Stephen Schwartz is currently a creative director for ABC Entertainment Marketing.
For the last 15 years, he has been writing, producing, and editing, on both the network and agency side, for the likes of Syfy, Nickelodeon, Definition 6, and Zealot. Stephen enjoys client and vendor life equally but for different reasons.
Some of his notable work includes campaigns for Killing Eve, All Elite Wrestling, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Purge.
We spoke with Stephen for our Backstory series, where we chat with folks in the entertainment industry about their creative inspirations and more.
Stephen, tell us…
Where you grew up, and where you live now.
Born and bred New Yorker by way of Massapequa Park, Long Island. It’s the home of Jerry Seinfeld, the Baldwins and Joey Buttafuoco, remember him? For the last decade, I’ve lived all around Manhattan and Brooklyn but have temporarily posted up in the quiet woods of Randolph, NJ.
Your first job in the industry.
I got my crash course in the world of promos as a production assistant at USA Network.
A breakthrough moment in your career.
Circa 2005, I was an AP at the then Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy). I collaborated with a producer to execute a teaser concept I had for the show Eureka. They loved the idea so much, they handed me the reigns to the entire campaign, which was my first.
Three movies you couldn’t do without.
Ghostbusters. My favorite of all time. Find me a movie that more expertly blends every genre into one. It’s a blockbuster, comedy, horror, romance, super hero origin story. It just so utterly quotable and rewatchable. I had every toy and the child-sized suit is still lodged somewhere at my parents’ house. What kid at that time didn’t want to be Peter Venkman?
Jurassic Park. For every dinosaur loving kid, this was it. It’s pure spectacle in all the best ways. The logo, the music, the Goldblum. It somehow has better CGI than most movies coming out today. In my opinion, this is only rivaled by T2: Judgement Day as the definitive movie going experience of my generation.
The Thing. Often imitated, never duplicated. Not only the best Carpenter movie but the best horror movie of all time. It’s a master class in tension, dread, and practical FX. Plus, Kurt Russell has a sweet beard.
Your favorite movie quote.
“Yes, have some.” –Louis Tully from Ghostbusters
Your favorite movie trailer or poster.
When the Wolf Alice song kicks in, the Trainspotting 2 trailer becomes a perfectly executed visual symphony.