Jeffrey Sharp, an award-winning producer and publishing entrepreneur, is President and CEO of Sharp Independent Picture. Sharp Independent is a Los Angeles-based film and TV production company focused on developing and producing both English and foreign language content for the US and international marketplace – all while leveraging its network of strategic relationships and deep roots in content acquisition, development, and production to create artistically and commercially compelling entertainment.
As a producer, Sharp is currently in pre-production on UFO, written and to be directed by Ryan Eslinger, and in post-production on The Yellow Birds written by David Lowery and directed by Alexandre Moors – starring Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Jack Huston, Tye Sheridan, and Alden Ehrenreich.
Sharp has also produced a series of Academy Award® winning and Golden Globe® nominated films over the past ten years like Boys Don’t Cry, You Can Count On Me, Nicholas Nickleby, and Proof. With those movies, as well as other renowned adaptations, including A Home at the End of the World, The Night Listener, and Evening, Sharp has worked to better integrate the publishing and film industries.
Prior to Sharp Independent, Sharp co-founded the digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media with former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, which has become the leading independent e-book publisher in the US. At Open Road, Sharp looked for new ways to option film and TV rights as part of the publishing process, which led to the formation of Story Mining & Supply in Los Angeles in 2012 where Sharp, as President and CEO, oversaw the development and production of several feature films and TV shows from Open Road and other publishing properties including Outlander (nominated for three Golden Globes®), The Yellow Birds, and Paul Christopher, which was sold to Amazon.
Sharp currently serves as Chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board, member of the Board of Literacy Partners, Special Advisor for the Book Meets Film Forum at the Taipei International Book Expo, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of BookExpo of America. He is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the PGA (Producers Guild of America). Sharp graduated with an MFA in Film Studies from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University.