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Nov 20, 2019

Showrunner and Executive Producer of Netflix's Daybreak, Aron Eli Coleite, took a break to chat with me about what it takes to survive high school (at the apocalypse), paying his dues in Hollywood, and the collaborative nature of world-building and scriptwriting for TV.

"Surviving high school is like surviving the apocalypse," – Aron Eli Coleite

Aron is a comic book writer, TV writer, and producer best known for his work on the popular NBC series Heroes and the CBS series Star Trek Discovery.

His latest is the dark, zombie comedy series Daybreak starring Matthew Broderick, co-created with Brad Peyton for Netflix. It's been called “Mad Max meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” by SyFy.com and is based on Brian Ralph's graphic novel series of the same name.

Aron also helped co-develop the newest version of Locke & Key for Netflix - including co-writing the first episode with comic book series creator Joe Hill. His upcoming projects include adapting Amulet for 20th Century Fox.

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In Part One of this file Aron Eli Coleite and I discussed:

  • How his lifelong love of comic books boosted his career
  • What it was like to earn his stripes working with Tim Kring on Crossing Jordan and the groundbreaking Heroes series
  • Why his latest show terrifies him as a writer
  • How so much iconic film and TV informed the unique genre-bending world of Daybreak
  • Why cliffhangers are so important for propelling your audience to a finale
  • And the difference between writing for the streaming model vs. episodic TV

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