Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz
Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz
Barry Katz
A one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field.
Nick Swardson (Best of, Part 2 of 2)
NICK SWARDSON grew up in the Minneapolis area and undertook his foray into entertainment as a standup comic, headlining dates at many nightspots in the Los Angeles area. His material often dealt with the absurdities of life as a young adult, including drugs and sex. Swardson moved into features not simply as a comedic actor, but as a scriptwriter -- first on the Jamie Kennedy vehicle "Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003), then via a long-running association with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, for which he scripted and acted in the comedies "The Benchwarmers" (2006) and "Grandma's Boy" (2006), and co-produced and tackled a supporting role in the Sandler-Kevin James farce "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007). On the side, Swardson also signed as one of the regulars on the popular Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" where he played Terry Bernardino. In 2007, Swardson recorded and issued his first comedy concert album, "Party." The following year, he teamed up for an onscreen role opposite Sandler in the farce "You Don't Mess with the Zohan." Most recently, Swardson has appeared in the TV series "Star Butterfly" and "Typical Rick" and in the features films "Sandy Wexler" and "The Do-Over"
Jun 8
51 min
Nick Swardson (Best of, Part 1 of 2)
NICK SWARDSON grew up in the Minneapolis area and undertook his foray into entertainment as a standup comic, headlining dates at many nightspots in the Los Angeles area. His material often dealt with the absurdities of life as a young adult, including drugs and sex. Swardson moved into features not simply as a comedic actor, but as a scriptwriter -- first on the Jamie Kennedy vehicle "Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003), then via a long-running association with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, for which he scripted and acted in the comedies "The Benchwarmers" (2006) and "Grandma's Boy" (2006), and co-produced and tackled a supporting role in the Sandler-Kevin James farce "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007). On the side, Swardson also signed as one of the regulars on the popular Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" where he played Terry Bernardino. In 2007, Swardson recorded and issued his first comedy concert album, "Party." The following year, he teamed up for an onscreen role opposite Sandler in the farce "You Don't Mess with the Zohan." Most recently, Swardson has appeared in the TV series "Star Butterfly" and "Typical Rick" and in the features films "Sandy Wexler" and "The Do-Over"
Jun 8
44 min
Shep Gordon (Best of, Part 2 of 2)
In 1969, SHEP GORDON founded Alive Enterprises, a personal management company and over the years, Gordon and Alive have been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Anne Murray, Ben Vereen, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Blondie, Manhattan Transfer, Burton Cummings, Yvonne Elliman, Midnight Star, George Clinton, Luther Vandross, Rick James, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Kenny Loggins, Gipsy Kings , the Pointer Sisters, and many more, who have sold a total of over 100 million albums worldwide. Gordon and Alive set many precedents in the music industry including the first television production of an album (Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare”), the first long form rock video produced for home release (Blondie’s “Eat to the Beat”), and one of the first concert television series (“Rock and Roll Tonight”), all of which inspired a new generation of music video and theatrical rock concert productions. In the mid 70’s, Alive ventured into the movie business where its first production Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists” won the Best Debut Film award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. After several studio productions, including “Roadie” and “Endangered Species,” Gordon co-founded with Chris Blackwell and Island Records, Island Alive and Alive Films, for the production of independent feature films. Their commitment to artistic freedom attracted influential filmmakers and has been responsible for the production and/or distribution of the Academy Award-winning “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Academy Award-nominated “Betty Blue,” “Marlene” and “El Norte,” Lindsay Anderson’s “The Whales of August,” Alan Rudolph’s “Choose Me” and “The Moderns,” John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness,” “They Live and Village of the Damned,” Wes Craven’s “People Under the Stairs,” Sam Shepard’s “Silent Tongue,” as well as 40 other movies. In 1975, Alive expanded into the restaurant industry with the opening of its first restaurant, Carlos ’n Charlies, which became a Hollywood institution for 20 years and then in the late 1980’s, Alive partnered with Robert DeNiro to open Tribeca Grill in New York City. Alive’s restaurant business is still active having opened approximately 40 restaurants thus far, the most current being a founding partnership in Jean-Georges’ Spice Market in New York City. In the ‘90’s, Gordon’s started focusing on food as entertainment and chefs as entertainers, founding Alive Culinary Resources, which was designed to bridge the gap between the public and the world’s most sought-after chefs. From its inception, his client roster read like a who’s who of the culinary world, including legendary French Chef Roger Vergé, Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Dean Fearing, Nobu, Todd English, Charlie Palmer, Larry Forgione, Paul Prudhomme, Jimmy Schmidt, Stephen Pyles, Robert del Grande, Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard, and 100 more of today’s most famous chefs.  Gordon was inducted into the Hawaii Culinary Hall of Fame and has also won numerous other industry awards, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine.
Jun 1
1 hr
Shep Gordon (Best of, Part 1 of 2)
In 1969, SHEP GORDON founded Alive Enterprises, a personal management company and over the years, Gordon and Alive have been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Anne Murray, Ben Vereen, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Blondie, Manhattan Transfer, Burton Cummings, Yvonne Elliman, Midnight Star, George Clinton, Luther Vandross, Rick James, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Kenny Loggins, Gipsy Kings , the Pointer Sisters, and many more, who have sold a total of over 100 million albums worldwide. Gordon and Alive set many precedents in the music industry including the first television production of an album (Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare”), the first long form rock video produced for home release (Blondie’s “Eat to the Beat”), and one of the first concert television series (“Rock and Roll Tonight”), all of which inspired a new generation of music video and theatrical rock concert productions. In the mid 70’s, Alive ventured into the movie business where its first production Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists” won the Best Debut Film award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. After several studio productions, including “Roadie” and “Endangered Species,” Gordon co-founded with Chris Blackwell and Island Records, Island Alive and Alive Films, for the production of independent feature films. Their commitment to artistic freedom attracted influential filmmakers and has been responsible for the production and/or distribution of the Academy Award-winning “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Academy Award-nominated “Betty Blue,” “Marlene” and “El Norte,” Lindsay Anderson’s “The Whales of August,” Alan Rudolph’s “Choose Me” and “The Moderns,” John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness,” “They Live and Village of the Damned,” Wes Craven’s “People Under the Stairs,” Sam Shepard’s “Silent Tongue,” as well as 40 other movies. In 1975, Alive expanded into the restaurant industry with the opening of its first restaurant, Carlos ’n Charlies, which became a Hollywood institution for 20 years and then in the late 1980’s, Alive partnered with Robert DeNiro to open Tribeca Grill in New York City. Alive’s restaurant business is still active having opened approximately 40 restaurants thus far, the most current being a founding partnership in Jean-Georges’ Spice Market in New York City. In the ‘90’s, Gordon’s started focusing on food as entertainment and chefs as entertainers, founding Alive Culinary Resources, which was designed to bridge the gap between the public and the world’s most sought-after chefs. From its inception, his client roster read like a who’s who of the culinary world, including legendary French Chef Roger Vergé, Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Dean Fearing, Nobu, Todd English, Charlie Palmer, Larry Forgione, Paul Prudhomme, Jimmy Schmidt, Stephen Pyles, Robert del Grande, Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard, and 100 more of today’s most famous chefs.  Gordon was inducted into the Hawaii Culinary Hall of Fame and has also won numerous other industry awards, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine.
May 31
58 min
Tyler Mitchell (Part 2 of 2)
Tyler Mitchell is a producer, writer and entrepreneur who has previously held the role of executive vice president at Imagine Entertainment, where he oversaw a slate of live-action films as well as launching Imagine’s animation division. He has also produced films in his own right, including “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “Lucky Number Slevin” and “Maudie.” Producer and writer for prime-time shows “Kidnapped” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” Mitchell also has experience in the world of television. Along with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, he launched Imagine Impact two years ago to bring to Hollywood Silicon Valley-style mentorship, a model cultivated by Y Combinator and various VCs in the tech world. As Netflix democratizes storytelling through its global platform for talent, Imagine Impact offers a place to vet that talent from the outset and nurture it through to the networks, studios and media platforms.
May 24
58 min
Tyler Mitchell (Part 1 of 2)
Tyler Mitchell is a producer, writer and entrepreneur who has previously held the role of executive vice president at Imagine Entertainment, where he oversaw a slate of live-action films as well as launching Imagine’s animation division. He has also produced films in his own right, including “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “Lucky Number Slevin” and “Maudie.” Producer and writer for prime-time shows “Kidnapped” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” Mitchell also has experience in the world of television. Along with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, he launched Imagine Impact two years ago to bring to Hollywood Silicon Valley-style mentorship, a model cultivated by Y Combinator and various VCs in the tech world. As Netflix democratizes storytelling through its global platform for talent, Imagine Impact offers a place to vet that talent from the outset and nurture it through to the networks, studios and media platforms.
May 16
53 min
Chuck Lorre (Best of, Part 2 of 2)
CHUCK LORRE is an American television writer, producer and composer. Called the "King of Sitcoms" during the 2010s, he has created and produced sitcoms including "Grace Under Fire," "Cybill," "Dharma & Greg," "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly," "Mom," and "Young Sheldon." He also served as an executive producer on "Roseanne."
May 3
35 min
Chuck Lorre (Best of, Part 1 of 2)
CHUCK LORRE is an American television writer, producer and composer. Called the "King of Sitcoms" during the 2010s, he has created and produced sitcoms including "Grace Under Fire," "Cybill," "Dharma & Greg," "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly," "Mom," and "Young Sheldon." He also served as an executive producer on "Roseanne."
May 3
31 min
Robert Morton (Best of, Part 2 of 2)
Robert “Morty” Morton is a multiple Emmy Award winning executive producer, best known for working closely with David Letterman for 15 years, from the early years of his NBC talker, to being the executive producer of “Late Show with David Letterman” at CBS. Previously, he was a director for MTV and an associate director for “Good Morning America”.  Since his time at “Letterman,” Morton has been executive producer on many shows, notably Drew Carey’s “The Green Screen Show,” “The Wayne Bray Show,” “Mind of Mencia,” and the critically acclaimed TBS late night show “Lopez Tonight.”
Apr 26
46 min
Robert Morton (Best of, Part 1 of 2)
Robert “Morty” Morton is a multiple Emmy Award winning executive producer, best known for working closely with David Letterman for 15 years, from the early years of his NBC talker, to being the executive producer of “Late Show with David Letterman” at CBS. Previously, he was a director for MTV and an associate director for “Good Morning America”.  Since his time at “Letterman,” Morton has been executive producer on many shows, notably Drew Carey’s “The Green Screen Show,” “The Wayne Bray Show,” “Mind of Mencia,” and the critically acclaimed TBS late night show “Lopez Tonight.”
Apr 25
45 min
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