David Simon is an American author, journalist, television writer, and producer best known for his work on The Wire (2002–08) where he was the creator, executive producer, head writer, and showrunner for all five seasons of the HBO TV series. Simon and frequent collaborator George Pelecanos reunited to create the original series The Deuce. The drama about the New York porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-producer James Franco, and aired from 2017 to 2019.
Simon’s latest series The Plot Against America debuted in 2020. Premiering March 16, the six-episode HBO miniseries shows a “dry run of American fascism” through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, which includes father Herman (Homeland’s Morgan Spector) mother-homemaker Bess (The Deuce’s Zoe Kazan), and her unmarried older sister Evelyn (Stranger Things’ Winona Ryder), with the latter becoming romantically involved with a key — and surprising — Lindbergh supporter, Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf (The Night Of’s John Turturro).
Session: David Simon – Creator of The Wire and The Plot Against America
Venue: Filmby Aarhus, Studio 1, Aarhus, Denmark