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Emmy Award Winning Writer, Creator, Executive Producer HBO's "The Wire",’ ‘Homicide: Life on the Streets,’ ‘Treme’

David Simon is the creator, head writer and executive producer behind the hit TV series The Wire. In his writing and his production work he explores the darker side of society.  His book, Homicide: A Year in the Killing Streets and co-authored book with Ed Burns, The Corner: A Year in the Life of Inner…

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David Simon is the creator, head writer and executive producer behind the hit TV series The Wire. In his writing and his production work he explores the darker side of society.  His book, Homicide: A Year in the Killing Streets and co-authored book with Ed Burns, The Corner: A Year in the Life of Inner City Neighborhoods led to the NBC series, Homicide: Life in the Streets.

David Simon is been behind the TV miniseries Generation Kill, (studying the invasion of Iraq) Treme (musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans and most recently The Deuce, which looks at the legalisation of the porn industry in 1970’s New York.

Homicide became the basis for the NBC drama which aired from 1993 to 1999 and for which Simon worked as a writer and producer after leaving The Sun in 1995. The Corner became an HBO miniseries and won three Emmy Awards in 2000. “The Wire”, a subsequent HBO drama, aired from 2002 to 2008 and depicted a dystrophic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform and a media culture oblivious to all of the above.

Also last year, Simon served as a writer and executive producer of HBO’s “Generation Kill”, a miniseries depicting U.S. Marines in the early days of the Iraq conflict. He is currently at work on a drama about post-Katrina New Orleans entitled “Treme.” Simon also does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Simon currently resides in Baltimore.

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