Below Deck producer 51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, has elevated Zachary Klein EVP of operations and production.
Klein (pictured), who most recently served as VP of production at the outfit, takes up the role from COO Temple Williams, who will be leaving the studio later this year after more than a decade at the prodco.
Williams has served as COO since 2014, having first joined as EVP and GM in 2009.
Klein joined 51 Minds in 2012, rising to director of production before taking up his most recent role in 2019.
He has been spearheading day-to-day operations, while helping oversee 51 Minds’ production slate.
In addition to the Below Deck franchise, 51 Minds produces such series as T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1); Cakealikes (Food Network/Discovery+); and Netflix’s upcoming Marriage or Mortgage, among other unscripted series.
Klein has over a decade of experience working in unscripted television, having worked on a myriad of shows for ABC, NBC, FOX, MTV, VH1, CMT, TLC and Netflix.
“Zach has done an amazing job overseeing production on some of our top series and he’s very deserving of this new role,” 51 Minds Entertainment president Christian Sarabia said in a statement. “His long list of credits and extensive experience in our industry will serve all of us well as we head into what’s shaping up to be a very busy production period for 51 Minds.”
Sarabia added: “At the same time, I want to wish Temple all the best in his future endeavors. He has played an integral role in our studio’s growth over the last decade and helped paved the way for the success of our Below Deck franchise.”