Douglas Segal served as co-producer of the feature films Three Kings and City of Angels. He also worked on the feature films Fallen, 12 Monkeys, and Scooby Doo, and produced the feature film Bulletproof Monk. On the television side, Segal has written and produced shows for Fox, Fox 21, the CW, and Disney and has been a writer, producer, director, and/or showrunner of series for Animal Planet, History, A&E, and The Travel Channel. Projects he has been involved in have been nominated for Golden Globe, Grammy, and People’s Choice awards, and many have won Teachers’ Choice and Parents’ Choice awards. A graduate of New York University, Segal also authored the children’s book I Can Go to School. He lives in Los Angeles with Susan and their children, Michael and Alyce.
What do you love most about Your City?
After having lived in New York City for about 11 years, I’ve now lived in Los Angeles for the past 27. We recently moved from Hollywood to an area called Pacific Palisades, and I not only love being close to the beach, but also how walk-able it is. That’s one thing I miss about New York compared to LA, where so much of life is spent in a car. And as cliché as it sounds, it’s hard not to love the weather here and the fact that in the morning I can take a dip in the ocean and in the afternoon be skiing in the mountains.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Breakfast is my favorite meal – eggs benedict or fresh blueberry pancakes with Vermont maple syrup. I also love a good bagel, cream cheese and lox, and for that, Nate & Al’s is my restaurant of choice. The great Jewish delis have seen a huge decline over the years. Hopefully, they won’t become extinct.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I tend to do a lot of night shoots, so oftentimes at 6:00am I’m just getting home and going to bed.
10:00 AM – If I’m not in production, the morning is a great time for me to write, catch up on emails and go to the gym.
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
As a writer, I’m often working at home, but when I do go out, it’s The Fig or 1 Pico on the Westside, but I’ll always travel for sushi at SUGARFISH.
7:00 PM - My favorite thing is having dinner at home with my wife and kids.
11:00 PM – The late night is another great time for writing. Quiet with very few distractions.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I’ve never been a coffee drinker; it gets me too wired. So my drink throughout the day and even at the end of the day is just good ole water.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Living in Los Angeles, of course it’s Waze. At peak traffic times, it can take an hour and a half to go a mere few miles, so anything that can help cut that down is critical. However, I must say that sometimes I think the app is trying to kill me by directing me to cut across 4 lane intersections or take impossible left turns.
What should everyone try at least once?
Anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone. That doesn’t necessarily mean jumping out of an airplane or free climbing up a rock face, but trying to say “yes” to things rather than reflexively just saying “no.” Task risks. The rewards are worth the chance of failure.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In music. I’m one of the last people on earth that still buy CDs, so I love milling around Amoeba Music and flipping through new releases as well as old. My other favorite “get lost spot” is a guitar shop. I just love the instrument, and the moment I buy a new one for the collection, I immediately have my eye on the next. Commonly known as GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome)!