Currently Writer/Producer on a high profile, but of yet unannounced drama series for Starz and Lionsgate, Stephanie is also developing Crystal Smith’s female-driven fantasy novel BLOODLEAF for television with Cavalry Media. Last year, she worked on Season 2 of Amazon's epic fantasy series CARNIVAL ROW, as well as adapting Pamela Sargeant’s classic feminist science fiction novel THE SHORE OF WOMEN for television with producers Winnie Kemp and Wolfgang Hammer, and penned a half hour pilot based on Jasmine Lobe’s New York Observer sex column THE J SPOT for James Frey's Full Fathom Five.
In 2017-18, Stephanie was part of the Emmy nominated writing staff of Nat Geo’s lauded anthology series GENIUS: PICASSO, which was nominated for 7 awards including Outstanding Limited Series. She also adapted Amber Smith's critically heralded New York Times Bestselling novel THE WAY I USED TO BE into a feature script for Film Roman, and before that served as Staff Writer on Season 1 of Carnival Row. Aside from the series creator, she was the only original writer invited back for the second season of the show, at which point she was asked to write the series prequel. That novel, CARNIVAL ROW: TANGLE IN THE DARK spent its first month of release as the number one title on Audible.
A cross-platform innovator who has been working in the Transmedia space for over a decade, Stephanie got her start in television in 2007, when her branded, mixed-media series IRIS EXPANDING (originally developed as a digital property for Cosmopolitan) sold to The CW, who produced it as a pilot presentation the next year. She has since written pilots for FTVS, CBS and Legendary Television as well as developed original and adapted series with companies like Atlas, Avalon, Occupant, and Jaffe/Braunstein, for networks including USA, Showtime and ABC Family (now Freeform). Additional credits include the web series CHALET GIRLS for Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, 2008 Deauville-opening indie SEX AND THE USA (based on her script PROMISES), and a 2016 feature film adaptation of National Book Award Finalist Laurie Halse Anderson’s critically acclaimed novel THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY.
Stephanie has a BA from NYU, an MFA from USC and is represented by Melissa Darman, Matthew Doyle, Melissa Solomon and Bill Weinstein at Verve, Jen Ray at Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and attorneys Karl Austen and Michael Auerbach at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. She's also single mom to a brilliant, handsome and charming twice exceptional son (about whom she is in no way biased!), has five planets in Scorpio and considers herself a wine enthusiast.
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