Cris Abrego

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Cris Abrego
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Fullerton
OccupationTelevision producer, writer
Home townEl Monte, California

Cris Abrego is an American television producer, writer and co-CEO of Endemol USA.

Early life[edit]

Abrego grew up in El Monte, California. He was a wrestler at California State University, Fullerton before graduating and moving to Los Angeles to work on reality television shows.[1]


After graduation from Mountain View High School, Abrego joined Bunim-Murray, working on The Real World and Road Rules television shows.[1] While working for Bunim-Murray, Abrego freelanced as a coordinating producer for Fear and Making the Band.[1] In addition, he was the co-creator and executive producer for a reality version of the movie The Cannonball Run.[1]

In 2002, Abrego created Brass Ring; a production company responsible for Next Action Star, Surf Girls and The Hitchhiker Chronicles.[1] Soon after, he created 51 Pictures.[1]

In 2003, Abrego's 51 Pictures merged with Mark Cronin's Mindless Entertainment to form 51 Minds Entertainment. The two met through Abrego's agent.[1] Together, they created The Surreal Life for the WB network. Soon after, the team created a string of "Celebreality" shows for VH1, including Strange Love, My Fair Brady, The Surreal Life Fame Games, Celebrity Paranormal Project, Flavor of Love, I Love New York, New York Goes to Hollywood, Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, I Love Money, America's Most Smartest Model, Rock of Love Girls: Charm School 2, La La's Full Court Life, Real Chance of Love, For the Love of Ray J, Daisy of Love, Megan Wants a Millionaire, and Bridal Plasty.

In 2013, Abrego became co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol North America along with Charlie Corwin.

Abrego sold his company 51 Minds to Endemol in 2008. He began his career at Bunim/Murray, where he worked on The Real World and Road Rules.

He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Becker, Anne (July 22, 2007). "The Celebreality Duo: The creators of The Surreal Life franchise keep on rocking the reality-TV world". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
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