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Kiley and Allis, film students at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, report the entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.

Kiley and Allis, film students at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, report the entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
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Kiley and Allis, film students at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, report the entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.




Episode 27 - Unscripted TV Post Coordinator

Join us for this week's episode of the Production Report, featuring an interview with Lizzy Marks. Lizzy works in unscripted television, as a Post Coordinator for upcoming E! series So Cosmo and A&E’s Emmy Award Winning Series Born This Way. This spring, Lizzy will also become a Story Assistant for the series Total Bellas. Stay tuned after the interview to hear some of our opinions about putting the "real" in "Reality TV."


Episode 26 – Movie Review Roundtable

For this episode, we held a roundtable discussion with three fellow film students: Russell Goldman, Eli Sands, and Will McGhee. Join us as we discuss some notable films of 2016, including Oscar snubs and nominations. You may even learn a new reason to care about thumbprints (or the lack of them).


Episode 25 - Rooster Teeth Writer and Personality

Rooster Teeth's Kerry Shawcross joins us this week to talk about animation, producing your own show, and fandoms. Shawcross is a writer, animator, actor, and director. He's one of the voices behind hit series such as RWBY, RWBY Chibi, Camp Camp, X-Ray and Vav, and A Simple Walk Into Mordor.


Episode 24 - Podcast (Wolf 359) Creator

Did you hear that? Was it dripping water? No - it was something else even more terrifying to hear in outer space. Join us, if you dare, as we speak with Gabriel Urbina, writer, producer, and creator of the hit sci-fi podcast Wolf 359. Wolf 359 chronicles the adventures of the crew of the USS Hephaestus, a space station orbiting around the star Wolf 359.


Episode 23 - Chief Strategy Officer

For this week’s episode of the Production Report, we spoke with John Penney, Chief Strategy Officer for Starz Entertainment, the premium cable network behind hit shows like Outlander, Power, and Black Sails. Prior to working at Starz, Mr. Penney’s roles have included President & Head of Corporate Development for Foresee Entertainment and Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives for HBO, Inc.


Episode 22 - Documentary Filmmaker/Theater Actress and Director

Upcoming movies! News! Did Kiley just reference Halloweentown II: Kalibar's Revenge? Join us for this episode, in which we speak to Audrey Rumsby. Audrey has acted in and directed a wide range of theater productions. Among her many credits, she has worked as an Assistant Director at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and as a harpist and dancer for the 2012 Olympics Welcome ceremonies. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director for San Jose Youth Shakespeare and is in the midst of...


Episode 21 - Showrunner/Playwrite/Professor

For this week's episode, we spoke with playwrite, director, TV showrunner, and Kiley-thesis-advisor Joe Cacaci. Among his many credits, Cacaci co-created the CBS prime time series "The Trials of Rosie O’Neill", starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series, SHOWTIME ‘s "The Hoop Life", starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS’s "The Education of Max Bickford", starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden.


Episode 20 - New York Times Best-Selling Author

For our fall season opener, The Production Report spoke with Jeff VanderMeer, NY Times Best-Selling Author. VanderMeer is the author of the Southern Reach trilogy, the first of which, Annihilation, is currently being made into a film by Alex Garland, starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac. Join us as we talk about summer camp, the New Weird, and flying bears.

Episode 19 - Film Producer

This week we spoke to Albert Berger.Along with business partner Ron Yerxa, Mr. Berger has produced films such as Louder than Bombs, Nebraska, Little Children, Election, King of the Hill, and Little Miss Sunshine, among many others. Tune in for our interview, and to learn what holiday is on April 19th (and which of us makes the most puns this week)!

Episode 18 - NY Times Film Critic

Kiley and Allis began their 18th episode like normal; you won’t BELIEVE what happened next! Or, maybe you will, if you can believe that for this episode we spoke to A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times. In addition to over 15 years on the Times, Scott is also an accomplished author, TV host, and professor. Scott’s latest novel, Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth, was released this February. The questions we asked him will...

Episode 17 - Radio Morning Show Host

For this special, origin-story episode, we interviewed a San Jose radio icon, Lissa Kreisler, and learned some interesting things about Allis' past. We also provide a pun-filled cover of upcoming films and recent entertainment industry news.

Episode 16 - Professor of Film (+ Oscars Discussion)

For this extended, mid-season finale, we have not one, not two, but three special guests. Our first guest is filmmaker and Wesleyan University Professor of Film Steve Collins, in a pre-recorded conversation during which we discuss his experiences making films and teaching students to make their own. Our second and third guests are fellow film students Will McGhee and Russell Goldman, whom we invited into the studio with us to discuss the 88th Academy Awards.

Episode 15 - Indie Film Distributor

Our interview this week is with marketing executive David Laub. He currently worksat A24, the distribution, production, and finance company responsible for 2015 Oscar-nominated films Room, Amy, and Ex Machina, as well as The Witch, which opens wide this Friday, February 19th. His previous experience includes Acquisitions Manager at ThinkFilm and co-president of Oscilloscope Laboratories, where he was instrumental in the release of films such as We Need to Talk About Kevin. As always, we...

Episode 14 - Broadway Vocal Coach

In this episode, we speak withAndrea Green, former Broadway-actress, singer and celebrated NYC voice coach to various Broadway actors. We also cover upcoming films, current news, and the fact that Allis is having a very cinematic Groundhog's Day.

Episode 2.6 - Producer

In the conclusion of the second season (recorded December 2014), we speak to Brad Fuller, producer and co-owner (with Michael Bay and Andrew Form) of production company Platinum Dunes. Their work includes the 2000s remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as thriller-horror The Purge, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Ouija.

Episode 2.5 - How I Met Your Mother Co-Creator

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Episode 2.4 - Movie Trailer Editor

For this week's episode we spoke to Ben Slease, movie trailer editor for Worshop Creative. His works include trailers for Zero Dark Thirty and Fury, among many others. We conclude with a brief discussion of 3D and, as always, start off with terrible puns about upcoming movies.

Episode 2.3 - Account Director at Discovery Distribution

We're back for our October episode to talk with Natalie Taylor, the woman responsible for sales and marketing efforts for Discovery Communications.We alsodiscuss some of our favoritespooky Halloween classics.


Episode 2.2 - TV/Film Production / Guitarist / Audio Engineer

This week we caught up with Jason Mercurio, a man who has worked in almost every possible area of entertainment—including as a rockstar in Germany! Join us as we talk about everything from Universal to HalloweenRock Musicals on Ice.

Episode 2.1 - Feature Filmmaker/Student

The Production Report returns to interview Jake Katofsky, a full time Wesleyan Student who happens to make Feature Films in his spare time (his film 108 Stitches is now in select theaters, and on iTunes and Amazon). We also make our Fall Premiere predictions about which new shows we think will flop and which we think will stick around. Stay tuned until the end to hear about Kiley's summer working at Universal Studios Orlando.