Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America
Sharon Levy was named President, Unscripted and Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America, in August 2017.
Levy, who was formerly Executive Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, oversees all of the company’s unscripted programming and Endemol Shine Studios, its scripted division.
Endemol Shine North America, a division of Endemol Shine Group, is behind such unscripted hits as Big Brother and Celebrity 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), Page Six TV (Syndicated), Best.Cover.Ever (YouTube) and Trading Spaces (TLC).
Levy is leading the company’s upcoming launch of Utopia for Amazon Prime, a scripted thriller based on the British series of the same name. Gillian Flynn, the best-selling author and screenwriter of Golden Globe-nominated Gone Girl, is behind the nine-episode adaptation.
During her seven years as Executive Vice President, Original Series at Spike TV (now Paramount Network), 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 and Waco, led by Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon. Levy also established a push into documentaries at Spike, launching numerous specials including TIME: The Kalief Browder Story from Jay-Z. Levy, who served as an Executive Producer on TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, was recently honored with the prestigious Peabody Award for the 6-part special.
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.