Endemol-owned 51 Minds Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production company behind such celebreality programming as The Surreal Life and T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, has rehired former company EVP/GM Temple Williams as its COO.
Williams, who served as 51 Minds’ EVP/GM from 2009-12 – and is a former MTV and Viacom SVP – returns following a COO stint at DiGa Vision, and will be overseeing the daily operations and organizational direction of the company.
“In getting Temple back into the fold, we’ll have one of the sharpest minds in the industry keeping our house in order on a daily basis, while keeping an eye on the future,” said 51 Minds Entertainment president Christian Sarabia in a statement.
The company has also upped executive producer Angela Aguilera to VP, current programming while Chris Kinsella, former director of development, is now VP, development. Aguilera, whose previous production credits include ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Trista and Ryan’s Wedding, will oversee current on-air content in the cable and network spaces.
Kinsella, who has been with 51 Minds Entertainment since 2010 and helped develop CMT’s Redneck Island and Broken Skull Ranch Challenge, is now responsible for acquiring, developing and pitching new programming.
51 Minds has also hired Jessica Bofshever and Andrew Jacobson as directors of development, while Elyse Adams has been recruited as manager, current programming.
Bofshever, whose production credits include The Bachelorette and E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Jacobson, who comes to the company after serving as director of creative development and production for Mob Wives producer Electus, will find and develop talent as well as formats.
Adams, who arrives from her position as VH1′s development coordinator, will manage 51 Minds’ current programming slate.
All hires will report to Sarabia.