David Simon

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David Simon
Simon in 2004
Simon in 2004
BornDavid Judah Simon
(1960-02-09) February 9, 1960 (age 61)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationAuthor, journalist, television writer, producer
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, College Park
SubjectCrime fiction
Notable worksThe Wire
Years active1982-present
SpouseLaura Lippman
Children2

David Simon is an American journalist, screenwriter and producer.

Biography[change | change source]

David Simon's journalistic career began with articles in the school newspaper. After graduating from college in 1983, he came to The Baltimore Sun, where he worked for twelve years. In the newspaper, Simon dealt with criminal issues.[1]

In 1991, his first documentary, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. The book was based on his experiences shadowing the Baltimore Police Department homicide unit during 1988.[1] Focusing on work in the series. Simon left the newspaper in 1995.

Simon was the creator, show runner, executive producer and head writer of the HBO drama series The Wire.[2]

Simon produced and wrote Generation Kill for HBO with Ed Burns.The miniseries is an adaption of the non-fiction book of the same name. It relates the first 40 days of the 2003 invasion of Iraq as experienced by 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and their embedded reporter, Evan Wright.

In 2014, HBO greenlit production for Simon's next project Show Me a Hero. The miniseries is an adaptation of the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin and tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into racial controversy when a federal court orders to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers, New York.

Simon is married to writer Laura Lippman.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • 1991   — Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
  • 1997  The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (co-authored with Ed Burns)

Filmography[change | change source]

  • 1993  — 1999   - "Slaughterhouse" / Homicide: Life on the Street (screenwriter, producer)
  • 1996 — « New York Police "/ NYPD Blue (screenwriter)
  • 2000  — "Corner" / The Corner (screenwriter, producer)
  • 2002  — 2008 — " Eavesdropping" / The Wire (screenwriter, producer)
  • 2008  — " Generation kill " (screenwriter, producer)
  • 2010 — 2013   — "Treme" (screenwriter, producer)
  • 2015   — " Show Me a Hero" (showrunner, producer, screenwriter)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Drumming, Neil (2006-09-15). "High Wire Act". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2006-09-27.
  2. "David Simon Biography". HBO. Retrieved 2007-10-03.