In Conversation with Hollywood Creator Jeff Davis
In this entertaining moderated fireside chat conversation, Hollywood creator, showrunner, writer, and director Jeff Davis invites audiences into his journey building multiple hit television shows – Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf. From building blockbuster ideas to motivating empowered teams to telling engaging and inclusive stories, Davis shares his insights in memorable events.
LGBTQ+ Advocacy: Writing a New & More Inclusive Story
Showrunner, director, and writer Jeff Davis is celebrated for amplifying LGBTQ+ characters, storylines, and actors. Davis includes diverse perspectives in all his storytelling, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes. In this uplifting talk, Davis shares the importance of promoting inclusivity – in storytelling and in our real communities and workplaces – to ensure we can all share a brighter future together.
Jeff Davis is a showrunner, writer, and director for television best known for creating CBS’s Criminal Minds and the MTV series, Teen Wolf.
Born in Milford, Connecticut, Davis earned his bachelors degree at Vassar College with a major in Film Production. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, California where he attended USC’s Graduate Film School, starting in the directing program and then moving to a focus on screenwriting.
A year after graduating, Davis had his first feature script optioned. From there, he pitched and developed with several producers and production companies including Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Dimension Films, and others. He sold an adaptation of a novel by Robert Silverberg to Paramount Pictures. When that projected faltered, Davis turned his attention to TV with an idea for a crime procedural about FBI profilers.
Davis sold Criminal Minds to CBS in 2005 with ABC’s Touchstone Studios and The Mark Gordon Company producing. It has since gone on to its 17th season with another in production.
From there, Davis went on to pitch and sell projects to ABC, SyFy Channel, TNT, Fox, and was eventually approached by MTV to develop a series based on the Michael J. Fox movie, Teen Wolf. The pilot, directed by Russell Mulcahy, led to six seasons of the show, a total of one hundred episodes, and eventually a follow-up movie airing on Paramount Plus.
Davis’s newest series is the Sarah Michelle Gellar starring Wolf Pack which just released its first season on Paramount Plus.