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Nov 27, 2019

In Part Two of this file the showrunner and Executive Producer of Netflix's Daybreak, Aron Eli Coleite, returned 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 Two of this file Aron Eli Coleite and I discussed:

  • Secrets behind how a hit Netflix show is written and produced
  • Why the writers on Daybreak are like an elite special forces unit
  • The importance of diverse voices in TV writing
  • How "The Hero's Journey" plays such a big part in episodic storytelling
  • Why Aron got into television writing early in his career
  • And his advice to aspiring scribes looking to break into TV

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