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Authentic Entertainment is an Emmy Award-winning production company based in Burbank, Calif. Authentic produces some of cable TV’s most popular shows and has brought its creative vision to the Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, History Channel, FYI, National Geographic, Showtime, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Bravo, Sundance Channel, and WEtv. In 2010, Authentic joined Endemol Shine Group, a worldwide leader in multi-platform entertainment programming.
Authentic produces many popular shows including , "Flipping Out!", "Guilty Pleasures", " Waterfront House Hunting", "Top 5 Restaurants"' "Knife Fight", "Cake Masters", "The Best Thing I Ever Ate", and many more series and specials.
Fans of the original Trading Spaces can rest easy: The show’s reboot officially includes some of the hilarious design fails and cringe-worthy homeowner reactions you know and love, a new interview confirms.
“Not every episode has a happy ending,” TLC’s executive vice president of development and production Howard Lee tells TV Guide. “What one of our designers does with eggshells is shocking. Dozens and dozens of eggs were harmed.”
Raleigh native Fanny Slater, known for her “Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes From a Passionate Eater” cookbook and for her former Food Network TV show “Kitchen Sink,” will be back on TV soon, appearing in three upcoming episodes of “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Cooking Channel.
Her first appearance comes Monday, in an episode that features a catfish and grits dish from PinPoint, a Wilmington restaurant that specializes in local seasonal food. We talked to Slater, calling from her home in Wilmington, about her appearance on the show, her current projects and the places she eats when she’s back in Raleigh.
For a show that’s all about major overhauls, Trading Spaces will be remarkably unchanged when it makes its much-anticipated return to TLC later this year. That becomes abundantly clear just moments into the first episode of the revived series (the original aired from 2000 to 2008). Wondrously upbeat host Paige Davis is imploring two sets of neighbors—clad in hokey red and blue team shirts—to swap keys to their homes. The same earwormy theme music scores the exchange. Then Davis utters that familiar phrase: “Are you ready to trade spaces?”
Time Inc.’s free streaming network, PeopleTV, will debut a new body-positive bridal series.
The Perfect Fit (pictured), produced by Authentic Entertainment, documents 12 curvy brides on their search for the ultimate wedding gowns.
The six-episode series is filmed in Chicago’s Haute & Co. Bridal Boutique, which specializes in bridal consultations and wedding dresses between sizes 14 and 32.
As a teen, one of the biggest shows that fueled my growing food obsession was Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The show, where six seasons spanned across the entirety of my high school career, opened me up to a world of intricate dishes and epic eats that I had never seen before, and inspired me to want to travel and partake in new culinary experiences. Now, six years after the last episode aired, we have official confirmation that the show is finally making a comeback.
Reality-television producer Authentic Entertainment is expanding into digital and sponsored content.
Through its new partnership division, Authentic has produced content for Macy’s, Buick, Old Navy, Subaru, Folgers Coffee, and Hewlett Packard. Authentic recently produced a seven-part cooking series for Johnsonville Sausage, “Dinner Is Served,” starring “Top Chef” alum Fabio Viviani with support from Beck Media & Marketing. The company is also producing original content for the YouTube channel of beauty brand Ole Henriksen. As part of that deal, Authentic recruited Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest and Jacey Duprie from Damsel In Dior for a new wellness series titled “Glow With Me.” Since the series’ launch, traffic on the channel has increased 159%.
Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, has teamed with Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures to develop an American adaptation of the Israeli unscripted format Mothers.
Originally developed by Israeli broadcaster Reshet, the social experiment series follows six prominent mothers — each with a different lifestyle and approach to motherhood — as they explore the diversity of what it takes to being a mother.
Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, has appointed veteran development exec Sara Reddy as executive VP of development and current.
With more than 10 years of unscripted experience, Reddy (pictured) has worked on hundreds of hours of content for networks such as TLC, Discovery, Animal Planet, A&E, MTV, VH1, Showtime, ABC and CBS.
Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America has announced a series of appointments to its team.
Authentic has upped Jeffrey L. Weaver (pictured, top left) to EVP, production and content and Paul Halperin (pictured, bottom left) to EVP, business & finance.
The prodco also announced that Nneka Enurah (pictured, bottom right) has been named VP, multi-platform & partnerships and Deb Jackson, VP of production (pictured, top right).
The 2017 realscreen Global 100 list, showcasing innovation, business acumen and, of course, great content, is celebrating 11 years in publication. As has been the tradition since 2006, the list is painstakingly compiled by our staff using input directly from you — the producers, network executives, distributors, agents and others working in the industry. We put the call out for your votes on the non-fiction and unscripted programs and documentaries that you believe were the most original, best executed and just plain best productions of 2016, and the production companies behind them. And, again, you’ve responded with enthusiasm.
Lauren Lexton co-founded Authentic Entertainment in 2000. An Emmy-Award winning producer, Lexton leads the company as CEO, while also serving as an executive producer on all productions. Over the course of the company’s history, Lexton worked on thousands of hours of programming that spans more than 80 shows for over 16 networks.
Currently, Lexton is responsible for the creation and production of hit shows such as “Flipping Out!”, “Ace of Cakes,” “Knife Fight,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Prior to founding Authentic, Lexton worked as a show runner, director, writer and producer for numerous network and cable series.
Lexton graduated cum laude from NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association. Her greatest passion is finding unknown talent and unique stories – often discovering that truth is stranger than fiction.
As SVP of Production & Operations, Kirk Anderson oversees all aspects of production from budgeting to delivery and everything in between.
Kirk has been in the television industry for over 15 years. He started at the bottom as a PA on The Bachelor and hasn’t stopped learning and growing since. Within that time, he has been fortunate enough to be a part of such shows as The Apprentice, The Real Gilligan’s Island, Dancing with the Stars, La La Land, and Billion Dollar Buyer to name a few. He’s worked with networks spanning from Showtime, ABC, FOX, WE, TBS, CNBC, and several others.
Contrary to most people in Hollywood, Kirk is a California native. Hitting the skate park, beach, and snowy mountains with his wife and 4 kids pretty much takes up the rest of his time.
Emmy-nominated executive producer Jeffrey L. Weaver is a producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor, musician and singer.
Over the last five years, Weaver wrapped an exceptional 209-episode run of TLC’s hit “Little People, Big World” on TLC, ran the inaugural season of the breakout series “Tanked” for Animal Planet, produced “Auction Kings” (which ran for 90 episodes) on Discovery Channel, and Nat Geo’s “You Can’t Lick Your Elbow” with NFL legend Tony Gonzalez for Authentic Entertainment. Most recently, Jeff received an Emmy nomination for the reboot of A&E’s “Intervention.” He’s also developing his own shows.
He’s been actively employed in the entertainment industry since the age of 16, working as a producer, writer and director for a variety of networks, including A&E, Nat Geo, TLC, Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, History, OWN, Spike, TNT, E!/Style, NBC, Disney/ABC, Fox, Discovery Health, VH1, Food Network, PaxNet and Travel Channel.
Jeff lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and four children.
Will Pisnieski currently serves as the CTO and Head of Post Production.
Pisnieski joined Authentic Entertainment in 2007 as a post producer, overseeing one of the largest Apple Final Cut Pro infrastructures in the US. In the time since, Pisnieski has grown Authentic in to one of the largest Avid Media Composer and Facilis Terrablock facilities, with over 125 active clients stringing-out and editing content daily.
Pisnieski’s work spans every facet of the reality television. Prior to his work at Authentic, Pisnieski began his career on MTV’s long running reality series “The Real World.” Originally from Elmwood Park, New Jersey, Will relocated to California to pursue a degree in cinematography from the Brooks Institute, a renowned photography school.
When not working on the latest Authentic productions, Will can be found honing his bowling skills and spending time with his family.
With over a decade of experience in unscripted television, Sara Reddy has developed and produced some of the most indelible characters and unforgettable hits in reality TV, including America Chopper, Toddlers & Tiaras, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, among many other successful series. As an executive producer, Sara has produced hundreds of hours of content, and her passion for storytelling has resulted in programming for networks such as TLC, Discovery, Animal Planet, A&E, MTV, VH1, Showtime, ABC and CBS. Sara is also a fearless cook, and a proud mom to an exceptionally funny and smart daughter named Bailey.
Nneka is a versatile entertainment professional with experience in physical production, talent booking, social media and creative development. In addition to television, she specializes in digital content creation including branded entertainment, lifestyle, and food-related programming. She’s passionate about collaborating with new platforms and partners to bring great stories to life and was recently named a 2017 “Digital It List” honoree by Cynopsis Digital Media.
Prior to joining Authentic Entertainment, Nneka developed and produced both digital and television content for leading global media company POPSUGAR, where she led lifestyle programming efforts and helped to create branded content for clients including Nike, Crest, Levi’s, Dr. Pepper, and St. Ives. During her tenure at POPSUGAR, Nneka’s content vertical maintained the highest performance for the brands.
Currently in his fourth year as Senior Director and Director of Photography for Authentic Entertainment, LaFleur creates television programs for Showtime, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Food Network, TLC, History, Travel Channel, Esquire Network and HGTV.
As a freelance cinematographer, LaFleur worked all over the world in both film and television. In addition to his continual narrative work on films, music videos and commercials, LaFleur is an accomplished multi-camera director, completing shows such as Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight” and “White Collar Brawlers,” along with the new HGTV series “Flipping the Block.”
Originally from Massachusetts, Mark now resides in Los Angeles. LaFleur earned a BFA in Film, Photography and Creative Writing from Emerson College.
Originally from Massachusetts, Paul earned a BFA in Film in Screenwriting from University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. After college and working in the film festival circuit, he fell into the world of reality TV. Quickly excelling, he has cast and developed numerous shows for broadcast and cable. He got his start on “Deal or No Deal,” and has worked on many other hit shows like “American Gladiators,” “Parental Control,” “Tabatha Takes Over,” “The Bachelor,” “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and he produced over 70 episodes of GSN’s hit show “Baggage.”
While at Authentic, he has cast and developed many shows including “Jersey Belle”, “Toddlers and Tiaras”, “White Collar Brawlers” & “Knife Fight”. Paul is known for finding unexpected characters in new and fun worlds. He prides himself in working hard and always being able to laugh at the craziness of working in unscripted. With his background in production, casting and development, he hopes to one day master unscripted, scripted and features.
In addition to working at Authentic, he has been a finalist in The Sundance Writers Labs, Nicholl Fellowship and Outfest Labs. He enjoys traveling, writing, and watching shows where women yell at each other all day long.
Patrick Stringer joined Authentic in 2011, and now serves as Vice President, Broadcast Operations. He started his work with Authentic as an Assistant Camera Operator and quickly decided this was the company for him. Patrick is responsible for overseeing Authentic’s broadcast division and develops new workflows for the company’s field crews.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities and is an avid scuba diver, surfer and fly fisher.
Born and raised in The Lone Star State, Michelle studied at The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her Bachelors Degree in theatre and film. Her career in casting began with an internship at Sony Pictures under well-known Casting Director Francine Maisler. After moving permanently to Los Angeles, she made the transition into non-scripted casting. Michelle has cast over 50 development projects at Authentic, and before that was a freelance casting producer for shows airing on The CW, CBS, GSN, HGTV, Food Network, and more. She loves discovering talent and putting together amazing ensembles of “characters,” but enjoys seeing their success even more.
Feel free to throw her a ‘hook ‘em horns’ and talk about how good Tex-Mex is – she never gets tired of either.
Authentic’s multi-platform team gives partners access to the proven creative talent and production resources behind some of today’s most popular programs and stars. Our in-house creative and production staff work with each partner to find the overlap of creative ideas, audience passions and brand attributes to craft authentic custom content.