Sarah Aubrey is Head of Original Content at HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform, where she oversees a distinctive slate of drama, comedy, unscripted, documentary and animation. She was appointed to the position in January 2019.
Working with the best storytellers from around the world, Aubrey has brought a diverse mix of top-tier creative partners to HBO Max, such as Ridley Scott, Greg Berlanti, Mindy Kaling, Matt Reeves, Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, Taika Waititi, Salma Hayek, Conan O’Brien, J.J. Abrams and more. She is also focused on deepening audience connections to WarnerMedia’s powerhouse portfolio of brands and IP.
Aubrey’s slate of Max Originals includes first-year breakthrough Emmy contenders The Flight Attendant from Kaley Cuoco and Hacks starring Jean Smart, which received a combined 24 nominations, as well as the Emmy nominated Friends: The Reunion, Legendary, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, Doom Patrol, Made for Love, Raised by Wolves and Warrior. Her slate is also home to cultural breakthroughs and top performers that include the new generation of Gossip Girl, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Fresh Prince Reunion special, Russell T Davies’ limited series It’s a Sin, the Spanish-language series Veneno about the country’s beloved transgender icon of the ‘90s, Rose Matafeo’s romcom Starstruck, Selena Gomez’s quarantine cooking show Selena + Chef, the feature documentary Class Action Park, and creativity-driven competition series like Great Pottery Throw Down and Full Bloom.
On the horizon are new chapter of Sex and the City titled And Just Like That…; Mindy Kaling’s comedy series Sex Live of College Girls; action-adventure-comedy series Peacemakerfrom James Gunn and starring John Cena; and a new series from Greg Berlanti inspired by the iconic DC comic Green Lantern; and a diverse and entertaining slate of reality and competition series.
Prior to HBO Max, Aubrey was Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TNT. Based in Los Angeles, Aubrey joined the network in 2015 and played an integral role in the network’s evolution into one of the premier destinations for prestige original dramas with Claws, Animal Kingdom, the award-winning drama The Alienist.
Beyond Aubrey’s reinvention of TNT, she also made it a priority to champion diversity at every level. During this time, the number of women holding jobs at the highest levels on the average TNT scripted project more than doubled and TNT jumped 320% on the annual GLAAD TV report rankings for LGBTQ representation. Now as Head of Original Content at HBO Max, she continues to work hard to address structural issues and create a framework for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Before joining WarnerMedia, Aubrey was a television and film producer. She produced NBC’s Friday Night Lights, HBO’s The Leftovers, and the feature film Lone Survivor with her production company Film 44 alongside Peter Berg. Separately, she produced the films Bad Santa and Lars and the Real Girl.
Aubrey is an Austin native who earned her law degree at the University of Texas after graduating from Princeton University.