Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is co-creator/executive producer of Lifetime's UNREAL, which returns for season two in 2016. She developed the series based on her SXSW award-winning short "Sequin Raze," which Shapiro wrote and directed through the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women.
UNREAL has garnered rave reviews and appeared on 10 best lists ranging from The New Yorker to Time. Honored at AFI AWARDS 2015, the series also nabbed a Gotham nomination and three Critics' Choice nominations, with Constance Zimmer winning Best Supporting Actress.
A stalwart supporter of women, Shapiro was among the early faces of the Broad Focus initiative at A+E Networks and Lifetime. In partnership with AFI, she announced a commitment to hire female directors at The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Women in Entertainment breakfast.