Scott, Ben and Tom tip a glass or nine with the nice, well-adjusted folks of entertainment.
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Hillary Turner has worked on both sides of entertainment’s digital divide, having served as an executive at Disney in its traditional studio days and at streaming behemoth Netflix. She joins Tom, Ben and guest co-host Josh Shader for a fascinating conversation about how networks are using new levels of data in their programming decisions, her experience working on shows like Cobra Kai, Julie & The Phantoms, and Liv and Maddie, and a childhood spent on sets with her father, Joel Zwick, as he directed classic sitcoms like Full House, Family Matters, and Perfect Strangers.
Daniel Schnider joins the podcast to discuss his many career hyphens, from producing the hit movie Straight Outta Compton to his current position as an executive at Univision. As he and the guys break out three bottles of Napa Merlot, Daniel spins yarns from his diverse career, including how a handy bit of entrepreneurship landed him at the world’s largest Spanish-language programmer and his time as the producing partner for both Zoe Saldana and Dr. Dre.
Hollywood Uncorked celebrates its 100th episode by welcoming screenwriter Aury Wallington, showrunner of the hit Netflix animated series Spirit Riding Free. Wallington shares tales from the writing trenches on shows like Heroes and Veronica Mars, how she landed her first writing credit on an episode of Sex & The City, and how her career started by running off to New Orleans to be a poet. Meanwhile, TV director Kabir Akhtar returns to help Aury, Tom and Ben drink their way through three affordable, but delicious bottles of Sancerre.
Calvert Studios has hosted countless Hollywood productions over the past several decades – from The Client List and Melrose Place to the original Beverly Hills: 90210. In this episode, Calvert Studios owner Bill Reider stops by to talk about the economics and challenges of running an active TV/film studio, and the future of production in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, he and guest co-host Ava Jamshidi help Ben & Tom drink through three affordable, yet amazing bottles of Super Tuscan.
In the mid-2000s, Allard Cantor was in his mid-30s and had a successful sales career in New York – with season tickets to every NYC sports team and $16 million in sales during his biggest year. But unfulfilled and wanting to try his hand in Hollywood, Cantor walked away from all of it and enrolled in film school at AFI. Now with his own management company – and having recently served as a producer on Judas and the Black Messiah – Cantor stops by Hollywood Uncorked to discuss his journey from corporate America to entertainment while helping Ben, Tom and guest co-host Arvind Ethan David drink four affordable bottles of Chianti.
After winning an Emmy for editing the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Kabir Akhtar has gone on to become a prominent TV comedy director, helming shows like Superstore, Young Sheldon and The Sex Lives of College Girls, which he also produces. Kabir stops by Hollywood Uncorked’s first episode since the start of the pandemic to get into three bottles of Washington State Cabernet while discussing the keys to successful TV directing, why he left a career editing reality TV to enter the scripted world, and the time he made national headlines in college by pranking MTV News. Meanwhile, screenwriter Tamara Chestna sits in to guest co-host!
April 16, 2020
Want to remember what life was like pre-COVID? Tune into this episode (recorded in early March) with screenwriter Richard Smith as the Hollywood Uncorked panel engages in forbidden activity like sitting face-to-face, sharing several bottles of Italian Nero d’Avola, and wantonly leaving the house. Along the way they talk about Smith’s screenwriting career, which got off to an auspicious start when his very first film project, Leonard, went from British short to premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. This was followed by his feature-length writing debut, Trauma, starring Colin Firth, as well as Smith’s latest project, The Garden of Evening Mists, based on the acclaimed Malaysian novel and currently rolling out across HBO platforms in Asia.
March 5, 2020
In an industry where intellectual property is everything, Sara Moskowitz is sitting on a mountain of it as a VP at Storied Media Group, which represents dozens of top publishers around the world, including The Washington Post. Moskowitz stops by this episode to help taste three bottles of Rioja while discussing Storied Media’s dual role as content broker and producer (Amazon’s Modern Love), how newspapers and magazines are bolstering their bottom lines with TV & film projects, and how her job at SMG all started with an internship for founder Todd Hoffman while he was an agent at ICM. Producer Arvind Ethan David sits in as guest co-host.
February 13, 2020
In the world of drinking-based entertainment, there is one man who reigns as the unquestioned king: Zane Lamprey, whose alcohol-driven travel cable shows Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy pretty much invented the genre itself. Lamprey joins this truly hilarious episode to help drink through three bottles of Ribera del Duero from Spain as he regales the panel with tales of his favorite filmed drinking adventures from around the world, his new beer podcast Crafts-n-Crafts, and the time he took an infamous on-air drinking tour of Tom’s college town of Missoula, Montana.
January 8, 2020
What’s the best way to backstop a career in the notoriously topsy-turvy world of screenwriting? Adam Jay Epstein (Not Another Teen Movie, Extreme Movie) does it with his “night job” of authoring best-selling fantasy and sci-fi books for the middle grades. While helping the panel drink through three bottles of wine from California’s fast-growing Paso Robles region, Epstein talks about the process and economics of creating book franchises The Familiars, Starbounders and Snared, his love of executing on big ideas, and the time the his Revenge of the Nerds remake fell apart after four weeks of shooting.
December 4, 2019
John Beach has made a niche for himself in Hollywood by getting early access to books and connecting them to writers and producers for film and TV adaptation. With guest host Mike Cohen sitting in, Beach spends this episode talking about what he looks for in a book that might be right for the screen and his well-hidden past as a movie poster model for films like Grosse Pointe Blank and White Squall. Meanwhile, the panel dives into three surprisingly delicious (and decidedly random) wines from the corner store nearby after Tom forgot to pick up the wines they planned on drinking for the night.
November 20, 2019
What’s it like when your boss is a writer, director and producer? Winsor Yuan stops by to describe his day-to-day running the development slate for multi-hyphenate Jared Stern, who has written the likes of Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Batman Movie and The Internship, and is showrunning Green Eggs & Ham for Netflix. Meanwhile, Tom’s brother Tim Mullen and his wife Cindy sit in and ply the Hollywood Uncorked panel with a collection of stunningly good Croatian wines from their recent honeymoon.