Damon Lindelof is an award-winning screenwriter and producer, best known for co-creating the massively successful television series, Lost.
Despite being advised that his brain would rot, Damon Lindelof spent the majority of his childhood watching television. After a brief flirtation with movies by way of a film degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Damon hopped in his car and traveled west.
Treating Los Angeles as a de facto Grad School, Damon worked for a literary agency, Paramount Studios, and finally as a creative executive for producer Alan Ladd Jr. before reminding himself that his true passion was TV. Shedding his suit and tie for a T-Shirt and Birkenstocks, Damon took a job as a writer’s assistant on Kevin Williamson’s ABC Drama Wasteland. Shortly thereafter, fortune smiled upon him and he was made a staff writer.
Damon went on to write for CBS staple Nash Bridges and NBC’s drama Crossing Jordan, where he wrote and produced for three seasons. Then Damon got Lost. Within twelve weeks of complete insanity, he and co-creator J.J. Abrams managed to make a completely weird, ridiculously untenable and vastly expensive pilot for ABC that centered on the survivors of a plane crash in the South Pacific. Despite this, Lost won a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series” and “Best Drama” in its freshmen season.
After the conclusion of Lost, Damon transitioned to film where we co-wrote and produced two Star Trek movies, and co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the comic series Cowboys & Aliens. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.
In 2013, he co-created the television series The Leftovers, and served as showrunner and executive producer throughout the show’s three seasons.