Holy crap! He was a lawyer. A lawyer!
Well, it was a secret to us TVWriter™ minions until we read this:
TV writer quit law, followed his heart
by Joe Belanger
David Shore isn’t just proud of being a Canadian, it’s something he can use to his advantage as a television writer at the epicentre of American culture.
“I do feel like there’s a slight bit of the outsider in me (and other Canadians finding success in the U.S., such as London native Paul Haggis) that frees us up to be a little less afraid to mock things,” said Shore. “It allows us to be a little more objective.”
Shore, 55, is the son of Londoners Marvin and Cecile Shore, his father a well-known city lawyer and former MPP.
A graduate of Lucas secondary school, Shore got an undergraduate degree at Western University then studied law at the University of Toronto. He joined a firm, specializing in municipal and corporate law.
In 1991, Shore did what few others have the courage to do: In mid career he followed his heart and quit and become a television writer.
He had no writing experience. But he had savings and a car.
“I was working hard and I was too lazy and too tired to do anything,” said Shore. “So I quit the firm, giving them two or four months’ notice, got in the car and drove to Los Angeles and started to try and write.”
He also had a promise from the law firm that he could return if things didn’t work out.
It took him a year to find an agent, two years to sell his first script and a year later he hooked up with another former Londoner, Paul Haggis, then the creator and executive producer of Due South, the CTV show that saw a Mountie (Paul Gross) seconded to work with Chicago Police on crimes.
After a few freelance jobs, Haggis hired Shore as a staff writer. That led to a series of other television writing jobs as Haggis went on to fame as an Oscar winning screenwriter and director for Crash, not to mention an Oscar nomination for Million Dollar Baby.
“Paul gave me my first writing job and my first executive producer job,” said Shore, who sees Haggis “every now and again.”