Ryan Seacrest Productions to Partner With Endemol Shine North America

Seacrest’s unscripted division join’s Endemol Shine’s huge group of subsidiary production companies

Last Updated: April 9, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Endemol Shine North America and Ryan Seacrest Productions have established a strategic partnership that will add Seacrest’s unscripted division to the media giant’s group of U.S. subsidiary production companies.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in December, were not disclosed.

Ryan Seacrest Productions unscripted division joins Authentic Entertainment, True Entertainment, 51 Minds and others at Endemol Shine in producing network and syndicated content like CBS’ “Big Brother,” FOX’s “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” and the “Steve Harvey” show.

Seacrest’s label exploded onto the scene in 2006 with the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” franchise on E! and has since expanded to produce unscripted and scripted series on Bravo, ABC and CMT.

The “American Idol” host welcomed the benefits of partnering with the large and far-reaching Endemol Shine in a statement on Thursday.

“Of all the potential partners, there’s no doubt Endemol Shine is the best fit for our unscripted division,” Seacrest said. “This new partnership enables us to retain our brand independence, while also giving us a fantastic opportunity to access international resources, invigorating our storytelling possibilities, and helping us scale the business in a smart way.”

Jeff Refold and Eugene Young will continue in their current roles at Ryan Seacrest Productions as COO/CFO and unscripted programming president, respectively.

RSP’s scripted division, under the leadership of EVP Scripted Programming Nina Wass, will continue its overall deal at CBS Studios. RSP is currently producing the scripted drama series Shades of Blue (NBC) starring Jennifer Lopez set to premiere in 2015.
Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, LLP represented Ryan Seacrest Productions in this transaction.

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