Peter Mehlman started his career as a sportswriter for the Washington Post. He slid from print journalism to television when, from 1982 to 1984, he wrote for and produced the television series, "SportsBeat" with Howard Cosell. For the next five years he returned
to writing full sentences and worked as a freelance magazine writer in New York. His byline appeared in numerous national publications including the New York Times magazine, GQ, Esquire and every women's magazine imaginable. In 1989 he needed "a change of scenery," and moved to Los Angeles where he bumped into Larry David, whom he'd met a few times in New York. David, was developing "a little show with Jerry Seinfeld", and invited Mehlman to send over a sample script. Having never written a script, Mehlman sent a humor piece he had written for the New York Times Magazine. Jerry Seinfeld loved it and gave Mehlman a writing assignment, out of which came the series' first freelance episode, "The Apartment." Mehlman was hired for the first full season of "Seinfeld as a program consultant (1991-92) and, over the next six years, worked his way up to co-executive producer.