Tim Burns (writer)

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Tim Burns is a Canadian[ citation needed ] director, [1] writer and producer for Canadian and American television; more popularly known as the show runner/executive producer of the Teletoon-Disney Channel shared, supernatural comedy-drama series, My Babysitter's a Vampire and for writing its TV pilot film. He was also supervising writer of the third season of Crank Yankers and was a composer on The Sunny Side Up Show .



Tim Burns began his writing career in 1985 with the CBC radio comedy series The Norm Show, and in 1989 was hired as a staff writer on The Jim Henson Hour . He also wrote the 1 hour special Dog City which was later developed into an animated series. During pre-production of the Henson Hour, he met Tom Stern and a few years later they and Stern's writing partner Alex Winter created the sketch comedy series The Idiot Box . Burns also dabbled in CGI and created the animated character 'Votar - The Voice Over Announcer of the Future" on his Amiga computer. The trio collaborated again on the screenplay for the movie Freaked , in which Burns played the Hideous Frogman, and also wrote the soundtrack tunes "Wienerschnitzel Polka", "Pick-A-Freek", and "Freekz!" That's What They Call Us!. Stern and Burns wrote many Monkey-ed Movies parodies for the TBS network, which evolved into the half-hour comedy series, The Chimp Channel". Returning to Canada in 2000, Tim served as supervising producer for the second season of the Blackfly wrote two episodes.

Having started out as a drummer in a new-wave band 'The Strone', Burns began composing in 1996 with Hello Mrs. Cherrywinkle , and other shows like The Good Night Show , Saul of the Mole Men , and The Sunny Side Up Show from 2007 until 2009. He also worked on soundtracks for Young Person's Guide to History . Burns wrote an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008, "Destroy Malevolence". In 2010 he wrote the teleplay and story for the Teletoon TV movie, My Babysitter's a Vampire , when the movie became a series, he became executive producer of the series and wrote the series premiere episode along with two other episodes.

More recently, Burns has contributed music and comedy sketches for the Netflix special, Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History , and composed music for numerous songs, including the theme, to the Universal Kids' stop-motion animated series Norman Picklestripes . He continues to develop new comedy and music material for film and television in both Canada and the U.S.


Year(s)Show(s) / Movie(s)Occupation(s)Notes
1989 The Jim Henson Hour WriterEpisode: "Dog City"
1989–1990The Sweet LifeWriterAll episodes
1991 The Idiot Box Writer and CreatorEpisode: "The Best of the Idiot Box"
1993 Freaked Writer
Acting role

Portrayed Frogman
Writer: "Wienerschnitzel Polka", "Freekz!" That's What They Call Us!, "Pick-A-Freek". Performer: "Pick-A-Freek"
1996 Hello Mrs. Cherrywinkle Composer
1997 An American Werewolf in Paris Writer
1999 The Chimp Channel Writer & co-executive producer
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Writer
2000 Canadian Comedy Awards Himself
2001–2002 Blackfly Writer
Supervising writer
2 episodes: "Kettles from the Land of Cool Stuff" & "The Love of the Game"
1 episode: "Surprise"
2004 Geraldine's Fortune Writer
2005 Crank Yankers Supervising writerSeason 3
The Good Night Show Composer
2006Nancy NancySoundtrackPerformer: "Night Games", "Moonlight & Magic"
2007 Saul of the Mole Men Composer16 episodes: "Blood Is Thicker Than Walter", "Finger of Fate or the Fateful Finger", "Fun King", "Work the Sack", "Moustache Ride", "What's Happening Down There?", "IC-CAWWWW!", "Hammer in His Hand", "Children of Embers Blaze", "Faster Robot! Upload! Upload!", "Girly", "Saul Comes Back", "Spare Me My Beets", "Village of the Damned Dolls", "Poor Clancy's Almanack", and "Saul-id Rock"
2007–2009 The Sunny Side Up Show Composer
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars WriterEpisode: "Destroy Malevolence"
Young Person's Guide to History SoundtrackWriter: "Moustache Ride"
2010 My Babysitter's a Vampire Writer, Teleplay & Story
Spliced WriterEpisodes: "Come to the Dork Side, "Best Before Date"
2011–2012 My Babysitter's a Vampire Executive Producer

Episodes: "Lawn of the Dead", "The Brewed", "Welcome Back Dusker", "The Date to End All Dates (Part 1)" (story)

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