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Lexton exits Authentic, Eike moves up

One of the co-founders of Endemol Shine North America-owned prodco Authentic Entertainment is to step down, with the company’s former development chief taking her place.

Lauren Lexton

Authentic’s CEO Lauren Lexton is set to leave the production company she co-founded 18 years ago and will be replaced by Helga Eike, who will take over as president.

Eike spent 10 years at Authentic as senior VP of development before launching Red Bandit Media with ITV America two years ago, working on shows including Texas Cake House for Food Network and I Should have Known for TLC.

Lexton has overseen the creation and production of shows such as Ace of Cakes, Knife Fight, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers & Tiaras, as well as overseeing the return of Trading Spaces for TLC.

Helga Eike

“Lauren has developed and produced some of the most iconic unscripted series of the past two decades and helped build Authentic Entertainment into one of the leading production companies in our industry,” says Endemol Shine North America CEO Cris Abrego.

Lexton added: “Helga helped build Authentic, so it’s perfect that she will now run it. She’s one of the smartest people I know and I’m excited to see her take Authentic to new heights. I’m also thrilled that Authentic will continue to be a female-led company.”

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