Entertainment industry pros share how your favorite films and TV shows go from idea, through development and production, and finally to your screen.
S01:E01 - The Wondrous Life of Creed Bratton in and Out of the Office
You definitely will recognize the name Creed Bratton from the hit sitcom The Office (US). But what you may not know is that Creed plays a fictionalized version of himself, and his story goes far beyond his time cracking some of the most memorable jokes in the show. In this episode, Creed discusses navigating “the Summer of Love,” the process of building the character “Creed,” his favorite moments from The Office, and much, much more!
S01:E02 - Finding Your Niche in the Film Industry With Vince Jolivette
Vince Jolivette is an Emmy Award-nominated producer and actor who has established a unique path for himself in Hollywood. In this episode, Jolivette breaks down the path to creating The Disaster Artist, the evolving cinematic landscape, test audiences and more!
S01:E03 - A Legendary Eye for Cinematography With Robert Yeoman
Legendary Director of Photography Robert Yeoman discusses his work with Wes Anderson and other big name directors like Noah Baumbach and Paul Feig, Wes’s unique eye for locations, why he still shows up to set nervous, and much, much more!
S01:E04 - Brains, Brawns, and Action Movie Phenom: The Path to Fame With Dolph Lundgren
In today’s very special episode, we sit down with Swedish actor and action movie-star Dolph Lundgren. We talk about how his path led him to acting, hanging out with Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson and David Bowie in the 80s, his longtime friendship with Sylvester Stallone, and much much more.
S01:E05 - Living Out Every Film Buff’s Dream With Randall Emmett
Randall Emmett is living out every film buff’s dream. He has produced hundreds of films, two Martin Scorsese films, and he has the pleasure of affectionately calling him “Marty.” In this episode, he tells Matt what it's like to be in a room with The Martin Scorsese, why directing feels like “his truth,” and how he was finally convinced to appear in an episode of ‘Vanderpump Rules’.
S01:E06 - Activism in Filmmaking With Barry Alexander Brown
If you don’t know him by name, you know him by his iconic film editing. Barry Brown is the Oscar-nominated editor whose work on classics like Do The Right Thing and BlaKKKlansman put him on the map as one of Spike Lee’s sharpest collaborators. In this episode, Brown breaks down the process behind getting his upcoming film Son of the South made, the experience of collaborating with Spike Lee, how cutting a love scene redefined his editing career, and more!
S01:E07 - How Setbacks Set Off a Successful Career With Barry Josephson
In this episode, film producer Barry Josephson talks about why his failures make him successful, the five year process of making Men In Black, and why right now is the Golden Era of television.
S01:E08 - Casting for the Silver Screen With Jessica Kelly
Jessica Kelly has been a casting director for over 10 years and worked on over 140 titles, casting across acclaimed television projects such as Ramy and Euphoria to independent and blockbuster films including John Wick, Midsommar, Hereditary, and Precious. Jessica takes us through packaging and casting in today’s world, her creative process, how she assesses scripts, screen tests, and much much more!
S01:E09 - From Dog Soldiers to Game of Thrones: Directing Cult Classics With Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall is an Emmy-nominated director, writer, editor and producer, known for cult films such as The Descent and his work on hit shows like Game of Thrones. Charlotte Kirk is an English actress and singer who has already carved a path for herself in Hollywood. In this episode, Marshall breaks down the story behind creating Dog Soldiers, his Emmy-nominated directing on Game of Thrones and the films that inspired him as a teenager; Kirk joins him to discuss her burgeoning career as well as how they developed and produced their upcoming film The Reckoning.
S01:E10 - The Thriving World of “Docutainment” With Andrew Fried
Andrew Fried is the founder and CEO of Boardwalk Pictures, the premiere unscripted television company behind shows such as Chef’s Table, Cheer and The Goop Lab. In today’s fascinating conversation, we sit down with Andrew and discuss one of the first Netflix originals in Chef’s Table, what brought Fried to unscripted work, “docu-tainment,” and more!
S01:E11 - The Genius Behind Sharknado and Other SyFy Hits With Paul Bales
Ever wonder who makes made-for-TV-movies, frequently seen on the SyFy channel? Meet Paul Bales, whose charming self deprecation makes you want to love every poorly rated film he’s ever produced. In this episode, Paul talks about the friction between art and business, designing convincing flood scenes, and whether or not there are any more Sharknado’s in the works.
S01:E12 - A Lifetime in Hollywood With Mark Damon
Starting his entertainment career in 1954, industry veteran Mark Damon has bounced from stage acting, to starring in Westerns in Italy, to executive producing his own films. In this episode, Mark talks about why he left behind his movie star title for producing, how COVID is highlighting changes in the industry, how he pioneered the still used foreign sales technique known for making independent films possible, and much, much more.
S01:E13 - Mastering the Art of Assistant Directing With Kim Winther
Kim Winther is one of the most respected and well known Assistant Directors in the business. In today’s special episode, Kim discusses working with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, some of the difficulties he has faced over years in the business, Westworld, and much much more.
S01:E14 - Leaving 25 Prolific Years Behind for a New Path in Filmmaking With Mike Pasoernek
After 25 prolific years as Lionsgate’s President, Mike Pasoernek leaves his executive title behind for a three-year producing deal with Lionsgate. In this episode, Mike talks about the “start up” days of Lionsgate, the new chapter in his career, and the importance of having your own opinion.
S01:E15 - Success Isn’t Easy With David Dastmalchian
David Dalsmalchian is a triple threat – writer, actor and producer, appearing in independent films and major blockbuster hits alike. In this episode, David gets real about finding success after addiction, what it is like to make a successful indie film SXSW-ready film, and his non-linear path as an actor.
S01:E16 - Carving Your Style Into the World of Independent Filmmaking With Kris Rey
Kris Rey is known for her improv-heavy, run-and-gun indie films that have established her as one of the most unique modern filmmakers to watch today. In this episode, she breaks down her inspiration for creating her upcoming feature I Used to Go Here, the effect of COVID-19 on releasing her film that was set to debut at SXSW, the unexpected benefits to not living in LA or NY as a filmmaker, and more!
S01:E17 - From Crashing on the Couch to Executive at Paramount: Climbing the Ladder With Craig Baumgarten
Legendary industry veteran, producer, and manager Craig Baumgarten talks about working with Spielberg, getting fired at an abandoned nuclear power plant, and what it’s like to file a lawsuit against some of the most notorious giants in the entertainment business.
S01:E18 - A Veteran Producer’s Words of Wisdom: “Making It” With Jack Sackman
Jeff Sackman joins us on the podcast exuding an air of calm. His keep-it-cool attitude is what made Jeff successful as a producer of American Psycho (2000) and the other 96 movies he’s made over his career. In this episode, Jeff talks about the biggest disappointment of his career, being a serial entrepreneur, and why doing projects differently goes further than throwing money at them.