What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was an actor with an underground theater group.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Pinky & The Brain and Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys are my two favorite animated projects.
I’m from New York City. I got into the animation business once I moved to Los Angeles by showing my writing to Gerard Baldwin at Hanna Barbera who was then producing The Smurfs. He loved my work and hired me to write some freelance scripts. Then, when The Snorls got picked up by NBC HB hired me on staff.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Depends on whether I am writing on a show or story editing, but usually, it involves playing a lot of solitaire on my computer until just befoe the deadline then cranking out a script.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
It’s always better to have written than to write but sometimes the writing is so much fun that you literally laugh your guts out. That’s why I often like to write with a partner so we can share the joke.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
The worst part is being between jobs which happens all too frequently these days. When on the job, getting impossibly stupid notes from the network or studio that, if followed, will make the script worse.
Usually just my computer.
Indeed. I got to know Friz Freleng quite well, also Joe Barbera and some really great artists and actors. I’ve been complimented on my writing by Daws Butler, Frank Nelson, Steve Allen and so many others.