Steve Tao started his career in entertainment Walt Disneyland Touchstone Pictures, working on movies including THE DOCTOR, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, OPERATION DUMBO DROP and WHITE SQUALL.
As Head of Dramatic Series for the ABC Television Network, he shepherded the Emmy Award winning THE PRACTICE, ONCE AND AGAIN, and NYPD BLUE. He also ran original series, movies, and specials at VH1 as Senior Vice President of Programming out of both the New York and Los Angeles offices, overseeing ONE HIT WONDERS, ROCK THE HOUSE, and PLAY–’D: A HIP–HOP STORY.
As producer, he started up Gale Anne Hurd’s television company Valhalla Television, and led scripted development at Fremantle Media North America, producer of AMERICAN IDOL, getting the company into the scripted network and cable markets. Most recently, he consulted and executive produced for Participant Media to help launch their television division.
A native Californian, he earned his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He currently sits on the board of directors of CAPE, The Claremont Entertainment Mafia, and the Asian Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee, and has served as judge for the James Beard Foundation and the National Association of Minorities in Cable.