Banijay executive Cris Abrego has been elected chair of the Television Academy Foundation.
Abrego, who was most recently named Banijay’s chairman of the Americas and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings, will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021 through to Dec. 31, 2022.
At Banijay, Abrego oversees a portfolio of award-winning businesses, including Endemol Shine North America, Bunim/Murray Productions, Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Stephen David Entertainment and YellowBird U.S.
Meanwhile, in Latin America, Abrego has full oversight of Banijay’s Spanish-language sales and development arm, Endemol Shine Latino, as well as the Mexico City-based studio Endemol Shine Boomdog and Sao Paulo’s Endemol Shine Brasil.
He becomes the first-ever Latino to hold the title, succeeding Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, who served two consecutive terms from 2017 to 2020 as chair of the Television Academy Foundation. Di Nonno will remain on the foundation’s executive committee as chair emeritus.
In addition, Thomas Sarnoff, president of Sarnoff Entertainment Corporation, will continue to serve on the foundation’s executive committee as founding chair emeritus.
Further officers elected to serve two-year terms include vice chair Jonathan Murray, co-founder of Bunim/Murray Productions; treasurer Deborah Bradley, president of Bungalo Homes, Amherst; and secretary Billie Greer, a public policy advisor and consultant.
In other news, Paul Moore, ITV’s group communications and corporate affairs director, has been named chair of the Creative Diversity Network (CDN), the organization leading efforts to increase diversity on and off screen within the UK’s television industry
Moore will succeed Maria Kyriacou in the role as chair from January 2021.
Kyriacou, who was appointed to the post in June, is stepping down following the end of ViacomCBS’s two-year tenure as members. She will continue on as a CDN board member.
“As chair of CDN, I want to help support all of our members – and the wider television production and broadcasting industry – to ensure diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our businesses,” said Moore in a statement. “Mirroring the diversity of the UK and drawing on the widest possible talent pool will ensure we all create shows which engage, entertain and inform our audiences as we both reflect and shape the world we live in.”