You're a fan, ergo, you cannot possibly ask too many questions.Originally Posted by Dedd Vinyl
I'm flattered someone out there is claiming to be me -- I wish they'd tried that when I was going through my divorce so many years ago. But let me end your suspicions quickly by giving you a few bits of information only I would know: My first novel, No Place Like Home, was published in 1976 by G.P. Putnam's Son. It went on to be bestseller and the film rights were purchased by Sherry Lansing (former CEO at Paramount, then V.P. at MGM) and B-Horror film magnate Bill Castle. That got me started. After I found out what the screenwriter (Richard Alan Simmons) got for eight weeks work adapting my novel into a screenplay, I moved to L.A. After three years of working as a movie extra just to get close to the entertainment business, I backed into the kid's biz by working with Noel Blanc, son of v.o. legend Mel Blanc.
Any other shows I've worked on or developed? Well, I'm glad you asked, since someone in the forum said I drifted into oblivion. In all I've written over a thousand episodes of children's television -- from the Care Bears and Sky Dancers to T.R.E.X and Turtles (along with five novels -- horror, murder mysteries, historical sagas).
I think one of the high points in the kid biz was my writing the original development work for Power Rangers. Haim Saban (a truly amazing gentleman and mentor who I am fortunate to call friend) called me into his office, told me he'd bought a series that ran in Japan in the 70s and to forget what it was about -- just to create something new. He shoved the Japanese language video in and I watched it for thirty seconds. My mouth hung open and when I recovered I said "It's got everything: dinosaurs, martial arts, aliens! It's worth a billion dollars!" At the time I was trying to inflate everyone's egos a bit. Little did I realize I was under-estimating by a factor of eight or nine.
I'm looking forward to fielding questions and clearing up a few things -- although I must confess it's with a bit of trepidation. I know legions of He-Man fans were disappointed and angry that NA was so far distanced from the original series. (I told Wacky Martin I hope I don't get lynched by some MOTU fans!) Well, it was what Mattel gave us to work with. I remember I approached one of the writers from MOTU with my NA series bible and had him read it. He called back a week later and said it wasn't for him. I remember respecting him tremendously because he was tied to the old series. I, however, wasn't, and that was part of the reason Mattel hired me...along with the fact that I was able to pound out a ninety-two page series bible in two weeks...and the first five episodes -- from springboards to beat outlines to scripts with three and four revision drafts -- in another two weeks. But -- to borrow a line from Conan -- that is another story for another time.
Hey, trust me. I'm me.