Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh, co-founders of Endemol Shine Group prodco True Entertainment, will now also have oversight of ESG’s Original Media as co-presidents and co-CEOs.
Weinstock and Hersh founded True Entertainment (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential) in 2000, and the prodco was acquired by Endemol in 2002. Original Media, meanwhile, was founded by Charlie Corwin, co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America with 51 Minds founder Cris Abrego. Endemol acquired Original Media, the prodco behind History’s Swamp People and Spike’s Ink Master, in 2007.
Both companies are based in New York City and will remain as separate entities, retaining their own production and development teams.
Daniel Laikind, CEO of Original Media since 2013, has stepped down from the position and will aid in the transition as a consultant.
“Our company has always been one to invest in and promote strong talent from within, a philosophy both of us have benefited from,” said Corwin and Abrego in a joint statement. “Glenda and Steven have successfully built True Entertainment into one of the most respected production companies in our industry and they are perfectly suited to add oversight of Original Media’s talented development and production teams and roster of hit series.”
“We are excited to work with the talented team at Original whose long-standing, successful shows compellingly highlight unique worlds, characters and subcultures,” added Hersh and Weinstock. “True’s productions and its creative team also have had tremendous success, and we are honored to be overseeing two distinct, prolific and independent shops as each continues to produce bigger and better programming.”