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Authentic Entertainment And Zoe Saldana's Cinestar Pictures Team Up For New Unscripted TV Series "Mothers"

June 6, 2017 - Authentic Entertainment is teaming with Zoe, Mariel, and Cisely Saldana's Cinestar productions to develop an American adaptation of the hit Israeli TV format “Mothers.”

First developed by Israeli broadcaster Reshet and a recent breakout hit in Germany, “Mothers” follows six prominent mothers in a transformative social experiment. Authentic and Cinestar are taking the series out to U.S. buyers starting this week.

“Mothers” features six women, each with a different lifestyle and approach to motherhood, who are brought together to explore the diversity of what being a mother means and what it takes to tackle the tough and rewarding role. In each episode, the six mothers open-up their homes and hearts to cameras 24/7 and then sit down together and watch their most vulnerable moments play out in front of them.

Originally created by Reshet, “Mothers” was a smash hit for German network VOX late last year and was recently launched in Italy.

“This format reached out and grabbed me and it was the same for the Saldana sisters – immediate love for the boldness of the format,” says Authentic Entertainment CEO and Co-Founder Lauren Lexton. “It's part documentary, part social experiment and part juicy soap opera. You just can’t stop watching.”

Added Zoe, Mariel and Cisely Saldana, “We’re proud to be part of this amazing project, which offers a compelling glimpse into what it means to be a mother in the modern world.  ‘Mothers’ is incredibly watchable TV programming, but it equally serves as a platform for empowering women."

Authentic, which is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, 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 recently announced it has 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.

Cinestar just completed its new show “Mom Ambition” with Awestruck for Go90 and is in pre-production on upcoming feature film “Honored” that will be distributed by Lionsgate.

For further information:

Joe Schlosser
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Zoe Saldana and her sisters Cisely and Mariel are proof that there's no business like family business. Together the sisters cofounded the production company Cinestar Pictures. They're all producers in the company, and even though Zöe's usually the one in the public eye, everyone busts their butts to make their company as successful as it can be. Through Cinestar, the Saldana sisters have already produced the NBC miniseries Rosemary's Baby (in which Zoe starred) and the digital series My Hero for AOL. They launched their YouTube channel, which aims to be a fun, insightful channel covering everything from fitness, love, motherhood, and platanos. These sisters are creating a space for diverse and bold women.


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.


Reshet Media is a living commercial broadcaster in Israel and is synonymous with original Israeli creation and a “home” for creators both new-comers and prolific. Reshet develops and produces original shows of all genres, among them “Game of Chefs” and “Mothers” that are produced and aired in several territories around the world. Reshet is renowned for its original scripted shows such as “Mossad 101″, “Little Monsters”, “Harem” and “Nevsu”. Reshet holds 50% of Channel 2 News Company, Israel’s prominent news provider. In 2014, Endemol-Shine Group completed an investment in Reshet acquiring a 33% holding in the Reshet Media.

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