Jeff Davis (filmmaker)

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Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Davis at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1975-06-13) June 13, 1975 (age 47)
OccupationWriter, television producer
Notable workCriminal Minds
Teen Wolf

Jeff Davis (born June 13, 1975) is an American writer and television producer. He is best known for creating the drama series Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf, the latter being a reboot of the 1985 film of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Milford, Connecticut. He graduated from Vassar College with a degree in film and he then went on to receive a master's degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Davis worked as a script reader, editorial assistant, writer for computer software manuals and computer support specialist in Los Angeles while struggling to sell his own writing.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2003, Davis sold a script to CBS Television that eventually became the hit series Criminal Minds. He served as co-executive producer during the first season of the show.[2]

In 2011, Davis began talks with MTV about a reboot of the Michael J. Fox '80s comedy Teen Wolf. He says he jumped at the project due to his love of the horror genre. He notes among his influences writers Stephen King and Thomas Harris. Davis has also stated that he is a fan of The X-Files, Cheers, and Moonlighting.[3][4] As executive producer, head writer and show creator, Jeff Davis was the creative force behind Teen Wolf.[5]

After the second season of Teen Wolf ended, Davis split his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia, where he filmed the show. Davis sold a series adaption of the Swedish horror film Let the Right One In, for the U.S. television channel A&E.[6] The script was then ordered to pilot at TNT.[7] The pilot was shot in Vancouver, but ultimately TNT decided not to proceed with a series.[8] More recently, he signed a deal with MTV Entertainment Studios through his First Cause production company.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Davis is openly gay.[10] Davis is also a fan of Batman, to the point of even naming characters from his hit TV show Teen Wolf, after characters in Batman.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cardillo, Johnathan (March 4, 2015). "Entrepreneurs: Jeff Davis, Creator of Criminal Minds & MTV's Teen Wolf". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Four join MTV's 'Teen Wolf' gang Archived December 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Never Love A Wild Thing". Teenwolf.tumblr.com. July 28, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Bricker, Tierney (August 17, 2012). "Teen Wolf Boss Talks Stiles and Derek's Popularity, Shipping and More". E! Online. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Moore, Debi (December 14, 2009). "Casting Update and More Plot Details on MTV's Teen Wolf Series". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (March 17, 2015). ""Let the Right One In" Becomes A&E Series". Bloody-Disgusting.com. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (August 29, 2016). "TNT Orders 'Let the Right One In' Vampire Pilot from 'Teen Wolf' Creator". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 14, 2017). "TNT Not Proceeding With 'Let The Right One In' Pilot, Vampire Drama Shopped". Deadline. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 24, 2021). "'Teen Wolf' Revival Movie Set at Paramount Plus as Creator Jeff Davis Inks MTV Entertainment Studios Overall Deal (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Jeff Davis (July 2, 2014). "Dog Days of Summer: Teen Wolf Showrunner Jeff Davis Talks Season 4". The Huffington Post (Interview). Interviewed by Savas Abadsidis. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "NEVER LOVE A WILD THING". Teenwolf.tumblr.com. Retrieved September 13, 2022.

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