Ben Samek, Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America
Ben Samek has served as Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America, since March 2015.
Samek, an 18-year veteran of the television industry, originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, 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.
Samek manages the company’s relationships with subsidiary production companies Authentic Entertainment, 51 Minds and Truly Original. He also has oversight of the company’s operations and corporate development activities in North America and Latin America, including human resources, finance, and the commercial franchise team.
Endemol Shine North America’s programming includes hits such as Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), Fear Factor (MTV), The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Best.Cover.Ever. (YouTube), Trading Spaces (TLC), the first celebrity edition of Big Brother (CBS) and the upcoming launch of Utopia (Amazon Prime), a scripted thriller based on the British series of the same name.
The company’s Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development activities in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America. Samek recently led the launch of Endemol Shine Boomdog, a newly launched studio producing original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets.
Prior to his current role as COO, Samek served as Chief Operating Officer at Endemol-owned 51 Minds, where he helped grow the company from its boutique beginnings into an industry heavyweight that generated more than $80 million a year in sales.
Samek began his career at MTV in production management before moving over to reality powerhouse Bunim/Murray Productions, where he produced some of their most memorable content including Making the Band (ABC), Road Rules (MTV) and The Extreme Challenge (MTV). He produced Next Action Star/NBC, Cannonball Run/USA and won an Emmy Award for producing the third season of The Amazing Race/CBS.