- Began career as a playwright in New York.
- First professional TV writing gig came in 1994 when he wrote for the CBS drama The Road Home.
- Created first TV show, Relativity, for ABC in 1996.
- Cowrote and coproduced the movie The Pallbearer in 1996.
- Nominated for numerous Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the NBC drama Friday Night Lights.
- In 2009, won the Humanitas Prize for his writing on Friday Night Lights.