Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage form new production company
Josh Schwartz and long-time collaborator Stephanie Savage have joined forces to launch a new production company; Fake Empire. The duo have worked together developing shows such as The O.C and Gossip Girl.
Josh Schwartz and long-time collaborator Stephanie Savage have joined forces to launch a new production company; Fake Empire. The new production company will be based at Warner Brothers TV and will see Schwartz’s College Hill Productions hold into part of Fake Empire. The duo have worked together on several projects over the years developing teen dramas such as The O.C, for Fox, and Gossip Girl, for The CW. The O.C was created by Schwartz when he was 26 and he became the youngest showrunner on a drama when Fox picked it up.
The series ran for four years on the broadcaster before being dropped because of declining ratings. It was while working on The O.C that Schwartz and Stephanie Savage first came to work together and formed a working partnership – which would lead them to develop Gossip Girl together. As well as creating The O.C and adapting Gossip Girl for television, it was originally a series of novels, Schwartz has also developed NBC’s Chuck with Matt Miller. Fake Empire will develop new series for television and will be a “writer friendly company” Schwartz said but it will also develop content for online, publishing and develop music and features too.
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