Any lover of police drama comes to love a good investigation, so who could resist tackling finding out the identity of a writer all over television the last few years with a moniker as cool as Speed Weed? In a few short years he has made his own indelible, yet ever mysterious mark in television. You name the big dramas, and there’s more than a good chance he has written or produced for them. This year in particular, he has written some of his best stories for “Law and Order: SVU”. His contribution to the long-reigning series this year has brought some of the most relevant, penetrating writing in women’s and child issues, and put new focus on child and human trafficking and bondage. Not all of his talents have been devoted solely to television, though. Here is a look at some of Speed Weed’s roots and past work.
In 2004, William Speed Weed embarked on a passionate crusade for honesty in advertising and food for health as he investigated virtually every media claim in print, over Internet or airwaves purporting health benefits. He investigated 100 incidents with the aid of a few willing subordinates, and published his results in a May issue of Popular Science in an article titled “Hogwashed: All the Science Baloney You Get Dished in a Day”. His investigation was one of the first to hone in on the ubiquitous placing of the word “natural” all over labels, such as on milk, when factory milking is so predominant. Weed was called “a modern Diogenes” by one profiler, and ended his piece with succinct insightfulness, “Advertisers probably feed more science to Americans than anyone else, but learning science from ads is like learning the fundamentals of automobile engineering from a used car salesman.”
It’s no wonder that a young man with such a probing mind continued to mix the worlds of science and crime as he wrote for television shows like “Eleventh Hour”, whose rather dark anti-hero is a science expert who advises governments while defusing scientific disasters. Weed was senior story editor, too, for the series. Weed also wrote for “Saved” for its one-year run detailing how a med school dropout and gambling addict finds purpose as a paramedic, and was story editor for the new-aged “New Amsterdam” on FOX TV in 2008. Last year, he wrote and was story editor for “NCIS: Los Angeles”, and brought the same taught but compassionate sensibilities.
His face remains a mystery, and certainly it’s better that way for his film noir mystique, but his presence with words creates great television, and may Speed Weed long write!
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