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Authentic Entertainment Promotes Jeffrey L. Weaver And Paul Halperin To Executive Vice President Roles

April 6 2017 - Authentic Entertainment has named Jeffrey L. Weaver, Executive Vice President, Production and Content, and Paul Halperin, Executive Vice President, Business & Finance, it was announced today by Lauren Lexton, Co-Founder and CEO, Authentic Entertainment.  

Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, also announced that Nneka Enurah has been named Vice President, Multi-Platform & Partnerships and Deb Jackson, Vice President of Production.

Authentic is the production company behind such unscripted hits as “Toddlers & Tiaras,” “Flipping Out,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Ace of Cakes,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and the upcoming return of “Trading Spaces” for TLC. In addition, GSN just announced its picked up UK game show “Pointless” to development. “Pointless,” which is based on the successful format from Endemol Shine’s Remarkable Television, will be produced by Authentic for GSN.

“I’m thrilled to announce these promotions,” says Lexton. “In the changing landscape of entertainment, Jeff, Nneka, Deb and Paul have a combined base of knowledge and experience that retains the Authentic brand and also moves us into the future. Along with the rest of the Authentic team, we are in a great place to continue our success in cable and partner with strategic players to solidify a foothold in the multi-platform world.”
Formerly Senior Vice President of Current Programming at Authentic, Weaver has overseen 16 original TV series, four digital series and six pilots since joining the company in 2011. Weaver received two Emmy nominanations for the reboot of A&E’s “Interviention” and served as Showrunner on TLC’s hit “Little People, Big World.” Weaver also ran the inaugural season of the breakout series “Tanked” for Animal Planet and three seasons of “Auction Kings” on Discovery Channel. Weaver has a BA in Telecommunication & Film from the University of Alabama. He now lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Halperin, who was formerly Senior Vice President, Finance and Risk Management at Authentic, manages all business and financial matters for the company. Halperin joined Authentic in 2008, from Broadview Media, where he spent eight years as a production manager, executive in charge of production, and executive producer.

In addition to his work in television, Halperin has produced commercials, concerts, and corporate events for companies including Target, Northwest Airlines, and General Mills – along with music artists that include The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Billy Joel. Halperin has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In her new role, Enurah will lead creative development efforts for original video content across all platforms and is tasked with establishing new strategic partnerships in the digital space. Enurah recently sold the branded series "Glow With Me," featuring beauty expert and skincare line founder Ole Henriksen.  She was also responsible for the sale of "Breaking Bass,” a docu-series commissioned by Complex Network's digital channel Rated Red. The show is slated to premiere this summer on Verizon Go90, a mobile, ad-supported video service.

Prior to joining Authentic Entertainment, Enurah developed and produced both digital and television content for leading global media company POPSUGAR, where she helped lead lifestyle programming efforts and created branded content for clients including Nike, Crest, Levi’s, Dr. Pepper, and St. Ives.

Jackson joined Authentic in 2006, as Production Manager and eventually moved to up to Line Producer, where she was awarded an Emmy for her work on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Made.” Before this most recent promotion to Vice President, Production, Jackson oversaw the production department on more than 30 series for networks such as Bravo, TLC, HGTV, Travel Channel, Food Network and History Channel.

Prior to joining Authenthic, Jackson was a freelance production manager on several films, commercials and multi-camera live shows and worked four seasons on Fox’s long-standing hit series “The Simpsons.” Jackson holds a BA in Radio, Television and Film from California State University at Long Beach.

For further information:

Joe Schlosser
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Authentic Entertainment is an Emmy Award-winning production company based in Burbank, Calif. Authentic produces some of cable TV’s most popular shows and has brought its creative vision to the Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, History Channel, FYI, National Geographic, Showtime, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Bravo, Sundance Channel, and WEtv. In 2010, Authentic joined Endemol Shine Group, a worldwide leader in multi-platform entertainment programming.

About Endemol Shine North America

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 global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies 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 format sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

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