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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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