Abrego, Corwin to lead Endemol Shine’s LatAm push

Cris Abrego (pictured, left) and Charlie Corwin (right) will continue as Endemol Shine North America co-CEOs while adding oversight of the company's Latin American operations to their portfolios.
January 19, 2016

Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin have signed new deals with Endemol Shine North America to continue on as the company’s co-CEOs, and will also add oversight of the MasterChef producer’s Latin American operations and serve as co-chairmen for Endemol Shine Americas.

The two execs – who are based in Los Angeles and report to Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing - became co-chairman and co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America in October 2014 following the merger of producers Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media. Since then, they have overseen the integration of the Endemol USA and Shine America teams and have launched scripted, unscripted and Latino divisions.

Endemol Shine North America is putting greater strategic emphasis on Spanish-speaking markets this year. Last fall, the company announced plans to establish a central hub for Latin American business within Endemol Shine Latino. The new hub is led by Endemol Shine Latino president Laurens Drillich, who has previously overseen Endemol’s U.S. Hispanic and Mexican businesses.

“Charlie and Cris’s first year leading Endemol Shine North America as a combined business has seen significant success in the U.S. Hispanic market and Mexico,” said Turner Laing in a statement. “This creates a solid foundation for greater collaboration throughout the Americas under their guidance and having them in these expanded roles will help further leverage our strengths across these key markets.”

Overall, the company created 1,000 hours of programming last year. Its unscripted series include MasterChef on Fox, Big Brother on CBS and The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo. Additionally, Abrego and Corwin have overseen the launches of two digital networks through the company’s Endemol Beyond USA division and started a live-TV unit that produced the second annual Fox special, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution.

Endemol Shine North America’s subsidiary companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment, 51 Minds and Ryan Seacrest Productions, which joined this month following an announcement last April.

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