A Turkish/Italian American raised in the Connecticut suburbs by a single mom, Stephanie K. Smith was first in her family to go to college and graduated at 20, blissfully unaware she’d still be paying student loans twenty years later. 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 six years later in the wake of an ugly divorce. Raised Protestant and sent to Catholic school (where her Muslim roots were unusual and un-talked about, to say the least), 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.
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 as an adult animated series, as well as developing the novel PRIEST OF BONES for television with NBC Universal International and HeyDay (and will serve as Executive Producer on both). She’s also writing a novel for Audible Originals based on her pilot, WRECKED, which sold to Legendary in 2015, reigniting the career that has since kept her busy non-stop.
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. 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 founder/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, 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