Mal Stares was born in Toronto, Canada before moving to Germany at the age of seven. Her unusual childhood helped her secure her first job, translating the website for a popular New Zealand kid's show into German. While majoring in English Literature at the University of British Columbia she started working in the Vancouver film industry. After graduating, she continued to gain experience in the business in a variety of positions before being accepted into the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Following assistant stints at Millar Gough Ink and Mark Burnett's One Three Media, she joined former HBO exec Anne Thomopoulos as a scripted development executive where she worked on Outlander (Starz), Versailles (Ovation) and Black Box (ABC). She went on to help launch Scott Rudin's Los Angeles-based scripted division, which had a deal with the Fox Networks Group, where she worked on What We Do In The Shadows (FX), Diagnosis (Netflix), Barkskins (NatGeo) and Purity (Showtime). She then transitioned to the role of Director of Scripted for BBC Studios, and is currently a Senior Associate in the TV Advisory department at Endeavor Content.