Matt Nix

Matt Nix Biography

Matthew E. "Matt" Nix (born September 4, 1971) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is best known for creating the USA Network television series Burn Notice and the now defunct cult favorite Fox series The Good Guys.


Matt was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Analy High School in Sebastopol. His parents are Phillip and Susan Nix and he is married to Melinda Stahl. Matt is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was a UCLA Alumni Scholar.


  • Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011 television film) – creator, writer, executive producer
  • The Good Guys (2010) – creator, writer and executive producer
  • Burn Notice (2007–2013) – creator, writer, and executive producer
  • Mementoke (2002 short film) – writer
  • Me and the Big Guy (1999 short film) – writer
  • First Prince (1998 short film) – writer
  • Chekhov's Gun (1997 short film) – writer
  • Mike Feeny's Secret for Success (1997 short film) – writer

Burn Notice

In Summer 2006, Matt Nix created Burn Notice, a TV series whose title refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies, which discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources. The television series follows agent Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan), who is abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts. Not knowing why he's been "burned," he begins to work as a freelance spy and investigator as he tries to find out what happened. The series premiered on USA Network on Thursday June 28, 2007 and has met critical acclaim. It stars Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne (Westen's "trigger happy girlfriend"), Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe (an old friend who "used to inform on" Westen to the Federal Bureau of Investigation), Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen (Michael's mother), and as of season four Coby Bell as Jesse Porter (a spy Westen accidentally burned). During production of its fourth season in early 2010, it was announced that the series had been renewed for two more seasons. Series ended on September 12, 2013.

Between seasons four and five, a Burn Notice movie, entitled Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, was aired on USA Network. Written and executive-produced by Nix, the movie portrayed character Sam Axe's final mission as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

The Good Guys

In early 2010 Nix began working on The Good Guys, a series which premiered on Fox May 19, 2010. The series starred Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark, a mustachioed, former big-shot detective with the Dallas Police Department, and Colin Hanks as Jack Bailey, a young, ambitious, by-the-book detective who has been assigned as Dan's partner because of his snarky attitude.

The Good Guys was originally known by the working title Jack and Dan. For several months the series was to be known as Code 58, the Dallas Police Department code for "routine investigation," and then briefly as The Five Eight before producers settled on The Good Guys title.

The show struggled with low ratings, regularly ranking in fourth place for its timeslot during the summer and then fifth place from October onward. The final episode to air was broadcast December 10, 2010 on Fox. On December 15, 2010 Fox Television Studios, the production company for the show, informed the Dallas Film Commission that the show would not be renewed for a second season.

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