Journalist-author, founder of the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet (B. 1896, Istanbul- D. December 11th, 1953, Istanbul). He was the son of Governor Hamdi Simavi. He was a student in Saint Joseph High School for a while; he graduated from Galatasaray High School (1912). He worked as a journalist, moviemaker, writer and caricaturist. He used the following pen names as well; Naşide Refik, Hüsamettin Ali, A. Cevdet, M. Reşit, Faik Remzi, A. Şekip, Rüştü, Abdullah Sıtkı, Rasim Servet, Çileli, Fuat Refik, Güleryüz, Hanım. He began his carrier in journalism with the weekly Turkish-German magazine Hande (1916). He published the following magazines and newspapers Diken (1918), İnci (1919), Dersaadet (1920), Payitaht (1920), Güleryüz (1921), Hanım (1921), Hacıyatmaz (1921), Yeni İnci (1922), Resimli Gazete (1923), Yıldız (1924), Meraklı Gazete (1926), Yeni Kitap (1927), Arkadaş (1928), Bravo (1930) with the most famous ones being the weekly magazine Yedigün (first issue: March 15th, 1933) and the daily newspaper Hürriyet (first issue: May 1st, 1948).
Sedat Simavi, who was one of the important names of Turkish cinema as well as the Turkish journalism, directed three films called “Pençe”, “Casus” and “Alemdar Vakası”, which were his first thematic films. Sedat Simavi, who had many of his articles published in the newspapers and magazines that he owned, published around sixty books in review, story, novel and theater categories. His tomb is in Kanlıca. Annual awards are given by Sedat Simavi Foundation, which was founded in 1977 after his death, in literature, art and social sciences categories.
NOVEL: Fujiyama (1934).
PLAY: Hürriyet Apartmanı (1940), Düşenin Dostları (play, 1940), Ceza (play, 1941).
REVIEW: J.J. Rousseau (1931).
CARICATURE ALBUM: Yeni Zenginler (1918), Kadınlar Saltanatı (1920), Paramparça: Yeni Zenginler, Harp Fakirleri, (prepared by. T. Çeviker, 1993).
OTHER: Bir Günde Okuyorum (1928), Ayhan’ın Kitabı (1929), Sesli Sessiz ve Renkli Sinema (1931), Fuzuli (1931), Ahmet Mithat Efendi (1931), Nedim (1931), Osman Paşa (1931), Ziya Paşa (1931), Ziya Gökalp (1931), Annenin Kitabı (tsz.), Bilen de Pişman Bilmeyen de (tsz.), Eserleri (1973), Hürriyet’teki Yazılarıyla Sedat Simavi (1983). His works were collected in a book called Sedat Semavi / Eserleri (1973).