Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas
Ben Samek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas, since January 2018.
In his current role, Samek has oversight of Endemol Shine’s North American subsidiary production companies - Authentic Entertainment, 51 Minds and Truly Original, as well as, Endemol Shine’s operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Boomdog and Endemol Shine Brasil.
Samek also leads Endemol Shine’s Los Angeles-based corporate development and commercial franchise teams, including the company’s licensing, marketing, social media, branded content, branded integration and research teams. Samek previously spent the last four years serving as Chief Operating Officer for Endemol Shine North America.
A 20-year veteran of the television industry, Samek originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Samek served as Chief Operating Officer at 51 Minds Entertainment, 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 in the unscripted television production trenches and later won an Emmy Award for producing the third season of The Amazing Race.