Executive Vice President
U.S. Movies and Miniseries
Helen Verno is executive vice president, U.S. movies and miniseries, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). She joined the studio as executive vice president for Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which was SPT's predecessor. In her capacity, she oversees the development and production of SPT's longform slate which, during her tenure, has yielded more than 100 projects.
Her credits include such high-profile telefilms and miniseries as Emmy Award-winning Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall; Emmy nominated Gifted Hand: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuba Gooding Jr.; Emmy nominated A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan, which was the first broadcast network film to be screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival; the highly-rated Jesse Stone franchise starring Tom Selleck for CBS; The Company, with Chris O'Donnell; Emmy nominated The Memory Keeper's Daughter, starring Emily Watson; Ike: Countdown to D-Day, starring Tom Selleck; The Beach Boys: An American Family; and Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story with Glenn Close and Judy Davis.
The upcoming films Verno is overseeing include Georgia O'Keeffe starring Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons for Lifetime, and The Wronged Man starring Julia Ormond and Mahershalahashbaz Ali for Lifetimes, among others.
Before joining the company, Verno was executive vice president for New World Television, and vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president for High Gate Television, a New York production company that New World acquired. She began her entertainment career as a story editor for Warner Bros. feature films in New York.
Born and raised in New York City, Verno graduated from New York University.