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Widely credited for creating the celebreality genre of reality programming, 51 Minds Entertainment has amused and shocked viewers with its enormously popular television series. This dynamic reality television production company was established by Executive Producer Cris Abrego of 51 Pictures and Executive Producer Mark Cronin of Mindless Entertainment. 51 Minds has a proven ability to create successful programming on any scale and in any video delivery media.
VH1 earned its highest primetime adults 18-49 Live+Same Day ratings average on any night since 2013 with the Season 6 premieres of “Basketball Wives” and “TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle” and Week 7 of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, according to Deadline. “Basketball Wives” at 9 p.m. opened its sixth season with 2.6 million […]
We see another season of Below Deck on the horizon. That’s right. Get ready for more wild yachties and hard-to-please charter guests when Below Deck returns for Season 5. You know that drama takes on a whole new meaning when it takes on water. When Below Deck returns, you better believe there are going to […]
VH1, coming off seven consecutive quarters of ratings growth, has unveiled its 2017-18 slate heading into upront meetings with advertisers. It includes a Season 10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul’s Drag Race for premiere in March 2018, five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and ‘90’s House, co-hosted by Lance Bass, and eleven […]
If you thought the inaugural season of Below Deck Mediterranean was full of drama, just wait until Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, May 2 at 9/8c. There’s something for everyone in this season’s supertease, which we highly recommend that you check out above. From the stunning sights of Croatia and beautiful bods, to hook-ups and […]
All good things come to an end. After six years of peeking behind the curtain of the lives of Tip and Tameka Harris, VH1 today has announced the sixth and final season of T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. On April 17th, the famous couple and their adorable family will let us back in for […]
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge season 4 finale is upon us Sunday (Jan. 29) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The upcoming episode is unique in that it brings together past Skullbuster winners from past seasons. Not only will the winning veteran take home a win, they will also take home the largest prize of any season, […]
Endemol Shine-owned unscripted production company 51 Minds Entertainment has made several promotions — including two in the development department — and new hires. Head of development Chris Kinsella has been upped to SVP and Jessica Bofshever to VP of Development. In addition, Andrew Jacobson has been named Head of Branded Entertainment as the company is […]
Los Angeles – The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2015 were announced tonight during the 68th Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. In a historic win, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant. Mr. […]
Siya has accomplished a feat that many others haven’t been so successful with: She’s an out and proud lesbian and also a respected rapper. These two things aren’t mutually exclusive for Siya, who returns to TV tonight when Oxygen premieres Season 2 of Sisterhood of Hip Hop. And while there are four other women MCs […]
Sometimes even platinum-selling rappers need help finding love. Witness VH1’s once-and-future celebreality contestant The Game (nee Jayceon Taylor), whose quest for the perfect woman will chronicled on the cable network’s new dating competition She’s Got Game. If the name Game sounds familiar to reality dilettantes, he was the focus for three seasons of VH1’s Marrying […]
NEW YORK – August 31, 2015 -Last Tuesday night’s season three premiere of Bravo Media’s “Below Deck” delivered 1.6 million total viewers, over 1 million P25-54 and 850,000 P18-49, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. This marked the highest-rated season premiere of the series among all key demos. The episode was up seven percent, 15 percent […]
We monitor the news to keep you updated on the release date of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge season 4. At the moment, CMT is yet to renew or cancel the series. If you want to get automatically notified of the show’s renewal, please, sign up for updates below. Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge is […]
Ja Rule’s journey in life started in the rugged neighborhood of Hollis, Queens. With little opportunities given to him, the aspiring rapper turned entrepreneur has weathered the oft life threatening storm to transform himself from a kid with a dream into the American Dream. From crashing other rappers’ video shoots with DMX to freestyle battling, […]
Jeremy and Shelby Won the $100,000, but How’s Everyone Else? Now that the dust has settled, we checked in with Redneck Island winners, Jeremy and Shelby, and a few of the other cast members. Find out what they’re up to and if any island romances continued or fizzled out on the mainland. Watch the entire […]
The Season 1 cast of ‘Rock of Love,’ minus the women rejected by Bret Michaels’ head of security before entering the house (VH1). Move over, Hallmark Channel. VH1, the home of 30 series with the word “love” in the title, is getting in on the Valentine’s Day fun. The network will launch its first-ever “14 Days […]
With over a decade of experience at every level of some of reality television’s most exciting original programs, Christian Sarabia has long been a driving creative force behind one of unscripted TV’s most original and audacious production companies, 51 Minds. Starting at the very bottom of a burgeoning medium, Sarabia paid his dues on the ground level of the “celebreality” explosion, assisting, coordinating, and finally producing a number of memorable VH1 hits that put reality on the map. After stints on The Surreal Life and Flavor of Love, Sarabia worked his way up as an assistant director, supervising producer and, finally, executive producer on such successful series as VH1’s For the Love of Ray J and CBS’ Same Name. Solidifying his position as a seasoned showrunner, Sarabia shepherded future hits Marrying the Game and TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle from early development to landmark television mainstays. Having subsequently produced and sold hundreds of hours of reality programming to both cable and broadcast networks alike, Sarabia takes the reins at reality mainstay 51 Minds with an eye towards further groundbreaking programming.
Chief Operating Officer
Williams first worked with 51 Minds as Executive Vice President and General Manager from 2009 to 2012. In the Interim, Williams served as Chief Operating Officer of Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley’s, DiGa Vision in New York City. Earlier in his career, Williams spent ten years at Viacom in various production roles including Senior Vice President of Production at MTV and later, Senior Vice President of Production for the Viacom Entertainment Group which includes Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land. Williams began his career as Managing Director of the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.
SVP of Development
Chris Kinsella joined 51 Minds in 2010, serving as the Director of Development until June of 2014. Prior to unscripted television he produced long and short-form independent films for the festival circuit and spent 4 years at RSA USA, working in commercials and music videos.
VP of Development
Jessica Bofshever joined 51 Minds as Director of Development in the Spring of 2014 after initially being hired in 2013 as a Consulting Producer on 51 Minds’ tentpole series, Lala’s Full Court Life (Vh1). With more than a decade of experience in unscripted television as both a producer and development executive, Jessica possesses a vantage point that stretches from inception of a new show through post on a series. She brings exceptional instincts for characters, formats and story as well as a persuasive communication skill set. Prior to her tenure at 51 Minds, Jessica served as the Director of Development for Good Clean Fun (Run’s House, Tia & Tamera) and as a freelance producer she has worked all over the world on genre-defining series such as The Bachelorette (ABC), Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) and Kourtney & Kim Take New York (E!). Jessica graduated Cum Laude with a BA in English from Rice University before beginning her television career at MTV Networks where she worked in talent, casting and series development.
VP of Post Production
Joe joined 51 Minds in 2006 during such successful shows as Flavor of Love and I Love New York. His prior experience in business management and inherent understanding of technology set Joe up to excel within Post Production during his start. Joe’s hard work and dedication over the next few years afforded him the role of Manager of Post Operations in 2010. He spent the next 5 years overseeing the day-to-day Post operations of all projects and helped set precedent and policy for the department. Joe worked to refine and improve operations and helped take the department into the next generation of digital workflows. After working over 90 seasons of TV, representing over 750 hours of broadcast content and numerous development projects, Joe was named VP of Post Production. In this role, Joe continues to ensure that 51 Minds is a company that can take on future challenges and can adapt to new technologies that are forever evolving in the world of Television Production.
VP of Current Programming
Tricia Biggio began her career at 3 Ball Entertainment, where she worked as a Development Assistant before moving into production. After working on several shows in the field and post, she joined Lighthearted Entertainment as Director of Development. In her time there, she helped develop shows like MTV’s Are You The One and Vh1’s Bye Felicia and Dating Naked. In 2014, she moved to the network side as Senior Director of Development & Production at Vh1 and was Executive Producer on several series including Candidly Nicole, Dating Naked, Barely Famous, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, Suave Says, She’s Got Game, Walk of Shame Shuttle, and Twinning. She now oversees the Current Department at 51 Minds, overseeing series from pre-production through post. Prior to working in unscripted television, Tricia was a management consultant in her hometown of Chicago.
Head of Branded Development
Andrew Jacobson joined 51 minds in April as Director of Development after previously serving as the Director of Creative Development and Production for Electus. During his two year tenure with Electus, Andrew was tasked with overseeing the build out of Electus’ production infrastructure and responsible for developing NBC’s Get out Alive with Bear Grylls and ABC’s Bet on Your Baby with in partnership with Walmart and Proctor & Gamble. Andrew’s extensive experience developing branded and distinct content was built while he spent five years as a freelance producer with credits ranging from CBS’ Same Name, Lifetime’s Fairy Jobmother, and Gotti’s Way for VH1. Andrew got his start in television working as a set costumer.
Director of Current Programming
Elyse Adams started at VH1 as an assistant in 2010. Moving up the ranks she eventually became production and development coordinator where she helped produce multiple pilots, presentations and a variety of series including T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, La La’s Full Court Life, Marrying the Game, and most recently Candidly Nicole and Dating Naked. She is now serving as manager of current programming where she helps to oversee series in every stage from pre-production to post.
Director of Development
Hanan Abdelaal joined 51 Minds in the Spring of 2016 as Director of Development. She began her television career at CBS in the On-Air Promotion department, and thereafter at Pilgrim Studios, where she worked in pre-production, post-production and production on shows such as: Dirty Jobs on Discovery, The Ultimate Fighter on Spike, and Top Shot on History. In 2010, she moved over to the Development side at Endemol Shine, 51 Minds parent company, where she helped develop and produce shows for ABC, FOX, FOX Syndication, AMC, VH1, E! and MTV. During her time at Endemol Shine, Hanan also worked as a Celebrity Talent Executive, packaging A-list talent for broadcast, cable and syndication for shows such as Superhuman and Bullseye on FOX and Page Six on FOX Syndication.
Director of Production
Zach joined 51 Minds as their Director of Production in January 2017. In his role, he spearheads day-to-day operations while overseeing production of 51 Minds’ slate. He has over a decade of experience working in Reality Television. Having worked on a variety of shows for ABC, NBC, FOX, MTV, Vh1, CMT, TLC and Netflix, Zach has worked in all aspects of Production. He thrives when the pressure is on and deadlines have to be met. Zach started working for 51 Minds five years ago on projects such as Whodunnit, Tiny Tonight, Redneck Island, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge and I Love Kellie Pickler. He looks forward to the challenges that each individual production brings and seeing them through their completion. Zach’s ability to develop positive relationships with networks and merge the creative with strategic nuts and bolts of physical production make him an invaluable resource in today’s entertainment landscape.
In addition to traditional broadcast ratings success, 51 Minds’ programs also delve into digital and VOD platforms. The company’s digital content was and is a major driver for VH1.com, at one point making up over 85% of the site’s streams and two-thirds of VOD orders. Our mission is to support brands through digital platforms, improve the power of interactivity of the viewers, and consistently grow within the digital community. 51 Minds continues to develop applications of emerging technologies, and connect the space between technology and pop culture.
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