Kathryn Busby

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Kathryn Busby
United States
Other namesKathy Busby
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationFilm executive, film producer
Years active1996–present
EmployerSony Pictures Television

Kathryn Ann Busby is an American film executive who is currently senior vice president of development at Sony Pictures Television.[1] Sometimes credited as Kathy Busby, she is also a film producer. She was elected chair of the board of directors of BAFTA Los Angeles as of 2019.[2]


Busby graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies.[1][3][4] She worked in the record industry for several years as an executive at LaFace Records, Paisley Park Records,[5] and MCA Records in London, UK,[6] before beginning a career in television, serving as director of comedy development at Universal Television (1996–99).[7]

For six years, from 1999 to 2005, she was senior vice president and head of development at Carsey-Werner,[3][8] where she developed such television series as Whoopi, The Tracy Morgan Show, Game Over, and Grounded for Life.[6][7] She was subsequently supervising producer for The Aisha Tyler Show and senior vice president of production at New Line Cinema,[6][9] where she was executive producer on the 2008 film Sex and the City[10][11] and senior executive on Rush Hour 3 (2007).

Busby worked for four years with Turner Broadcasting from 2010,[12] as vice president of comedy development and vice president of TNT and TBS Originals.[13] In 2014, she joined Sony Pictures Network, where she is currently senior vice president of development.[1]

Also a filmmaker, Busby's work includes having directed, produced and co-written the short film Max and Josh (2006), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival,[14] and the 2004 comedy short My Purple Fur Coat[15] (winner of a Best Children's Short award at the Houston Black Film Festival).[6][16] She co-authored with Neena Beber the original screenplay Her Gal Friday, which was optioned at ABC's Freeform channel. Busby is on the Los Angeles board of directors for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts,[17] of which she was elected deputy chair in January 2018,[18] and chair in December 2018.[19][20]

Busby features in the 1999 book by Julian C. R. Okwu As I Am: Young African American Women in a Critical Age.[21]


  1. ^ a b c Kathryn Busby biography at Savoy, October 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Board Election: Kathryn Busby elected Chair", BAFTA Los Angeles, December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Speaking of People | Television Executive Vice President", Ebony, November 1999, p. 12.
  4. ^ Kathryn Busby at LinkedIn.
  5. ^ David Nathan, "Staples Poised For Big Break? Paisley Gears For promotional Push", Billboard, Vol. 105, No. 36, September 4, 1993.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kathy Busby Joins New Line Cinema as Senior VP of Production", Time Warner, September 12, 2005.
  7. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva, "Kathryn Busby Joins SPT Networks As SVP Programming & Production", Deadline Hollywood, March 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "People | Kathy Busby", Jet, Vol. 105, No. 10, March 8, 2004, p. 17.
  9. ^ Ben Fritz, "Busby getting New Line gig", Variety, September 8, 2005.
  10. ^ "Films Monitored", BN-W eNewsletter #91.
  11. ^ "Sex and the City (2008) | Full Cast & Crew", IMDb.
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva, "Former Carsey-Werner exec joins TBS", The Hollywood Reporter, March 31, 2010.
  13. ^ "TNT and TBS's Original Programming Group Reorganizes, with New Roles for Lillah McCarthy, Brett Weitz and Kathy Busby, Plus Newly Hired Unscripted Development Exec David Eilenberg", The Futon Critic, July 11, 2012.
  14. ^ Speakers | International Drama Summit Speakers, Content London.
  15. ^ "My Purple Fur Coat (2004)", IMDb.
  16. ^ "The 1st Annual Houston Black Film Festival Wrapped Up Sunday June 26th, With Distribution and Option Deals On the Table", Cision PrWeb, July 5, 2005.
  17. ^ "The Board and Staff", BAFTA Los Angeles.
  18. ^ Alex Ritman, "Sony executive Kathryn Busby has been elected deputy chair of the British Academy's L.A. board", The Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Mark A. Silba, "Kathryn Busby elected chair of Bafta LA board", Screen Daily, December 11, 2018.
  20. ^ Peter White, "Sony Exec Kathryn Busby To Chair BAFTA LA Board", Deadline Hollywood, December 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Julian C. R. Okwu, As I Am: Young African American Women in a Critical Age, Chronicle Books, 1999, ISBN 978-0811820738.

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