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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.
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.
Based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms, Emmy-nominated Trading Spaces ran for eight seasons on TLC and Discovery Home from 2000-2008. The series, which featured two sets of neighbors redecorating one room in each other’s home, was generally credited with sparking a nationwide interest in home decorating and the rise of home improvement TV series in the U.S. It also inspired two Trading Spaces books and a computer software program, and launched the career of Ty Pennington, one of the show’s original carpenters who went on to become host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its new programming and other initiatives, as part of the network’s 2017 Upfronts, with a focus on its core “shiny floor” game shows.
POINTLESS is the highly successful U.K. game show produced by Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine Group, with over 1000 episodes produced so far. Contestants play in teams of two and are tasked with finding the most obscure correct answers to general knowledge questions based on pre-conducted public surveys.
Professional travel writers Jason Kessler — a former Food Republic columnist — and Jeff Miller get paid to travel the world for a living. Now the duo will determine whether activities at the country’s most popular vacation destinations live up to the hype on Travel Channel’s new series “Trip Testers.” The show premieres tonight at 11 p.m. with back-to-back episodes.
Professional food and travel writers Jason Kessler and Jeff Miller have already achieved many a workaday grunt’s dream: they get paid to eat and drink around the world. Now they’ve got a TV series as well, Travel Channel’s new show “Trip Testers,” premiering Feb. 6 at 11/10c. The two will zip around the world, racing go-carts in San Antonio and digging into a fresh-from-the-sea bowl of poke on the Big Island in Hawaii, supplying advice all the while.
NEW YORK (January 30, 2017) – Professional travel writers Jason Kessler and Jeff Miller get paid to travel the world for a living. Now the duo will determine if activities at the country’s most popular vacation destinations live up to the hype in Travel Channel’s new series “Trip Testers.” Premiering on Monday, February 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, the series puts the spotlight on Jason and Jeff as they check out the best bargains and over-the-top adventures – from zip lining above Fremont Street in Las Vegas to racing go karts at a family-friendly track in San Antonio or digging into a fresh-from-the-sea bowl of poke on the Big Island in Hawaii.
Finally, something worth watching on Food Network besides Chopped: A new cooking competition called Star Plates will feature a bevy of famous people cooking on the line with equally famous chefs.
Per a press release, each episode will feature a celebrity — such Mindy Kaling, Colin Hanks, Erin Andrews, or Alyson Hannigan — being “thrown into the fire, working side-by-side with the professional restaurant chef” to “help service a dining room full of hungry, paying customers.” Said chefs will include Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson, Susan Feniger, Michael Voltaggio, and Vinny Dotolo.
There’s a whole new crop of pint-sized pageant queens on Toddlers and Tiaras, and these girls came to win.
“The competition has gotten really fierce,” explains coach Cambrie in an exclusive sneak peek at the new season. “How pageants used to be with the fake tans and the hair and the teeth, that’s just baseline now. You have to be talented and you have to have a good body even when you are 5 years old.
Once more with feeling! Jeff Lewis repeats the same two Spanish words over and over in the second part of Flipping Out‘s two-night season 9 premiere on Thursday, July 14, as seen in Us Weekly‘s exclusive sneak peek.
The Bravo unscripted series’ preview clip shows the designer, 46, making the rounds at a project site and admonishing his construction staff with the phrase “todo limpio” to get them to tidy up after themselves.
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.
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.
For the past five years, Doug has been responsible for every single written word that has come out of Authentic’s enormously successful development department – totalling 498 treatments, act breakdowns, and biographies ranging from farm-flipping cowboys to skunk ape wranglers. The result of this unparalleled body of work, other than a tinge of carpal tunnel syndrome, is an irreplaceable sixth sense for creating characters, formats, and stories – along with the capability to combine them into shows that make people stop flipping channels.
Recent projects include hit shows “Guilty Pleasures” and “Top Five Restaurants” on Food Network, “Waterfront Househunting” on FYI, and upcoming shows for both Discovery and History.
One of his first assignments was to find an auction house fit for the Discovery Channel – which later manifested as the hit show, “Auction Kings,” that ran for three seasons. In the time following, Mirabello turned an inter-office pitch contest winner into Esquire Network’s “White Collar Brawler,” rejuvenated the culinary competition genre with the critically-acclaimed “Knife Fight,” and contributed to the meteoric rise of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Mirabello is also responsible for selling Authentic’s first two forays into digital content: “Geek Love” and “Next Game Boss” on IGN.
Possessing an unmatched passion for television of all kinds, Mirabello was raised watching too much of it, and is thrilled to be a part of making more. He understands that the best ideas often come from the strangest places, that the viewer is far smarter than given credit for, and, most importantly, that collaboration is the key to success.
Nneka Enurah has been promoted to Vice President of Digital Content & Communications at Authentic Entertainment. Nneka is a versatile entertainment professional with experience in producing, talent booking, and creative development. In addition to television, she specializes in creating short-form digital content including branded entertainment, lifestyle, and food-related programming.
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.
In addition to her work at Authentic, Nneka serves on the Public Relations Committee and Board of Directors for I Am Not The Media Inc., a non-profit organization that strives to promote media literacy in youth through programs and educational events.
As SVP of Finance and Risk Management, Halperin manages all financial and insurance matters for Authentic Entertainment.
Over the course of his career, Halperin created budgets, schedules, managed production, and worked as both a field and line producer for hundreds of episodes of lifestyle and reality/documentary programming for cable networks that include HGTV, TLC, Travel Channel, and History Channel.
Prior to joining Authentic Entertainment in 2008, Halperin spent eight years at Broadview Media as a production manager, executive in charge of production, and executive producer.
In addition to his work in television, Halperin produced television commercials, concerts, and corporate events for companies including Target, Northwest Airlines, and General Mills – along with music artists that include The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Billy Joel. During his time in the music industry, Halperin also worked as the tour coordinator for Lyle Lovett.
Paul has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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.
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 digital & branded entertainment 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.