University of Toronto

Innis Alumni & Friends

Stephanie Savage

Class of 1990 – BA, Innis, CSI

Stephanie Savage (BA 1990 INNIS), Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the CW hit tv show “Gossip Girl” visited her alma mater to offer graduate and undergraduate Cinema Studies students valuable career and life advice.

Savage began her career as Vice-President of Development at Flower Films, Drew Barrymore’s production company.  While at Flower Films, she helped develop the feature films: “Never Been Kissed,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Donnie Darko.”

Savage then formed Wonderland Sound and Vision with director McG. Wonderland’s first film, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” grossed over $265 million worldwide.  The production company also produced the Fox shows: “Fastlane” and “The O.C.”, as well as The WB’s “The Mountain.”

Savage developed “The O.C.” with creator Josh Schwartz, who gave Savage her first shot at a TV script with “The Best Chrismukkah Ever.”  In 2005, she began to work exclusively on “The O.C.”, executive producing the fourth season as well as writing numerous episodes of the series.

Savage studied English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She then pursued her MA and PhD in film at the University of Iowa.  She is the published author of several scholarly articles on true crime, scandal and pornography. Savage now lives in Los Angeles.

View pictures from the backpack 2 Briefcase event co-hosted by the Cinema Studies Institute and the History and English departments. Click Here


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