Steve Tao is an experienced content creator of television, film, and digital media. He started his career as a film executive at Walt Disney Pictures working on films such as THE THREE MUSKETEERS and HOCUS POCUS. He then moved to television and became Head of Drama for ABC Television, where he oversaw the Emmy Award-winning dramas THE PRACTICE and NYPD BLUE. As Senior Vice President of original series and movies at VH1, Steve ran both the New York and Los Angeles development offices. As producer, he launched Gale Anne Hurd’s television company Valhalla Television (WALKING DEAD). As head of scripted development at FremantleMedia, he initiated the sale of the company’s international formats to the US and incubated the company’s digital series into television ideas that led to Fremantle’s first series for Comedy Central. As an executive for Bad Robot, Steve developed REVOLUTION and WESTWORLD, and forged strategic partnerships, including one with the United Nations.
Steve launched a sci-fi fiction website, Recursor.tv, to showcase original series, movies, and proofs of concept. Most recently, he was lead executive in the Current Department of the CW Network, overseeing shows such as RIVERDALE, SUPERNATURAL, and ALL-AMERICAN. A native Californian, Steve earned his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California and M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He currently volunteers as an Advisory Board Member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment (www.capeusa.org) and of his alumni entertainment organization Claremont Entertainment & Media.
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