Endemol Shine announced that it has named Sharon Levy Chief Content Officer in the North American region. The promotion was announced by Cris Abrego, Chairman of the Americas, Banijay, and President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings. “Since arriving three years ago, Sharon has successfully transformed our team’s development and production efforts, creating both unscripted and scripted hits for a wide array of networks and platforms,” says Abrego.
Since joining Banijay-owned Endemol Shine North America in October 2017, Levy has transformed the studio’s programming team and developed original series with numerous notable creatives. The former President of Unscripted and Scripted Television for Endemol Shine North America will soon launch the reboot of Wipeout at TBS and drama Ripley for Showtime and has overseen the launch of numerous hits during her three-year tenure.
Levy has also reconfigured the studio’s LA-based programming team to work closer with Banijay’s global production companies and created a development slate that features both scripted and unscripted projects from co-owned labels around the world. “We are clearly building something special and yes, I’m thrilled to continue working alongside Cris, my world-class team here in Los Angeles, and all of our Banijay colleagues across the globe,” says Levy. “We enter 2021 with a lot of momentum—several big shows in production and a deep development slate that we have been assembling since I first arrived.”
Levy is currently overseeing post-production on "Wipeout," as well as leading Endemol Shine’s efforts for Ripley at Showtime. The series is being written and directed by Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian and stars Fleabag’s, Andrew Scott. Production began last week on Foodtastic, which is hosted and executive produced by Keke Palmer and set to debut later this year on Disney+, as well as “LEGO Masters,” which was renewed for a second season by FOX and is hosted by Will Arnett. In 2020, Levy and her team launched numerous series with top broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. She also oversaw the launch of several high-profile scripted series.
Levy is also leading the U.S. development of Queens with the team at Endemol Shine Israel and Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano’s studio Pilot Wave. Before joining Endemol Shine, Levy served as Executive Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV. 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.