Shari Cookson

Shari Cookson is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Her latest film, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 on gun violence premiered on HBO in June 2015. She produced and directed the documentary with filmmaking partner, Nick Doob, under their banner Mackerel Sky Films.

Shari Cookson is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Her latest film, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 on gun violence premiered on HBO in June 2015. She produced and directed the documentary with filmmaking partner, Nick Doob, under their banner Mackerel Sky Films.

Cookson and Doob won a Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for The Memory Loss Tapes, part of HBO's Alzheimer's Project. Their other HBO Emmy nominated films are Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert, which was awarded the Television Academy's TV Honors Award and the documentary series The Weight of the Nation for Kids.

Cookson is also the President of the documentary film production company Sceneworks. Her other HBO credits include the Emmy-nominated documentaries All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise and Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen; Skinheads USA, which earned her a DGA nomination; and Asylum, a Sundance selection. Additional credits include Lifetime's Signature Series and On Campus, for which she won a Los Angeles Area Emmy.

A graduate of USC, Cookson received the Television Academy's college documentary award for her student film Gunshot. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children and husband, editor Charlton McMillan, with whom she has collaborated on numerous films.

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Awards & Nominations

7 Nominations | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Children's Program - 2013
  • Nominee
  • Shari Cookson
  • The Weight Of The Nation For Kids: Quiz Ed!
  • HBO
  • HBO Documentary Films and The Institute of Medicine with Mackerel Sky Films in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser
Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program - 2012
  • Nominee
  • Shari Cookson, Produced By
  • The Weight Of The Nation For Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover
  • HBO
  • HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine with Mackerel Sky Films, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser
Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking - 2009
  • Winner
  • Shari Cookson, Produced by
  • The Memory Loss Tapes
  • HBO
  • HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health in association with the Alzheimer's Association, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer's Initiative, and Sceneworks
2019 Documentary and Reality Nominee Reception
2017 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception
Nick Doob, Katrina Gilbert, Sherri Cookson and Maria Shriver of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, accept their award at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors, May 27 at the Montag
Katrina Gilbert, subject of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, Honors chair Lucia Gervino, and producers Sherri Cookson and Maria Shriver at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors,
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2019 Documentary and Reality Nominee Reception
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Kay Sumner and Shari Cookson at the 2019 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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2017 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception
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Shari Cookson and Dr. Susan Block attend the 2017 Documentary/Reality Programming Nominee Reception at the Television Academy Wolf Theatre and Saban Media Center on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in North Hollywood, California.

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Nick Doob, Katrina Gilbert, Sherri Cookson and Maria Shriver of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, accept their award at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors, May 27 at the Montag
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Nick Doob, Katrina Gilbert, Shari Cookson and Maria Shriver of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, accept their award at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors, May 27 at the Montage Beverly Hills.

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Katrina Gilbert, subject of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, Honors chair Lucia Gervino, and producers Sherri Cookson and Maria Shriver at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors,
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Katrina Gilbert, subject of the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, Honors chair Lucia Gervino, and producers Shari Cookson and Maria Shriver at the awards presentation at the Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors, May 27 at the Montage Beverly Hills.

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