Tom Rogan exits Authentic Entertainment

After 15 years with the Honey Boo Boo producer, co-founder Tom Rogan is exiting the Endemol Shine North America-owned Authentic Entertainment to pursue other opportunities.
August 13, 2015

After 15 years with Authentic Entertainment, co-founder Tom Rogan (pictured) is exiting the Endemol Shine North America-owned Toddlers & Tiaras producer.

A spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America said the exec is leaving to pursue other endeavors. Meanwhile, co-founder Lauren Lexton has extended her contract and will stay on as CEO.

Authentic Entertainment’s unscripted portfolio includes such series as Ace of CakesFlipping Out and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, among others. The company was acquired by Endemol USA – now Endemol Shine North America – in August 2010.

Before starting Authentic Entertainment, Rogan served as a production supervisor, post-production supervisor and executive in charge of production at a number of LA-based prodcos, while working on numerous series and specials for both network and cable.

Lexton previously worked as showrunner, director, writer and producer on a raft of specials and series for broadcast and cable outlets. She currently sits on the board of the International Documentary Association, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Authentic Entertainment is to fill any holes in its departments through internal promotions, it said in a statement, noting that the core team built by the two co-founders will remain in place. The company is presently in production on six series and specials debuting later this year, including Cakemasters (Food Network), Knife Fight (Esquire).

“For 15 years, Tom Rogan has been my trusted partner and collaborator. We have been trailblazers in the industry and will continue that with new programming and new ideas for the changing television landscape,” Lexton said in a statement.

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