My first job in Hollywood was shoveling fro-yo at a place called "Humphrey Yogurt." I wasn't exactly living the dream, and the pun was humiliating.
I struggled for a long time, wondering how I'd break into the business. Through a friend of a friend, I learned of a retired sitcom writer who was offering screenwriting classes. He had written on some of my favorite shows, and he definitely struck me as someone who knew his stuff. Thanks to him, my writing vastly improved and doors magically opened.
Within a few years, I was a staff writer on a new NBC show called Just Shoot Me. I worked there for 4 years, then accepted a job on King of the Hill where I remained for 5 years. Then I went to Out of Practice, Rules of Engagement and Wilfred. The following year, my partner and I became showrunners of a new series on Nick-at-Nite. That's when I put all my hard won knowledge to the test.
Since then, my partner and I have run two other shows, including the critically acclaimed Maron on IFC. We've sold dozen of pilots, two feature scripts, and are currently Co-Executive Producers of Tacoma FC. I'm lucky to have a pretty full plate.
For years, several pre-WGA writers who I mentor have been haranguing me to start a screenwriting course. But I never had the time. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing Hollywood production to a halt. That gave me the space I needed to create a detailed and comprehensive screenwriting course.
It took me 26 years to accumulate this knowledge. I didn't learn it in film school, nor would it have been taught there. I learned it by working with some of the most talented and successful screenwriters in the business. And now I share it with you.