Endemol Shine North America, a Banijay company, is partnering with Academy Award-winning actress, producer and comedian Mo’Nique to develop unscripted projects for television.
Endemol Shine North America and Hicks Media, Mo’Nique and her manager/husband Sidney Hicks’ production label, are developing unscripted series for Mo’Nique (pictured, left) to both host and star in, as well as develop and produce projects for other talent.
The deal reunites Mo’Nique with Cris Abrego (pictured, right), Banijay’s chairman of the Americas, and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings. Abrego initially cast Mo’Nique in the hit VH1 unscripted series Charm School in 2007 after co-founding prodco 51 Minds, which made the show.
The deal came about after Abrego, who now oversees eight production studios in the U.S. and Latin America for Banijay, including L.A.-based Endemol Shine North America, reached out to Mo’Nique and Hicks during the pandemic about working together on unscripted series.
“I’ll never forget my first time working with her on Charm School, where she made it very clear that there was a lack of diverse faces behind the camera and that things needed to change,” Abrego said in a news release announcing the partnership. “That was 15 years ago, and Mo’Nique has been a champion of equality and representation in our industry ever since.”
He added: “Mo’Nique is an icon in every sense of the word, and I can’t think of anyone who is more relevant and whose authentic voice should be heard right now more than hers. Our team at Endemol Shine is thrilled to be working with her and excited by the top names that both she and Sidney are already bringing in to collaborate with.”