Mo’Nique Ties Up with Endemol Shine North America


Endemol Shine North America has aligned with the Academy Award-winning actress, producer, comedian and author Mo’Nique to develop unscripted TV projects.

Endemol Shine North America, a Banijay company, and Hicks Media, Mo’Nique and her manager/husband Sidney Hicks’ production label, are developing unscripted series for the actress to both host and star in. They will also develop and produce projects for other performers.

Cris Abrego, chairman of the Americas for Banijay and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings, and Mo’Nique previously worked together on VH1’s Charm School 15 years ago.

“I’ll never forget my first time working with her on Charm School, where she made it very clear that there was a lack of diverse faces behind the camera and that things needed to change,” said Abrego. “That was 15 years ago, and Mo’Nique has been a champion of equality and representation in our industry ever since.”

Abrego added, “Mo’Nique is an icon in every sense of the word, and I can’t think of anyone who is more relevant and whose authentic voice should be heard right now more than hers. Our team at Endemol Shine is thrilled to be working with her and excited by the top names that both she and Sidney are already bringing in to collaborate with.”

“It is an honor for Hicks Media Inc. to be forming a partnership with such a creative force in the industry as Endemol Shine, and it is an exciting opportunity to have an ally with the fearlessness, integrity and vision of its CEO, Cris Abrego,” said Mo’Nique and Hicks.