Stephanie Allain

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Stephanie Allain
Born (1959-10-30) October 30, 1959 (age 62)

Stephanie Allain (born October 30, 1959) is an American producer of independent movies in Hollywood, California.

Early life[edit]

Stephanie Allain was born in New Orleans to an African-American father Dr. Charles Allain, a biochemist, and a white mother Gwen Allain Miller, an educator. Her family moved near Los Angeles, California, in 1965, and Allain attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing.


She began her film career in 1985 at Creative Artists Agency, first as a script reader, then as a staff reader. As a story analyst, she worked for 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and finally in 1989, at Columbia Pictures. There, Allain was one of twelve readers at the studio, and one of only two African-American readers. She rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Production and was influential in encouraging and developing an African-American filmmaking community in Hollywood in the 1990s.

During her tenure at Columbia, Allain launched the careers of several young filmmakers including John Singleton, Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin. She personally pitched to Columbia's executives Singleton's Boyz n the Hood (1991). The controversial film would become a critical and commercial hit, garnering Singleton two Academy Award nominations. Among the films under her supervision were Poetic Justice (1993), I Like It Like That (1994), and The Craft (1996).

Of her time at Columbia, Allain had this to say:

I was fortunate to find John and Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin and my tenure at Columbia was really marked by my own niche which was urban indie movies that had the blessing and the money and the studio behind it; so those filmmakers were able to elevate their game and graduate to the big times pretty effortlessly after their first movies because the studio – Columbia was just so supportive and their work was so good that they got out into the world and I've benefited from that frankly.

In 1996, Allain left Columbia Pictures to become President of Jim Henson Pictures. During her 4 years there, she produced Caroline Thompson's Buddy, as well as Henson brand movies, Muppets from Space and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. After her stint at Henson, Allain joined 3Arts Entertainment, where she developed projects for clients and produced Reggie Rock Bythewood's Biker Boyz.

In 2003, Allain sold her house and founded Homegrown Films. Teaming with John Singleton, Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow was produced. Hustle & Flow was sold to MTV/Paramount for a 9 million dollars and went on to win the Audience Award at Sundance in 2005, an Academy Award for Best Original Song and earned a Best Actor nomination for Terrence Howard.

In 2006, Allain and Homegrown Films produced another first time director, music video director, Sanaa Hamri's Something New, starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker. She also worked again with producer John Singleton, partnering with Craig Brewer and his Southern Cross the Dog production company based at Paramount Pictures. Paramount Vantage released their latest film, Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake on February 23, 2007.

She was the Festival Director for the LA Film Festival from 2011 to 2016. In 2021, he received a first look deal with Endeavor Content.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Mitch Marcus from 1988 to 1999. She is currently married to Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Bray, who is composer and lyricist of the Broadway version of the Alice Walker book The Color Purple. Allain has three children.


She was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1997 Buddy Executive producer
1999 Muppets from Space Executive producer
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Executive producer
2000 Rat Executive producer
2003 Biker Boyz
Good Boy! Executive producer
2005 Hustle & Flow
2006 Something New
Black Snake Moan
2009 Hurricane Season
2013 Peeples
2014 Dear White People
Beyond the Lights Executive producer
2015 French Dirty Executive producer
2017 Burning Sands
2018 The Weekend
2019 Juanita
2020 Really Love Executive producer
As an actress
Year Film Role Notes
1995 A Boy Called Hate Ma
2015 French Dirty Waitress
Year Film Role
1995 Four Rooms Special thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
2016 Crushed Executive producer Television film
2018 Life-Size 2 Executive producer Television film
2017−19 Dear White People Executive producer
2020 92nd Academy Awards Television special
Women in Film Presents: Make it Work! Executive producer Television special
2021 Leimert Park: The Digital Series Executive producer
Camera and electrical department
Year Film Role
2010 New York Stand-Up Show Lighting technician


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 7, 2021). "Endeavor Content Sets First-Look Film Producing Deal With Stephanie Allain". Deadline. Retrieved January 8, 2021.

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