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Cris Abrego
Occupation Television producer, Writer

Cris Abrego is an American television producer and writer.


Early life

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, 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 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. 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, Real Chance of Love, For the Love of Ray J,Daisy of Love, and Megan Wants a Millionaire.

In 2008, Endemol USA acquired 51 Minds in a deal reported to be worth "upward of $200 million."[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.  
  2. ^ Adalian, Josef (April 1, 2008). "Endemol lands reality house". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2009.  

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