LOS ANGELES (July, 2019) – The 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
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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.