David Merritt is a writer, director, and producer from Durham, North Carolina and now lives in Tarzana, California. He is a passionate storyteller who delves into multiple mediums. His writing accomplishments span the spectrum from awkward comedy to compelling drama.
At the beginning of his film career, David wrote and directed the dramatic short, The Rain Dance, which depicts the horror of domestic violence. As quoted by New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire “Rain Dance…is harrowing and believable yet also poetic and non sensational…mounted with considerable technical polish and visual sophistication.”
David also served as a writer and director for WWE RAW on the USA Network and Smack Down on the CW network. He directed action sequences and impromptu monologues, and he served as a writer and story editor on the video game Smack Down vs. Raw 2007.
In 2008, David started his production company, King David Films. In 2009, his horror script, Hangman, placed in the finals of the Screamfest LA screenwriting competition. In 2010, Hangman placed in the 2nd round of the Page Awards.
In 2013, David founded, the Brave New World Program (BNWP). www.thebravenewworldprogram.com This non-profit program empowers minorities, ages 18-24, selected from the communities of Los Angeles, California and gives them access to current film technology and teaches them the art of filmmaking and the sitcom pilot presentation. With this introduction to the latest in digital/film technology, David sparks interest in television production and post –production careers by giving students access to the Hollywood sound stage of SONY Electronics Limited on the SONY Pictures Entertainment lot for a 5-week hands-on program while being mentored by members of the Hollywood elite, including filmmaker Keenan Ivory Wayans, Toni Judkins, formally head of Original programming of TV- One, and Lena Waithe, Producer of Dear White People.
In 2014, David executive produced two dramatic shorts, Remember, and Remnants with Sony Electronics and his non-profit company, The Brave New World Program and King David Films.
Most recently in 2015, David wrote, directed, and produced a feature film titled Mouthpiece, an urban Swingers meets The Hangover. Steve Mason, the DP of Mad Men, served as the Director of Photography. David Merritt is also developing Mouthpiece as a television series.
In March 2015, David Merritt has executive produced /produced two comedy spec pilots, The New Rules and What Now? Through his non-profit, the BNWP, Sony Electronics and King David Films. This year, the program focused on the art of the spec pilot presentation.
Currently, David is in the early stages of writing and directing an original 1-hour action adventure pilot and a mind bending, psychological thriller short for his company King David Films.
Name: David Merritt II
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: King David Films
Unique traits: I work quickly without sacrificing artistic expression. Always on budget and on time.
Film by David Merritt II (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Writer, Producer, Director, Production manager, Casting director Matt, a young filmmaker, comes to L.A. to document his cousin's, 3D's, hot, new book on dating, The Laws. The Laws is a step-by-step guide that teaches any man to get what he wants: money, power and sex. It's all about sales baby. Mouthpiece. You have to know how to sell it. Matt puts the laws to the test. Matt quickly joins the fast, sexy intoxicating nightlife of Hollywood. Armed with the laws, and "The Crew" (3D, Big Country, Cochise and Five Feet of Hell), Matt swims in the most bizarre, dysfunctional dating pool in America. Los Angeles. In a world of madness and illusion, can he find true love? Matt learns that in order to make it in Hollywood, you have to have game, you have to know the laws, you have to have a "Mouthpiece." Written by David Merritt II
TV Movie by Jai Joseph (Comedy) Producer A twenty something navigates through relationships in a technological age and soon discovers the new rules of dating in her quest to find the perfect guy.
TV Movie by Sierra Monet (Comedy) Producer
Film (short) by Christopher Rojas (Drama) Producer A writer reminiscences of the period as a single parent that followed the death of his wife.
Film (short) by Solomon Onita Jr. (Drama) Producer A woman reflects on her life to see how she got to her current position.
Dream of a Resident Tourist
Film (short) by Shahriar Rahman Producer A lifelong tourist of Los Angeles, who also happens to be one of its residents, reflects with awe at his home city's harmony with nature.
Film by Thomas Whelan (Drama) Production manager Inner city boys Jonathan, Danny, Tony and Mike met in Juvenile Hall. Twenty years later, their love and loyalty for each other is as powerful as the High Risk Behaviors (HRB) they share and can't resist. Though brotherhood provides some emotional stability and happiness, it also constantly threatens their very existence because their addictions feed each other. Luckily, these guys have enough of a conscious to channel their addictions in Robin Hood like fashion. Written by Danny Del Toro & Thomas Calabro
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007
Video Game by David Merritt II (Sport) Director
WWE No Mercy
Television by Kevin Dunn (Action) Writer Batista (c) vs Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit (c) vs Christian vs Booker T vs Orlando Jordan, LOD 2005 and Christy Hemme vs MNM (Mercury, Nitro and Melina), Ken Kennedy vs Hardcore Holly, Juventud vs Nunzio (c), The Undertaker vs Randy and Bob Orton (casket match), Bobby Lashley vs Simon Dean, Rey Mysterio vs John 'Bradshaw' Layfield. Written by Thunder Bolt
Television by Kevin Dunn (Action and Sport) Writer
Television by Kevin Dunn (Action and Sport) Writer Matt Hardy vs Edge, Chris Benoit vs Orlando Jordan, Kurt Angle vs Eugene, The Undertaker vs Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio, John Cena vs Chris Jericho, JBL vs Batista, Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels.
The Great American Bash
TV Movie by Kevin Dunn (Sport) Writer Cena vs jbl in car super amazing awesome fightnessing and the undertaker versus someone and batista is competeing and great bash and some fights and awesome cool matches
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006
Video Game by David Merritt II (Sport) Director
Television by Vince McMahon (Sport) Writer This wrestling show quickly grew into one of the most popular sports/entertainment shows ever. In addition to presenting matches between the stars of the WWF, this program spent most of its time on the elaborate backstage story that had developed, involving feuds, deals, backstabbings and romances between the wrestlers, managers, referees and commissioners. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Television by Vince McMahon (Sport) Writer Weekly sports show, with frequent commentary, interviews, side plots and hype.