippe Maigret, who helped in the launching and establishing of Endemol Studios and had served as its CEO since August 2011, is stepping down and transitioning into a consultancy role.

John Farrell will serve as general counsel for Endemol Shine North America. Farrell previously served in the same capacity at Endemol USA. Farrell reports to both Abrego and Corwin.

Paul Jennings, who has been Endemol North America’s CFO, will serve in the same capacity for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin.

Joe Schlosser, has been named senior vice president of communications for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Abrego and Corwin.

Denise Rodine, who joined Endemol North America this past year as vice president of human resources, will continue in that role for Endemol Shine North America and report to Samek.