Charlie Corwin (pictured, right) will step down from his role as co-CEO and co-chair of Endemol Shine North America at the end of November.
He will be replaced by Cris Abrego (left), with whom Corwin has shared the top job since 2014 and co-chaired responsibilities of the company’s Latin America division since January.
Abrego will now assume sole leadership of the company across the U.S. and Latin America as CEO of Endemol Shine North America and chair of Endemol Shine Americas.
A statement released by Endemol Shine said Corwin will remain with the LA-based production outfit, serving as an executive producer on scripted projects for Endemol Shine Studios. However, media outlets have reported he is moving to Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, where he will serve as CEO. Those reports have not been independently confirmed and neither Imagine nor Corwin has commented directly on the matter.
Corwin’s rumored appointment follows Imagine’s push into the digital and branded content spaces. In September, New York-based merchant bank Raine Group – which advises and invests in technology, media and telecommunications – invested US$100 million into the Mars producer.
Under the Abrego and Corwin’s joint leadership, Endemol Shine’s North American division has become one of the largest producers of unscripted content in the U.S. with the combined assets of subsidiaries Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds, as well as through its strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions. The company’s unscripted division, led by Eden Gaha, has been responsible for such titles as Big Brother, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and Flipping Out.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked alongside some of the most talented, creative people in our industry at Endemol Shine over these last three years,” said Corwin in a statement. “And I know that I’m leaving our teams here in North America and across Latin America in great hands with Cris Abrego, who is a leader in every sense of the word.”
Most recently, Endemol Shine Latino has launched localized adaptations of MasterChef, MasterChef Jr. and Big Brother in Mexico, as well as Big Brother for American Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo.
Elsewhere, Laurens Drillich will continue to serve as president of Endemol Shine Latino, overseeing the firm’s initiatives in Latin America and Spanish-language productions in the U.S. and Mexico. Based out of the company’s Miami offices, he reports into Abrego.
“I want to say a huge thank you to Charlie for the role he’s played with Cris in leading Endemol Shine North America,” said Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing in a statement. “Going forward, our U.S. and Latin American business is in brilliant hands with Cris at the helm of an outstandingly talented team in all areas. The business is ideally placed to build on this terrific momentum and enter an accelerated phase of growth.”