GTTFD: Slingers

The main reason I was busier than expected while out in San Francisco was that I had the great news that my TV show concept had been very well received by the powers that be. There is now every chance well be shooting a pilot in Canada as early as next year. This took a little time to digest. A good single malt helped.

I had to go back and look at exactly when it was I first put the pin into the board on this particular idea and it turned out to be July. So in just over 4 months we went from what was going to be a comic book to an almost fully realised science fiction TV show. I feel another drink coming on just thinking about that.

In that time I sold the concept (my first TV sale) and was taken on board as creative lead – not only for Slingers but several shows for the same company. Speaking to friends who work out in L.A. this isn’t the kind of thing that happens everyday and at least one of them has probably stopped speaking to me.

I’ve been lucky to be working with people who also embrace the JFDI philosophy which is why I think we’re so far ahead in such a small space of time. It’s similar to the way I’ve been working for that last year or so in social media and once again the learning curve has been a lot of fun to navigate. What’s also been interesting is spotting the problems that traditional television production hits and routing around them in the same way I advise old media to do when embracing new media. The results so far speak for themselves. Right now we’ve not only fleshed out the show through 3 projected seasons, but also have two spin off shows conceptualised – I feel we bring a lot to the table and that’s the main reason we’ve got so far. I’ve been complaining about TV and film for so long now that it feels good to finally get a chance to push some of my ideas in the right direction and have them taken seriously.

It also seemed very natural to spend an afternoon sitting in the sunny garden of our apartment in San Francisco working out the details on another show and then working on the pilot script while drinking vodka at 35,000 feet.

So I guess for the next 18 months or so I’m a TV writer.

I’ll keep you posted.

10 thoughts on “GTTFD: Slingers

  1. that’s awesome news, very very cool, i just shows how taking new media attitudes of do first, ask questions later can really pay off. i hit the ground running this year, also taking a leaf out of mr rollins book of ‘just get it the fuck done’ it’s the only way to be as far as i’m concerned, and it’s starting to pay off, blog is building, first novel finished (in alpha) second novel almost done, new job, move into london, etc etc want a screen play written by the end of jan, loads of other stuff planned for the new year, can’t wait.

    nayway, best of luck with it all man, will definitely be keeping an eye peeled to see how it turns out

  2. Good to have you back… Better to know things are going so well.
    Fingers and toes crossed we can catch up soon.

    Keep on keepin’ on Dude, you’re a fucking inspiration.


    Note: Rule breakage right thur, cos I mean it.

    Tempted to call you at some point – but fear you’re up to your eyeballs with cats and emails..

  3. Brewer says:

    Excellent – sounds pretty damn sweet (although I’d like to know more)

    Glad to see some hard work and belief paying off for the good uns.

  4. Congratulations! Incredible news :) Can’t wait to hear more about it. Best of luck with it all, and let me know if you’ll be living somewhere in North America in the next year!

  5. There is so much to be said for the JFDI approach. One day I should actually sit down and write the psalms of JFDI and how to stop thinking so far that you finally stop walking forward at all.

    I am incredibly proud to call you . that cool guy who writes a tv show that I know . well done Sir. well done.

  6. From the first time I met you four years ago I could tell you were someone who DID stuff instead of TALKING about doing it. It’s always the quiet ones who turn out to be the most deadly, and I cannot wait to see what brilliantly freaky creations you’re coming up with for the small screen. Torrent it for me, will ya?

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