I had a quiet moment the other day — a rare thing but it happens — and I was suddenly struck by the realization of how many awesome new people have come into my life this year. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. And I’d like to take a moment here to give thanks to these fine folks:
Ken Lipman is an Amazon Studios production manager and the great unsung hero of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. He took both me and the show under his wing, and without his vision and miracle-making resourcefulness we wouldn’t have anything like the amazing pilot that came out of this process. I owe him, literally, everything. Oscar-winning director Luke Matheny gave the Gortimer pilot life. I felt very safe sharing my baby with Luke, and in fact, was eager to have him take the reigns and work his magic. Luke is a fantastic collaborator (and I hope there will be more of it in the future), and I’m so grateful for the all the hours of hard work he put into the show. Tara Sorensen is the head of kid’s TV at Amazon Studios and has been Gortimer’s champion from the start. Her courage and vision are the reason we have a pilot. And on that note I am truly thankful for everyone at Amazon Studios — Christina, Debbie, Mark, Mimi, Patrick, Amy, Ahmad, Melissa, Monica and probably many more I’m forgetting to name but still appreciate. Fionnula Flanagan is any geek’s dream come true to work with — she has been Data’s mom and Mrs. Hawking. I’m so grateful for what she brought to the role of Miss Hudspith and the show overall. I hope she will be in everything I ever write. Ashely Boettcher (Mel) is a delight on screen and off and carries with her a sense of whimsy wherever she goes. She made every day on the shoot fun. Also, she elevates the photo-bomb to an art form. Drew Justice brought his character Ranger to life in a way that even I couldn’t have dreamed. I feel like I’ve found a long-lost friend and I am glad he’s part of our show and part of my life. Sloane Morgan Siegel is a big-hearted kid with a true sense of adventure and he is, literally, my hero — I am so pleased to know him and to call him Gortimer. Jake Wagner is my manager, and after so long flying solo, it’s great to finally have Jake on my wing.
The danger of making a list like this public is that you almost for certain will leave someone out. If that happens to be you, please know that it was a momentary lapse and I really do appreciate you.
Finally, my thanks to you, Dear Blog Reader, for your support and interest. Stick around because things are just starting to get interesting.