|Hey Dude Celebrated it's 25th anniversary this past June|
at the ATX Festival in Austin. Pictured: Lisa Melamed (second from left)\
is flanked by cast members Chistine Taylor, Jonathan Galkin and
David Lascher. Photo Courtesy Lisa Melamed
I met Lisa on a shoot in LA recently and she was kind enough to let me probe her mind to satisfy my curiosity. Find out how she made it and what any aspiring writer still needs to do.
Suzee: You have worked on so many popular shows, I don't know where to start. So I will ask you, how did you get started? Tell me about your road to Hollywood from Brooklyn.
|Writer/Producer Lisa Melamed has worked|
on Hey Dude! Sisters, The 4400 and many more.
At that point I wasn’t writing scripts so much as midwifing them, but I was getting a really good education because I was constantly reading scripts, giving notes, getting notes, etc.. Eventually I became brave enough to start writing some sample scripts and sending them out. My first two t.v. samples were a “Murphy Brown” spec (a spec script is when you take an existing series and come up with an original story using the show’s characters and format) and also a pilot called “Grace Under Pressure” about an overnight radio d.j.. Neither of those was ever filmed but they demonstrated that I could put a story on its feet and write good dialogue.