Origin: "Mutant Enemy" was the nickname Joss Whedon gave to the typewriter upon which he started his writing career, and came from the Yes song "And You And I" (specifically, the third section of the song entitled "The Teacher and the Preacher"), a band Whedon is a big fan of. This song was inspired by Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series of books, and the "mutant enemy" of that series was a character called the Mule.
The famous 'Mutant Enemy' production screen (with its associated zombie) was, according to Whedon, the product of desperation: Whedon was told that he needed one, and the Big Meeting started in twenty minutes!
Writers from Mutant Enemy include:
- Tim Minear (aka The Tim Reaper) -- Previously show-runner for Wonderfalls, The Inside, Standoff and Drive. At last report was writing a movie script for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Served as consulting producer/writer for Dollhouse.
- Jane Espenson -- Served as consulting producer/writer for Dollhouse. Also noted for her work as a writer and producer on Battlestar Galactica (2003), then on Caprica -- for a while, as showrunner, now back to primarily focusing on writing. Wrote five episodes for Torchwood: Miracle Day.
- Dana Reston -- ? last credit: 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer "The Witch"
- David Greenwalt -- Left Angel to run Miracles, then Jake 2.0, returned to direct Angel 5.20: "The Girl in Question". As of early 2007, his producer credits (consulting and exec'ing) have extended to include Surface, Eureka, and Kidnapped. Also co-created the FOX series "Profit", starring Adrian Pasdar.
- Rob Des Hotel -- ? last credit: 1998 Fantasy Island
- Jeffery Bell -- Went to Alias, then Day Break
- Drew Goddard -- Served as supervising producer for Lost season 3, then co-executive producer for season 4. Wrote Cloverfield. Is directing Cabin In The Woods, which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon.
- Dean Batali -- Last on That '70s Show
- Matt Kiene -- Last on Andromeda
- Reinkemeyer -- Last on Andromeda
- Ashley Gable -- Last on The Division
- Thomas A. Swyden -- ? last credit: 1997 series Soldier of Fortune
- David Tyron King -- ? last credit: 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Carl Ellsworth -- ? last credit 2000 Cleopatra 2525
- Howard Gordon -- now executive producer 24
- Marti Noxon -- Executive producer for Private Practice, consulting producer for Mad Men, and currently on the Glee writing staff.
- David Fury -- Wrote Twenty Four.
- Elin Hampton -- ? last credit 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Douglas Petrie -- Last on Pushing Daisies as consulting producer.
- Dan Vebber -- ? Now on Family Guy and American Dad
- Tracy Forbes -- Now consulting producer for Flashpoint
- Rebecca Rand Kirshner -- Last seen as writer for Gilmore Girls
- Spotted writing for CW's 90210 (and possibly showrunning?)
- Steven S. DeKnight -- Wrote for Smallville , post Angel, then Dollhouse, and is now Big Dawg writer for Starz's Spartacus.
- Tracey Stern -- ? last credit: 2001 Leap Years
- Jeannine Renshaw -- Last on Charmed
- Jim Kouf -- films National Treasure and Taxi.
- Drew Z. Greenberg -- went on to Smallville , Dexter, and Warehouse 13.
- Ben Edlund -- Creator and writer of The Tick (animation) (has since disowned it), Global Frequency, currently writing for Supernatural.
- José Molina -- Went to Dark Angel then Firefly; presently writing for Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
- Cheryl Cain -- Formerly on Threat Matrix, which was cancelled in 2003.
- Brett Matthews -- presently on Untitled Bionicle Project (anime)
- Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain -- (writing team) Went to The Shield, then Dollhouse, then Lie to Me, now currently executive-producing The Vampire Diaries.
- Shawn Ryan -- Creator of The Shield and showrunner for Lie to Me.
- Mere Smith -- (an online fan who got a gig as writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, writer-mommy of Gwen Raiden) moved on to Jonny Zero, then Rome and now Burn Notice.