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Don't Kill the Messenger with Movie Research Expert Kevin Goetz

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Don't Kill the Messenger, hosted by movie and entertainment research expert Kevin Goetz, brings his book Audienceology to life by sharing intimate conversations with some of the most prominent filmmakers in Hollywood. Kevin covers a broad range of topics including the business of movies, film history, breaking into the business, theater-going in the rise of streaming, audience test screening experiences, and much more. Host: Kevin Goetz Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, Kari Campano Audio Engineer: Gary Forbes Produced at DG Entertainment, Los Angeles CA

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United States

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Don't Kill the Messenger, hosted by movie and entertainment research expert Kevin Goetz, brings his book Audienceology to life by sharing intimate conversations with some of the most prominent filmmakers in Hollywood. Kevin covers a broad range of topics including the business of movies, film history, breaking into the business, theater-going in the rise of streaming, audience test screening experiences, and much more. Host: Kevin Goetz Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, Kari Campano Audio Engineer: Gary Forbes Produced at DG Entertainment, Los Angeles CA

Language:

English


Episodes

Eli Roth (Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor) on his Unique Directorial Vision and Testing the Limits in Horror

2/22/2024
Kevin Goetz sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Eli Roth. Eli burst onto the scene in 2002 with his indie horror hit Cabin Fever and cemented his reputation with the extremely profitable Hostel films. Known for his intense horror style and flair for marketing, Eli has built a hugely successful directing career. His latest film, the holiday slasher Thanksgiving, was released last year by Sony Pictures and he is currently working on a science fiction action comedy film, Borderlands, scheduled to be released this summer. Kevin and Eli have worked closely together using test screenings to hone Eli's movies. Their rapport is on full display as they delve deep into Eli's creative process, his career ups and downs, and the vital role testing feedback plays in the final films you see in theaters. Kevin and Eli Discuss Eli's Upbringing and Early Interest in Filmmaking (3:20) Eli became interested in film at a young age after seeing movies like Pinocchio, Star Wars, and Alien. He started making short films as a kid with help from a mentor. By age 11 he was making animated shorts, stop-motion films, and horror movies with his brothers and friends. Cabin Fever and Eli's Initial Resistance to Testing (27:09) Cabin Fever initially tested terribly but went on to be very profitable. Eli learned to analyze test data for what works rather than just looking at scores. Eli's Experience Working His Way Up in the Film Industry (31:42) Eli talks about his odd jobs in the film industry while writing scripts, including as an extra, a set production assistant, and Howard Stern's assistant on Private Parts. Working with Quentin Tarantino and Making the Hostel Films (37:12) Quentin Tarantino mentored Eli on Hostel, helping him add more realism and unexpected details. Eli discusses testing multiple endings for Hostel. Thanksgiving Test Screenings and Editing (42:15) Eli details his experience testing Thanksgiving and learning from audience feedback to hone the right tone, pacing, and violence level. He trimmed 15 minutes after the first test screening based on feedback. Eli says he has come to value test screening input thanks to insights from Kevin. Eli on the Power of Test Screenings (54:19) Eli thanks Kevin for helping filmmakers understand how to read test screening data and what audiences want. He advises filmmakers to listen to test feedback even if they don't agree. This fascinating conversation gives rare insight into Eli Roth's unique directorial vision and his journey to becoming one of Hollywood's most successful horror filmmakers. Eli's passion for the genre and gift for understanding audiences have been instrumental in crafting crowd-pleasing terror. His embrace of the test screening process, utilizing Kevin's expert analysis, demonstrates Eli's dedication to giving viewers the best experience possible. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Eli Roth Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Eli Roth: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realeliroth/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Roth IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0744834/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:57:00

Ben Mankiewicz (Host of Turner Classic Movies) on Cinema Classics & Growing Up in a Legendary Family

2/7/2024
Join Kevin Goetz as he welcomes the host of Turner Classic Movies, Ben Mankiewicz. As a member of the illustrious Mankiewicz family, Ben provides a unique insider perspective, from delightful stories about his early life surrounded by Hollywood royalty to the privileges and expectations that come with having a famous name. He also shares colorful anecdotes about his father, who spurned the movie business in favor of making an impact through politics and public service. Throughout the episode, Ben brings his deep passion for film to life, offering thoughtful analysis and critiques on everything from beloved classics like Casablanca to defining what makes a movie truly great. His joy and encyclopedic knowledge when discussing cinema is infectious. Ben's Family Legacy and Getting into Columbia (2:42) Ben talks about his family's long history at Columbia and getting rejected initially despite his famous relatives. Ben’s Father Spurning Hollywood for Public Service (8:08) Ben recounts his father Frank Mankiewicz's remarkable transition from Hollywood entertainment lawyer to a member of the Peace Corps in Peru. He further elaborates on his father's notable career milestones, which encompassed serving as Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary and spearheading George McGovern's campaign. Following His Own Path (9:15) Ben compares his interests to his father's drive to make a difference rather than join the movie business. Behind the Scenes of Turner Classic Movies (12:08) Ben describes auditioning for TCM and having long discussions about movies, playing to his strengths. Ben says seeing The Barefoot Contessa on TCM right after his audition felt like a good omen he'd get the job because it was a Mankiewicz movie. Ben's Takes on Classic Films (20:53) Ben argues audiences over time, not just critics, determine what becomes a classic film based on emotional impact. Ben names Paths of Glory and Casablanca as his favorites for their emotional resonance. On the Waterfront and the Problem with Kazan (33:47) Ben expresses admiration for On the Waterfront, acknowledging its brilliance and emotional depth, particularly praising Eva Marie Saint's performance. However, he expresses disdain for Elia Kazan's decision to name names during the McCarthy era. Mank and the Family Name (41:36) Ben talks about being a Mankiewicz, and describes being incredibly moved by the 2020 biographical drama film Mank directed by David Fincher capturing Ben's grandfather Herman's spirit. Whether you're a longtime TCM fan or simply love hearing little-known details about Hollywood history straight from the source, this podcast is a must-listen. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Ben Mankiewicz Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Ben Mankiewicz: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Mankiewicz Twitter: https://twitter.com/benmank77?lang=en The Plot Thickens Podcast: https://theplotthickens.tcm.com/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Web

Duration:00:43:04

Hawk Koch (Veteran Producer and Former AMPAS & PGA President) On His Extraordinary Hollywood Career And Working With Icons

1/17/2024
Kevin Goetz is joined by veteran Hollywood producer Hawk Koch. With over 50 years in the movie business, Koch has countless stories to share from his prolific career working on classic films like Chinatown, Marathon Man, Heaven Can Wait, and Wayne's World. He offers a rare insider's perspective on working with icons like Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart, Jackie Gleason, and Barbra Streisand. Koch also provides wisdom on key lessons he's learned about the importance of telling the truth, taking care of people in the industry, and establishing your own identity. What’s in a Name? (6:49) Koch talks about changing his name at age 50 when he was bar mitzvahed, taking on the nickname "Hawk" to establish his own identity apart from his famous father, producer Howard W. Koch. Riding Horses with Clark Gable (17:28) Koch reminisces about getting his first horseback ride from Clark Gable as a young boy on a movie set. He describes feeling Gable's warmth and humanity in that brief interaction. Working with Legends (20:25) Koch shares his experience working with and being intimidated by classic actors like Jimmy Stewart and Ingrid Bergman early in his career. Icon Lightning Round (24:01) Kevin asks Hawk to give his quick impressions of industry figures he's worked with like Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Barbara Streisand. Getting His Start in Music (28:11) Hawk discusses how he got his start working in music, touring with The Dave Clark Five and getting to watch recording sessions with Frank Sinatra. Taking Care of “Family” (33:43) Koch talks about his dedication to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, taking care of people in the entertainment industry. He shares why it is important to him. Taming Faye Dunaway’s Hair (35:33) Koch tells a funny story about shooting Chinatown and director Roman Polanski pulling Faye Dunaway's hair out when it kept sticking up in a shot. Best Advice Ever Received (38:05) Koch stresses the importance of telling the truth in the movie business and not trying to mislead people. Tune in as Hawk Koch shares stories that capture the golden era of Hollywood history through his interactions with legends on set and off. But beyond the celebrity anecdotes, his emphasis on truth, care for others, and finding one's path contain valuable lessons for those both inside and outside the entertainment world. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Hawk Koch Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Hawk Koch: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawk_Koch IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0462242/ Magic Time: https://magictime.pictures/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:43:32

Nicole Brown (President of TriStar Pictures) on Creative Collaboration, Movie Test Screenings, & Keeping Audiences Engaged

1/3/2024
Kevin is joined by the President of TriStar Pictures, Nicole Brown Join host Kevin Goetz as he engages Nicole Brown in a conversation about her career evolution from child actor to President of TriStar Pictures. Tracing her early acting jobs to producing and executive roles, Brown imparts thoughtful wisdom on creative collaboration, test screenings, and keeping audiences engaged. She shares insights on balancing bold artistic visions with commercial success, studio involvement, and the importance of innovation. From her experiences shepherding original films like The Woman King, Baby Driver, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Brown offers revelations on what goes into crafting compelling films. She also has advice for emerging talent looking to push the industry forward. Early Life and Career (4:23) Brown describes getting bitten by the acting bug as a child growing up in Culver City, California. She began booking commercials and roles in shows she watched on TV. She reflects on how quickly acting went from an extracurricular activity to a central part of her young life. Transition to Producing (6:05) When Brown attended Columbia University, she began realizing that she derived more joy from facilitating creative projects behind the scenes than being on camera. Internship with Marc Platt (11:08) After college, Brown landed a career-changing summer internship with powerhouse producer Marc Platt. She sat in on his meetings at a major studio and soaked up his openness to ideas. Insights on Studio-Filmmaker Collaboration (19:24) Brown stresses that every film requires a different type of creative dance between the studio and the director. She notes that the studio's level of involvement often depends on the director's proven track record and the film's genre. The Origin Story of The Woman King (25:16) Brown traces how the idea for The Woman King originated when Viola Davis approached her eager to play a fierce African general leading an elite female army. Elements of Successful Theatrical Films in a Changing Landscape (31:19) Brown believes today's films require a sense of spectacle, urgency, and relevance that makes audiences eager to experience them immediately on the big screen. The Power of Test Screenings (36:28) Brown values seeing real audiences experience a film during test screenings. Beyond just the questionnaire data, she learns a great deal from the crowd's audible reactions and body language. Advice to Emerging Talent (40:21) Brown urges the next generation to fully immerse themselves in cinematic history and all forms of storytelling. But she also challenges them to then throw out the rulebook and bring completely new, bold ideas to revolutionize filmmaking. Tune in as host Kevin Goetz and Nicole Brown unpack valuable filmmaking lessons. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Nicole Brown Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Nicole Brown: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Brown_(film_executive) IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0114352/ Sony Pictures: https://www.sonypictures.com/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website:

Duration:00:43:31

Marc Evans (Former Paramount Chief & Producer) on the Triumphs and Mistakes of Making Some of Hollywood's Biggest Blockbusters

12/20/2023
Kevin is joined by producer and former head of Paramount Pictures, Marc Evans Marc Evans is a highly respected studio executive with over 25 years of experience in the film industry. Evans worked his way up in Hollywood, becoming President of Production at Paramount Pictures. In this role, Evans oversaw the creative development and production of major blockbuster films like Mission: Impossible, Transformers, and Star Trek franchises. He has worked closely with top directors including J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, David Fincher, and Martin Scorsese. Evans provides unique insights into greenlighting films and shares some behind-the-scenes stories of mistakes and triumphs during his studio tenure. After leaving Paramount, Evans founded his own production company Marc Evans Productions which has already scored hits with Netflix's The Mother starring Jennifer Lopez, and action movie The Old Guard. The value of chaos (3:08) Kevin and Marc recall what could have been a disastrous experience of his audience being canceled for a test screening of a major studio film. Early days at Paramount Pictures (5:43) Marc talks about his early days at Paramount working as an assistant for producer Julia Chasman and executive Nick Wexler, and working with legendary producer Laura Ziskin on the first Spider-Man films. Giving blockbusters heart (12:52) Marc shares what screenwriter Alvin Sargent told him about "the pleasure of making something big good" in regards to blockbuster franchise films. Reshooting World War Z (22:59) Marc and Kevin discuss what went wrong with the original cut of World War Z and why they had to redo 40 minutes of the film, and how the resulting film resonated better with audiences. Baywatch and Monster Trucks (25:25) Marc shares why the Baywatch movie failed to connect with audiences. The pair then discuss how Monster Trucks might have worked better as a smaller family film rather than pushing it as a major tentpole release. Marc Evans Productions (31:54) Marc discusses his recent production successes including The Mother starring Jennifer Lopez, The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron, and Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. He shares that the common theme in these movies is a strong emotional core. Marc Evans has worked on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the last 20 years. His candid perspectives on succeeding - and occasionally stumbling - reveal thoughtful lessons for creating films that truly resonate with audiences. Evans believes in always staying connected to the emotional core in every project. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Marc Evans Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Marc Evans: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marc-evans-productions/about/ IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0263010/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:44:17

Steve Carr (Acclaimed Comedy Director, Writer, & Producer) on His Career, Making People Laugh, and Comedy Challenges Today

12/6/2023
Kevin is joined by prolific comedy director, writer, and producer, Steve Carr Go behind the laughs with comedy director Steve Carr as he joins host Kevin Goetz for a lively and enlightening conversation. With hit movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Daddy Day Care, and Dr. Dolittle 2 under his belt, Steve has mastered the art of crafting crowd-pleasing and enduring comedies. In this episode, you'll gain insight into Steve's journey from directing hip-hop videos in the 90s to directing comedic blockbusters. Steve also offers thoughtful perspectives on the state of comedy films today. Movies as comfort food (3:57) Steve shares a story about John Travolta, and Kevin and Steve discuss how movies like Paul Blart, Mall Cop can be like “chicken soup for the soul.” Nerves and laughs for Next Friday (09:42) Steve recounts the magical experience of hearing audiences roar with laughter at his first feature film comedy Next Friday. The state of comedy (19:46) Steve and Kevin give their opinions on why big-screen comedies are struggling lately. A change in focus (21:57) Steve shares how he's pivoting to writing more original scripts and producing in light of changes in the comedy landscape. Producing vs. directing (24:08) Steve details his experience independently producing a gritty, low-budget film and the lessons learned. Comedic influences (26:16) Steve lists his biggest comedic influences growing up, including Mel Brooks, The Odd Couple, and "Police Squad." Tune in for a fascinating conversation as Steve Carr shares tales from decades in Hollywood that reveal both the exhilaration of making people laugh and the challenges facing the genre today. Through it all, Steve retains his authentic humor and commitment to quality comedy with heart. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Steve Carr Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Steve Carr: Web: https://www.stevecarrdirector.com/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Carr IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0139867/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:30:22

Terry Press (Entertainment Marketing Veteran & Former CBS Films Chief) on Movie Marketing & Crafting Successful Campaigns

11/15/2023
Kevin is joined by award-winning entertainment marketing executive and former CBS Films President, Terry Press Terry Press has held top marketing positions at studios like Disney, DreamWorks, and CBS Films. She's known for her brilliant campaigns for films like American Beauty, Gladiator, Shrek, and many more. In this conversation, we get an insider's peek at Terry's approach to movie marketing and what makes a film truly resonate with audiences. We also hear fun behind-the-scenes stories about working with talents like Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, and David Fincher. Early Years and Love of Old Hollywood (2:47) Terry shares how her love of classic Hollywood films was fostered by her parents at a young age. Emotional Storytelling and The Sound of Music (9:07) She explains why movies like The Sound of Music and American Beauty were so successful - they touched on universal human emotions and experiences. Behind the Scenes of Testing American Beauty (18:43) We get behind-the-scenes insight into testing American Beauty and why Terry knew it would connect despite mediocre audience testing scores. Marketing Gladiator to Appeal to Women (22:05) Terry explains how she strategized marketing Gladiator and its appeal to women based on the protagonist's family tragedy. Handling Creative Conflicts (25:46) Terry comments about periodic conflicting ideas between filmmakers and studio marketing executives regarding the creation of movie trailers. Candid Takes on Industry Legends (38:10) Terry gives her candid, rapid-fire takes on industry legends like Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and more. Shyness Behind a Tough Exterior (50:07) In a vulnerable moment, Terry reveals most don't know she's quite shy, despite her perceived tough exterior. Tune in for a fascinating conversation as Terry Press provides wisdom from film marketing insights to stories about Hollywood legends to her unique personal perspective. Terry is driven by a genuine passion for great movies and storytelling, and she understands how to craft campaigns that don’t just sell films but reveal their deeper essence and meaning. It’s no wonder Terry is so respected by giants like Spielberg and Katzenberg. Her marketing mastery, authenticity, and humanity shine through in this chat. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Terry Press Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Terry Press: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-press/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/reata1956 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1437110/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:50:12

Will Gluck (Director/Producer/Writer) on Directing Hit Comedies & Audience Reactions.

11/1/2023
Kevin is joined by director, writer, and producer Will Gluck to discuss crafting comedy on screen and the intricacies of the testing process. Will Gluck has had an impressive career directing hit comedies like Easy A, Friends with Benefits, the Annie remake, and the Peter Rabbit films. He's also been behind popular TV shows such as The Michael J. Fox Show. In this candid, and often hilarious conversation, Will discusses his journey from TV writer to film director, his process on set, experiences testing movies with audiences, and thoughts on the state of romantic comedies in theaters. Will brings a valuable perspective as an audience-focused director who constantly shapes his films based on feedback. So, whether you're a film buff or just love a good laugh, this conversation with Golden Globe-nominated Will Gluck is a must-listen! Thoughts on Comedy, Improvising, and Reworking Scenes (3:25) Will talks about why he gravitated to comedy, his thoughts on improvising, and why he loves to rework scenes. Catching a Break in Hollywood (8:39) Will shares a hilarious story of how being a terrible driver for the head of a production company led to him getting his first writing job. Transitioning to Feature Films and Involving Family in Films Like Easy A, Annie, and Peter Rabbit (16:46) Kevin and Will discuss Gluck's filmography including Easy A, Friends with Benefits, Annie, and the Peter Rabbit films. Will explains why he chose to make the movies he did, and the important role his family played in those decisions. Gluck's upcoming movie Anyone But You starring Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney (25:14) The pair discuss why chemistry between leads is crucial for romantic comedies, and Will talks about casting his new film, Anyone but You. Working with Tom Rothman and Sony (27:09) Gluck discusses his long history working with Sony Pictures and executive Tom Rothman. Film Focus Group Feedback and Evaluation (35:00) Gluck asks Kevin about screen testing and evaluating audiences. Kevin discusses his commitment to neutral, unbiased test screening reports, and they talk about how even great films get some bad feedback. Tune in for a fascinating insider's look at the world of test screenings, and Will's experiences in both film and TV. Make sure to check out Will’s upcoming romantic comedy Anyone But You, starring Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney. It offers a glimmer of hope for the struggling genre. Thanks as always to you, our listeners, for joining us on this journey exploring audience research and testing in Hollywood. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review or connect on social media. We look forward to bringing you more revelations from behind the scenes next time on Don't Kill the Messenger! Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Will Gluck Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Will Gluck: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willgluckwhat/ IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0323239/bio/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Gluck For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngin

Duration:00:48:04

Robbie Brenner (Mattel Films President & Producer) on Audience Testing of "Barbie" Movie & More!

10/18/2023
Kevin is joined by Academy Award-nominated producer and President of Mattel Films, Robbie Brenner who helped reinvent Barbie and create a contemporary movie classic. Robbie produced the record-breaking blockbuster movie Barbie and has had an illustrious career making acclaimed films including Dallas Buyers Club, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and that went on to win three Academy Awards. We'll hear Robbie's insider stories of how Barbie went from an idea that seemed destined to fail to the biggest comedy hit in years. She also shares her war stories guiding Barbie through development and testing, while creating the bold creative vision needed to reinvent an iconic brand by bringing on director Greta Gerwig at the suggestion of Margot Robbie. Robbie Brenner also shares her vision for Mattel Films and insight into her upcoming projects. Getting Barbie Off the Ground (8:00) Robbie shares the early development process for Barbie, and why Kevin initially thought it would fail. The High Heel and the Birkenstock (12:16) How Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach got attached to the project and shifted the tone. Behind-the-scenes stories from test screenings of Barbie (18:18) Kevin and Robbie share stories from the early screenings of Barbie, and the changes that were made to the film. Convincing Mattel (25:44) Robbie explains how she had to convince the Barbie brand team to "get comfortable with being uncomfortable" during the filmmaking process. Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels, and Barney (35:46) Robbie discusses the future slate of films based on Mattel brands, including Hot Wheels, Barney, and more. She shares the big Hollywood names attached to the projects; people like J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, and Daniel Kaluuya. The Cultural Significance of Barbie (38:33) Robbie explains how Barbie substantively unpacks cultural issues, beyond just being commercially appealing. Taking Risks (42:25) Robbie talks about having conviction as a filmmaker to take bold risks, even if you "fail miserably.” Tune in for an entertaining glimpse behind the scenes of a contemporary classic in the making. Robbie brings an infectious energy as she shares anecdotes that capture the importance of conviction and the power of meaningful storytelling in producing great films. Robbie has an innate sense for compelling stories, a passion for telling them authentically, and the talent relationships and tenacity to get films made. Her insights into utilizing audience research to craft satisfying endings, grabbing viewer attention early, and leaning into a filmmaker's unique voice reveal why she's been behind so many memorable movies. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Robbie Brenner Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, and Kari Campano For more information about Robbie Brenner: Mattel Films: https://corporate.mattel.com/robbie-brenner IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0107509/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Brenner For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:46:49

Todd Black & Jason Blumenthal (Prolific Producers) on Filmmaking, Development, and Audience Testing!

10/4/2023
Kevin is joined by the acclaimed producing team Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal, who give rare insights into their creative process and share lessons learned from decades of successful filmmaking. In this episode, Kevin Goetz sits down with two of the most prolific, decorated, and respected producers in the business - Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. As partners at Escape Artists, Jason and Todd have produced an incredible array of award-winning films spanning over 20 years. From critical and commercial hits like The Pursuit of Happyness, The Equalizer franchise, Seven Pounds, and Being the Ricardos, they have cultivated a reputation for making character-driven films with soul and meaning. Jason Blumenthal’s Superpower [05:05] Jason believes his superpower is being able to "create something from nothing" when developing film ideas. Landing Denzel Washington for The Equalizer franchise [10:59] After years of relationship building, Todd and Jason landed Denzel for The Equalizer by paying for the rights themselves and developing the script extensively before showing him. The importance of character-driven movies [24:30] Todd emphasizes having likable characters that audiences connect with as the key ingredient for successful films. Nerves before every test screening [28:38] Both Todd and Jason discuss their intense anxiety and physical symptoms before every test screening. Despite the nerves, the trio discuss how important the test screening process has been for the success of their films. Memorable test screening moments that shaped their films [31:56] To illustrate how important it is to listen to the audience, the producing pair discusses how cutting a love story from Equalizer 3 significantly improved test scores. Will Smith's insight on why endings matter most to audiences [43:13] After a test screening of The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith surprised the audience and gave Jason a valuable piece of advice about the importance of a good ending. Tune in to hear Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black offer invaluable insights into producing in this wide-ranging conversation with host Kevin Goetz. The pair explain their creative ethos, share how test screenings have shaped their films, and recall sage advice received over their decades-long careers. Their passion for the test screening process illustrates a deep commitment to the audience above all else. With candor and humor, Jason and Todd impart hard-won lessons about the importance of likable characters, owning mistakes, and maintaining integrity in Hollywood. Their openness provides a rare look inside the art and craft of great producing. Host: Kevin Goetz Guests: Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, & Kari Campano For more information about Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal: Escape Artists: https://escapeartists.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/escapeartistsentertainment/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_Artists For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:45:40

Antoine Fuqua (Acclaimed Director & Producer) on his Extraordinary Path, Filmmaking, Audience Testing, & More

9/20/2023
Kevin is joined by acclaimed filmmaker, Antoine Fuqua. Antoine Fuqua, director and producer, is known for his work on the films Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, and The Equalizer. Kevin Goetz sits down with renowned Hollywood director Antoine Fuqua. They discuss Fuqua's extraordinary path from the tough streets of Pittsburgh to directing blockbusters and working with some of the greatest actors of our time. Fuqua opens up about his encounter with gun violence at age 15, which shaped his artistic style and pursuit of cinematic realism. He shares behind-the-scenes stories about working with Denzel Washington in Training Day, the value he gleans from test screenings, and his upcoming Michael Jackson biopic. Fuqua also provides insight into his intense focus on actors, self-criticism, and mission to keep evolving as a director who can capture the human condition under pressure. Childhood Shooting (2:26) Fuqua recalls being randomly shot at age 15 while running an errand in Pittsburgh. The traumatic event gave him a visceral sense of violence and mortality. He remembers the shooting like a vivid movie scene engraved in his mind. Acting Process (11:34) Fuqua explains his deep reverence for actors. Fuqua believes in giving actors space to use their own creative process and not interfering in their "magic." “In the Moment Filmmaking” with Denzel Washington (14:18) Fuqua shares a story from Training Day when he was so absorbed watching Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke improvise in character that he forgot to call "cut." He stresses filmmakers must sometimes "get out of their own way" and just feel unscripted moments unfold. Test Screenings (16:48) The pair discuss test screenings, and Fuqua shares that even though he is tortured by the test screening process, he considers it a blessing. Fuqua discusses his love for the audience and how the feedback exposes blind spots and forces him to see the film through their eyes. Michael Jackson Biopic (21:56) Fuqua reveals details on his upcoming Michael Jackson biography produced by Graham King. He was drawn to the project by Jackson's global impact and complicated life. Fuqua aims to look beyond tabloid headlines to capture the man underneath. Men Under Pressure (27:24) Fuqua discusses men under pressure, a major theme in his filmmaking, and how he is drawn to telling stories about people making tough choices that test their morals and define their character. Tune in for a fascinating discussion that provides rare insight into the mindset of visionary director Antoine Fuqua. From his rough upbringing to directing actors like Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Will Smith, and Jake Gyllenhaal, he explains how his background shaped his directorial style and gift for portraying the human condition. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Antoine Fuqua Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, & Kari Campano For more information about Antoine Fuqua: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antoinefuqua/ IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0298807/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_Fuqua For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenE

Duration:00:34:58

Evgeny Afineevsky (Documentary Director & Producer) on Raising Awareness of Global Issues Through Film & Driving Positive Change

9/7/2023
Kevin is joined by Oscar and Emmy Nominated Director and Producer, Evgeny Afineevsky. Evgeny Afineevsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker Kevin Goetz is joined by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky. The pair discuss Afineevsky’s unlikely journey from childhood in the Soviet Union and Israel to becoming an Oscar-nominated director. Afineevsky shares behind-the-scenes stories about making powerful documentaries like Cries from Syria, Winter on Fire, which turned the world’s attention to the rising conflict in Ukraine, and Francesco, which offered him rare access to Pope Francis. He also provides insight into his filmmaking philosophy and drive to create documentaries that educate, inspire action, and work as tools for positive change in the world. From the former Soviet Union to Israel and an early mentor in Menahem Golan (01:41) Starting from his childhood fascination with filmmaking in the Soviet Union, Evgeny describes seeing rare foreign movies in Russia during the 1980s, like Gone with the Wind, that offered a glimpse outside the USSR. After moving to Israel, Afineevsky recounts meeting Menahem Golan and coming to Hollywood in the 1990s. Oscar nomination for Winter on Fire and meeting Volodymyr Zelenskyy (15:35) The pair discuss Evgeny’s transition to highly impactful documentaries like the Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire and how Afineevsky first met Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2016, years before he became the president of Ukraine. Documentaries and PTSD (23:02) Afineevsky describes the risks he took to make his documentaries, and how the effects of making these films in war zones caused him to develop PTSD. A close relationship with Pope Francis (23:41) Afineevsky shares how he developed a close bond with Pope Francis and how he gained unprecedented access to him for the documentary Francesco. Afineevsky describes Francis becoming godfather to his son and their personal friendship. Making movies that matter (34:58) The pair discuss parenthood and how having a child motivated Afineevsky to make movies that can change the world. Upcoming projects (40:52) Afineevsky talks about his most recent documentary about Ukraine’s fight for freedom, Freedom on Fire. He also mentions potential upcoming projects, including one about Ukrainian children abducted by Russia. Tune in to hear this compelling interview with acclaimed documentary director Evgeny Afineevsky, which provides an intimate glimpse into his inspiring life journey, from gaining unprecedented access to Pope Francis for Francesco to making Oscar-nominated films like Winter on Fire. Afineevsky offers wisdom on documentary filmmaking and shares his vision for how movies can raise awareness of global issues to drive positive change in the world. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Evgeny Afineevsky Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman and Kari Campano For more information about Evgeny Afineevsky: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evgeny_Afineevsky IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1017958/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/evgeny_director For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: : https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEng

Duration:00:43:20

Peter Bart (Legendary Studio Executive, Producer, & Journalist) on Shaping Modern Hollywood

8/16/2023
Kevin is joined by Hollywood journalist and studio executive, Peter Bart. Peter Bart, Journalist and Hollywood Executive Over an influential career spanning over 50 years, Peter Bart has played a key role in shaping modern Hollywood. He began as a journalist at The New York Times before becoming a studio executive at Paramount in the late 1960s and 70s, overseeing movies like The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown. He later served as Editor-in-Chief of Variety for nearly 30 years. Today, Bart continues to be a prominent voice through his writing for Deadline. With his vast experience and perspective, Bart remains a living legend in the world of movies. Early career in journalism (05:16) Peter shares how he got his start in journalism by asking outrageous questions. The New York Times sent Bart to Hollywood to cover the rise of TV, but he was drawn to the fascinating economics of the movie business. Getting Into the Movie Business (08:15) Bart became friends with Bob Evans, who brought him to Paramount as head of production despite no film experience. They reinvented the studio by making artistic, character-driven films based on novels vs big-budget spectacles. Reinventing Hollywood (13:09) Bart bought rights to novels and quality scripts like The Godfather. He shares how he wanted to make it an art film, but its popularity pushed the studio to make it more commercial. Bart shares how he and Evans often made movies without studio oversight in order to take creative risks on movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Paper Moon, and Harold and Maude. Drama with Frank Sinatra (22:43) Peter shares a behind-the-scenes story from Rosemary’s Baby. Director Roman Polanski’s demanding style angered Frank Sinatra, husband of the film's star Mia Farrow. Returning to Journalism with Variety (27:01) Bart shares that after 18 years making films, he wanted to tell the story of Hollywood’s shifts - filmmaker power transitioning to dealmakers/businessmen running studios. The Future of Theatrical Films (43:09) Kevin and Peter discuss the value of the theatrical experience. As the way people watch movies is changing, Bart believes audience energy hugely enhances films. He shares how the new generation is losing out by only streaming at home. Tune in to hear Peter Bart share invaluable insights from his legendary career spanning studio executive leadership and entertainment. He provides a unique window into the reinvention of Hollywood in the 1960s and 70s, greenlighting seminal films like The Godfather. Peter makes an impassioned case for retaining the irreplaceable theatrical experience. With unmatched experience across epochs of the film industry, Peter's perspectives are a must-listen for any cinema fan. Host: Kevin Goetz Guests: Peter Bart Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, Kari Campano For more information about Peter Bart: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Bart Deadline: https://deadline.com/author/peter-bart/ Variety: https://variety.com/author/peter-bart/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:47:20

David Madden (Emmy-Winning Producer and Studio Executive) on Filmmaking, Major Industry Shifts, and his Pioneering New Role

8/2/2023
Kevin is joined by David Madden, Emmy-winning producer and studio executive. David Madden, Producer Kevin Goetz is joined by acclaimed entertainment executive David Madden. David has had a fantastic career spanning over four decades in the film, television, and streaming industry. He's been on the front lines developing and overseeing some of the most acclaimed shows of our time. He has successfully produced movies like Runaway Bride, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and Save the Last Dance. As president of Fox Broadcasting and AMC Studios, David helped shepherd iconic series, including The Shield, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and The Americans. Currently, David is head of global entertainment for Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, an innovative division of Wattpad WEBTOON built around discovering undiscovered writers and creators on its online storytelling platforms, then turning their work into movies, shows, and animated projects. Early Career at Fox (06:55) David talks about getting his start in the early 1980s as a script reader at Fox after months of unsuccessfully trying to get a job there. He learned the importance of giving constructive feedback on scripts rather than being snarky and dismissive. Rising Through the Ranks (13:53) Working his way up at Fox, David discusses collaborating with producer Robert Cort on films like Romancing the Stone. He gained insights into developing scripts and making movies more marketable. David shares his experience moving to Paramount as an executive in the mid-1980s, overseeing major box office hits like Fatal Attraction and The Untouchables. The Sopranos and Embracing Prestige Television (18:04) David explains having an "aha moment" watching The Sopranos, realizing television could offer the same depth and sophistication as feature films. This led him to pivot his career to focus on premium cable series. Hits Across Cable Networks (19:50) As an executive, David helped develop acclaimed and award-winning shows, including The Shield at FX, The Americans, The Walking Dead, and Better Call Saul. Running Programming (21:57) David discusses serving as President of Programming at both Fox Broadcasting and AMC Networks. At Fox, he oversaw the meteoric success of Empire. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios (27:32) David details his current role leading content for Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, which discovers creators on its online storytelling platforms and turns their IP into entertainment properties. David explains how Wattpad operates, with over 90 million users worldwide uploading hundreds of millions of stories. Tune in to hear David take us on a fascinating journey from his beginnings as a script reader to overseeing some of the most acclaimed shows on television. Join Kevin and David for insightful perspectives on the major shifts happening in the business, from the disappearance of mid-budget films to the explosion of streaming. His current pioneering role at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios shows how data and technology can empower new voices and transform how content is created. David’s passion for storytelling and nurturing talent shine through in everything he does, and his career is a masterclass in adapting to industry change.

Duration:00:42:20

John Davis (Prolific Producer & Entrepreneur) on Filmmaking, the Art of Negotiation, and Perseverance

7/19/2023
Kevin is joined by John Davis, prolific producer and founder of Davis Entertainment. John Davis, Producer, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Davis Entertainment Kevin Goetz is joined by John Davis, a renowned producer and the founder of Davis Entertainment. This powerhouse production company has left an indelible mark on the film and television industry. With an impressive list of credits to his name, Davis has consistently delivered captivating projects that have resonated with audiences worldwide. From high-octane action blockbusters like Predator, I, Robot, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to heartwarming family favorites like Dr. Dolittle and Garfield, Davis has demonstrated an exceptional range and an eye for engaging storytelling. In addition to his success in film, Davis has made significant contributions to television as an executive producer on critically acclaimed series such as The Blacklist and The Player. With Davis Entertainment as his platform, he continues to push boundaries, captivate audiences, and shape the future of storytelling in film and television. Entrepreneurship and John’s Secret Sauce (03:10) John discusses his love for entrepreneurship and how he sees producing movies as similar to starting a new company. John credits his success to having mass taste and understanding what audiences want to see. Giving Back (15:30) John and Kevin discuss the importance of giving back and how John and his wife have been passionate about providing scholarships and supporting educational institutions. Grumpy Old Men (21:28) John shares the determined process of getting this hit film made, including committing to produce another movie just to get Walter Matthau on board. Audience Reactions and Test Screenings (28:14) John and Kevin discuss the role of audience reactions in shaping a movie's success and share stories of screening experiences that made a significant impact, including how testing Jungle Cruise changed the movie. Waterworld: A Challenged Production (42:01) John discusses his involvement in the film Waterworld, addresses the controversy and difficulties it faced, and how he turned it into a positive. Personal Favorites (46:42) John reveals three movies that hold a special place in his heart and encapsulate his journey as a producer. He talks about the impact and significance of Dolomite, Predator, and Grumpy Old Men on his career and personal growth. Tune in for a candid conversation with renowned producer and entrepreneur John Davis as he shares captivating stories and valuable insights from his prolific career. Join us as we explore the art of negotiation, the power of perseverance, and the lessons learned from both successes and failures. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: John Davis Producer: Kari Campano Writers: Kevin Goetz, Darlene Hayman, Kari Campano For more information about John Davis: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Davis_(producer) IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0204862/ Davis Entertainment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Entertainment For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: ww

Duration:00:48:26

Cathy Schulman (Award Winning Producer) Discusses Filmmaking, the Audience Testing Process, and her Advocacy for Women in the Entertainment Industry

7/6/2023
Kevin is joined by Academy Award-winning producer and activist, Cathy Schulman. Cathy Schulman, Producer Cathy Schulman is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry, using her platform to advocate for gender equality and empowering women. In this episode, Schulman opens up about her journey, sharing how her own experiences of sexism, harassment, and bullying ignited a deep passion for change. Cathy is committed to producing content that appeals to diverse audiences, particularly women and girls. The pair also discuss Cathy's Academy Award win for the film Crash and her experiences working on projects such as The Illusionist, Bad Moms, The Woman King, and Showtime’s The First Lady. A commitment to Diversity and Representation (03:17) Cathy Schulman discusses her advocacy for women in the entertainment industry, which stems from her personal experiences with sexism and harassment. Cathy shares what motivated her to become involved in organizations like Women in Film and ultimately establish her organization, ReFrame. Crash and the Academy Awards (08:50) Cathy shares what it was like to hear the name of her movie read at the Academy Awards. She talks about her prepared speech for the Oscars, which accidentally ended up being genocide statistics instead. Despite the unexpected turn, she spoke from the heart and thanked her husband and inspirations. Inspirations (12:39) Kevin asks Cathy about her primary inspiration in the film industry and Cathy talks about Barbara Boyle, the first woman to run a Hollywood studio and one of the founders of Women in Film. Audience Research and The Woman King (19:26) Cathy and Kevin discuss the audience testing process, and how it improved The Woman King. Cathy shares her view that pace, length, and clarity are the keys to the audience research process. Testing her upcoming project, The Idea of You (34:52) Cathy talks about her upcoming project, The Idea of You, starring Anne Hathaway. She shares some of the testing insights on the project. Representation and Women in Film (44:46) Cathy discusses the organization Women in Film, and the research that she has done to advance representation in the film industry. She focuses on the economics of representation and catering to a diverse audience. Tune in to hear Cathy and Kevin discuss the importance of listening to the audience, the challenges of filmmaking, Cathy's involvement with Women in Film, and her project, ReFrame, aimed at creating systemic change in the industry. Through her advocacy, she has emerged as a true champion for gender equality, inspiring others to challenge the status quo and rewrite the narrative, creating a future where every woman's voice is heard and valued. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Cathy Schulman Producer: Kari Campano For more information about Cathy Schulman: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0776072/ Women in Film: https://www.instagram.com/womeninfilmla/ Welle Entertainment: https://www.welleent.com/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:51:26

Will Packer (Film & Television Producer) Discusses his Career, Making Movies that Resonate with Audiences, and More!

6/21/2023
Kevin is joined by Will Packer, acclaimed filmmaker and founder of Will Packer Productions. Will Packer, Producer Kevin Goetz is joined by industry trailblazer, Will Packer. A film and two-time Emmy-nominated producer, Packer is a mastermind when it comes to captivating audiences with stories that resonate across cultural boundaries. From his early days as a student filmmaker at Florida A&M University to the powerhouse behind hits like Think Like a Man, Girls Trip, and Straight Outta Compton, Will Packer has devoted his career to making movies that resonate with the audience. With an unyielding dedication to diversity and inclusivity, he has opened doors for underrepresented voices in the industry. Beverly Hills Cop and Packer’s early influences (07:15) Packer fondly recalls the impact of watching movies as a child and how they served as an escape and source of inspiration. He cites Beverly Hills Cop as a significant movie that made him realize the power of representation and humor, featuring a charismatic black lead who became a hero on screen. From an engineer to a DIY filmmaker (08:11) Will explains that his analytical mindset, combined with his creative inclinations, gives him a unique perspective. Packer shares the story of his persistence in securing a screening for his first film,Chocolate City, where the film garnered an enthusiastic response from the audience. The movie resonated with viewers portraying a world they could relate to. Creating inclusive movies with universal themes (11:21) Packer discusses how movies in the past were often exclusive, designed for specific audiences, but his aim is to create inclusive films with universal themes, featuring black characters but accessible to all. Diversity leads to success (28:57) Will and Kevin emphasize the value of diversity in the business world, stating that having more voices in the room leads to increased success. The pair agree that a creative industry thrives when there is a variety of perspectives and experiences represented. Creating content that people love (34:40) Kevin and Will discuss the importance of creating movies and media that people "love", not just "like". In this oversaturated media market, he focuses on creating movies that people are passionate about and will rush to tell their friends about. Producing the Oscars and the “slap heard ‘round the world” (37:42) Will talks about his experience producing the 2022 Academy Awards, a production that earned him an Emmy nomination. Will goes into the challenges of producing the Oscars, and how Chris Rock saved the show. Tune in to hear Will Packer's journey in the industry, starting from his early influences and his passion for storytelling, to his contributions to the entertainment industry and his commitment to championing underrepresented voices. Host: Kevin Goetz Guests: Will Packer Producer: Kari Campano For more information about Will Packer: Website: https://www.willpacker.com/home Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willpackerproductions/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/willpowerpacker For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:49:02

Marty Bowen & Wyck Godfrey (Powerhouse Producing Duo) Discuss Filmmaking, their Partnership Success, & More

6/7/2023
Kevin is joined by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, powerhouse producers and founders of Temple Hill Entertainment. Marty Bowen, Producer Wyck Godfrey, Producer and Former Studio Head Kevin Goetz is joined by two exceptional guests who have produced some of the most popular entertainment of recent years. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are the dynamic duo behind Temple Hill Entertainment. With a list of credits that includes blockbuster franchises like The Twilight Saga and The Maze Runner Trilogy, as well as critically acclaimed films like The Fault in Our Stars and First Man, these two industry powerhouses have left an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape. Their collaboration has yielded television hits such as FX's Dave, ABC's Revenge, and Hulu's Love, Victor. Marty and Wyck’s background and early careers (3:12) Wyck discusses his start in the film industry as an intern at New Line Cinema, his journey to becoming an executive, and his first project, National Lampoon's Spring Break. Marty talks about growing up in a small town in Texas, his international experiences, and the moment he decided to pursue a career in the movie business after watching Dances with Wolves. Roommates and the beginning of a partnership (7:19) Marty and Wyck reminisce about their early days as roommates, the excitement of pursuing their dreams in Hollywood, and the formation of their enduring partnership. A surprising screening of The Fault in Our Stars (14:49) Kevin recounts the surprisingly popular screening of The Fault in Our Stars. Godfrey shares how he tracked down John Green at a book signing, and how their shared love for Liverpool football led to their collaboration. Running a studio (22:31) Wyck shares his experience transitioning from being a producer to running the studio. He talks about the moment Jim Gianopulos offered him the opportunity and how he felt the need for a change. Marty Bowen reflects on Wyck's decision and compares it to his own transition from an agent to a producer. Lessons from Paramount (24:48) Kevin asks Wyck to share how his experience at Paramount helped the partnership when he returned to Temple Hill Entertainment. The discussion turns to the marketing of Smile and how the studio experience drove the distribution decisions. Superpowers (35:39) Kevin asks Marty and Wyck to discuss the other’s superpower, and what follows is an insightful discussion of the production partnership, and why it has been so successful. Tune in to hear Marty and Wyck discuss their partnership, their journey in the film industry, and their experiences working on various projects. The podcast episode also highlights their first projects, their partnership chemistry, and their mutual respect for each other's talents. Host: Kevin Goetz Guests: Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey Producer: Kari Campano For more information about Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen: Temple Hill Entertainment: https://www.templehillent.com/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Hill_Entertainment For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:40:49

Jim Gianopulos (Former Studio Chairman/CEO) on Making Successful Movies, Greenlighting Projects, & More!

5/18/2023
Kevin is joined by Jim Gianopulos, former studio head of 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures. Jim Gianopulos, Studio Head Jim Gianopulos is a highly influential executive in the entertainment industry, known for his visionary leadership. With a career spanning decades, he has made significant contributions to film and television, overseeing major blockbusters such as Titanic, Avatar, and more recently, Maverick: Top Gun. Under Jim’s leadership at Paramount Pictures, he took a studio that was at an operating loss of nearly $500 million a year and built it into a significantly profitable studio. Gianopulos is celebrated for his exceptional creative instincts, strategic acumen, and unwavering dedication to storytelling, making him one of the most influential figures in modern cinema. Influential filmmakers and the privilege of running a studio (10:42) Jim talks about his early influencers in the film industry such as Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes, his Greek heritage, and the privilege of running a studio. Searchlight's Marketing Strategy (20:57) Jim and Kevin talk about Searchlight's brilliant marketing strategy, and how they took creative risks on movies like Slumdog Millionaire. Ice Age (27:02) Jim shares a story about the almost missed opportunity with Ice Age, the decision to keep it, and the success of the franchise. Avatar's Budget (30:12) Jim talks about the challenges of greenlighting Avatar due to its expensive budget and new technology. He shares what it was like to work with James Cameron on the blockbuster film. Castaway's Ending (34:50) Jim discusses the audience screening of Castaway and how audience reaction led to a change in the film’s ending that was crucial to its success. Testing Movies with Audience Feedback (39:28) Jim and Kevin discuss the importance of testing movies with audience feedback and how it helps to serve the audience better. The Release of Top Gun: Maverick (45:12) Jim talks about the pressure and decision-making process behind the release of the movie Maverick during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Changing Entertainment Landscape and the Green-Lighting Process (48:23) Jim discusses his thoughts on the future of movie theaters and why he believes they will always exist. The conversation turns to the flexibility of film distribution and how movies can be moved between theatrical releases and streaming platforms. Tune in to hear Kevin and Jim discuss Jim’s career in the movie industry and his guiding principles for making successful movies. Throughout the conversation, Jim stresses the importance of making bold decisions and taking calculated risks. The pair discuss the importance of audience feedback and testing in making successful movies, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the movie industry in the current landscape. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Jim Gianopulos Producer: Kari Campano For more information about Jim Gianopulos: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Gianopulos IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1963549/ For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:50:59

Mark Gordon (Film & Television Producer) on Filmmaking, Getting into Television, and More!

5/3/2023
Kevin is joined by Mark Gordon, film and television producer, Academy Award nominee, and Golden Globe winner. Mark Gordon, Producer Mark Gordon, a visionary producer and executive in the entertainment industry, boasts an impressive array of career highlights. From producing critically acclaimed dramas to commercially successful films, his portfolio is a testament to his creative prowess. Notable highlights include producing groundbreaking television series like Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds, as well as blockbusters such as Saving Private Ryan and Speed. With a knack for identifying compelling projects and pushing boundaries, Gordon has solidified his status as a true trailblazer. His exceptional talent and creative vision have been recognized with industry honors including Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards, PGA Awards, and an Acadamy Award nomination. Early beginnings and challenges (8:24) Mark Gordon talks about his decision to go to film school and focus on producing, despite the fact that film schools were primarily for aspiring directors and writers. Mark Gordon talks about his early struggles in the entertainment industry and how he picked himself up after feeling like a failure. Swing Kids and the making of Speed (15:50) Kevin and Mark talk about the making of the movie Swing Kids, the background of the movie, and the cast. Mark goes on to discuss the development and production of the movie Speed, including how it was almost made at Paramount, the surprising audience test screening, and the unexpected success it had at the box office. Saving Private Ryan and the challenges of screenwriting(24:08) Mark discusses how he got involved in producing the movie Saving Private Ryan, including the process of developing the story with Bob Rodat and pitching it to studios. Mark shares the story of keeping the involvement of Steven Spielberg a secret from the studio. Transitioning to television and Grey’s Anatomy (31:09) Mark discusses his transition from producing movies to producing television, including his first project with Shonda Rhimes. Mark Gordon talks about his early creative relationship with Shonda Rhimes and his involvement with Grey's Anatomy, including casting decisions and the editing process. Mark shares his philosophy on producing and how sometimes the best thing a producer can do is get out of the way. Full circle (40:25) Mark addresses his decision to leave Hollywood for New York and London. Kevin and Mark talk about their mutual background and love for New York, and Mark’s current project, The Life of Pi on Broadway. Tune in to hear Kevin and Mark and their fascinating conversation about producing film and television. Host: Kevin Goetz Guest: Mark Gordon Producer: Kari Campano For more information about Mark Gordon: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330428/ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gordon_(producer) For more information about Kevin Goetz: Website: www.KevinGoetz360.com Audienceology Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Audience-ology/Kevin-Goetz/9781982186678 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @KevinGoetz360 Linked In @Kevin Goetz Screen Engine/ASI Website: www.ScreenEngineASI.com

Duration:00:46:41