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Endemol Shine Studios has found a new leader.
Sharon Hall has been tapped as president of the studio responsible for series including AMC’s Hell on Wheels and DirecTV’s Kingdom. She comes by way of Alcon, where she launched the company’s TV division in 2012 and served as its president, and before that Sony Pictures TV, where she headed up drama development. In the latter role, she was involved in the development of such series as Masters of Sex, Breaking Bad and Justified. The news comes a month after former Endemol Shine executive vp Carolyn Bernstein exited the studio for a top scripted role at National Geographic Channel.
“Sharon has helped conceive and develop many of the top dramas of the last decade and brings a great deal of experience and deep relationships with writers, producers and actors alike,” Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, who share duties as CEOs of Endemol Shine North America and chairmen of Endemol Shine Americas, said Thursday in a statement announcing the news. “We’re thrilled that she’s joining the Endemol Shine team and to have her working closely with our colleagues here and across the globe to develop the next wave of scripted hits.”
Added Hall: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Endemol Shine, which is uniquely positioned globally as a leader in scripted programming. The company’s resources, especially the access to top talent and award-winning production companies, offer incredible opportunities. I’m looking forward to working with Charlie, Cris and our well-regarded team to keep the current momentum going.”
In her new role, Hall will oversee a slate that includes 19 series in development across 12 networks, including Showtime’s upcoming comedy I’m Dying Up Here and HBO adaptation Utopia. Internationally, the Endemol Shine Group is behind such hits as Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders, Humans, The Fall and The Bridge.
Hall, who spent earlier stints at MTM Television and BBDO Worldwide, left Alcon last summer after a three-year stint in which she oversaw HBO’s Sinatra: All or Nothing at All and Syfy’s The Expanse. Earlier this month, Alcon announced NBC vet Laura Lancaster would fill Hall’s former role.
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