J.J. went to college in Santa Barbara where he received his B.S. in Business and Economics and
started working in Commercial Real Estate. He then decided to become a screenwriter. His
parents were super stoked with that decision.
The product of an India-born Brit and a Yankee Naval officer, J.J. grew up on family stories of far
flung adventure and excitement. One grandfather was a test pilot for the American airforce after
WWII, the other was a hunter-for-hire in India, killing man-eating tigers for the British Railway.
And this is where J.J. got it – that itch, that need for excitement and for storytelling – it was in his
blood. And it’s why Real Estate nearly killed his soul.
Now J.J. lives and writes in Los Angeles where that very same need inspires his work and play.
Whether it’s surfing the outer reef passes of Samoa, dirt biking the beaches of Nicaragua in search
of isolated waves, sharing a beer with American ex-pats in Central America, or hosting the 2011
award winning travel/adventure show, Clean Break, it all about finding his next story and the
characters who will inspire it.
Most recently, J.J.’s script Vanishing Point won the 2017 We Screenplay competition for hour-long
pilot. In addition, his TV pilot Shelter won the 2017 Final Draft Big Break competition for hour-long pilot.
He also finds talking about himself in the third person quite unsettling.