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Sharon Levy to step down at Spike

Sharon Levy will step down from her longtime role as executive vice president of original series at Spike.  “As the winds of change blow through our hallways, bringing excitement for what will come, it ...
February 21, 2017

Sharon Levy will step down from her longtime role as executive vice president of original series at Spike. 

“As the winds of change blow through our hallways, bringing excitement for what will come, it is also the perfect time for me to do a little soul searching. I have reached a very hard decision which is to answer the call of the wild and leave Spike to pursue other opportunities,” Levy said in a memo to the Spike Team and shared with realscreen.

Levy has been with the network for the past 12 years and as head of development she was integral in Spike’s growth and maturation from a male-focus network to the broad entertainment channel it has grown into, said Kevin Kay, president of Spike, in a memo.

“Under her watch, she introduced the world to the lovable and occasionally bombastic Jon Taffer, she made competitive tattooing a TV sensation, she oversaw the most compelling story ever made about the legendary Egyptian king Tut, and most recently, she oversaw the development of Stephen King’s The Mist and joined forces with Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to tell the story of an innocent 16 year-old wronged by the criminal justice system (Time: The Kalief Browder Story),” said Kay.

More shake-up at the network is expected. Deadline reported on Feb. 20 that Keith Cox, president of production and development at TV Land, is rumored to be named president of development and production at TV Land and Spike, which will be rebranded as The Paramount Network in early 2018.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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