2019 Women to Watch Honoree
Sarah Aubrey serves as Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TNT. Based in Los Angeles, Aubrey joined the network in 2015 and plays an integral role in the network’s evolution into one of the premier destinations for prestige original dramas.
Responsible for overseeing all development and production of original series and miniseries, Sarah has helped TNT announce its presence in the market with a rapidly expanding programming slate of diverse, thoughtful, and prestige properties. With critically-acclaimed hits like Claws, Animal Kingdom, and cable’s #1 new drama, The Alienist, Sarah has made TNT a major voice in today’s cultural conversation. And with upcoming projects like Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves, Sarah has made TNT the network to watch for high quality programming among the best in the industry.
Beyond Sarah’s incredible reinvention of TNT’s programming, she’s also made it a priority to champion diversity at every level of the industry. She’s worked hard within the network and outside to address structural issues and create a framework upon which women and minorities have access to the opportunities and recourses needed to achieve in all areas of the business. She’s been instrumental in initiatives like Shatterbox, a film series of female storytellers created in partnership with TNT and Refinery29. The series serves as a platform for the next cycle of filmmakers to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.
Prior to joining TNT, Sarah was a prolific television and film producer. Partnered with Peter Berg in their production company, Film 44, she produced such projects as the acclaimed film and television series Friday Night Lights, for which she earned an Emmy nomination, the emotionally charged hit film Lone Survivor, and the universally lauded HBO series The Leftovers. In addition to her work for Film 44, she has produced Terry Zwigoff’s irreverent hit comedy Bad Santa, which marked her first feature film credit, and the offbeat romantic comedy-drama Lars and the Real Girl. And once upon a time, before all this, she worked as an entertainment lawyer.
In 2018, she was named to Cablefax’s annual “Most Powerful Women in Cable” list in addition to being honored by WICT as a 2018 LEA Award recipient for her leadership, excellence and advocacy within the industry. Additionally, in March 2019 she will also be honored by Multichannel News’ as a “2019 Woman to Watch.” In 2016 she was recognized as a “Champion of Choice” by Planned Parenthood for championing the reproductive rights of women.
Aubrey is an Austin native who earned her law degree at the University of Texas after graduating from Princeton University.