Lindsay Shookus, a producer on Saturday Night Live and head of its talent department, leaves after 20 years.
Deadline understands that Shookus decided to leave the show ahead of this season given that it’s essentially a rebuilding year with the departure of a number of key cast members such as Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon. She was offered a promotion but decided it was the right time to leave.
She’s been on the venerable NBC late-night series for 20 years and 10 as a producer. During that time, she won six Emmy Awards, including one for her 40th Anniversary Special, in which she played a pivotal role.
Shookus started as an assistant to producer and talent department head Marci Klein in 2002 after graduating from college. She became associate producer in 2008, co-producer in 2010, and producer in 2012. She heads the show’s talent department, responsible for booking hosts and musical guests as well as finding new cast members. distribution.
Shookus was also responsible for creating a Diversity Scholarship at SNL in 2020, with the help of NBCUniversal, to place more than 80 students in comedy programs such as Second City, Groundlings, The PIT and UCB. She will remain as a program advisor. She also co-founded the organization Women Work F#cking Hard.
She also produced Miley’s New Year’s Eve, which starred Miley Cyrus and Peter Davidson in 2021.
Then she develops a serial adaptation of David Goodwillie’s book Kings County with Jessie Creel, which Allison Silverman writes.
She said that after 20 seasons and 415 live shows, she decided to give up the “late night wild life” and move on, now able to eat brunch on the weekends. She also opened up about meeting her daughter Maddie’s father, who she is looking forward to spending more time with, on the show.
“When I started in 2002, I was a baby from Buffalo, NY who knew nothing about the company except that I so badly wanted to be a part of it somehow. I found my place on SNL and I’ve spent the last two decades developing the most incredible friendships and memories alongside some truly brilliant and talented people,” she said.
She thanked Lorne Michaels for this “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
“Thank you for your support, your encouragement and your freedom to bring my voice to this legendary stage. Thank you to all the people who pushed, supported, taught, listened to, valued and respected me throughout my crazy ride at the show There are so many of you – too many to name – but please know that I will always be grateful for each and every one of you and will never take for granted how special those times and lessons were. what else the future holds for me, but I strongly believe in letting the universe unfold to you and allowing that goodness to come in. It may not be perfectly written yet, but I know I’m headed to a good place,” she added.
Lorne Michaels said, “Lindsay’s contributions to SNL the last twenty years have been immeasurable. His impact on the show, including his commitment and loyalty to the show’s cast and crew, will always be appreciated. »