Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas
Ben Samek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas, since January 2018. Samek originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer
In his current role, Samek has oversight of Endemol Shine’s North American subsidiary production companies - Authentic Entertainment, 51 Minds and Truly Original, as well as Endemol Shine’s operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Boomdog in Mexico and Endemol Shine Brasil.
Samek also leads Endemol Shine’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.
Endemol Shine’s programming in North America and Latin America includes hits such as Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), Family Food Fight (ABC), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), MasterChef Latino (Telemundo), Mira Quién Baila (Univision/Televisa) Below Deck (Bravo), Ink Master (Paramount Network), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Telemundo/Netflix) and the upcoming launch of Utopia (Amazon Prime), Almost Family (FOX), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), and The Biggest Loser (USA).
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.