In our ongoing series saluting women behind the scenes in Hollywood, this week’s spotlight is put on producer and writer Gabrielle Stanton.
Gabrielle was born in South Orange, New Jersey where she graduated from the women’s Barnard College in Manhattan. She worked as the national publicity coordinator in the New York office of the Public Broadcasting Service for a number of years and then got married in 1991 to writer-producer Harry Werksman (the couple divorced in 2008).
It was in 1992 that she made her way into the film industry, working as the assistant to writer-producer George Zaloom on the box office film Encino Man, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she broke into the world of TV. She landed her first job on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then followed that up with writing positions on V.I.P. and Earth: Final Conflict.
In 2000, she worked as an executive story editor and writer on Farscape then moved on to The Invisible Man the following year, working as a writer and co-producer. She worked on the short-lived TV series Veritas: The Quest in 2003-2004 as a writer and co-producer and she wrote the teleplay for the 2003 TV movie Deathlands.
It was in 2005 when she made her debut working on Grey’s Anatomy for which she maintained for the next few seasons until she moved over to Ugly Betty in 2007, working as a supervising producer and writer for one season.
The following season she worked on the short-lived TV series Moonlight working as a writer and co-executive producer and later as executive producer. After that show’s cancellation, she served as co-executive producer and writer on the ABC series Castle and then spent one season working as a writer and consulting producer on the popular CW series The Vampire Diaries.
Her most recent work was as co-executive producer and writer for the short-lived summer series The Gates, which aired on ABC.