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Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allain is regarded as one of Hollywood's top producers known for championing projects and talent that break the mold.

Allain has collaborated with BLACK SNAKE MOAN Producer John Singleton on five films. She was the young Columbia Pictures creative executive who fought for Singleton's BOYZ N THE HOOD in 1990 when he was a fledgling writer-director. That controversial film would become a critical and box office hit garnering Singleton two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The $5 million film would gross $60 million in box office, a commercial success that would become the template for black urban drama films to follow.

It was Allain who became the advocate for Craig Brewer's projects for Paramount Classics, BLACK SNAKE MOAN and the award winning hit HUSTLE & FLOW.

Allain also produced Sanaa Hamri's feature debut, SOMETHING NEW for Focus Features and plans to produce Brewer's next film, MAGGIE LYNN for Paramount. She is partnered with Brewer in their Southern Cross the Dog production company based at Paramount Pictures and is actively developing projects for Paramount and Vantage, including CHARLEY PRIDE and GANG LEADER FOR A DAY.

. Allain began her film career in 1985 as a freelance script reader. She became a staff reader at Creative Artists Agency in 1986 and was admitted to the Story Analyst Union the following year. As a story analyst, she worked for 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures. In 1989 she was promoted to Creative Executive at Columbia Pictures under Dawn Steel and Amy Pascal.

During her tenure at Columbia, she was a Senior Vice President of Production, the highest position for an African American before or since. She was instrumental in launching the careers of directors John Singleton, Robert Rodriquez, Darnell Martin and Andy Fleming. She supervised more than a dozen films including: POETIC JUSTICE, HIGHER LEARNING, EL MARIACHI, DESPERADO, I LIKE IT LIKE THAT and THE CRAFT. Several of the films debuted at Cannes International, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals.

In 1996, she became President of Jim Henson Pictures and produced Caroline Thompson's BUDDY and films for the Muppets and Elmo brands, MUPPETS FROM SPACE and ELMO IN GROUCHLAND.

In 2000 she joined 3Arts Entertainment where she developed projects for clients and produced Reggie Rock Bythewood's BIKER BOYZ for DreamWorks SKG.

In 2003 she founded Homegrown Pictures to produce the films of writer/directors. Her first feature 40, written and directed by Michael Caleo, premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival. She also executive produced John Hoffman's GOOD BOY for MGM.

Allain holds a bachelors degree in Literature/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She is a member of the Producer's Guild of America, sits on the board of IFP's Project Involve and teaches producing in the Entertainment Studies Division of UCLA as well as corporate story seminars.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Stephanie Allain Facts

BirthdayOctober 30, 1959 (61)

Selected Filmography

Tyler Perry Presents Peeples
Hustle & Flow
Hurricane Season
Something New
Boy Called Hate
Coming to America
Beyond the Lights
Deliver Us From Eva / Something New / The Best Man
French Dirty
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