Ben Samek, Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America
Ben Samek serves as Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America, since March 2015.
Samek, an 18-year veteran of the television industry, originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
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. Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series, including Big Brother (CBS) MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC), Kingdom (AT&T Audience Network) and Hunted (CBS), as well as upcoming series Best.Cover.Ever (YouTube), Fear Factor (MTV), Ambulance (CBS), I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime) and Page Six TV (Syndicated).
Samek manages the company’s relationships with subsidiary production companies Authentic Entertainment, 51 Minds and Truly Original. He also has oversight of the company’s operations and corporate development activities in North America, including human resources, finance and the commercial franchise team, as well as direct supervision of the company’s premium channel network, “Endemol Shine Beyond” in the U.S.
Prior to his role as COO, Samek served as Chief Operating Officer at Endemol-owned 51 Minds, where he helped grow the company from its boutique beginnings into an industry heavyweight that generated more than $80 million a year in sales.
Samek began his career at MTV in production management before moving over to reality powerhouse Bunim/Murray Productions, where he produced some of their most memorable content including “Making the Band” (ABC), “Road Rules” (MTV) and “The Extreme Challenge” (MTV). He produced “Next Action Star/NBC”, “Cannonball Run/USA” and won an Emmy Award for producing the third season of “The Amazing Race/CBS.”