Specializing in authentic, compelling, and surprising
storytelling for film and television.


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COMMITTED TO THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

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Sharon Liese is a critically acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker who produces documentary-style television programming and documentary films that air on major television networks. Her philosophy is a simple one: to capture real and untold stories that inspire and entertain viewers. Her percipient approach to storytelling brings audiences on a whirlwind ride of emotions and reveals to viewers the human elements of every story.

Most recently, Liese directed and produced The Gnomist – a stunningly beautiful 20-minute documentary short about the power of kindness. The film had its World Premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at several acclaimed festivals including Hot Docs in Toronto, LA Shorts Fest, IFF Boston, FLICKERS: Rhode Island, and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival where it won the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary.

During the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Sharon Liese premiered her film Selfie in collaboration with Director Cynthia Wade and in partnership with Dove and the Sundance Institute. In May of 2014, the short film won a 2014 CLIO Image Award for excellence in a Mass Video or Film Campaign.

The film’s moving and intimate examination of beauty, through the relationships of mothers and daughters in a small Massachusetts town, had a huge viral impact through social media; gaining more than 6 million views in fewer than two weeks.

Because of her work on Selfie, Liese was asked by “The Today Show” and The Sundance Institute to serve as a Sundance Institute Mentor to young teens making a PSA for the “Love Your Selfie” segment that premiered in April 2014.

Liese created and executive produced the unprecedented and award-winning WEtv documentary series, “High School Confidential” that followed a group of teenage girls in Overland Park, Kansas throughout their entire four-year high school experience. Liese chose a small group of Blue Valley Northwest High School students in suburban Kansas for the first four years and repeated the process again with teenage girls from Von Steuben High School in urban Chicago. The premiere of High School Confidential broke nearly every ratings record for WEtv.

Liese has also worked closely with MTV News and Docs – creating and directing three separate pilots. Most recently, Liese directed the pilot for “True Life: I’m Breaking Up With My Religion” which aired on MTV December 16th, 2014. Liese’s other projects include “Sobriety High,” an intimately gritty look at at-risk teenagers at a high school for recovering addicts in Minneapolis, and “Ice Queens” -an unusual glimpse into a competitive girls’ High School Ice Hockey team in Vermont.

In just the past 10 years, Liese has produced content for Fox, Discovery ID, Lifetime, The Oprah Winfrey Network, MTV, and PBS to name a few. Her credits includes “Utopia,” “Hookers: Saved on the Strip,” “The Week the Women Went,” and “Blackboard Wars.”

Liese directed the three-part Women’s Reproductive Health special, Birthing Pains for KCPT-PBS that aired in January 2014.

Liese was also the Co-EP/show runner for the pilot of “Breaking Point”- one of Discovery’s newest documentary series about dangerous family secrets.

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APPROACH

Sharon Liese’s  philosophy is a simple one: to capture real and untold stories that inspire and entertain viewers. Her percipient approach to storytelling brings audiences on a whirlwind ride of emotions and reveals to viewers the human elements of every story.

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AWARDS

  • Jury Award for Best Short Documentary: THE GNOMIST – Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
  • Short Form Mass Video/Film Campaign: Selfie –  2014 CLIO Image Awards
  • Outstanding Reality Show: High School Confidential -2009 American Women in Radio and Television’s (AWRT) Gracie Awards
  • Outstanding Director: High School Confidential – 2009 American Women in Radio and Television’s (AWRT) Individual Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Reality Series: High School Confidential – 2008 WIN Awards
  • Best Producer: High School Confidential – 2008 CableFAX Program Awards

CAPTURING REAL MOMENTS THAT CONNECT US

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About our Magical Short Documentary

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‘SELFIE’
Screened During Sundance Film Festival 2014


PRESSING STORIES WITH A FOLLOWING

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PRINT

“Selfie” Ad Age Article

“Selfie” Elle Magazine Article“Selfie” Huffington Post Article

“Selfie” Mashable Article

“Selfie” Marie Claire Magazine Article

Executive Producer Sharon Liese Kansas City Star Article

Executive Producer Sharon Liese “Reality Blurred” Article<

“High School Confidential” Season 2 Chicago Sun Times Article

“High School Confidential” Season 2 WEtv Article

“High School Confidential” Season 2 The Saratogian Article

“High School Confidential” Season 2 Monsters & Critics Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 New York Times Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 Editorial New York Times Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 Los Angeles Times Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 Chicago Tribune Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 Women’s Issues Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 USA Today Article

“High School Confidential” NY Daily News Article

“High School Confidential” Season 1 Lawrence.com Article

“Hookers: Saved on the Strip” New York Post Article

“Hookers: Saved on the Strip” The Village Voice Article

RADIO

Executive Producer Sharon Liese KCUR Radio Interview

Executive Producer Sharon Liese ABC News Radio Interview

TELEVISION

“Love Your Selfie” Today Show Feature as Teen Mentor

“Selfie” Interview on Good Things Utah

“High School Confidential” Season 2 Interview on FOX4KC

“Hookers:Saved on the Strip” Annie Lobert Interview on the Today Show


Contact

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EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER

Sharon Liese
Sharon@herizonproductions.com

ASSOCIATE
PRODUCER

Samantha Hake
SamHake.Herizon@gmail.com