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Endemol Shine USA Unveils New Unscripted Team

June 1, 2015 - Endemol Shine USA, the unscripted U.S. division of Endemol Shine North America, has finalized its new programming team, including naming Linda Giambrone as Executive Vice President and Head of Unscripted Production and award-winning showrunner and TV executive Georgie Hurford-Jones as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Programming, it was announced today by Eden Gaha, President, Unscripted Television, Endemol Shine USA.

The new structure is a result of the joint venture that brings together the Endemol USA and Shine America unscripted teams. Endemol Shine North America’s unscripted programming includes such hits as “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” (FOX), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Wipeout” (ABC), “Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Fake Off” (TruTV), “Aloha Vet” (Nat Geo Wild), nationally syndicated series “Steve Harvey,” as well as new summer broadcast programs “Bullseye” (FOX) and “The Island” (NBC).

“Along with Rob Smith, our EVP and Head of Unscripted Television, we have assembled a truly stellar team of producers and production executives at Endemol Shine USA, many of whom are already hard at work on our existing hit franchises and also developing what we believe will be the next wave of unscripted hits,” says Endemol Shine USA’s Eden Gaha.


Giambrone, who was formerly Executive Vice President and Head of Production for Shine America, will now oversee all unscripted production efforts for Endemol Shine USA. Giambrone, who had served as Shine America’s top unscripted production executive since June 2011, is an Emmy-nominated producer and production executive whose credits include oversight of variety, talk, news, game, live events and reality series. Prior to joining Shine America, Giambrone was the Senior Vice President of BBC Worldwide Productions, where she was responsible for the company’s unscripted programming initiatives, including the successful launch of “Dancing With The Stars” on ABC.

Rob Day, who had served as Executive Vice President of Production for Endemol USA, will continue in his role for Endemol Shine USA, overseeing production on daytime syndicated series “Steve Harvey,” “Bullseye” and special projects for the company.

Rachel Dax, who formerly was Vice President, Production for Shine America, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Unscripted Production, Endemol Shine USA, reporting to Giambrone. Dax will oversee all day-to-day production for Endemol Shine USA’s unscripted programming, including “The Island,” “Aloha Vet,” among many other series. Prior to joining Shine America, Dax was Head of Production for High Noon Entertainment’s west coast operations.


Award-winning producer and TV executive Georgie Hurford-Jones, who has been responsible for some of the top unscripted formats in the world, has joined Endemol Shine USA as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Programming.

Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Hurford-Jones oversaw NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” after launching ITV’s BAFTA Award-winning “Britain’s Got Talent,” while serving as Senior Vice President of Simon Cowell’s Syco TV. Hurford-Jones was also formerly in charge of ITV’s award-winning UK series, “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”

Robin Feinberg has been also been named Senior Vice President, Unscripted Programming for Endemol Shine USA. Feinberg, who was formerly Vice President, Unscripted Programming for Shine America, will continue to oversee day-to-day programming efforts for such series as “Fake Off” “Restaurant Startup” and “Aloha Vet.” Feinberg has a wide-range of experience across different programming genres including documentary, challenge, makeover and game shows. Her producer credits include “Legally Blonde,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Ultimate Cake Off,” “For Love or Money” and “Sorority Life.”

Michael Brooks, who was previously Senior Vice President, Programming, Shine America, will continue serving in that role for Endemol Shine USA. Brooks is currently overseeing programming efforts for “The Biggest Loser” and “The Island.” 


Emmy Award-winning producer and show-runner Michael Weinberg has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Development. Weinberg, who was formerly Vice President, Unscripted Development for Endemol USA, has overseen development for Daytime Emmy Award-winning syndicated series “Steve Harvey,” “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” (FOX), “Bullseye” and numerous other series.  Prior to joining Endemol, Weinberg played an integral role in the launches of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Later with Bob Costas” and also served as a co-executive producer of “America’s Got Talent.”

Weinberg works alongside Chris Culvenor, who was previously Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development at Shine America and now serves in the same capacity for Endemol Shine USA. Culvenor recently developed such series as “Fake Off,” “Restaurant Startup” and the U.S. adaptation of “The Island.” He joined Shine America in 2012 from Shine Australia, where as head of development, he oversaw the launch of Australian formats of “MasterChef,” “The Biggest Loser” and “The Voice,” among others.

Laura Gibson and Christopher Potts have both joined the Endemol Shine USA team as vice presidents of unscripted development, reporting to Culvenor. Gibson joins from AOC Productions, where she was formerly Head of Development, overseeing both entertainment formats and scripted programming. Gibson’s other former positions include Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment, ITV Studios UK and Head of Entertainment Development for Endemol Shine-owned Princess Productions in the UK.

Potts comes to Endemol Shine from Lionsgate’s Banca Studio, where he had served as Vice President, Development, overseeing development on shows including “Celebrity Liar” (CW), and “Christina Milian: Turned Up” (E!).  Previously Potts was Head of Development for NBC Universal’s Monkey Kingdom, where he co-created and developed the BAFTA-winning series “Made in Chelsea” and also served as a development executive for Endemol Shine-owned Tiger Aspect.

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. 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. Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series including Below Deck (Bravo), Bullseye (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Fake Off (TruTV) Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), It Takes a Church (GSN), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Kingdom (DirecTV), Knife Fight (Esquire), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Island (NBC), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Wipeout (ABC) and many more.

Endemol Beyond USA, one of the fastest-growing and award-winning digital networks of 2014, is part of the Endemol Shine Group. As a Premium Content Network, Endemol Beyond USA content is available across more than 20 platforms including YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Roku, TiVo, DailyMotion and Amazon Fire TV. Endemol Beyond is the first Premium Channel Network with hubs in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with plans to expand into Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Endemol Beyond USA produces and distributes premium-quality online content starring influential talent such as Pitbull, Brittany Furlan, Drea De Matteo and Andy Milonakis across lifestyle, comedy, reality and music-themed digital networks. Together Endemol Beyond and digital pioneer Michelle Phan have recently launched ICON, the first worldwide Premium Lifestyle Network. ICON is an online global destination featuring a prolific slate of original programming in beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food, human interest stories and travel.

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