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Shine hires Mike Aho for factual entertainment role

The former Collins Ave. exec (pictured) will lead the MasterChef producer's expansion into docuseries development and production.
December 18, 2013

MasterChef producer Shine America has hired Mike Aho (pictured) to lead the company’s expansion into docuseries development and production.

As senior VP of factual entertainment, he will identify original programming for the U.S. market that also work as formats internationally. He will report to Shine America president Eden Gaha.

Aho was formerly the VP of factual programming for Collins Ave., where he created, developed and produced unscripted shows such as Dance Moms for Lifetime, American Stuffers for Animal Planet, Meet The Hutterites for National Geographic Channel and Drama Queen for E!

Prior to that, he spent two years as co-executive producer at Glassman Media, where his credits included High Society for The CW Network, Three Wishes for NBC and The Ex-Wives Club for ABC. He also worked as a producer on Bravo’s Queer Eye for The Straight Guy and ABC’s The Bachelorette.

“Mike truly brings with him a wealth of production experience and we are thrilled to have him joining our team to help lead us into the burgeoning docuseries genre,” Gaha said in a statement.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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