LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 6, 2017 – Saban Community Clinic honored reality TV producer Cris Abrego, CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas, for his philanthropic leadership at its second annual ‘Let’s Get Real’ event held this week the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Calif.
The event brought together more than 300 reality TV producers, executives and agents and raised over $200,000 in much-needed funds for the Clinic’s medical, dental, and behavioral health services for low-income and uninsured families in Los Angeles. This year, the Clinic celebrates 50 years of caring for the community.
Hosted by The Friends of Saban Community Clinic, the Clinic’s fundraising arm, ‘Let’s Get Real’ aims to align the reality TV industry with the everyday reality Saban Community Clinic faces in providing affordable and/or free medical services to the most vulnerable citizens of Los Angeles.
“The Saban Community Clinic is an incredible organization that offers so many amazing programs to people here in the greater Los Angeles area. I am truly honored to be a part of ‘Let’s Get Real’ and to further support the terrific work being done by everyone at the Clinic,” said Abrego.
Abrego 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. He has overseen production of such hit reality shows as “Big Brother,” “MasterChef,” “MasterChef Junior,” “The Biggest Loser,” “The Surreal Life,” and “Flavor of Love,” among many others.
‘Let’s Get Real’ is co-chaired by Hayden Meyer, APA Partner and Head of Alternative & Factual Programming; David Eilenberg, ITV Entertainment President; and Marc Kamler, APA Partner and Alternative & Factual Agent.
“We are proud to honor Cris at this year’s ‘Let’s Get Real’ for being a champion for the patients Saban Community Clinic serves. Cris understands the healthcare hardships that many low-income residents of Los Angeles face and is committed to supporting the organization’s mission,” said event co-chair Eilenberg.
The event also featured a special performance by actor and comedian Adam Ray, cast member in the reboot of the sketch comedy franchise “MADtv” and last summer’s remake of “Ghostbusters” in which he voiced the iconic character of Slimer.