Netflix’s Original Series drama executive Sarah Geismer has joined Los Angeles-based production outfit Crooked Media as head of creative development and production, effective immediately.
In the newly created role, Geismer will be responsible for leading development on all of Crooked Media’s active and upcoming podcast, television and film projects, including scripted and unscripted content. She reports into company founders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor.
Geismer’s hiring signals Crooked’s commitment to investing in original content. Founded in 2017, the company has seen varying success through its past documentary and television projects, and is now seeking to expand its content offering through scripted and non-fiction programming across a range of platforms.
Prior to joining Crooked Media, Geismer was an executive on Netflix’s Original Series team, where she was responsible for drama series from creators Jenji Kohan and Shonda Rhimes.
Geismer previously served as VP of comedy development at 20th Century Fox TV, and before that worked at Fox’s cable production divisions over a seven-year period, overseeing a mixture of drama and comedy projects including The Chi, Sirens and The Comedians. She began her career as an associate producer for MTV’s docuseries True Life.
“Throughout her career, Sarah has demonstrated an incredible ability to champion and shepherd a diverse slate of shows, and has consistently identified stories and talent that resonate with audiences and compel them to keep tuning in,” said Sarah Wick, Crooked’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “We’re thrilled Sarah is bringing that wealth of experience to Crooked, as the company continues to expand and grow in new directions.”