Sharon Levy Named President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America
August 22, 2017 - Endemol Shine North America has named Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted and Scripted Television, it was announced today by Cris Abrego, Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas and CEO, Endemol Shine North America.
Levy was most recently Executive Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, where she spent the last 12 years successfully building the network’s brand with hit unscripted and scripted series, as well as acclaimed documentaries.
“Sharon is one of our industry’s most well-respected executives and brings with her a tremendous amount of experience developing and producing hits across a wide array of genres,” says Abrego. “We’re thrilled to have her joining our team here at Endemol Shine and leading our programming efforts going forward.”
“I’m truly excited to be returning to my producing roots and doing so with a company like Endemol Shine—with its global reach and roster of critically acclaimed series and production companies,” says Levy. “There’s a lot of momentum across the unscripted and scripted divisions and I can’t wait to get started with the incredible team.”
Endemol Shine North America, a division of Endemol Shine Group, is behind such unscripted hits as “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” (FOX), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Swamp People” (History), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Fear Factor” (MTV), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT), “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC) and upcoming series “Page Six TV” (Syndicated), “Best.Cover.Ever” (YouTube) and TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”
Internationally, Endemol Shine is also behind many of the world’s top scripted series, including acclaimed dramas “Black Mirror,” “Humans,” “Bron,” “Peaky Blinders,” “Kingdom,” “El Vato,” “Grantchester,” “The Fall,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Broadchurch” and upcoming “El Ganador” for Telemundo.
During her seven years as Executive Vice President, Original Series at Spike TV, Levy oversaw the acquisition, creation and production of all entertainment throughout the network’s evolution. Levy transformed Spike’s programming lineup with hits such as “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue” “Auction Hunters” and “Deadliest Warrior.”
In addition to unscripted programming, Levy led Spike’s charge into scripted fare with such series as “Tut” starring Sir Ben Kingsley, “The Mist” based on a novella by Stephen King and upcoming “Waco” from The Weinstein Company. Levy also established a push into documentaries at Spike, launching numerous specials including “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” from Jay-Z and Harvey Weinstein and “It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards.”
Levy originally joined Spike in 2005, as Senior Vice President, Original Series and developed numerous high-profile shows including “Deadliest Warrior,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “1000 Ways to Die” and “4th and Long.”
Prior to Spike, Levy served as Senior Vice President and Executive Producer at Stone Stanley Entertainment. There she oversaw all aspects of development for the company, including the development and launch of breakout series such as “The Mole,” “Popstars” and “The Joe Schmo Show.”
Levy began her career at Comedy Central, where, as Director, Public Relations, she launched publicity campaigns for innovative series including “South Park,” “The Man Show” and “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”
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Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global 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.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all Spanish and Portuguese-language efforts across Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Spike), Kingdom (AT&T Audience Network), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC), Fear Factor (MTV), I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime) and upcoming Best.Cover.Ever. (YouTube), Page Six TV (Syndicated) and Trading Spaces (TLC).