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Stephen Israel

Stephen is probably best known for exec-producing the critically acclaimed sleeper hit "Swimming With Sharks", starring Kevin Spacey. Sharks was recently revived on the London stage, starring Christian Slater.

His most recent production, "The Secret Lives of Dorks", starring Gaelan Connell, Jennifer Tilly and Jim Belushi, produced with Steven Wolfe (500 Days of Summer) is currently in post-production and is expected later this year.

Other productions include Q. Allan Brocka's sophomore feature "Boy Culture", which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before playing at over eighty film festivals worldwide, garnering twenty awards. The film was recently released by TLA Releasing. Other productions include "Happiness Runs", starring Rutger Hauer and Andie MacDowell, to be released in March, Kevin DiNovis's "Death & Texas", starring Oscar Nominee Charles Durning, and Dan Mirvish's "Open House, the Musical", with Rent's Anthony Rapp and Oscar Nominee Sally Kellerman.

Stephen is also a well known and active member of the film festival community, having served as a programmer and board member at Slamdance for over 10 years, and assistant programmer and senior volunteer for Outfest (the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian film festival) and on festival juries ranging from the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festival, to Festroia in Portugal.

In 1996 he was Sr. VP Development & Acquisitions at American Cybercast, the team that produced The Spot, the world’s first internet-based episodic soap opera. Stephen’s extensive corporate experience includes being VP New Business Development at Turner Broadcasting Systems, strategic planning at Warner Bros. and four years as a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

He’s also a trained rocket scientist (no kidding, he designed semiconductors for satellites).


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