Credits: President, Gaumont Television U.S.
GENE STEIN is president of Gaumont Television U.S., a position he has held since October 2015. Gene is responsible for the overall creative direction and strategic management of the company.
At Gaumont he has supervised and executive produced Narcos, as well as F Is For Family, an animated series. Both programs are streamed on Netflix.
Before Gaumont, Gene served as CEO of Sonar, where he oversaw an impressive expansion of the company’s original production and development slate. He developed and executive produced The Shannara Chronicles for MTV and South of Hell for WEtv. In addition, he oversaw the sale of Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, to FX, and developed The Son for AMC, as well as David Kelley’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes for AT&T/DirecTv.
Before joining Sonar Entertainment, Gene was President of Television at BermanBraun, where he worked for six years and developed and executive produced eight scripted TV series, most notably Dig for USA, created by Gideon Raff (Prisoners of War, Homeland) and Tim Kring (Heroes).
Before joining BermanBraun, Gene was partnered with producer Nina Wass and based at Touchstone Television/ABC Studios for eight years. Together they executive produced five series and several pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FBC. Their comedy Less Than Perfect aired for four seasons on ABC.
Prior to his producing career, Gene was a key member of the programming team that helped bring about CBS Television’s ratings resurgence. He initially served as Director of Drama Series Development and Vice President of Alternative Programs. He then was named to head the comedy development department at CBS, as Vice President and later SVP, where he supervised the development and production of multiple series, including: Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Yes, Dear, and Becker.
Gene was born and raised in New York City. He relocated to Los Angeles to begin his career as a programming associate at ABC. He then was promoted to the development department as Manager and later Director of Comedy Development, where he helped launch a number of iconic series like The Wonder Years, Coach, and Family Matters. He then worked as a Vice President at ABC Productions, where he shepherded pilots with writers such as Amy Sherman-Palladino and Linwood Boomer.
Gene has written episodes of television programs including Cheers, Murphy Brown and Golden Girls and has also published a novel and a collection of short stories. He won the Scott Newman Award for an episode of Murphy Brown and his novel was called “bewitching” and a “triumph” by The New York Times.
For many years he co-chaired the Alliance for Children’s Rights annual comedy fundraiser, which has raised over $2 million for foster and impoverished children in Los Angeles County. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Gene is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, their two daughters, and a miniature Schnauzer