Sharon Levy was named Chief Content Officer, Endemol Shine North America, in February, 2021.
Levy oversees all of Endemol Shine North America’s unscripted and scripted programming efforts from the company’s North Hollywood, Ca., headquarters. Since joining Banijay-owned Endemol Shine North America in October 2017, Levy has successfully transformed the studio’s programming team and developed original series with such marquis talent as Will Arnett, John Cena, Nicole Byer, Keke Palmer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Gal Gadot, John Cusack, Steve Zaillian, Gillian Flynn and many more.
Levy, who was formerly President, Unscripted and Scripted Television for Endemol Shine North America, is currently preparing to launch drama Ripley for Showtime and has overseen the launch of numerous hits during her three-year tenure, including the reboot of Wipeout for TBS and recently renewed LEGO Masters at FOX. Disney+ just launched Foodtastic from Levy’s team and Peacock will debut Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance later this year.
She has also reconfigured the studio’s LA-based programming team to work closer with Banijay’s myriad global production companies and created a development slate that features both scripted and unscripted projects from co-owned labels worldwide.
In 2020, Levy and her team launched numerous series with top broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, including reboots of The Biggest Loser (USA Network), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), as well as the launch of LEGO Masters on FOX.
Levy also recently led the launch of several high-profile scripted series, including Utopia for Amazon Prime Video, a thriller based on Kudos’ hit UK series of the same name. And she recently led the sale and development of Almost Family at FOX, which was based on the Endemol Shine Australia series Sisters and produced in the U.S. by Jason Katims and Annie Weisman.
Levy and her team oversee Endemol Shine’s top-rated food competition franchise MasterChef, with the 12th season of MasterChef and eighth season of MasterChef Junior, both expected to debut later this year on FOX.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine, Levy served as Executive Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, where she successfully built the network’s brand with hit unscripted and scripted series, as well as acclaimed documentaries.
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.