TV Writer Podcast 036 – David Dias (Max & Ruby, Redakai)

Animation writer/creative producer/story editor David Dias was a hit on the TV Writer Chat several weeks ago, and is back for a one hour interview discussing all the ins and outs of writing animation for all ages, including many great tips on breaking in, pitching, and getting your idea off the ground.

After a BFA in film production from York University in Toronto, David started assistant editing at Nelvana, one of the biggest animation companies in Canada. He soon realized that he wanted to write, and landed a job on an in-house writing staff. For the next five years, he wrote for a large variety of shows, before becoming an independent writer-producer.

David has credits on over 40 animated shows from the mid-1990’s to the present, including such well known titles as Franklin, The Berenstain Bears, Doodlebops, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Magi-Nation, Max & Ruby, and Redekai: Conquer the Kairu.

Breaking the usual chronological interview format, Gray and David spend almost a full hour talking about all aspects of animation writing, including how to know which companies are accepting open pitches, what you need to be able to pitch, how the quality of art can make or break a pitch, how to land an artist without having to pay up front, and much more!

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3 thoughts on “TV Writer Podcast 036 – David Dias (Max & Ruby, Redakai)

  1. Steve Hinkey

    Hi, Good stuff for TV writers. I’ve just finished writing an animated or partially animated Christmas movie or TV mini-series. I live in Los Angeles, and for some reason I am having great difficulty getting a literary agent or literary attorney to even have a look. I must admit that going out networking is not my thing, as I am basically a recluse writer, yet this script is good and timely and needs to get seen. Any advice as to how to get it seen in L.A. or Toronto or anywhere?

    Cheers, S

  2. Gray Jones

    Thanks KNau!

    I think as long as you live close enough to take meetings and do effective networking, you’d be fine living within driving distance of Toronto — anywhere from Barrie to Hamilton could work.

    That said, if you’re not established yet, you’d be making the trek into town quite a bit, so you might consider living in the GTA first until you’re better established, and then moving outward.

    Thanks for watching!


  3. KNau

    Great podcast! How essential is living in the GTA for animation writing gigs? In my day-job as a Flash designer I’ve found a lot of bias against anyone who doesn’t have a Toronto address. Is it the same for writers?