Prior to Sony, Stein was at Chernin Entertainment, where she served as senior vice president of drama development.
Sony Pictures Television Studios has announced the promotion of Lauren Stein, formerly Head of Drama, to the position of Head of Creative. In this newly established role, Stein will oversee drama and comedy development, TriStar Television, international co-productions, and current programming for series in their inaugural year of production. Reporting directly to Sony Pictures Television Studios President Katherine Pope, Stein’s promotion follows the departure of Co-President Jason Clodfelter, and it reintroduces a creative executive layer under Pope.
Having previously co-headed the studio’s drama team, Stein’s promotion underscores her leadership and creative prowess. In her new capacity, she will continue to play a pivotal role in steering the studio’s creative endeavours.
Katherine Pope said: “Lauren leads with her passion, her taste, her drive and her gift for collaboration. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her stepping up to lead all our creative efforts, as well as shepherding the newly greenlit series in their pivotal first year of production. Lauren is a highly regarded executive, and throughout her many years in the creative community, she has built strong relationships that complement her natural ability to connect with talent and nurture their most compelling storytelling. She has been instrumental in discovering and developing some of the studio’s biggest drama series and is always looking for material to keep SPT ahead of the curve. I know we all count on her partnership and mentorship and are cheering her on in this new role.”
In her role as EVP of Drama Development since 2017, Stein has overseen SPT’s drama team, contributing significantly to the development and production of successful series such as The Boys, The Good Doctor, The Night Agent, Goosebumps, and The Wheel of Time. Stein has also played a key role in the development of upcoming series such as Obliterated at Netflix, Dark Matter at Apple, and a new Vince Gilligan series at Apple.
This marks the third collaboration between Stein and Pope, having worked together previously at Chernin Entertainment and NBC/UMS. Stein, who joined SPT eight years ago from Chernin Entertainment, brings a wealth of experience to her role, having previously served as SVP of Drama Development at Chernin Entertainment and VP of Drama Programming at Universal Media Studios. Her television career began at NBC, where she held various roles.