Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Corrie writer profile: Damon Rochefort

Sources: Linda Seifert.com, Discogs

Damon Rochefort started his writing career as a columnist on Black music trade bible Blues & Soul before graduating to Smash Hits and The Sun’s Bizarre column at the age of 18. Pursuing his love of black music he then became a songwriter and record producer eventually hitting the big time in 1991 with the international No.1 hit I Wanna Give You Devotion by Nomad (Damon backwards).

Touring the world as a bona fide pop star (i.e. he couldn’t play any instruments), Rochefort went on to write and produce for other acts including Elton John, Ru Paul, Bad Boys Inc. Michelle Gayle and Kim Wilde before meeting Alomo’s Marks & Gran at a sitcom workshop.

After writing episodes of Birds Of A Feather, Rochefort concentrated on creating original shows including Boyz R Us for the BBC – a show about a boy band and its manipulative manager, something Rochefort knew quite a lot about – The Bad Old Days - about a turn-of-the century music hall, - and Last Gasp also with the BBC.

Concurrently, he was presenting on TV; ITV’s network dance show BPM for two years and more recently his own live chat show – which he also wrote - on BBC Wales, the award-winning Damon Rochefort Tonight. Rochefort wrote his first theatrical piece Live At Carnegie Hall in association with The Royal Ballet, a tribute to Judy Garland which premiered at The Royal Opera House and toured the US and Australia.

Damon started writing for Coronation Street in 2004 and has so far written over 50 episodes of our favourite soap. He also wrote episodes of the Channel 5 soap, Family Affairs.

Damon wrote dialogue for the Coronation Street Musical of 2012: Street of Dreams.

In 2015 Damon wrote Deirdre Barlow's funeral episode.

Damon is on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/damoncorrie

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