The Lionsgate-produced series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson, and directed by Tucker Gates, with Chris Cowles and Liz Destro also executive producing.
Set to make its Roku debut in April, Swimming With Sharks follows Lou Simms (Shipka), an intern at Fountain Pictures. She seems like a naïve Hollywood newcomer, awestruck by the studios’ notorious CEO, Joyce Holt (Kruger). In truth, Lou has done extensive research on Joyce and landing this internship was no happy accident. As Lou’s obsession grows, she will do anything to get close to her idol.
Swimming With Sharks touts six 30-minute episodes and also features Donald Sutherland, Thomas Dekker, Finn Jones, Erica Alexander, Ross Butler and Gerardo Celasco. Stephen Israel, Jay Cohen and Dana Brunetti also serve as executive producers.
Before moving over to Roku, the series was initially set at Quibi, before the mobile-only streaming venture fronted by Jeffrey Katzenberg shuttered less than a year after its launch. In January 2021, Roku acquired most of the Quibi library.