Endemol Shine North America Signs Exclusive Deal With Ayesha Curry
October 11, 2017 - Endemol Shine North America has signed an exclusive deal with breakout TV and social media personality, best-selling author and acclaimed chef Ayesha Curry, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted and Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America.
Endemol Shine North America, the production company behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” (FOX), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) and the upcoming return of “Trading Spaces (TLC), will develop original unscripted content with Curry and Flutie Entertainment’s Yardie Girl Productions for Curry to both appear in and also executive produce. In addition, Endemol Shine North America will work in conjunction with Flutie Entertainment, supplementing its work in licensing and brand partnerships for Curry.
Curry, who has been a force in shaking up and redefining the content distribution model and has millions of social media followers, is set to co-host ABC’s upcoming season of “The Great American Baking Show” and hosts her own series, “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen,” on Food Network.
Curry was recently named one of CoverGirl’s newest brand ambassadors and her first cookbook, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well, quickly became a New York Times bestseller last year.
“Ayesha is re-defining the way audiences connect with celebrities, brands and content and we’re thrilled to have her joining the Endemol Shine family,” said Levy. “We’re already developing a number of potentially ground-breaking projects with Ayesha to front and we’re collaborating with her to executive produce others with our team.”
“From the very first meeting I knew that Endemol Shine was a great fit for me,” says Curry. “I believe that in today’s media landscape, we can create and distribute content on multiple platforms, while remaining fresh and relevant. Endemol Shine North America CEO Cris Abrego and Sharon Levy openly supported my vision of being able to push limits and be on multiple platforms and their creative spirit and enthusiasm made me feel comfortable and at home.”
Flutie Entertainment discovered Curry through her local Bay Area access show, “Cooking with the Curry’s,” and has been serving as her management firm since 2014. Flutie has been creating and executing the Curry brand strategy that has positioned Ayesha as a leader in both the food and lifestyle categories. Flutie Entertainment and Curry are partners in the newly formed Yardie Girl Productions.
Curry, who has had a life-long interest in food and is a self-taught chef, was encouraged by her husband to start a blog that parlayed itself into a YouTube channel and ultimately into TV and book deals. Curry also recently launched her own meal kit company, Homemade, and her much anticipated eponymous line of cookware is now available at Target stores and will be released at retailers nationwide next month.
Her restaurant International Smoke, in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina, has locations in Waikiki, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Curry, who is the mother of two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and married to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, was announced as one of CoverGirl’s newest brand ambassadors in September. For her first role as the newest CoverGirl, Curry will be starring in a national campaign that launches in October.
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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 global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language format sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Spike), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC), Fear Factor (MTV), I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime), Page Six TV (Syndicated) and upcoming Best.Cover.Ever. (YouTube) and Trading Spaces (TLC).