EVP, Digital Enterprises, Participant Television
Evan Shapiro joined Participant Media in May 2012 as President of Participant Television. Shapiro is responsible for the conception, development, and production of original television programming that will follow the company's model of commercial and socially relevant entertainment.
Prior to Participant, Shapiro served as president of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, where he steered both networks to new business and programming models, garnering each first-ever primetime Emmy nominations, as well as a first-ever Golden Globe award. Additionally, he executive produced numerous well received original documentaries and series, including This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which took on the MPAA for its ratings practices; the Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which chronicled a year in the life Newark's Mayor Cory Booker; At The Death House Door, Steve James' documentary on the death penalty; R. Kelly's one-of-a-kind "hip-hopera" Trapped In The Closet; and most recently, the hit series, Portlandia, which just garnered a second Peabody Award.
Shapiro is active in public service and education. He has served on the Board of The Ghetto Film School for eight years, serving three years as Board Chair, helping the organization open the nation's first Public High School for Film and Video; he is Chair of the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Social Venture Network; he serves on the Board of the NY Chapter of WICT; serves as the Chair of the Cable Center's Cable Mavericks Masters Program; and is an Adjunct Professor of Television Management at NYU's Stern School of Business. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.