Last Monday I went to the offices of JKE/ATA, the company that optioned my novels Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel to turn them into a TV series. My visit was to meet one of the prospective writers chosen to write the Boyfriend From Hell TV pilot. Meetings like this can be tough on the writer. There were five of us there to hear her tell us how she envisioned the show. That can be nerve wracking for anyone.
Our writer, however, was really vivacious and full of smiles. I liked her immediately. We went to a conference room, all of us on one side of the long table across from the poor writer. She was unfazed and proceeded to tell us how she would present the series, and also gave us a primer on the different ways to pitch it to different networks. She knew her stuff.
By the end of the meeting we were all in love with her. We knew we'd found our writer. And so, without further ado, I am happy to introduce you to the writer of the Boyfriend From Hell TV pilot, Davah Avena.
This photo was taken last Friday when me, Davah and JKE/ATA manager-creative development, Heidi Mueller, met in JKE's beautiful break room to further discuss the show. Davah was a writer and story editor on NBC's Medium for two seasons. I loved that show. I also loved Davah's pilot Armed & Psychic, about two sisters, one cop, one psychic. The script had a sense of humor that reminded me of my own. And look at that smile. You guys are falling in love with her already, just like I did, aren't you?
The journey to getting on TV is a tricky one, and I'd like to take you along with me. To get on TV, the first thing you must do is find a writer who is on THE LIST. Networks have secret lists that aren't all the same. It's like an exclusive night club. If you're not on the list, they won't take your pitch. We know that Davah is on the CW, ABC Family and NBC lists, and these are key places we'd like to take the show. So we're in good shape there.
That's Heidi above. Her passion about seeing my books become a TV show is one of the reasons I'm with JKE. She's a great development exec with an excellent feel for what a youthful audience wants to see on TV. She's convinced my books will make a terrific TV show. I hope she's right. Thanks for your support, Heidi.
The three of us met and discussed what would be different about the series from the books. I liked the new stuff, and if the show gets on, you'll be in for some neat surprises. One thing I'm sure everyone will like is Davah's desire to give both Guy and Matt a larger role. I can't tell you how many people have written me saying they needed to see more Guy. Now you will.
Me and Davah. I know, I am wearing the hell out of that hat. What can I say, I like it.
The three of us had a great meeting of the minds on Friday, combining elements from the books with some new stuff. By the way, Davah loved Ibwa from Earth Angel, so expect to see more of the little red demon as well.
Next step is for Davah to work up the pitch. She says it will take a week. In the mean time, Sheree (my manager and producing partner) and Steve (president JKE/ATA) will be setting our first pitch meeting. I'll keep you posted.
I hope you enjoy my peeling back the curtain of the inner workings of Hollywood. I know most people outside of the community have no idea how a show gets on TV. So come with me on this journey, and hopefully next spring, we'll have something to celebrate. I also hope to do an interview with Davah down the road so you can get to know her better.
If you enjoy stories that take place behind the scenes in Hollywood, you will love my up-coming novel The Zombie Always Knocks Twice. It's the first book in my Hollyweird series. The book is due out on August 30th. That's all for now. Man, I am having one exciting August.