Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is the Emmy-nominated co-creator and executive producer of UnREAL, which she developed and sold based on the SXSW award-winning short film she wrote and directed, Sequin Raze. Starring Shiri Appleby and Emmy-nominated Constance Zimmer, UnREAL gives a fictitious behind-the- scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting. UnREAL garnered rave reviews in its first season, and was included on Best of 2015 lists ranging from The New Yorker to Time Magazine. The series received an AFI Award, and was nominated for a Gotham Award, along with three Critics’ Choice Awards, with Constance Zimmer winning the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on the show. UnREAL was also honored with two Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode written by Shapiro and co-creator and executive producer Marti Noxon. Shapiro directed the seventh episode of the second season and also wrote and directed a series of shorts, The Faith Diaries, which follow UnREAL’s beloved season one contestant, Faith (Breeda Wool). Shapiro recently signed a multiyear exclusive overall television deal with A+E Studios to develop, create and produce new original programming for the A+E portfolio of networks, as well as outside buyers. A stalwart supporter of women, Shapiro was one of the early faces of the Broad Focus initiative at A+E and Lifetime.