51 Minds Entertainment Names Zachary Klein Executive Vice President, Operations and Production
Klein To Oversee All Production Efforts For Studio Including Hit "Below Deck" Franchise
February 26, 2021 - 51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, has named Zachary Klein, Executive Vice President, Operations and Production, it was announced today by 51 Minds Entertainment President Christian Sarabia.
Klein, a veteran in TV production, has worked on numerous top broadcast, cable and streaming reality series during his career and most recently served as Vice President, Production at 51 Minds.
Temple Williams, who has served as 51 Minds’ Chief Operation Officer since 2014, will be leaving the studio later this year. Williams has been with 51 Minds since first joining as Executive Vice President and General Manager in 2009.
51 Minds produces such hit series as “Below Deck,” “Below Deck Mediterranean” (Bravo), “Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” “Below Deck Galley Talk,” “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Cakealikes” (Food Network/Discovery+), Netflix’s upcoming “Marriage or Mortgage” and numerous other unscripted series.
“Zach has done an amazing job overseeing production on some of our top series and he’s very deserving of this new role,” said Sarabia. “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.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to continue working with Christian and the 51 Minds’ team,” says Klein. “I’ve been with the company for nearly a decade now and I’m looking forward to what’s to come with our ever-expanding slate.”
Klein joined 51 Minds in 2012, rising to Director of Production and was named Vice President of Production for the studio in 2019. He has been spearheading day-to-day operations, while helping oversee 51 Minds’ production slate.
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.
While at 51 Minds, Klein has overseen production on numerous series including “Below Deck” and it’s spin-offs, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” as well as “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”