Eden Gaha Exiting as Endemol Shine North America Unscripted President (Exclusive)
He previously worked at Shine prior to the 2015 merger. ESNA CEO Cris Abrego will oversee the unscripted team.
Eden Gaha is exiting his post at Endemol Shine North America. The unscripted president is the second big departure in six months, following co-chairman and co-CEO Charlie Corwin's abrupt exit in November.
“After 15 years in unscripted television, going from PA to president, it's time for me to move on to the next challenge," Gaha said Friday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "While it's difficult to say goodbye to such an incredible team at Endemol Shine, I'm excited by the opportunities that have come my way and look forward to soon sharing details of my new venture.”
Originally unscripted president at Shine, before the 2015 merger that saw the studio join forces with reality powerhouse Endemol USA, Gaha's role in the new behemoth changed once reporting to Corwin and remaining CEO and chairman Chris Abrego. He oversaw the largest portion of Endemol Shine output, which includes reality flagships MasterChef and Big Brother, but new launches have stumbled (see CBS big swing Hunted) and some mainstays have cooled (The Biggest Loser, more than a year out from its last original episode, continues to live in limbo). Meanwhile, the company recently scored a straight-to-series pickup at MTV for a revival of Fear Factor (with Ludacris hosting).
Abrego will oversee the unscripted team, which includes exec vp and head of unscripted Rob Smith and senior vp unscripted development Michael Weinberg.
It's been a rough year for the studio. On top of thinning reality, cash cow Steve Harvey recently euthanized his top-rated Endemol Shine talk show to relaunch a similar one (with an ownership stake) at ICM.
As for Gaha, he is on the market for the first time in many years. The Australian native joined Shine's executive ranks after several years with Mark Burnett Productions. There, he was a producer on early seasons of Survivor — and, more interestingly, he served as showrunner for five seasons of The Celebrity Apprentice. Oh, the stories he must have.