Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock Renew Deals to Continue Leading Unscripted Powerhouse Truly Original
May 5, 2020 - Emmy Award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock have renewed their deals to remain Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs of Truly Original, the unscripted TV production company owned by Endemol Shine North America, it was announced today by Cris Abrego, CEO, Endemol Shine North America.
Hersh and Weinstock originally founded True Entertainment in 2000 (acquired by Endemol Shine in 2003) and in 2015, they assumed the leadership of Endemol Shine North America’s Original Media, as well, before merging the two entities in January 2017 to form Truly Original.
Since then, Hersh and Weinstock have built the New York City-based production enterprise into one of the world’s leading creators and producers of unscripted content. Truly Original is behind such long-running hits as The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Potomac, Shahs of Sunset, Swamp People, Summer House, Basketball Wives, and the Ink Master franchise, as well as The Last Cowboy, produced with Taylor Sheridan, and new breakout series Family Karma.
“For the last two decades, Glenda and Steven’s track record in the unscripted space has been second to none and we’re thrilled that they will be continuing on with us for many years to come,” said Abrego. “They both possess a very strong business acumen and since we formed Truly Original three years ago, Glenda and Steven have taken their creativity and productivity to new levels—strengthening their big franchises, while launching numerous groundbreaking original series. I know there are many more great stories ahead for the Truly Original team.”
“We are so proud of the first-class team of creatives, producers, executives and staffers that are Truly Original – their talent and dedication has propelled the company and allowed us all to grow and flourish,” said Hersh and Weinstock. “We’re very fortunate to be in the Endemol Shine family, which has always given us creative freedom to take chances and big swings and provided their full support. We’re also grateful for the wonderful partnership of our network and streaming colleagues and are more committed than ever to collaborating on programming that entertains and excites their audiences. Looking back, we started our partnership at a key moment for unscripted; years later, for all its change and disruption, this remains a singularly creative, compelling and surprising industry – and we’re eager to get to work on the next chapter.”
Truly Original creates and produces hundreds of hours of programming, with Hersh and Weinstock leading all creative, development, programming and operations. The producing partners have earned multiple Emmys and other awards for many groundbreaking documentaries and unscripted series – from the game-changing Trauma: Life in the ER and OWN’s must-see Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, to ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential and the seminal Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandel for CNBC.