Lauren Lexton Renews Contract To Remain On As CEO Of Authentic Entertainment
August 13, 2015 - Lauren Lexton, co-founder of Authentic Entertainment, has renewed her contract to remain as CEO of the Emmy Award-winning unscripted and documentary production company, it was announced today by Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, Co-CEOs and Co-Chairmen, Endemol Shine North America.
In addition, Tom Rogan, who co-founded Authentic Entertainment with Lexton and has served as its Co-CEO, is set to leave the company after a successful 15-year run.
Authentic Entertainment has produced many of the top unscripted shows of the last decade, including “Ace of Cakes,” “Flipping Out,” “Toddlers & Tiaras,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and many more series and specials. In August 2010, Authentic was acquired by Endemol USA, now Endemol Shine North America.
“Lauren is truly one of the most respected and talented producers in her field and we’re thrilled that she’s going to continue on in her role leading the team at Authentic and overseeing its roster of hit series and deep slate of projects in development,” says Corwin and Abrego. “And we thank Tom for all that he has done for Authentic Entertainment, helping build it into one of the most successful unscripted studios in the business. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Lexton added, “For 15 years, Tom Rogan has been my trusted partner and collaborator. We have been trailblazers in the industry and will continue that with new programming and new ideas for the changing television landscape. The team we built together will remain, which is in keeping with the Authentic spirit of rewarding success and promoting from within. The resources that are available to us now through the new Endemol Shine are vast, and we are already taking advantage of opportunities in formats, social media, marketing partnerships, and research. All of these will help us as we concentrate our efforts on the most important part of what we do, telling great stories that look as good as they feel.”
Prior to co-founding Authentic, Lexton worked as a showrunner, director, writer and producer for numerous specials and series for both network and cable. Lexton graduated cum laude from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She serves on the board of the International Documentary Association, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
In addition to shows currently on air, Authentic Entertainment is in production on six series and specials premiering later this year including Duff Goldman's “Cakemasters” for Food Network, “Knife Fight” for Esquire and series for FYI, History Channel and Discovery. And Authentic’s “Flipping Out” ends its eighth season later this month on Bravo.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. And subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has announced a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series including Below Deck (Bravo), Bullseye (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Fake Off (TruTV) Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), It Takes a Church (GSN), Kingdom (DirecTV), Knife Fight (Esquire), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Island (NBC), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Wipeout (ABC) and many more.
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