Like many of my generation, my path to showbiz began in a galaxy far far away.The funny thing is, I didn't want to see Star Wars that day.
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo was in theaters and this eight-year-old kid in Denver, Colorado, cried when his Dad told him we'd be seeing something else. But I gave in. And when the credits finished rolling and the lights came up in the (tragically now-defunct) Cooper Theatre, I sat in stunned silence - my life changed and my career fate sealed.
I was going to grow up and make Movies.
A few years and hundreds of film viewings later, this gawky teenager was reviewing movies for my high school newspaper and co-hosting a community-access cable movie review show called “Picking the Flicks.” Thankfully, all evidence of that period of my life has been redacted, but I did get the opportunity to see a lot of free movies and meet some really cool people, like Jimmy Stewart, Jim Carrey, Anthony Perkins, Alan Alda and the cast of Some Kind of Wonderful!
After graduating from my beloved USC, I was ready to make my mark in the Movies. But the universe had other plans.
One thing led to another, and I was on my way to a 19-year-and-counting career in Television – alternating between freelance and studio staff, in the trenches and in the offices, on the set and behind the scenes. Most recently, I spent ten years as Senior Vice President of Production at various incarnations of NBC Universal, where I had the great fortune and honor to supervise hundreds of hours of television, including every episode of Battlestar Galactica and Monk, two of the shows that changed the face of cable TV.
Oh, and a terrific little show called Eureka.
So, when the opportunity to join the show as a Co-EP came along, I couldn’t resist the chance to get back in the trenches and use the other side of my brain again – and to join an extraordinary cast and crew in creating the best season yet.