51 Minds realigns senior executive team

The Endemol Shine North America-owned producer has boosted its senior leadership team with the elevation of Chris Kinsella (pictured, left) to senior VP and Jessica Bofshever (right) to VP of development.
April 13, 2016

Endemol Shine North America subsidiary 51 Minds Entertainment has boosted its senior leadership team with the elevation of Chris Kinsella (pictured, left) to senior VP and Jessica Bofshever (right) to VP of development.

Most recently serving as the firm’s VP of development, Kinsella has played a key role in developing a raft of hit series, including Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop and CMT’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

Bofshever, meanwhile, formerly served as director of development, having had a hand in developing such series as She’s Got Game and the recent rebrand of Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake. Prior to boarding the North Hollywood-based producer, Bofshever served as director of development at Good Clean Fun where she worked on such series as The Bachelorette and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

In addition to the promotions, 51 Minds has named Andrew Jacobson as head of branded entertainment, former VH1 exec Tricia Biggio will join the outpost as VP of current productions, Elyse Adams is being upped to director of current productions, and Hannan Abdelaa will move into Bofshever’s vacated role of director of development.

Jacobson, who most recently served as director of development, will be responsible for driving the company’s branded entertainment push for the first time. Jacobson previously worked in branded development when he served as director of creative development and production at Electus.

Biggio previously served as VH1′s current executive on a number of 51 Minds series, including T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, She’s Got Game and Suave Says. Prior to her work at the Viacom-owned broadcaster, Biggio served as a producer at Lighthearted Entertainment, assisting with the development of Dating Naked and Bye Felicia.

Finally, Adams is being promoted to director of current productions after nearly two years with the firm, where she has had a hand in such series as Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.