As usual, the meeting at Piller|Segan went far better than it played out in my imagination beforehand. The office is over on Santa Monica, just near Orange, which has to be one of the weirdest intersections in Hollywood. I don’t know what it is about it, but if I worked at the Shakey’s pizza there, I’d bring a camera every night. The non-stop parade of weirdness that troops by there every day is mind-boggling. It’s a hang-out for prostitutes, cross-dressers, down-trodden dreamers and homeless streetcorner messiahs. The woman I saw today as I walked to the meeting (it’s just ten minutes from my apartment) was clad in whip-tight spandex, dripping with bangles and caked with makeup. She smoked a cigarette and made “You go girl!” sounds to her companion, who was almost invisible against the first woman’s blinding weirdness. i think she might have said something to me, but I couldn’t hear her. I was listening to John Digweed.
Anyway, the office was one of those little places tucked away from the street, that, while unassuming on the outside, opens up into moneyed glory on the inside. I waited on a plush leather chair in a bricked room with vaulted ceilings, a pool table and a beautiful bar. Anthony Michael Hall stared at me from a massive Dead Zone poster on the wall. Once I absorbed it all, I killed time by leafing through the front section of yesterday’s New York Times.
The meeting itself went very well, as I said. It’s all about simply talking about projects. We spent a little time talking about Blood & Dust, but they’re not really able to do anything with it since they already have a vampire project in the works. So I pitched Strange Angels a little, summing up the plot in a simpler and more effective way than I’ve managed yet. And he was intrigued by the premise of the delicate skin. The writing’s all good. That much we’re cool with. The trick, I think, is to figure out how I can fit into their plans int he future. There’s a lot I can offer them. If Dead Zone gets picked up for a fourth season, they might be able to use me. If any of the other four series they’re setting up see the light of day, they might be able to use my help. And they’re curious to see what else I’ve written. Maybe we can work together in the future.
And that’s all I ask.