Before being accepted into the MFA in Screenwriting Graduate program at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) in Los Angeles, Steve worked as a journalist (Washington Asia Times), a VO artist (Library of Congress) & as an educator in Washington DC.
After graduating from the AFI, Steve was recruited by Sony Pictures Entertainment to work as a Story Editor & Acquisitions Executive for the Worldwide Acquisitions team in Los Angeles where he received an induction into story & business development, feature film packaging, domestic & international distribution, theatrical marketing & product acquisition. He helped develop & shepherd film titles including Terminator: Salvation, The Book of Eli, Django Unchained, War Room, Don’t Breathe (Sequel current in post-production), the Insidious horror movie franchise, Manchester By The Sea, The Grudge (reboot), Searching, Arrival, Whiplash, The Call, Attack The Block & many others (including TV releases – The Tudors, House of Cards).
Steve's tenure at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions was followed with a promotion to Senior Story Editor & Creative Executive at Screen Gems where he was involved in the development & release of theatrical titles like the recent releases of Monster Hunter & the adaptation of James Herbert’s novel – The Unholy. Before that he helped shepherd Black & Blue, The Intruder, Possession of Hannah Grace, Brightburn, & Slender Man. He was also heavily involved in developing content strategies that attracted financiers & talent to specific projects for the studio.
Apart from his corporate entertainment life, Steve is also a professional screenwriter having worked as a freelance staff writer for the hit CBS TV series Hawaii Five-O over a number of seasons & currently has a pilot & several feature films (including a creature feature) going out through his literary managers in Los Angeles.
Over the many years inside the film & TV industry, Steve’s forged valuable, lasting professional & personal relationships while honing business development & creative skills. His extensive rolodex includes studio execs, executive producers, filmmakers, sales agents, talent managers, film financiers & agents.
But perhaps his proudest achievements have been the years of mentoring work he's done for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles Program (helping guide underrepresented kids toward a life-changing decision on whether to attend college or not has been paramount in his growth as a professional), and his recent achievements as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Communications of American University teaching screenwriting & writing for visual media.