Ben Samek, Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America
Ben Samek serves 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. Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series, including Big Brother (CBS) MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (FOX), Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC), Kingdom (AT&T Audience Network) and Hunted (CBS), Fear Factor (MTV), Page Six TV (Syndicated), and I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime); as well as upcoming series Best.Cover.Ever (YouTube).
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 and 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.
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, including human resources, finance, and the commercial franchise team.
Prior to his 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.”