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Authentic Entertainment ups Weaver to EVP, production and content

Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America has announced a series of appointments to its team. Authentic has upped Jeffrey L. Weaver (pictured, top left) to EVP, production and content and ...
April 6, 2017

Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America has announced a series of appointments to its team.

Authentic has upped Jeffrey L. Weaver (pictured, top left) to EVP, production and content and Paul Halperin (pictured, bottom left) to EVP, business & finance.

The prodco also announced that Nneka Enurah (pictured, bottom right) has been named VP, multi-platform & partnerships and Deb Jackson, VP of production (pictured, top right).

“I’m thrilled to announce these promotions,” said Lauren Lexton, co-founder and CEO of Authentic Entertainment, in a statement. “In the changing landscape of entertainment, Jeff, Nneka, Deb and Paul have a combined base of knowledge and experience that retains the Authentic brand and also moves us into the future. Along with the rest of the Authentic team, we are in a great place to continue our success in cable and partner with strategic players to solidify a foothold in the multi-platform world.”

Formerly SVP of current programming at Authentic, Weaver has overseen 16 original TV series, four digital series and six pilots since joining the company in 2011.

He received two Emmy nominations for the reboot of A&E’s Intervention and served as Showrunner on TLC’s hit Little People, Big World. He also ran the inaugural season of the breakout series Tanked for Animal Planet and three seasons of Auction Kings on Discovery Channel.

Halperin, who was formerly SVP, finance and risk management at Authentic, manages all business and financial matters for the company. Halperin joined Authentic in 2008, from Broadview Media.

Jackson joined Authentic in 2006 as production manager and eventually moved  up to line producer, where she was awarded an Emmy for her work on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Made. Before this most recent promotion, Jackson oversaw the production department on more than 30 series for networks such as Bravo, TLC, HGTV, Travel Channel, Food Network and History Channel.

Prior to joining Authenthic, Jackson was a freelance production manager on several films, commercials and multi-camera live shows and worked four seasons on Fox’s long-standing hit series The Simpsons.

In her new role, Enurah will lead creative development efforts for original video content across all platforms and is tasked with establishing new strategic partnerships in the digital space. Enurah recently sold the branded series Glow With Me, featuring beauty expert and skincare line founder Ole Henriksen.  She was also responsible for the sale of Breaking Bass, a docu-series commissioned by Complex Network’s digital channel Rated Red.

Authentic is the production company behind such unscripted hits Toddlers and Tiaras, Flipping Out, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Ace of Cakes, Best Thing I Ever Ate, and the upcoming return of Trading Spaces. In addition, GSN just announced its picked up UK game show Pointless to development. The show, which is based on the successful format from Endemol Shine’s Remarkable Television, will be produced by Authentic for GSN.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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