Ben Samek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas, since January 2018. Samek originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
In his current role, Samek has oversight of Endemol Shine’s North America’s subsidiary production companies – Bunim/Murray Productions, Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment and Stephen David Entertainment, as well as Endemol Shine’s operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Boomdog in Mexico, Endemol Shine Brasil and Banijay Mexico and U.S. Hispanic.
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.
The company’s hit series in the U.S. include Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), LEGO Masters (FOX), Wipeout (TBS), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Ink Masters (Paramount Network) and the upcoming launches of Foodtastic (Disney+), Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance (Peacock), The Surreal Life (VH1), Married to Real Estate (HGTV), The Real Housewives of Dubai (Bravo) and Ripley (Showtime). Spanish-language series include Mira Quién Baila (Univision), LOL: Last One Laughing (Amazon), ¿Quién Es La Máscara? (Televisa), MasterChef Mexico (Azteca), Tu Cara Me Suena (Univison), Súbete a Mi Moto (Amazon) and upcoming Pantaya series starring Kate del Castillo, A Beautiful Lie.
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 produced more than $100 million a year in content.
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.