About StephOuaknine

  • Industry TelevisionDigital
  • Sector Audience DevelopmentBranded EntertainmentDevelopmentOriginal ContentSeries Development
  • Preferred Job Title ProducerHead of Original Programming
  • Companies Shaftesbury


Steph is an award-winning producer and development executive, well versed in international co-productions, short form content and audience outreach strategy. With experience and passion for telling queer stories, she’s been named one of “10 Next Generation Producers” by the Canadian Media Producers Association and one of the country’s “5 to Watch.”
Prior to moving to the US, Steph managed development for leading global prodco Shaftesbury,  liaising with vast network of writers to option, create, develop and pitch hour long dramas to AMC, HULU, Netflix, ITV, Corus, Bell, CBC and more. She co-created and produced CARMILLA, the branded series phenomenon financed by U By Kotex. Topping 100+ million views, it led to a feature film adaptation, a novelization with Corus, an hourlong series in development and live events.
Now based in Los Angeles, Steph is passionate about the future of television and diverse voices, eager to propel the Phoebe-Waller Bridges’ of Canada to the international market.