Cris Abrego

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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.


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

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

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. 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, Megan Wants a Millionaire and Bridal Plasty.

In 2008, Endemol USA acquired 51 Minds in a deal reported to be worth "upward of $200 million."

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