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ABOUT STEPHANIE

A Turkish/Italian American raised in the working-class burbs by a single mom, Stephanie K. Smith was first in her family to go to college and graduated at 20, blissfully unaware of the fine print on her student loans. Mom to a twice exceptional tween who can discuss The Theory of Relativity but can’t tell time, she sold her first show at 30, but had to rebuild her career from scratch years later, in the wake of personal tragedy. Raised Protestant and sent to Catholic school by a family desperate to conceal their Muslim heritage, she is now happily married to a Jew… thanks, in part to a Santeria priestess who helped her work through decades worth of complex PTSD. A two the Kinsey scale, she’s also a former Miss Long Island Sound, a lifelong epicurean and has five planets in Scorpio.

 

In short, she's got a little bit in common with a lot of very different people. 


Most recently Co-Producer on Starz's upcoming John Wick spin-off THE CONTINENTAL, Stephanie is currently adapting Webtoon’s flagship comic LORE OLYMPUS for HBO Max and Henson Studios. An adult animated soap that explores Greek Mythology from the female perspective, Lore Olympus won the 2021 Digital Book of the Year at the Harvey Awards, is nominated for the 2022 Hugo and boasts 1.2B worldwide readers. She’s also developing the novel PRIEST OF BONES with NBC Universal International and HeyDay Television as well as an original feature B.A.S.I.C. (Bio-Automated Source Integral Cyborg) with Altar Rock Pictures. Her first original novel, WRECKED, will be released as an Audible Original in 2022.

 

Additional credits include two seasons on CARNIVAL ROW (during which she penned the ancillary novel TANGLE IN THE DARK, which reached number one site-wide on Audible) and the Emmy-nominated Limited Series GENIUS, as well as multiple pilot sales/assignments spanning comedy, drama, YA, mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, one of which was produced (she served as Co-EP). Her feature work includes THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY based on National book Award Finalist Laurie Halse Anderson’s book of the same name and an adaptation of NYT Best-Seller THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith, as well as a remake of Disney’s FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR and 2008 Deauville-opening indie SEX AND THE USA (based on her original script, titled PROMISES).

 

Stephanie holds degrees from both NYU and USC, is a member of the Committee of Women Writers and MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) Writers Committee of the WGA, and president of Turkish Delight Productions, Ltd. She's represented by agents Melissa Darman, Matthew Doyle, Melissa Fried and Bill Weinstein at Verve, manager Jen Ray at Heroes and Villains, and attorneys Karl Austen and Marissa Linden at Jackoway Austen. 

AWARDS & ORGANIZATIONS

 

featured speaker, Fox TV Studios International Summit, 2008

member, WGAw 

member, WGA Women Writers

member, WGA Indie Caucus

member, WGA Video Game Writers

finalist, Warner Brothers Television Fellowship, 2006

recipient, Barbara Corday Scholarship for Excellence in Television Production by a Writer, USC, 2001

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

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