Business affairs exec will aid expansion at agency

APA has tapped Julie Shapiro as senior veep of business affairs and legal. Position was created to address expanding operations.

Shapiro will oversee day-to-day affairs and guide strategic initiatives for the agency. She will report to Jim Gosnell, prexy and CEO, and Lee Dinstman, exec VP, partner and head of TV literary.

Mostly recently, Shapiro worked three years as veep of business affairs and legal for OWN. At the network, she negotiated deals for the reality slate and oversaw the acquisition of off-network programming.

Shapiro has also worked at New Line Television and Rysher Entertainment.

Talent and media firm has principal offices in Beverly Hills, Nashville and New York.

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