Julie Shapiro has joined Freeform as senior vice president, business affairs. Shapiro moves to Freeform from APA where she most recently served as SVP head of Business & Legal Affairs/general counsel since 2012. She begins her new job on December 12, reporting to Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform.
In her new role, Shapiro will oversee all Business Affairs functions, lead strategy, structure and negotiations on all development and production deals for Freeform’s scripted and unscripted series, movies, events and acquisition projects, in addition to managing the Business Affairs team.
Most recently, Shapiro established APA’s in-house business and legal affairs department and oversaw the day-to-day affairs and strategic initiatives for the agency. Before that, Shapiro spent three years at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network as vice president, Business & Legal Affairs. Prior to joining OWN, Shapiro served as executive vice president, Business & Legal Affairs, at New Line Cinema. She began her career in entertainment law at The William Morris Agency and also spent time at Rysher Entertainment.
“Julie is a well-respected television executive with vast experience in negotiating smart deals that help the business move ahead,” said Ascheim. “We’re thrilled to have her join our Freeform team.”