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Endemol Shine NA shuffles execs

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) has hired an unscripted exec as its new executive VP of development for unscripted original series and has made several changes to its programming team.

Christmas Rini

Christmas Rini joins ESNA from A Smith and Company, where she was executive VP of development and oversaw the creation, development and sale of all original non-scripted programming.

The move is a return to her roots, with the exec having begun her unscripted career at ESNA working on series such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2003.

In addition, producer Michael Weinberg has taken the newly created position of executive VP of syndication, while Sean Loughlin has been promoted to senior VP of unscripted development.

Weinberg, who was formerly senior VP of development and helped develop the studio’s daytime talkshow hosted by Steve Harvey, oversaw the recent launch of Page Six TV in national syndication and will now lead a new syndication unit.

Prior to joining the company, he served as co-executive producer on America’s Got Talent (NBC), Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Fox), 1 vs 100 (NBC) and Just for Laughs (ABC).

Michael Weinberg

Loughlin has been with Endemol Shine since 2005 and will report to Rini in his new role. He was previously VP of unscripted development and was part of the internal team that developed and sold series including Page Six TV, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, Love in the Wild and 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show.

In related news, ESNA parent Endemol Shine Group has picked up the global format and finished-tape rights to a cooking show from London-based prodco Keo Films.

Britain’s Best Home Cook (8×60’) will be distributed by Endemol exclusively across all platforms outside of the UK, with local versions being produced around the world.

The show was originally made by Keo for BBC1, with executive producers Andrew Palmer, Matt Cole, Claire Nosworthy and Clare Paterson.

The first season of the original UK format will broadcast on BBC1 later this year and will see 10 skilled home cooks face a range of culinary challenges. The primetime show will be hosted by Claudia Winkelman, with celebrity chefs Mary Berry and Dan Doherty judging alongside former market trader Chris Bavin.

Britain’s Best Home Cook joins an Endemol food format portfolio that already includes titles such as MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules and Ready, Steady, Cook.

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