My TV Pilot “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” Goes into Production at Amazon Studios!


My TV pilot has been given the green light by Amazon Studios. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street follows the whimsical adventures of eleven-year-old Gortimer and his two best friends as they navigate the magical, strange and often surreal world of children who are becoming adults.

I’ve had the basic idea for Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street simmering on the back burner for quite some time, but until Amazon Stuidos opened their doors to TV submissions there was literally nowhere to go with it. No one was making this kind of fun, adventurous, live-action kid show — not since the days of The Adventures of Pete and Pete or Eerie, Indiana.

It’s an absolute truth that without Amazon Studios, Gortimer would never have been written let alone produced. I’m thrilled to be going the next step with them and to be actively involved in production. Everyone at Amazon has been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic. The show is in great hands.

Gortimer has connected with people on a deep level like nothing I’ve written before. It seems to have taken on a life of it’s own, and it continues to create fans. Many of you have Tweeted, emailed and messaged me about it. You’ve all been incredibly supportive and I’m overjoyed and grateful. I can’t wait to share the pilot with you.

This blog has been going since 2004 in various incarnations as a record of my writing journey. The pilot is a huge milestone, but there’s plenty more road ahead. A pilot is not a series…yet. Stick around, the journey has really just begun.

Visit Amazon Studio’s Hollywonk blog for more about today’s announcement. Congratulations to all the pilot pickups.

Reminder: I’ll be teaching an online screenwriting course via The Loft Literary Center in the fall. Registration is now open. Head on over to the Loft for the course description. A full scholarship is available.  

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