Local Hero Department: Francis Moss

Dunno about you, but each and every one of us here at TVWriter™ would be proud to be the subject of a local newspaper article like this:

Local writer once penned kids’ favorite cartoons
by Sara Kernan

YUCCA VALLEY — “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and more have all featured the animation writing of Francis Moss. Moss has called the Hi-Desert home for the past four years and is continuing writing after an illustrious career of working for beloved animation shows.

Starting in 1980, Moss’ career started with episodes of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” His work ground to a halt thanks to a writers’ strike, but found a job with an animation company that had just started making “She-Ra, Princess of Power.”

He eventually found a job as staff writer and story editor for a company producing cartoons including “Care Bears” and “Ghostbusters.”

Another writers’ strike in 1988 found him marching in solidarity with the Writers Guild members, and that landed him an opportunity to write for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” After a serendipitous conversation on the picket line, Moss started writing.

The show took off after season two and Moss quickly had to learn to work under the pressure of delivering two scripts a week.

“That was my writing university in many ways,” he said.

For Moss, writing has always been a part of him. From writing on his parents’ typewriter, to writing in college to freelancing for a newspaper and magazine, written means of expression have been his creative outlet….

Read it all at Hi-Desert Star