December 19, 2016: It Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

I started my writing career in animation,  After several years of freelancing, I landed a full time job as the Manager of Animation Development at a local studio in Montreal.  My 9 to 5 duties covered all aspects of the internal creative and, over the course of my time there, I developed such shows as Animal Crackers, Mona the Vampire, Paddington Bear, and Caillou.  I also continued my freelance scriptwriting in my off-hours AND story-edited several (of the aforementioned) shows.  I was happy and, at the time, thought “It can’t get any better than this.”

December 19, 2016: It Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

I eventually left the security of my 9 to 5 job for the feast or famine world of full time freelancing.  I continued to write scripts and story-edit, shifting focus from that local studio to some of the bigger animation guns, eventually lending my services to the CBS Saturday morning line-up.  I made my own hours, worked at my own pace and, more importantly, made better money.  “Okay, now,”I thought, “it can’t get any better than this.”

December 19, 2016: It Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

I eventually transitioned from animation to live action, partnering with my long-time friend, Paul Mullie, and landing a staff position on a teen sitcom called Student Bodies.  We shot in an abandoned school and wrote in our enormous office,  a carpeted former classroom.  One day, the show’s creators asked us if we needed anything.  I jokingly suggested an air hockey table.  Well, the following week, an air hockey table was written into an episode and, once said episode was shot, that air hockey table found a permanent home in our office.  It was a pretty sweet gig and, at time time, I was pretty damn sure “It can’t get any better than this.”

December 19, 2016: It Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

And then, we ended up on Stargate and spent 12 incredible years writing and producing one of the  most successful franchises in scifi television history.  Paul and I worked our way up from co-producers to showrunners and had a hell of a lot of fun along the way.  Even though the shows had their challenges, we enjoyed going to work every day and enjoyed the company of the people we worked with.   Judging from everything we’d heard about the many other productions out there, we knew we were very lucky and I had no doubt then that my time on Stargate would be next to impossible to top.  “It can’t get any better than this,”I assumed for presumably the last time.

December 19, 2016: It Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

Then, two years later, Dark Matter comes along.  Three season in, it reminds me a lot of my time on Stargate – fun, fulfilling, and very rewarding with the added bonus that it happens to be MY show.  Surely, it can’t get any better than this.

But who knows?

22 thoughts on “December 19, 2016: It can’t get any better than this!

  1. That was brilliant!
    Surely you can’t get much better than this?
    Yeah …. knowing you ….. sure ya can!

  2. Joe, you are a lucky and very talented individual. We are all lucky to see the fruits of your labor. I hope it continues for you for a long time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

  3. You deserve all the success you’ve achieved in the Sci-fi genre and then some Joe. More so, you’ve earned that success. I’m sure after Dark Matter finishes its run in the future, you’ll have another show that you’ll lead to a long, and successful run.

    Though speaking of Sci-fi, a certain Brad Wright series called Travelers is actually pretty good. I hope this gets renewed. It’s a co-production between Netflix and Showcase. Apparently it’ll get a global premiere on Netflix on December 23, 2016(This Friday!). I hope more people notice it.

  4. Thanks for sharing Joe. I’m very happy that you’ve followed your dreams and had them fulfilled along the way. I hope you continue to have success because we as viewers of your creations get to enjoy your success as well.

  5. Hmmmm? How could it get better than Creator, Writer, Producer of Dark Matter? Maybe having 2 Creator, Writer, Producer shows going at once and a large crew/staff to carry out your vision.

  6. Oh and by the way Joe. The new Gintama season premieres Jan 9, 2017. I haven’t read anything in the way of episode count for it though. Out of everything coming in the Winter season, I’m most looking forward to Rewrite Season 2 Terra & Moon. Hard to believe too that it’s only like 4 months until Attack on Titan Season 2 premieres. It’s been like forever. Funimation has already pre licensed it so the April premiere date seems likely.

  7. You, Sir, are a master creator, a great entertainer! Here’s hoping for many more years of “it can’t get any better than this”!

  8. Hmm, having picked up on your nuances of hints during the past years, I can’t help but wonder if you have something more up your sleeve that will someday allow you to say “it can’t get any better than this” once more. 😉

  9. I am so freaking happy that you are so freaking happy … and it is because you share your talent and vision that we are all so damn happy!

  10. Face it Joe, you have been blessed with a rare creative talent balanced with a keen mind and further blessed by meeting people who want to invest in your abilities. It’s one thing to have dreams and goals, it’s quite another to be able to fulfill them. Successful people that I’ve known in my career are always striving to push further, learn more, do more and are seldom satisfied when they reach a certain level of achievement.

    “It can’t get any better than this!” epitomizes this quite well.

    Cheers to you, Paul and everyone else who continues to strive for that next golden ring. As long as I’m able, I’ll be a fan and continue enjoying the results of your hard work & heartfelt efforts.

    So, when do we have a poll to choose episode titles?

  11. Finally a post where I can comment about this an not sound like a weirdo 😀 You’ve got fans in my house of all ages – my head husband, my eldest son, and myself are all Stargate fans. My husband and I love Dark Matter… And my toddler adores Richard Scarry.

    As for better… another hit show? 🙂

  12. Follow up comment. I swear my phone does weird auto corrects when I’m not looking. I only have a husband. Not a head husband. So much for not looking like a weirdo.

  13. But… but, you can’t just stop!

    What about the Multiple Movie contracts with mega million dollar Movie production companies doing three hour movie episodes and the toy contracts of the characters and the ships. And us poor bewildered “Dark Matter” addicts shaking and reeling with withdrawal pains. The novels of Dark Matter stories of past and future Universe stories. You have the comic book or graphic novels, but what about the audio plays to while away the hours while we’re driving down the road.

    I’m getting the shakes just contemplating a future universe without the Dark Matter team to look forward too.

  14. @Randomness What? I was told Travelers wasn’t happening for the US on Netflix until January. I guess I know what I’m doing tonight when I get home.

    That’s a great little bio. Good things like this doesn’t fall into people’s laps. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to get to each next level. You deserve all the success you’ve earned and I love that you have opened opportunities up for others, too. I hope you get to enjoy a few more years with Dark Matter, or if you do move on it is because of a bigger opportunity that is too good to pass. Thank you for taking us along on the journey.

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