Special Minisode with Herman Phillips and Heather Wagner of Cinapse
21 godzin temu
34:57Very excited to share my chat with Herman Phillips (COO) and Heather Wagner (Co-Founder/Product Architect). They are two of the brains behind Cinapse, our sponsor for the last 3 episodes. Cinapse is an app that streamlines workflows for film and television crews, cast members, and studio employees. By digitizing the background voucher system, a painful process that usually requires a TON of forms, data entry, and frustrated individuals, Cinapse is revolutionizing production at large. It's one of those unsexy time sucks in production that ADs, production and accounting deal. It's time that could be spent more wisely. During our chat, we dive into the story behind how the idea came about, why producers should know about it and how this the technology it provides will positively impact the process of making a film for everyone involved---from crew to accountants. To book a demo of Cinapse, got to www.cinapse.io/book-a-demo. Fill out a brief form, and a Cinapse representative will be in touch to schedule a Zoom call! Beijos, CG
Eva Price - Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer of Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!, & Many More!
57:44**This episode is brought to you by Cinapse. Cinapse is an app that streamlines workflows for film and television crews, cast members, and studio employees. What they are building is truly game changer and I’ll be doing a deep dive with them in the upcoming weeks. Follow @cinapse for more.** _______ Here we are, the final episode of 2022! I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by, can you? As we wind down and cozy up into this season of rest and reflection, I hope you truly take the time to celebrate your wins, learn from your blindspots, and continue to do your best daily. Wise people tell me that’s what life is all about. Eva Price is a prime example of betting on yourself. She is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer with over 18 successful Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts under her belt. Notably called “Broadway’s Powerhouse Entrepreneur”, some of her award-winning shows include Oklahoma!, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Dear Evan Hansen, Peter and the Starcatcher, Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Eva grew up in Boston and earned a degree in Political Communication at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After five years as an assignment editor in ABC News, Eva quit her prestigious and lucrative job to pursue her dream of becoming a Broadway producer. A decade later, she’s now produced multiple Tony, Olivier, and GRAMMY Award-winning shows on Broadway! Currently, Eva is producing an upcoming Broadway show & Juliet which opens on November 17. Eva is also preparing for a new important musical opening in Los Angeles in May 2023, called Transparent. Gems from this episode include: Navigating the exhausting but fulfilling world of theater The importance of humility despite being a successful producer How producers empower their communities through art Xoxo CG SAY HI instagram.com/carolinagroppa instagram.com/angleonproducers twitter.com/carolinagroppa SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER! bit.ly/aop_newsletter
Nie przegap odcinka z kanału “Angle on Producers with Carolina Groppa”! Subskrybuj bezpłatnie w aplikacji GetPodcast.
Barbara Whitman - Producer of the Tony Award Winning Musical "A Strange Loop"
57:07***This episode is brought to you by Cinapse. Cinapse is an app that streamlines workflows for film and television crews, cast members, and studio employees. What they are building is truly game changer and I’ll be doing a deep dive with them in the upcoming weeks. Follow them @cinapse for more.*** Barbara Whitman is a theater producer who made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Comb and Phylicia Rashad, An impressive lady, she has won multiple Tony and Drama League Awards for producing musicals like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fun Home, The Humans and of course, A Strange Loop, which I was lucky enough to see on Broadway back in August. In 2021, she established the Barbara Whitman Award at Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, SDCF for sure. The award will be given annually to a female, trans, or non-binary early career director. Currently, Barbara is producing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright’s new play, GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, starring Sean Hayes. The play will open on Broadway Spring 2023. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. With roots in the theater, it’s no surprise that’s she’s built a career around this art form. She has a deep passion for story, and especially for outlier stories that live outside the more commercial broadway fare. Gems from our chat include: How the definition of a producer has evolved The importance of introducing audiences to live theater Tips on how to get started producing theater Xoxo CG
Elizabeth Cantillon - Producer of PERSUASION and Principal at MRC's Bisous Pictures
54:00***This episode is brought to you by AOP's first official sponsor, Cinapse. *** Cinapse is an app that streamlines workflows for film and television crews, cast members, and studio employees. What they are building is truly game changer and I'm stoked to partner with them. Check 'em out @ cinapse.io. Thrilled to share my chat with the fierce Elizabeth Cantillon. She is a producer and principal of Bisous Pictures, a romance label under MRC Film. She most recently produced an adaptation of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION starring Dakota Johnson which is streaming on Netflix. An LA native, Elizabeth has extensive experience working as a studio executive and a producer. She also had a brief stint at UCLA where she taught screenplay development for producers. She recommended a few excellent books and resources that I highly recommend you check out. Links are in the show notes on angleonproducers.com She previously served as EVP, Production at Columbia Pictures. During her tenure there, , she oversaw Academy Award winners THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the last four installments of James Bond movies CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE. Overall, the films she has worked on as a studio executive have garnered more than $300 million at the box office worldwide. In 2014, Elizabeth left Columbia Pictures to go back to her first love of producing with a first look deal at Sony under, “The Cantillion Company.” Elizabeth is resilience and patience personified. Gems from our chat include: The difference between a studio executive’s role and a producer’s role How true gender parity in film production can be achieved The importance of setting boundaries for yourself Xoxo CG
Kara Durrett - Producer of HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL.
1:21:25Kara Durrett is an independent producer who recently produced Adamma Ebo's HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL which premiered at Sundance 2022. Kara is the reason I was brought on to HONK as a physical producer and in the process of making that film, she became a bud. She is fun to work with, in fact, she is a great time! (direct quote from Kara!) Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown give phenomenally funny performances worthy of an hour and 42 minute of your time. The film premieres on September 2nd in theaters and on Peacock. So excited for the world to see it! Check it out and tell me what you think! Kara also produced Celine Held & Logan George’s VANISHINGS AT CADDO LAKE alongside M Night Shyamalan, which is currently in Post Production. Past productions include Floyd Russ’s AYAR, which premiered at SXSW 2021, Celine Held & Logan George’s TOPSIDE, winner of both Best Technical Achievement at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, the Special Jury Award for directing at SXSW 2020, and Alex Fischer & Eleanor Wilson’s SAVE YOURSELVES!, which premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Bleecker Street. Upcoming projects are David Craig and Brian Crano’s I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU, alongside producer Joel Edgerton; As well as Laurel Parmet's THE STARLING GIRL produced alongside 2AM. Durrett’s short film work has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, and has screened in competition at Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and in the Narrative and Midnight Competitions at SXSW. Her award-winning short film CAROLINE was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards. Watch the short here: https://vimeo.com/295591903 Some gems include: -Why she loves working with first time directors and the advice she has for them -The value of learning by making mistakes -The deep respect we share for crew and how much of themselves they give to bring stories to life Beijos, Caca Sign up for my newsletter email: http://eepurl.com/gx0gvn Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angleonproducers
Amy Baer - President of Landline Pictures and Producer of JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE
1:13:27Amy Baer currently serves as President of Landline Pictures, a label within MRC Film that makes feature films about and for the 50+ audience. Launched in 2020, their first movie, JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE, directed by David Frankel, who did MARLEY & ME, is streaming now on Paramount+. Starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening, the film is based on the true story of a married couple who used a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery to win $27 million. I watched it with my dad a few weeks ago and it’s incredibly fun and heartwarming. While Amy grew up in a showbiz family, she still had to carve her own path. One thing was certain: she did not want to be an actor. During her stint at CAA in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney, she discovered the studio executive route. She eventually became President & CEO of CBS Films. She also spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw impressive films such as: MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997) ADAPTATION (2001) S.W.A.T. (2002) SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003) THE HOLIDAY (2006) MONEYBALL (2011) Amy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to raise seven figure development fund and launch Gidden Media, one of the industry’s only female-led, independently financed content incubation companies. Her first film as a producer was the 2013 hit LAST VEGAS, starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, which grossed $136MM worldwide. A devoted wife and mother of two, Amy has also found time to be Board President of Women in Film since June 2018. A few takeaways from our chat include: Soaking up as much as you can when you are in a job you dislike How leaving the studio system forced her to develop an entrepreneurial muscle And how to not take things personally
Jordana Mollick - Co-Founder of Semi-Formal Productions and Executive Producer of THE DROP OUT
52:55Celebrating 75 episodes of the show!!! Jordana Mollick is Semi-Formal’s President of Development and Production. Originally from Milwaukee, she’s worked in theater, film, television, and digital media, as well as literary management. She co-founded Black Sheep Management and Productions, which then merged with Haven Entertainment where she was a partner. In 2018, she joined forces with Michael Showalter to form Semi-Formal Productions. She produced Susanna Fogel’s first film LIFE PARTNERS, NIGHT OWLS by Charles Hood, as well as HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS for which she won the producer's award at the Independent Spirit Awards. She produced IT STARTED AS A JOKE which premiered at the 2019 SXSW film festival, and THE LOVEBIRDS, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, which was released on Netflix in May 2020. Most recently, through Semi-Formal, Jordana Executive Produced THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE for Searchlight, starring Jessica Chastain who took home the Academy Award for Best Actress, THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd for Apple TV+, and the critically acclaimed miniseries, THE DROPOUT, starring Amanda Seyfried for Hulu. This week, we dive into the importance of embracing your firsts, the parallels between producing and motherhood, and how to avoid the traps of self comparison.
Jenifer Westphal - Founder, CEO and Executive Producer at Wavelength
52:44Jenifer Westphal is the Founder and CEO at Wavelength, an Emmy-Winning film studio committed to developing, producing and financing films that tell great f**king stories. She raised and homeschool ed her 3 now adult sons — including one who is in Autism Spectrum. Once the youngest had gone off to college, she looked around her empty house and said to her husband, “I’m going to start a film company.” Jenifer was in her 50s when she decided to make the leap to producing films. Named one of Variety's "10 Producers to Watch" in 2020, Jenifer has served as executive producer for countless award-winning documentary and independent films, including the smash hits KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, and Emmy-winners FEELS GOOD MAN and ATHLETE A. Through the WAVE Grant program, she focuses on breaking barriers by taking a special interest in fostering female talent, first-time filmmakers, and creators of color. A former member of the Women of Sundance Leadership Council and Chicken & Egg Pictures, Jenifer has served as a participant on numerous panels at festivals, including Sundance Catalyst. Outside of her work in film, she serves as an advisory board member and grantor for the Good Work Foundation, an organization with the mission to lead a digitally-empowered education model for rural Africa and the world. She previously worked on political campaigns (including Walter Mondale’s 1984 run for the White House) and engaged in philanthropic work, raising funds for various individuals and events. A few takeaways from our chat include: Navigating agism in Hollywood How motherhood prepared her to be a producer What financiers expect and want filmmakers to know
Dani Melia - Producer of Lulu Wang's THE FAREWELL and Co-Founder of LOCAL TIME
1:04:54Dani Melia is an LA based producer. Her journey began with an internship at Big Beach where she eventually became an executive and worked on incredible films including Loving, Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer. Dani developed and produced Lulu Wang’s critically-acclaimed feature The Farewell starring Awkwafina, which went on to receive nominations for the Gotham Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and won two Film Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture. A beautiful bond was born and in 2021, she founded film and television production company Local Time alongside Lulu. They aim to champion emerging storytellers and focus on narrative possibilities that can open audiences to new perspectives in storytelling. Local Time has a first look TV deal at Amazon Studios. Dani is currently Executive Producing the Amazon drama series Expats, starring Nicole Kidman, based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee. A few takeaways from our chat include: Navigating risk and trusting your gut The magic of her partnership with Lulu Knowing when it’s time to leave a job
Joy Gorman Wettels - Executive Producer of 13 REASONS WHY and HOME BEFORE DARK
1:10:49Joy Gorman Wettels is a Partner at Anonymous Content, where her focus is “YI” content — Youth Impact, Intention & Inclusion. Born in Yonkers, her early years in entertainment were spent at Miramax Films in NYC and at her own management and production entity, where she sold the first pitches & scripts of now longtime collaborators out of her apartment. While at Barnard College of Columbia University, she sunk her teeth into producing with the 102nd Columbia Varsity Show written by fellow students Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt. Subsequently, she helped shepherd their Pulitzer & Tony winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL to Broadway for over a decade. Joy executive produced all 4 seasons of the hit Netflix/Paramount series 13 REASONS WHY created by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Brian Yorkey and directed by Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT). Released in 2017, 13 REASONS WHY started a global conversation around teen suicide, bullying and sexual violence. Joy completed two seasons of HOME BEFORE DARK on Apple TV+ starring Brooklynn Prince & Jim Sturgess. Gorman Wettels is currently producing a multi-part storytelling ecosystem for Warner Media inspired by Landmark Civil Rights docu-series EYES ON THE PRIZE in partnership with Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors, Melina Matsoukas, Dawn Porter and original producers BLACKSIDE. The first installment, EYES ON THE PRIZE: HALLOWED GROUND is now streaming on HBO Max alongside the original 1987 series with an all new curriculum & study guide. Joy is a delightful human who also embodies some of my favorite qualities in a producer -- tenacious, persistent, approachable, and very Italian. :) During this hour, we tackle: -How the death of her mother altered the course of her career -If faking it till you make it is good advice -The huge risk she took of leaving management behind while at Anonymous to produce