Industry Pioneer Award

Cris 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.The former chief executive and co-founder of Endemol Shine-owned 51 Minds Entertainment, Abrego is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S. Abrego has oversight of Endemol Shine Latino, the company’s Spanish-language sales and development arm that leads all programming initiatives across Latin America. Abrego recently led the launch of Endemol Shine Boomdog, the division’s newest studio that produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Abrego oversees such Endemol Shine series as “Big Brother,” “MasterChef,” “Fear Factor,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Chumel Con Chumel,” “MasterChef Latino,” “Mira Quién Baila,” “Ink Master” and “Trading Spaces” (TLC).

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