PPI’s Vice President Karen S. Shapiro has a diverse and extensive background producing award-winning film, television, theatre and music throughout the world. Her films include the Academy Award winning “Violet” as well as the film festival hit, “Beat the Drum”, the romantic comedy, “The Neighbor” and the drama “The Low Life”. She has also produced many television movies including the Emmy Award winning “Other Mothers”, “Between Mother and Daughter”, winner of the Humanitas Award. Karen was the Senior Producer overseeing the development, production and post-production of the reality series “Unsolved Mysteries” as well as the syndicated reality series “Arrest and Trial”. Her numerous theatre credits include the original musical tribute, “Woman of Valor”. She has produced several recordings of Jewish music as well as concerts including the much acclaimed Liberation ’95, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of Nazi-occupied Europe. Two of her documentaries, “Awake and Sing” and “Together As One” were screened accompanied by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Karen is currently producing a documentary on the 1960’s German/American artist, Eva Hesse. Her best production is her marriage to Syud Sharif and their children, Benjamin and David.
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