Stephanie Austin-Thaler

Stephanie Austin produced the critical and box-office successes “TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY” and “TRUE LIES”, both for writer-director James Cameron; and New Line Cinema’s action-thriller “THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT”, directed by Renny Harlin, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis; as well as “SAHARA”, directed by Breck Eisner, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz; She was Executive Producer for John Davis Productions and 20th Century Fox on “BEHIND ENEMY LINES”, directed by John Moore, starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson; and for Spyglass Entertainment and Touchstone on “SHANGHAI KNIGHTS”, directed by David Dobkin, starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. She produced her first feature film, “HEARTBREAK HOTEL” directed by Chris Columbus, for Touchstone and Hill/Obst, before moving on to Carolco Pictures, where she produced television and later worked with James Cameron on “T2”.

She is partnered with Sara Risher in the innovative venture CHICKFLICKS, as well as being Co-CEO, (with her husband, Scott Thaler) of BEACHWOOD PRODUCTIONS. Current projects include “MONOGAMY”, screenplay by Jillian Crane and Stephen Barton, based on a book entitled “About Yvonne”; and an original screenplay “DROPPER”.

Austin began her career at Bob Shaye’s legendary New Line Cinema in New York before heading to Los Angeles to pursue independent production. After working in various capacities on feature films, she joined Robert Papazian Productions, Inc., where she was soon promoted to Vice-President. She served as associate producer on dozens of television series, movies and miniseries and later moved into producing under the Papazian banner. Austin then formed her own production company and produced, among other titles, “OUT ON THE EDGE”, for The Steve Tisch Company, which was directed by John Pasquin, and garnered for Austin the Women In Film Lillian Gish Award for Best Producer.

She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Chairs the Debra Hill Fellowship Committee for the PGA Foundation. She is a member of The Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors.