This man has done everything I’d have hoped to do if I’d actually lived the kind of life he has. And had the talent…and/or the guts to lay it all out there and cast the dice. 🙂 (cue Cajun fiddle and squeeze box, playing something bouncy and bluesy) *sigh*
I’ve been watching his “Treme” on Amazon Prime. I am unworthy. 🙂 He is my kind of reformed reporter. I’m going to visit some of the places in the show, listen to some jazz and stick a toe in the Mississippi and the tragedy of New Orleans at the end of this month.
If I were and orphan, I’d pray that David Simon would adopt me and teach me things.
David Judah Simon (born February 9, 1960) is an American author, journalist, and a writer/producer of television series. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years (1982–95) and wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991) and co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (1997) with Ed Burns. The former book was the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–99), on which Simon served as a writer and producer. Simon adapted the latter book into the HBO mini-series The Corner(2000).
He is the creator of the HBO television series The Wire (2002–2008), for which he served as executive producer, head writer, and show runner for all five seasons. He adapted the non-fiction book Generation Kill into an HBO mini-series and served as the show runner for the project. He was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows and named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. Simon also co-created the HBO series Treme with Eric Overmyer, which aired for four seasons. Following Treme’s conclusion, Simon wrote the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero with journalist William F. Zorzi, with whom Simon worked at The Baltimore Sun and on The Wire.
In August 2015, HBO commissioned two drama pilots from Simon’s company Blown Deadline Productions: The Deuce—about the New York porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s, to star Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-producer James Franco (as twins) and shooting in New York in the fall of 2015—and an untitled program exploring a ‘detailed examination of partisanship’ and money in Washington politics, to be co-produced with Carl Bernstein. Wire writers also involved in The Deuce include George Pelecanos, Richard Price, Michelle MacLaren, Nina K. Noble, and Marc Henry Johnson.