TriStar Pictures Promotes Shary Shirazi to VP Creative Production (Exclusive)

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Shirazi was involved in the making of the upcoming 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' which stars Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers.

Rising exec Shary Shirazi has been promoted to vp creative production at TriStar Pictures.

Shirazi, who joined Tristar in 2016, has been involved in the acquisition, development and production of several films, including A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, the upcoming drama directed by Marielle Heller that stars Tom Hanks as the late children’s TV icon Mister Rogers. The movie is set to open Nov. 22.

Shirazi is also overseeing Happiest Season, a same-sex holiday romantic comedy to be directed by Clea DuVall and starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. The project is due to begin shooting early next year and has a Nov. 20, 2020, release date.

Shirazi’s current development on TriStar’s slate includes the adaptations of the musical Guys & Dolls, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Kristin Hannah’s best-seller The Nightingale, Gary Chapman’s best-seller Five Love Languages and Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, which has Jennifer Lawrence attached.

The Iranian-American executive has developed a reputation for championing stories that promote unrepresented voices and target underserved audiences.

“From the moment she arrived, Shary has been an integral member of the team,” Nicole Brown, who recently succeeded Hannah Minghella as head of TriStar, said Tuesday in a statement. “She has exceptional taste, is highly regarded by her peers, and has a deep passion for championing fresh stories and new voices, a value that is built into TriStar Pictures’ DNA. It is a pleasure to recognize her work with this well-deserved promotion and I can’t imagine anyone better by my side as TriStar continues to grow.”

Before landing at TriStar, Shirazi worked as a creative exec at Broad Green Pictures and had stints working for Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm as the company was producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and producer Michael London.