Laurens Drillich, President, Endemol Shine Latino
Laurens Drillich serves as President, Endemol Shine Latino, since October 2015.
Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all Spanish and Portuguese-language efforts across Latin America. Endemol Shine Latino just announced three upcoming series with Telemundo, including the first-ever Spanish-language version of “MasterChef” in the U.S. (“MasterChef Latino”), as well as scripted series “El Ganador” starring Nicky Jam and unscripted digital series “Love Clicks 24/7” for Telemundo.com. The division is also producing “Strictly Dancing” (“Mira Quién Baila”) and “Your Face Sounds Familiar” (“Tu Cara Me Suena”) for Univision as well as the second season of drama “El Vato” for Universo.
And Endemol Shine and Major TV also recently optioned the television rights to Chris Perez’s To Selena With Love, the best-selling book that tells the late Latin music superstar’s love story through the eyes of her husband. Endemol Shine and Major TV are adapting To Selena With Love for both English and Spanish TV audiences with Blue Mariachi, Perez and Carlito Miranda’s production company.
Drillich is based in Miami, Fla., and reports to Cris Abrego, Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas.
Endemol Shine Group is the largest independent producer in Latin America with production bases in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, as well as a regional sales operation serving all of these markets.
Drillich is an Emmy award-winning producer and director, who previously oversaw Endemol's Spanish-language sales and production efforts in the U.S. and Mexico. He also formerly served as Chairman and CEO of Dutch broadcaster BNN and has held a number of senior roles at media companies such as Veronica and RTL and most recently he was CEO of Endemol Shine Netherlands, the largest production company in Holland with programming across all genres, including scripted, sports, digital, journalism, documentaries, entertainment, and reality.
In his current role, Drillich is heading up a new central hub in Miami that will connect and oversee Endemol Shine Group’s Spanish-language efforts across the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all production operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru and format sales activities across Latin America, pooling creativity and resources across markets.
Endemol Shine’s ratings successes in the region include local versions of “Big Brother,” “Masterchef,” and “My Name Is,” as well as Spanish-originated format “Your Face Sounds Familiar” and Endemol Shine Argentina’s “Last Passenger,” “Step Right Up” and “Hit The Note.” The company is also a successful producer of Latin American dramas and telenovelas, including “The Successful Mr. and Mrs. Pells” and “Graduates and Legacy of Rock & Roll.”
In the U.S. and Mexico, Endemol Shine Latino has recently launched successful versions of “Big Brother” on Televisa and Telemundo, as well as “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Jr. in Mexico for TV Azteca.