As a student at Northwestern University, Larry Brody majored in English and practiced his craft writing dozens of short stories, poetry and essays. Being an avid science fiction fan, he started writing in the genre, and by the time he graduated he was selling stories to The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction and various men's magazines on a fairly regular basis. After graduation he took a major career diversion by going to Law School but quit after one year and enrolled at the University of Iowa, which was well-known for its Writers Workshop. During that first school year Larry sold his first novel. Armed with confidence from the book sale, LB and his first wife pulled up stakes and moved to L.A. in 1968. It was a tough adjustment for the young couple, both emotionally and financially. Larry's wife got a full-time teaching job while he struggled to finish his next novel, and take meetings with various showbiz power-brokers, hoping, like thousands of other Hollywood denizens, for his first big break. That big break came several months later through a chance meeting with Sammy Jackson, a fading TV star looking to make a career comeback.
After the abrupt cancellation of his hit series, "No Time for Sergeants" (1964), Jackson spent most of his time by the apartment complex pool, downing bottles of cheap wine and consoling himself with groupies who were mostly unaware that his show had been pulled off the air two years earlier. Painfully shy at the time, Larry avoided Jackson and his fawning minions as he sat quietly by the pool, reading scripts and working on his novel. But one fateful day, Sammy spotted a script lying in LB's lap and walked over to introduce himself to the struggling young writer. The two struck up a friendship that would ultimately launch Larry's career.
Suckered in by Sammy's enthusiastic sales pitch, LB worked day and night on a twenty-page short story that was to be the basis for Sammy's new show. Entitled 'Cornpone And Honey', it was a comedy about a cynical cartoonist who gets saddled with his neighbor's five-year old daughter, Honey, after they die in a car crash. Jerry Katzman, one of the producers that Jackson had shown the story to, liked it enough to set up a meeting with Larry. But a few minutes into the meeting it became clear that Katzman had little interest in Jackson's star vehicle. He had a new project in development, a film entitled 'The Rise And Fall Of A Rock And Roll Singer', with Jim Morrison expected to star. Katzman wanted Larry to co-write the script with Arthur Dreifuss, an old-time B movie maven who was also slated to direct.
Sammy Jackson, however, was left out in the cold, because once Katzman started concentrating on the movie, he lost all interest in Jackson's project. The discarded actor resumed his poolside drinking and debauchery while Larry worked feverishly with Dreifuss to bring the Rock And Roll script in on a deadline. But before production could begin, the studio had to have a sit-down with Jim Morrison to discuss the project. All went well until twenty minutes into the meeting when the rock and roll icon abruptly nixed the entire deal. Why? Because he had a beard and was adamant about not shaving it for the role. And at this time, never in the history of motion pictures had there been a romantic hero with a full, flowing face, neck, and chest-full of hair! Larry was devastated. Not because the project failed but because he discovered he had no interest in finishing the novel he'd been working on when he met Sammy Jackson.
A strong believer in the social responsibility of not only the artist, but of the media as a whole, Larry has for years crusaded to raise standards so that productions will be meaningful as well as entertaining. To that end, he has established TV Writer.Com (www.tvwriter.com), the most highly regarded and visited television writing site on the web, where he shares his experience and insight into the business and artistry of TV writing today.
In the summer of 2002 Larry moved with his third wife, Gwen, and teenage daughter, Amber, to St. Joe, Arkansas, to establish the Cloud Creek Institute for the Arts (www.cloudcreek.org). A non-profit charitable corporation dedicated to the advancement of the arts. The mission of CCIA is to foster and advance creativity and interest in all the arts by helping new artists develop their talents and skills, and to create an environment of respect, appreciation, and support for the arts in the community at large. Larry is the winner of the Humanitas Certificate and the Population Institute Award for his outstanding work on Medical Story, and was nominated for both an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatic Writing on that groundbreaking series. Larry also won the Women in TV & Film Award for the NBC television movie, Farrell for the People (1982) (TV), as well as the Nosotros Award for his work on the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning drama, "Police Story" (1973). He's written two e-books, nine novels, six books of poetry, and the upcoming 'Television Writing From The Inside Out: Your Channel To Success', in bookstores nationwide this Fall. Currently, Larry is a regular columnist for 'Screentalk' magazine, offering words of advice to struggling young screenwriters, all hoping for their first big break.
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