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Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on

Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on


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Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on




View From The Grandstand - Remembering Bill Russell and Vin Scully

This week, the sports world lost two icons in very different respects. 11-time NBA Champion and five-time MVP Bill Russell passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Sunday, then arguably the greatest play-by-play broadcaster of all time Vin Scully did the same at the age of 94 Wednesday morning. These two will forever be remembered as legends who were at the top of their profession who inspired so many people to be chase their dreams and not be afraid to go down in the history books....


View From The Grandstand - What Going to Happen with Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers?

The NFL season is right around the corner as all 32 teams have reported to training camp over the past week, including the San Francisco 49ers. At the start of camp, the team announced that veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not be the team's starter going forward, with all signs pointing to him not being with the team by the time September rolls around. The 31-year old just brought San Francisco to its second NFC Championship performance in three years, but the team hopes to upgrade...


Julia Lester of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on the ‘Frozen’ Summer Filled Third Season

Actress of stage and screen Julia Lester joins us on the podcast this week to chat about the latest season of Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Julia shares what she looks forward to for audiences to see in season three, some of the biggest changes from previous seasons including a production move from Utah to Los Angeles, and also talks about her recent Broadway debut in Into the Woods as Little Red, starring opposite Sara Bareilles, Patina Miller and Gavin...

View From The Grandstand – MLB Continues to Shy Away from Being Relevant

Justin Paura have become increasingly frustrated year after year about how Major League Baseball seemingly does everything in its power to not appeal to the younger generation. The latest piece of evidence supporting this is that the highly anticipated seven-part Derek Jeter documentary “The Captain” is being stretched out over a four-week time span. The reason this is so egregious is because there is nothing relevant happening in the sports world during the month of July and, just like how...


Multicultural TV Talk #57 - David Del Rio, Hulu's "Maggie"

Television and film actor David Del Rio joins us this week to chat all about the new Hulu comedy series “Maggie”, which follows a young psychic who, for the first time, sees herself in a glimpse of the future when she meets David’s character Ben. David shares how he and his co-star Rebecca Rittenhouse prioritized their on-screen chemistry as they developed their characters, his experience filming yet another series during the pandemic, and how Latin TV legends like John Leguizamo made him...

Behind the Scenes in Hollywood - Ainsley Andrade interviews Deji LaRay and Eric Rhone, Executive Producers of “Johnson” on Bounce

Almost a year ago, Ainsley Andrade wrote what was probably the most glowing review he'd ever given to show made by Black creators on network that primarily marketed to Black people. Shows made "for us, by us" have to be held to higher standards if they're meant to be taken seriously in what is still mostly a predominantly white media landscape. The recipient of said praise was none other than Bounce TV's Johnson, created, written and executive produced by Atlanta native Deji LaRay, who also...


View From The Grandstand – The Ins and Outs of Conference Realignment in the NCAA

Last week, the college sports world was rocked by the news that USC and UCLA have reached an agreement to join the Big Ten conference as early as 2024. The two California schools, currently in the PAC-12, join a conference with schools primarily located in the mid-west as the seismic change in the NCAA is now in full swing. This comes off the heels of the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas announcing they were moving from the Big 12 to the SEC last year as the money to be made...


Media Metaverse: A Discussion with Hamza Khan of McKinsey & Company on the $5 Trillion Metaverse Opportunity

Global consulting Goliath, McKinsey & Company has a history of being a primary source of intelligence and guidance for some of the top companies and business leaders in the world. They are also a major arbiter of the investment path, and therefore the immediate future which Enterprise, as a whole, takes given their respect and influence. So, when McKinsey & Company issues a report advising its clients that the Metaverse is a $5 trillion opportunity, with a $3 trillion e-Commerce impact, you...


LGBT+ Advancing - Can One Letter Really Make A Difference? w/ Spectrum's Amber Fogler-Tortora

Charter's Amber Fogler-Tortora talks with our Dr. Kryss on her greatest professional successes, how one little letter was worth the fight, and on what she'll be up to during Pride 2022.


Multicultural TV Talk #56 - David Collins and Rob Eric, 'Queer Eye' and 'Legendary'

To close out Pride month, we are joined by David Collins, Co-Founder, and Rob Eric, Chief Creative Officer, of Scout Productions, the Emmy and Academy Award-winning production company. David and Eric are the creative minds behind iconic LGBTQ+ centered series including the groundbreaking Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, HBO Max’s ballroom competition show Legendary, the Netflix reboot Queer Eye, the HBO Max street fashion competition series The Hype, the historical documentary Equal and their...


View From The Grandstand - Kevin Durant Requests a Trade From the Nets

Only three years into his four-year maximum contract, former MVP and two-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. This comes just hours before NBA free agency began and two days after teammate Kyrie Irving opted into a $36.5 million player option to stay with the team. Justin Paura dives into what went wrong in his time in Brooklyn and why the NBA should feel at fault for how much power the players have.


LGBT+ Advancing - Paramount's Jay Randall is Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous

Join Dr. Kryss and Paramount's Jay Randall as they discuss Pride from the 90s to now to the future. In this podcast, everything from Jay’s mug to his earring holds meaning! This conversation starts with a blast from the past as they reminisce about their shared memories of Danny from Real World: New Orleans. Why was he so impactful to each of them? Next, the duo moves into the impact of "if you can see it, you can be it" when it comes to the decisions behind making advertising more...


LGBT+ Advancing - Is Paramount’s Angel Bellon LGBT+ Advancing’s version of “Men In Black”?

In this episode of LGBT+ Advancing’s podcast, our Dr. Kryss talks with Paramount’s Angel Bellon. He begins by admitting that he just may be a galaxy defender… or perhaps he just dresses like one! Later, they explore Paramount’s recent research on what impacts viewers and why. Do you know just how impactful it is when a business donates to anti-LGBT+ politicians? If you don’t know, you may be making a HUGE mistake! For those wanting to avoid making such an error, Angel offers an excellent...


News on the Record - Matt Wasserlauf on His Company's Approach

Blockboard CEO Matt Wasserlauf joins Erich Prince to discuss his company's unique approach as well as insights on blockchain and accountability in digital advertising


Multicultural TV Talk #55 - Cassandra James of General Hospital

American-Canadian actress and General Hospital star Cassandra James joins us for a delightful chat about her experience working on the decades-spanning series, including her reaction to booking the role of Dr. Terry Randolph, which made headlines as Cassandra became the first openly trans actor to portray a trans character in daytime television, and the increasing importance of gratitude in life. “Gratitude is so important every step of the way. My childhood was not easy. I wasn’t really...


LGBT+ Advancing - The Times They Are A'Changing... or Are They? w/ Mower's Andrew Doucette

In today's podcast for LGBT+ Advancing, Dr. Kryss is joined by Mower's Andrew Doucette. Together, they discuss how previously silent businesses are beginning to come out in support of LGBT+ people and the impact that being out as a company or as a person can make on everyone.


LGBT+ Advancing - Comcast's Michael Braunstein and Dr. Kryss talk Risks vs. Rewards

What are you willing to risk? Michael and Dr. Kryss discuss the risks they've taken and what happens in the aftermath of deciding to take that leap. Would YOU risk what they have? Does Michael have regrets? Watch to find out!


LGBT+ Advancing – Why Allyship is a Verb with Cadent’s Dishawn Vance

Cadent's DiShawn Vance and MediaVillage LGBT+ Advancing's Dr. Kryss discuss pronouns and ERGs, pronunciation and sensitivity. Plus, they'll share their feelings about becoming intentionally uncomfortable in the workplace and in the world.


LGBT+ Advancing - How to Prevent a Wedding Photo or a Zoom Call From Ruining A Career w/ OUTFRONT's Monica Salcedo

In this edition of LGBT+ Advancing’s Podcast, our own Dr. Kryss talks with OUTFRONT’s Monica Salcedo. First, Monica will share the history of her Zoom background, including where you can check it out in a larger than life way. Next, they discuss whether a fully inclusive workplace is a risky decision for an employer… should YOUR workplace take this risk? Then, listen in as Dr. Kryss and Monica talk about the ways in which a wedding photo or an accidental Zoom cameo could ruin an employee’s...


View From The Grandstand - PGA v. LIV: Golf's Biggest Rivalry

For the first time in decades, there is a legitimate competitor to the PGA in the golf world. Justin Paura explains why the LIV Golf Tour came about, the details behind the rivalry, and how this is going to get much worse before it gets better.