Today’s Women Behind the Scenes spotlight is shone on writer, producer and series creator Leila Gerstein.
Leila got her start writing a 2004 made-for-TV movie called Tempting Adam that starred a then unknown Joelle Carter (Justified) and Matthew Del Negro (Rizzoli & Isles) and then was a writer for the short-lived ABC series life as we know it in 2005.
She then worked as a writer and executive story editor for the popular FOX soap The O.C. in 2006 and 2007, being praised for her use of “sharp dialogue” in the 2006 episode called “The Metamorphosis”.
After that Leila worked as a writer, co-producer and supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed ABC series Eli Stone during 2008 and 2009. The next season she moved over to the writer’s room of Gossip Girl where she worked over the next two years also serving as supervising producer and later a co-executive producer.
Her most recent work has been as series creator and writer for the new CW medical comedy-drama Hart of Dixie, which debuted on September 26 of last year.