Lara Shapiro is a writer and director in film and TV. Her work as a writer includes the FX drama THE AMERICANS and the Epix spy drama BERLIN STATION. She is currently writing IMPULSE, a new series for UCP, Hypnotic and YouTube Premium. Her work as a director includes an episode of the USA drama ROYAL PAINS, the feature film LABOR PAINS (which she also co-wrote), and numerous commercial campaigns including Verizon, Prudential and L’Oréal. Her narrative short films were shown at the Sundance and New York Film Festivals, she was a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, and she received a Sloan Foundation Filmmakers Award to write the drama TALKING BOOK. She received her MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University.