Urooj Sharif, who had a previous run at Showtime early in her industry career, is returning to the premium cabler as Vice President, Scripted Programming. In her new role, Sharif will be responsible for the development and production oversight of premium scripted series, including drama, comedy and limited series. She will creatively oversee all steps of development and production, as well as serving as the network liaison for projects through delivery and release.
“The entire Showtime programming team is thrilled about this homecoming,” said Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, to whom Sharif reports. “Rooj brings her excellent taste and development skills, as well as her indomitable spirit, deep relationships with talent and desire to make an impact on the culture at large. We are so excited to watch her make her mark.”
After receiving her undergraduate degree in English at UCLA, Sharif steadily rose through ranks in the industry, including a stint at Showtime in 2017-2018. Most recently, Sharif was on the overall deals team at Netflix, where she managed exclusive and first-look deals with talent and had a key role in the development and production of such programs as Dracula, The Serpent, The Stranger, the upcoming Anatomy of a Scandal and most recently, the hit series Clickbait.
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