Award-winning writer/producer Stacy Rukeyser most recently served as Showrunner and Executive Producer of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-nominated and Critics’ Choice Award-winning drama, UnREAL. A senior writer on the series since season one, she was promoted to Showrunner for seasons three and four, and received both a Peabody and an AFI Award for her writing on the show.
Rukeyser’s body of work includes Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated series Without a Trace (CBS), One Tree Hill (The CW), October Road (ABC) and Standoff (FOX) as well as Greek, The Lying Game and Twisted for ABC Family. She also worked as Glen Mazzara’s (The Walking Dead, Damien) number two on Crash, the first scripted drama on STARZ and as UnREAL co-Creator Marti Noxon’s number two on Gigantic for Teen Nick.
She is currently writing two pilots in the streaming/premium cable space, but isn’t allowed to talk about either one! Previously, she has written pilots for Showtime, Lifetime, MTV and Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment.
She recently adapted Private, a feature film for Warner Brothers based on the bestselling young adult novel. Among her other feature scripts is The Manxman, an adaptation of the epic romance novel by her great-great-grandfather Sir Hall Caine.
Rukeyser began her television-writing career in 2002 when she was one of thirteen writers selected for the Warner Brothers Dramatic Writing Workshop.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her two young sons and her husband, Clark Peterson, producer of the Academy Award-winning film Monster, Devil’s Knot, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Ideal Home and the upcoming Keanu Reeves film, Replicas. Rukeyser’s late father was Louis Rukeyser, best known as host of Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser which ran for 32 seasons on PBS.