STEPHEN SIMON BIOGRAPHY
Stephen Simon was born into a successful Hollywood family. His father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a Producer/Director who made films with stars such as Abbott and Costello, Lana Turner, and Red Skelton.
In Stephen’s more than 30 years as a Producer, Director, and Production Executive, he has been involved in the production of over twenty films. Stephen personally produced such acclaimed projects as the Academy Award® winning What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.), the cult classic Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), and All The Right Moves (Tom Cruise).
Stephen also was Co-Executive Producer on fan favorites Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (Keanu Reeves), produced She’s Out of Control (Tony Danza), Executive Produced Body of Evidence (Madonna), Produced the first original film to premiere on the Internet, Quantum Project (John Cleese and Stephen Dorff), was an Executive Producer on Linda McCartney for CBS Television, and was nominated for an Emmy Award as one of the Executive Producers of Homeless to Harvard for Lifetime Television.
Stephen was Head of Production of the film companies owned by legendary Hollywood producers Ray Stark (Funny Girl, The Goodbye Girl, The Way We Were) and Dino De Laurentiis (Serpico, La Strada, 3 Days of The Condor).
As an executive, Stephen supervised the development and/or production of films such as Smokey and The Bandit, Army of Darkness, Kuffs, The Cheap Detective, Russkies, The Gate, Murder by Death, The Wraith, Casey’s Shadow, Once Upon a Crime, and The Electric Horseman.
Stephen directed and produced Indigo and the film version of Conversations with God. In 2004, Stephen co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, a monthly DVD distribution service that became an immediate international success, with subscribers in nearly 100 countries.
Stephen has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 1984. His latest book, Bringing Back the Old Hollywood, was released in 2010.