John Stephens (TV producer)

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John Stephens is an American television producer, screenwriter and director best known for his work on The O.C. and Gilmore Girls. He should not be confused with veteran TV producer John G. Stephens, who was born in 1929.

Stephens is credited as the producer of twenty-five episodes of drama series The O.C., and supervising producer for an additional three episodes. He has written twelve episodes and directed one – the only directing role credited to his name.

He has co-produced six episodes of dramedy series Gilmore Girls and written eight episodes, and is credited as executive story producer for one episode and story editor for a number of other episodes.

In June, 2008, it was revealed that he had been hired to be executive producer of Gossip Girl. He said, "I was a big fan of Gossip Girl – probably embarrassingly big for a 36-year-old man – so that, and the prospect of working with Stephanie and Josh again, meant I probably would have worked on the show for free. It was a real bonus when they offered to pay me." It was also revealed that under the deal Stephens would develop new shows for Warner Bros. Television.[1]

He is the author of the children's fantasy series The Books of Beginning, the first one called The Emerald Atlas and the second The Fire Chronicle.[2] The third book will be named The Black Reckoning.


  1. ^ The OC Producer joins Gossip Girls Digital Spy, 21 June 2008
  2. ^ [1] Random House Children's Books, 05 May 2011

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