CRIS ABREGO To Receive the Imagen President’s Award At the 34th Annual Imagen Awards

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cris_abregoThe Imagen Foundation announced today Cris Abrego as this year’s recipient of the Imagen President’s Award. Abrego currently serves as the Chairman of Endemol Shine Americas and CEO of Endemol Shine North America.

“Cris Abrego has embraced his experiences and background which have allowed him to appreciate the value of diversity and inclusion both behind the scenes and in front of the camera,” said Helen Hernandez, President & Founder. “He has understood the importance and the power of the U.S. Latino market and has endeavored to create and inspire content that speaks to our communities.”

Abrego currently oversees both the North American and Latin American divisions of Endemol Shine Group, the global independent content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Endemol Shine programming includes hits such as Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), MasterChef Latino (Telemundo), Mira Quién Baila (Univision), LOL (Amazon), Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Netflix/Telemundo), Ink Master (Paramount Network), Below Deck (Bravo), Family Food Fight (ABC), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), The Biggest Loser (USA), Utopia (Amazon), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV) to name a few.

“I am truly humbled that the Imagen Foundation has selected me for this incredible honor,” said Abrego. “Norman Lear, who founded the Imagen Awards and is a pioneer of inclusion in entertainment, is someone I have always admired and been inspired by. And the list of former recipients of the President’s Award is filled with some of the most talented and celebrated writers, producers and actors in our industry, many of whom have helped pave the way for Latinos in Hollywood.”

The Imagen President’s Award honors those that have demonstrated leadership, vision, and inspiration. Past recipients include Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family, Daisy Fuentes, Roberto Orci, Jenni Rivera, Guillermo del Toro, Rita Moreno, and Dolores Huerta.

The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will be presented Saturday, August 10th, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For more information regarding The Imagen Awards please visit www.Imagen.org

About The Imagen Awards

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and its social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

34th Imagen Awards Press Assets Folder can be found here.

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From Humble Beginnings To A Big Shot Reality – Cris Abrego

From Humble Beginnings To A Big Shot Reality

unnamed[1]Cris Abrego, a son of immigrant Mexican parents from El Monte, CA, built an reality TV empire creating mega-hit television shows including: The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Charm School. Now, as Co-Executive General Manager of Endemol Shine North America he shares his incredible journey of success in Hollywood through his new book, “Make it Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success.”

Abrego’s tell-all book, which now available, provides practical and motivating lessons collected from almost twenty years on the frontlines of television, including: how to visualize your goals and work tirelessly to attain them; when to take risks and push boundaries; and how to continually raise the bar for yourself and realize there are no limits on what can be achieved.

unnamed[1] (2)Abrego looks back on his humble beginnings in El Monte when he was only dreaming of doing something big with his life to his current days of working with the likes of Pitbull, Ryan Seacrest, Eva Longoria, Steve Harvey, George Lopez, Flavor Flav, Mario Lopez and Irv Gotti. Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success” will give any reader the urge to take action, inspire creativity and take control of their life. Abrego proves that success isn’t about your pedigree or your connections; rather it’s about vision, leadership, and courage. He teaches that finding your overarching dream is the first step in achieving your goals.