Authentic names Bouson COO in executive shuffle

Weeks after Authentic Entertainment co-founder Tom Rogan left the company, the Endemol Shine North America-owned producer has restructured its executive team and named Michael Bouson (pictured) COO.
September 2, 2015

Less than a month after Authentic Entertainment co-founder and co-CEO Tom Rogan left the company, the Endemol Shine North America-owned producer has restructured its executive team with a raft of appointments.

Michael Bouson (pictured), formerly the executive in charge of production and senior VP of production and operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Additionally, development exec Doug Mirabello has been named senior VP of development, executive producer and showrunner Jeff Weaver is now senior VP of current programming and former senior VP of post-production Will Pisnieski is the Toddlers & Tiaras producer’s new chief technology officer and head of post-production.

Finance manager Paul Halperin has been named senior VP of finance and risk management, production manager and technical supervisor Patrick Stringer has been named as VP of  broadcast operations, and casting and development exec Paul O’Malley is now VP of development.

Elsewhere, Carolyn Yamazaki, Authentic’s counsel for the past three years, will serve as VP of business and legal, senior director and DP Mark LaFleur will work as creative director, and development manager Nneka Enurah moves into the  newly created role of director of digital and communications. More appointments will be made soon.

On August 13, Authentic announced that Rogan was leaving the company to pursue other endeavors and that co-founder Lauren Lexton had extended her contract to stay on as CEO. The company’s reality credits include Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Flipping Out and Ace of Cakes. Upcoming series include Cakemasters for Food Network, Knife Fight for Esquire Network and Waterfront House Hunting for FYI.

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