Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Stephanie Savage

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Today’s Women Behind the Scenes spotlight is shone on writer and executive producer Stephanie Savage.

Stephanie grew up in Canada, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1990 with a B.A. in English and Cinema Studies. From there she graduated from the University of Iowa in 1993 with an M.A. in Film History and Theory.

She got her start at Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, helping to develop feature films such as Charlie’s Angels, Never Been Kissed and Donnie Darko throughout 1999 and 2001. In 2001, she formed Wonderland Sound and Vision with director McG, which produced Charlie Angel’s: Full Throttle and soon expanded into television.

She was a producer in 2002 on the short-lived drama Fastlane, but it was in 2003 when things changed; she met Josh Schwartz, who became her life-long writing and producing partner. They developed and produced the drama The O.C. together, which aired from 2003 to 2007 on FOX. In 2004, she was the executive producer and writer on the short-lived series The Mountain.

Stephanie and Josh went on to executive produce and write the series Gossip Girl, which aired from 2007 to 2012. It was two years earlier that they formed Fake Empire together.

Her other projects include Hart of Dixie, the short-lived dramas Cult, The Carrie Diaries and The Astronaut Wives Club. She is currently executive producer on the Hulu streaming series Marvel’s Runaways and The CW remake of Dynasty, where she serves as executive producer and writer.

Stephanie also has four new projects for which she is working on, including Misfits, 13 Minutes, Made in LA and Monster High.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at