Writer. Blogger. Geek.
Hi, I’m David Anaxagoras and I write fun adventure stories. I created a TV show called Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street for Amazon Studios which the New York Times called “smart and charming” and Variety said was “genuinely clever“. In 2015 I was nominated for a WGA Award for Outstanding Writing in Children’s Episodic TV. I have also written for Glitch Techs, coming soon from Nickelodeon Animation.
I’m a graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. My interview with Professor Neil Landau is featured in his book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution. I have taught screenwriting online, been interviewed for podcasts and spoken in college writing classes.
I currently have projects in development, am writing a novel (or two) and tinkering with my never-ending Choose Your Own Adventure-type book. I live in the San Fernando valley where I read comics, listen to 80s New Wave on vinyl, and jam on the ukulele…badly.
The Orange County Register did a piece on me when my series got picked up. You can also check out this interview on Conversations Between Writers. Please check the PRESS page for more coverage of the show.
In 2012 I quit screenwriting for good. I had no agent, no manager, and no prospects. About a week later, Amazon Studios opened up to blind TV pilot script submissions. You didn’t need credits or an agent — anyone could submit. I had never attempted a TV pilot but I figured I would take one more shot. I only ever had one TV idea — I might as well write it.
I wrote Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street for an audience of one – me. I knew it was different from the current crop of corporate kid sitcoms — and thus no one would buy it. I wrote it anyway. I wrote it because I wanted to see something with a sense of adventure where ordinary kids faced the unknown with courage and friendship – and without a laugh track.
I wrote the pilot in the space of two weeks and submitted via the Amazon Studios web page. Four weeks later, Amazon optioned my pilot script. The following year we were in production on a series.
In 2012 I quit screenwriting for good…and I haven’t stopped writing since.