After working as a produced writer for Film and Stage, Steven recently forayed successfully into Television, selling his first two original one-hour pilots: Dorian Gray to NBC/Universal, and a second to MTV with Relativity TV and Andrew Panay producing.
His original teleplay for 2013’s A Country Christmas Story, starring Dolly Parton, broke Holiday Season ratings records for Lifetime Television.
Steven is currently developing a biopic on screen legend Rita Hayworth to star Eva Longoria, who will also Executive Produce.
This comes on the heels of the theatrical release of Steven’s feature directorial debut, Footprints, which he also wrote. The film received the praise of such renowned critics as Kevin Thomas, F.X. Feeney, Mick LaSalle, and the Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, who hailed it as “One of the Ten Best Films So Far This Year”.
An award-winning filmmaker and twice-published Samuel French playwright, with credits in Film, Television, and Theatre, Steven wrote the Lionsgate film, The Cat’s Meow, starring Kirsten Dunst and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, chronicling a murder that was rumored to have taken place on board William Randolph Hearst’s 220-foot yacht in 1924.
Steven’s second feature as director, The Undying, a supernatural thriller he also co-wrote, starring Emmy nominee Robin Weigert (HBO’s Deadwood) and Wes Studi (Avatar), was released wide on DVD/VOD in December 2011.
In the world of comedy, Steven penned three episodes of AMC's Emmy Award-winning sitcom, The Lot, and was a writer on Disney's Around the World in 80 Days, starring Jackie Chan, directed by Frank Coraci (director of The Wedding Singer and Zookeeper).
In the world of Theatre, Steven was profiled by Samuel French as their Playwright of the Month for April 2011. The Los Angeles Premiere of his play, The Cat's Meow, had an extended nine-week run, garnering rave reviews from The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, CBS Radio, and many others in the print and radio press. The play has been produced in six countries thus far.
Prior to The Cat’s Meow, Steven directed the Los Angeles World Premiere of his full-length play, Karlaboy, a haunting drama for which he received a Drama-Logue Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing.
Steven is also a noted film historian whose writing on film has been published in MovieMaker Magazine, The Huffington Post, New York's Newsday, Village Voice, and Scr(i)pt. He has contributed BluRay commentary tracks for many classic films. His first book on movies, A Year in the Life of a Film Fanatic: What I Watched. Why I Watched It. comes out in 2017 from BearManor Media. He is a graduate of New York University's Film School and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.