Fake Empire was formed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage in 2010. Together Josh and Stephanie have written and produced hit shows such as The O.C. and Gossip Girl, and under their new venture they continue to develop new television series for Warner Bros. while expanding their business to include feature films under their deal with Paramount. While each project is unique, the goal is the same: to speak to young audiences in a contemporary voice.
In 2003, Josh became the youngest person in television history to create and run a primetime series when he brought The O.C. to life for FOX. After serving as Executive Producer for the show’s four-season run, Josh went on to co-create and executive produce the popular spy-comedy-romance-action series, Chuck. Chuck recently completed a five season run on NBC.
Stephanie got her start at Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, and went on to form Wonderland Sound and Vision with director McG. While at Flower Films, Stephanie helped develop feature films such as Charlie’s Angels, Never Been Kissed, and Donnie Darko. Wonderland was a producer of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and the company soon expanded into television, developing and producing The O.C. with Josh. Stephanie’s first effort in television writing was one of the The O.C.’s most enduring episodes, “The Best Chrismukkah Ever.” She soon left Wonderland to focus full-time on writing and producing.
After finding success in their first joint venture, Josh and Stephanie co-developed Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by author Cecily Von Ziegesar. The show brings high fashion — and even higher drama — to The CW on Monday nights. The show is now in its fifth season, and airs on The CW on Mondays at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm on the same channel, viewers can watch the newest Fake Empire project, Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson as a big-city doctor trying to fit into the peculiar little town of Bluebell, Alabama.
Other members of the Fake Empire team include Len Goldstein and Lis Rowinski, who have come on board to help develop new projects in television and film, respectively.
Len heads up television for Fake Empire after working with Josh and Stephanie for many years in his role as an executive at Warner Bros. Television. After running both the comedy and drama divisions and rising to Head of Development, Len transitioned to the producer side in 2010. He shepherds Fake Empire’s development and will serve as an Executive Producer on future series.
Lis Rowinski runs point on motion picture development, and is based in the Fake Empire offices on the Paramount lot. Lis was formerly a Motion Picture Literary Agent at WME Entertainment, where her focus was on up-and-coming writers and directors.