Participant profile: David N. Weiss

It’s all the way to California, USA, to meet screenwriter and producer, David N. Weiss.

David N. Weiss

David N. Weiss

David (co-writer, Shrek 2, 2004) with his partner, J. David Stem, wrote the screenplay for The Rugrats Movie (1999), and co-wrote Rugrats in Paris (2000), two of the highest grossing traditional animated features of all time.  The duo were co-writers on the Academy Award™ nominated feature, Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2001) and received an Emmy™ nomination as head writers of the Rugrats series.  They also penned the acclaimed perennial ‘Rugrats Channukah Special‘.

David co-wrote Paramount Pictures’ adventure film, Clockstoppers (2002), Revolution Studios’ family hit, Are We There Yet?, (2005) starring Ice Cube, Daddy Day Camp (2007 sequel to Revolution’s hit Daddy Day Care) and currently has the live-action/CGI Smurfs Movie in preproduction at Sony Pictures.

In television, Weiss & Stem served as executive story editors on the hit CBS series, Cybill (starring Cybill Shepherd), co-producers on The WB’s Mission Hill, and staff writers on Nickelodeon’s Roundhouse.

An honours business grad of Pepperdine University, David received his graduate degree (MFA, Cinema Production) from USC’s School of Cinema/TV.  Prior to  teaming with Mr. Stem, he wrote and directed several award-winning shorts and penned the screenplay for the MGM Classic, All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989).

A member of the Motion Picture Academy, David was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, after two terms as Vice President.  He has travelled the world, teaching and lecturing on writing and religion.

David has also written three books for children, including Kay Thompson’s bestseller, Eloise in Hollywood (with Mr. Stem, for Simon & Shuster).

He lives in Los Angeles with his Wife (Eliana), their children (Hannah and Sammy), plus 2 cats, 2 birds, a tortoise and Sandy the dog.


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