Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Banijay Americas
Ben Samek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Banijay Americas, since January 2018.
In his current role, Samek has oversight of Banijay America’s subsidiary production companies – Endeml Shine North America, Bunim/Murray Productions, Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment and Stephen David Entertainment, as well as the company’s operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Boomdog in Mexico, Endemol Shine Brasil and recently announced Banijay Mexico and U.S. Hispanic.
Samek also leads Banijay America’s Los Angeles-based corporate development and commercial franchise teams, including the company’s licensing, marketing, social media, branded content, branded integration and research teams. Samek reports to Cris Abrego, Chairman of the Americas, Banijay and President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings.
The company’s hit series in the U.S. include Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), LEGO Masters (FOX), Wipeout (TBS), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles (Paramount+), Below Deck (Bravo) and much more. Spanish-language series include Mira Quién Baila (Univision), LOL: Last One Laughing (Amazon), ¿Quién Es La Máscara? (Televisa), MasterChef Mexico (Azteca), Tu Cara Me Suena (Univison) and Súbete a Mi Moto (Amazon).
Samek originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President and COO of Endemol Shine North America in March 2015.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Samek served as Chief Operating Officer at 51 Minds Entertainment, where he helped grow the company from its boutique beginnings into an industry heavyweight that produced more than $100 million a year in content.
Samek began his career in the unscripted television production trenches and later won an Emmy Award for producing the third season of The Amazing Race.