Michael Heyerman Named Senior Vice President, Unscripted Original Series, Endemol Shine North America
Shyam Balsé Joins Studio as Vice President, Unscripted Original Series
(January 28, 2020) - Michael Heyerman has been named Senior Vice President, Unscripted Original Series, Endemol Shine North America and Shyam Balsé has joined the studio as Vice President, Unscripted Original Series, it was announced today by DJ Nurre, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Original Series, Endemol Shine North America.
Heyerman, who previously held an executive producer deal with Endemol Shine North America, has helped develop and serves as an EP on the studio’s upcoming launch of LEGO Masters for FOX and the upcoming relaunch of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at HGTV. Balsé is a veteran unscripted producer who is currently serving as Co-EP on LEGO Masters and he recently served as Co-EP on NBC’s The Titan Games.
“We’ve been on a bit of a hot streak lately, due in large part to the long hours and late nights Michael Heyerman has put in at our offices and in various dark edit bays and control rooms around the nation—so it was an easy decision to expand his role,” says Nurre. “Additionally, in keeping with the philosophy that the best executives to help create, launch and oversee hit shows are the ones that have spent their entire careers making them, we are excited to welcome the incredibly talented, utterly unflappable, and universally beloved Shyam Balsé to the team.”
“I’m excited to continue this adventure with Cris Abrego, Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and the incredibly talented producers here at Endemol Shine North America,” says Heyerman. “Our current slate, with its long-running hit series and upcoming launches of series including ‘LEGO Masters’ and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ is unmatched in the industry and I’m honored to be a part of it."
Added Balsé, “I’ve made it a point in my career to work with the best producers and companies in the business and Endemol Shine North America has it all. I am excited to join this company that consistently produces blockbuster global formats and it is truly an honor to work under the visionary leadership of Cris Abrego, Ben Samek, Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre.”
Heyerman originally joined Endemol Shine North America in October 2018, signing an executive producer deal with the studio and he has since been leading the development and production of both LEGO Masters and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Previously, Heyerman served as showrunner on Endemol Shine’s MasterChef Jr.—Road To The Finale. Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Heyerman was part of NBC’s development Brain Trust team at Universal Television, guiding original unscripted projects to air. His credits also include serving as co-executive producer on The F Word at FOX, To Tell The Truth at ABC, as well as senior producer on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
A veteran unscripted producer known for working on high profile, primetime network shows, Balsé has been working closely with Heyerman and the Endemol Shine team on the upcoming launch of LEGO Masters for FOX.
Balsé has worked with the top broadcast and cable networks on unscripted shows featuring some of the biggest celebrities in the industry, including Dwayne Johnson, Will Arnett, Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore and Ellen DeGeneres. He has also worked on Hollywood blockbuster films, including Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, and he’s produced and written several award-winning independent films.
Balsé got his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts - Film and Television Production program, where he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed thesis film Monsoon, which was shot on location in India. Monsoon played in over 30 film festivals and won 16 awards, including Best Director at USC’s First Look Film Festival.
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 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 Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Paramount Network), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Below Deck & Below Deck: Mediterranean (Bravo), T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle (VH1), Mira Quien Baila (Univision), Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Netflix), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), LOL (Amazon), as well as upcoming series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), The Biggest Loser (USA Network), LEGO Masters (FOX), Ripley (Showtime) and Utopia (Amazon).