Speaker Biography

Cris Abrego 

CompanyEndemol Shine Americas / Endemol Shine North America
TitleChairman / CEO
BioCris Abrego was named CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas, in November 2016. Abrego oversees both the North American and Latin American divisions of Endemol Shine Group, the global independent content creator, producer and distributor, with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. He originally joined Endemol Shine North America in October 2014 as Co-CEO and added oversight of the company’s Latin American operations in January 2016, as Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas. The former co-founder and chief of Endemol-owned 51 Minds Entertainment, Abrego is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S., recognized globally for pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout celebreality series THE SURREAL LIFE. Abrego oversees all of Endemol Shine North America’s programming, including hits such as CBS’s BIG BROTHER, FOX’s MASTERCHEF, and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, CNBC's BILLION DOLLAR BUYER, AT&T Audience Network's KINGDOM and upcoming series HUNTED (CBS), I'M DYING UP HERE (Showtime) and PAGE SIX TV (Syndicated). Also under his purview is Spanish-language sales and production team Endemol Shine Latino, which produces EL VATO for NBC Universo, as well local versions of MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and BIG BROTHER in Mexico. Endemol Shine North America is also home to a portfolio of industry-leading subsidiary production companies including Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions. Abrego, who sold 51 Minds Entertainment to Endemol in 2008, helped create the celeb-reality genre with the 2003 launch of THE SURREAL LIFE on The WB Network. He followed the success of THE SURREAL LIFE with a string of celeb-reality series for VH-1, including FLAVOR OF LOVE, ROCK THE LOVEBOAT WITH BRET MICHAELS and numerous other series. At its height, 51 Minds Entertainment was producing more than 150 hours of programming a year for VH1 alone.