Kelly Jo Brick: The Write Path With SUPERNATURAL’S Davy Perez, Part 2

A series of interviews with hard-working writers – by another hard-working writer!

by Kelly Jo Brick

Aspiring writers often wonder how the pros got where they are. The truth is, everyone’s story is different, but there are some common elements: dedication, persistence, hard work and not giving up.

Persistence and positive attitude were major influences in the development of Davy Perez’s career in entertainment. Born and raised in East LA, Davy became involved with a sketch group and worked as a background actor before following his creative passions as a writer. Acceptance into multiple writing programs helped lead the way to him becoming a staff writer for the highly acclaimed TV show AMERICAN CRIME. He now writes for the CW series, SUPERNATURAL. read article

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • David Schulner (THE EVENT) is developing the drama series CLONE for Universal Television, from the comic of the same name by Robert Kirkman. (No network is involved yet, but if Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD continues its ratings dominance that won’t be a problem.)
  • KJ Steinberg (MISTRESSES) is writing the legal drama LAWLESS for ABC. (No problem withthis one getting on the air. It’s being done with Shonda Rhimes, and we all know how ABC feels about her. Hint: It’s a 4 letter word starting with “L” and it has a “V” in it too.)
  • Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (TERRA NOVA) are writing the TV movie/backdoor pilot for 12 MONKEYS for Syfy. (Yeppers, we’re talking about that 12 MONKEYS, the Bruce Willis-starring feature film by Terry Gilliam. And those Syfy motherfuckers better not screw this up, y’hear?)
  • Speaking of the Evil Minions of Syfy, that network is looking for a writer for a miniseries to be called WARRIORS OF OZ, an action-adventure version of, oh, you guessed it, THE WIZARD OF OZ. (Nopoint in worrying about Syfy turning this into a steaming pile. Just from the concept we know that without one word written they already have.)
  • On a more positive note, Shane Dawson, a comedian with almost 9 million subscribers to his YouTube channels, just launched a podcast called SHANE AND FRIENDS which became #1 on iTunes within 24 hours. (In other words, the do-it-yourself showbiz model works, laddies and lassies. Write your own material, perform it, present it to the world, and you’ll never have to worry about Syfy’s execrable taste again!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/2/12

“Love is never making your partner get a day job.” (Anon.)
  • Dan Harmon (COMMUNITY) has a pick-up from Adult Swim for his animated series RICK AND MARTY, about an inventor and his grandson/sidekick. (Proving you can’t go wrong with Mr. Peabody & the Wayback Machine)
  • David DiGilo (Disney Writer Program – awesome) is adapting Debra Driza’s soon-to-be-published novel Mila 2.0 into a sci-fi thriller series for ABC. (Proving that new writers should all make friends as possible with extra-hot writer-producers like Shonda Rhimes, whose company is producing this baby. )
  • Jason Jones (THE DAILY SHOW) is writing the pilot for a Fox sitcom about a single guy acting as guardian for his sister’s kids. (Proving that the concept doesn’t have to be all that high when a hot actor like Steve Carell is producing, as he is here.)
  • Robert Padnick (THE OFFICE) has written a sitcom pilot about four people trying to deal with their relationship problems and sold it to NBC. (Proving that if you partner up with somebody like Greg Daniels, producer of the soon to be late, lamented THE OFFICE, as Robert has, not only do you not need a high concept, no concept will work just fine too.)
  • Lew Morton (FUTURAMA, ROB) has partnered with Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL, FREAKS & GEEKS, THE ZERO EFFECT) on WENTWORTH HALL, an animated comedy for Fox. (Proving that go-to guys help cinch deals even for writers who don’t really need go-to guys.)

We trust that you’ve all learned today’s important lesson.