Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

United States

A one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field.


187: Ted Sarandos  

TED SARANDOS is one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2013, and has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000.  With more than 20 years' experience in the video business, Ted is a key innovator in the acquisition and distribution of films and television programs.  From its roots as a US DVD subscription rental company, Netflix is now the world's leading internet television network with over 93 million members in more than 190 countries, and received 54 Emmy Awards in 2016. In 2017, Sarandos will oversee the Network's spending of $6 Billion to produce 1,000 hours of new content. 

186: Andy Dick  

ANDY DICK is a multi-faceted comedian, writer and director who's entertained millions on both the small and big screen for over three decades. Despite his well-documented struggles with substance abuse and run-ins with the law, Andy has proven himself as a once-in-a-generation performer whose talent talent and staying power in Hollywood is undeniable. Dick started his TV comedy career as a cast member on the beloved sketch comedy program "The Ben Stiller Show," and then his big breakout role came in 1995 portraying Matthew Brock on NBC's "Newsradio". Additionally, Andy has had memorable roles in films like "Road Trip", "Old School", and "Zoolander".  

185: Rita Rudner  

Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, comedian RITA RUDNER has flourished for over three decades selling millions of tickets all over the world. She rose to fame due to a variety of HBO Specials and countless late night appearances on shows like Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, which established Rudner as one of the premiere female comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s. Rudner has filled Carnegie Hall times, and holds the Las Vegas Record for the longest running solo act, where she performed over 2,000 shows over the course of 12 years. Rudner was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for best screenplay for "Peter's Friends" which she co-wrote with her longtime writing partner and husband, Martin Bergman, and has also written for two Academy Awards with host Steve Martin. Rudner recently performed for former President Obama, and recorded her latest special, "Rita Rudner: Live from Las Vegas" for PBS as well as BBC Radio. Rudner has also written five books, including two fiction novels, "Tickled Pink", and "Turning the Tables."

184: Richie Keen  

RICHIE KEEN is a WGA Award-Winning Writer, Actor, and Director, who is making his directorial feature debut with "Fist Fight", starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, which opens February 17th. One of the resident directors on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", Keen directed the entire second season of Comedy Central's "Important Things with Demetri Martin", TV Land's "Teachers" pilot, Showtime's "Shameless", Billy Crystal's "Comedians" for FX, Chuck Lorre's new Netflix comedy "Disjointed", "New Girl" on Fox, Dennis Leary's "Sirens" for USA, "The Goldbergs" on ABC, and has has written pilots CBS, Fox, and Spike. Currently, Richie is writing, directing, and starring in the pilot "Throuple", for NBC and is also attached to direct the feature, "Partners", starring Mark Wahlberg.

183: Terry Sweeney  

TERRY SWEENEY is a prolific writer, executive producer, sketch comedian, and actor, who, in 1985, became the first open gay actor in "Saturday Night Live’s" history. Also a writer for SNL, Sweeney co-wrote the cult southern film SHAG IN 1989, wrote for FOX’S "Mad TV," WB’s sketch show "Hype," and Sci-Fi Channel’s "Tripping the Rift." As an actor, Sweeney has had memorable guest roles on syndicated hit shows like Family Matters and Seinfeld. In 2015, Sweeney released a collection of autobiographical humor essays, entitled, “Irritable Bowels and the People Who Give You Them". 

182: Jeanie Buss  

JEANIE BUSS is one of the main owners and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the 10 most valuable sports franchises in the world. Buss is the daughter of the late Dr. Jerry Buss, a real estate investor who bought the Lakers and other sports businesses when Jeanie was a teenager. At the age of 19, she started in the family business as general manager of the Los Angeles Strings professional tennis team. She later became the owner of the Los Angeles Blades professional roller hockey team, and president of the Great Western Forum, before becoming vice president of the Lakers. After her father died in 2013, his controlling ownership of the Lakers passed to her and her siblings. Since then, Buss took over as team president and represents the Lakers on the NBA Board of Governors.

181: Christopher Titus  

An extraordinary comedian/actor/director/producer and WGA-Nominated writer, CHRISTOPHER TITUS has been called “TV's most original comic voice since Seinfeld.” His comedy is part rant, part confession, part therapy, but always funny. He has released seven specials, four of which have aired on Comedy Central with one on Showtime, and his first special, "Norman Rockwell is Bleeding", based on his own dysfunctional childhood, was adapted into the hit Emmy nominated show, "Titus", which ran for three seasons on Fox, and earned him widespread critical acclaim.

180: Best of 2016 (Part 2 of 2)  

BEST OF INDUSTRY STANDARD 2016 (Part 2 of 2) features the invaluable words of wisdom of 25 more of the best guests on Industry Standard during the past year...including Steve Levitan, Howie Mandel, Paul Feig, Michael Madsen, Dave Mandel, Jay Mohr, Kevin Reilly, Scott Aukerman, James Dixon, Felipe Esparza, Jonas Larsen, Michael Rotenberg, Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, and many more!

179: Best of 2016 (Part 1 of 2)  

BEST OF INDUSTRY STANDARD 2016 (Part 1 of 2) features the invaluable words of wisdom of 25 of the best guests on Industry Standard during the past year...including Kevin Hart, Gary Marshall, Dennis Rodman, JB Smoove, Bruce Hills, Bob Lefsetz, Lisa Lampanelli, Harry Abrams, Jim Jefferies, and many more!

178: Jim Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan  

JIM GAFFIGAN worked in the advertising business on award-winning campaigns for Sierra Mist, ESPN, Saturn, and Rolling Rock, earning him Business Week's 1999 salesman of the year award. He got his first big break on “Late Show with David Letterman,” who handpicked him to develop a CBS sitcom, “Welcome to New York,” shot in the big apple. He has appeared on numerous TV series and feature films including the Dan Aykroyd series “Soul Man” and the films “Three Kings” and “Super Troopers.” Jim has been nominated for two Grammy awards, his last special was the most watched special on Comedy Central in 2014, the accompanying album was number 11 on the main Billboard charts and # 1 on the comedy charts…and in 2015, he performed at Madison Square Garden. As of June 2016, gaffigan was the most popular comic on Pandora, with over 647 million plays, while garnering over 2 1/2 million followers on twitter.

JEANNIE GAFFIGAN has a masters degree in directing from Marquette University, and went on to work at a repertory theater in Milwaukee, before she moved to New York, where she performed in sketch comedy groups and theater companies where playwrights developed original plays. Soon after, she founded the not-for-profit theater company “Shakespeare on the Playground,” dedicated to teaching literacy and production to urban youth through the performance of full shakespearean plays. Together they wrote and executive produced all 5 of Jim's award winning comedy specials (the last one directed by Jeannie)…the animated series “Pale Force,” starring Jim and Conan O'Brien, for which they received an Emmy nomination… and the most recent tv land series “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” where Jeannie received the Christopher and Elouqentia Perfecta awards for her work in television. Together they  wrote and executive produced all 22 episodes and are one of the most prolific husband and wife teams in the business.

177: Kevin Reilly  

Kevin Reilly has had a career spanning over two decades, helping to bring to life some of the greatest television shows of this, or any, generation, serving as president of 5 TV networks, including NBC, FOX, FX, and currently president of TBS and TNT.  He began his career at NBC, where he had a hand in the development of distinctive and groundbreaking hits, including the pilots of “ER,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order.”  From 1994 to 2000, Reilly served as President of Television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he was responsible for shepherding some of TV’s top shows, such as the pilot for “The Sopranos,” and the NBC hit comedies “Just Shoot Me!” And “Newsradio.” In 2000, Reilly served as President of Entertainment for FX. In that role, Reilly helped redefine the basic cable business with an aggressive slate of original quality programming including “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me.” Within a year of his arrival, FX made cable history with its seminal series, “The Shield,” which broke cable ratings records when it premiered and went on to receive a golden globe award for best drama series and an emmy award for lead actor michael chiklis. After FX, Reilly served as President of NBC from 2004-2007, where his vocal support helped ‘The Office’ survive it’s low-rated first season, and other hit shows including “My Name is Earl,” “Heroes,” “30 Rock,” and “Friday Night Lights.” In 2007, Reilly headed Fox, where he oversaw the launch of the emmy-nominated, golden globe-winning pop-culture sensation “Glee,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (which earned the Golden Globe for best comedy series in its first season), “New Girl” (Fox's highest-rated sitcom in 10 years), and “Gotham” and “Empire (2 of the biggest hits of the 2014-15 season). Since 2014, Reilly has served as the President of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer of Turner Entertainment, where in 2016, introducing “Animal Kingdom” and both dark original dramas as well and edgy comedies including “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “The Detour,” “Angie Tribeca,” “Wrecked,” and “People of Earth.”

176: Tony Cox  

TONY COX has been featured in a wide range of amazing projects, spanning some 30 years and has put him alongside some of the most respected directors and distinguished actors of our time. Tony’s box office successes have led to a total worldwide gross of over $1 billion, with scene stealing roles In the films “Bad Santa,” “Star Wars,” “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Date Movie,” “Disaster Movie,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Warrior’s Way,” And “Oz The Great And Powerful” just to name a few. He has also been featured prominently in hit TV shows like “Rescue Me” And “Martin,” as well as music videos with respected artists like Eminem, The Foo Fighters, and Snoop Dog. He is perhaps best-known for his lead role in Bad Santa, where he played Marcus, the brains of a safe cracking team, alongside Billy Bob Thornton, and for reprising his iconic role for Bad Santa 2, which just opened in nearly three-thousand theaters for the upcoming holiday season.

175: Daniel Kellison  

Daniel Kellison is an Emmy-nominated TV producer/writer and co-founder of Jackhole Industries with partners Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. Among their many shows, he co-created “Crank Yankers” and “The Man Show” and was the original executive producer of "Rosie" and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and before that, he spent eight years as a producer for “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” He has also executive produced and co-created shows with Quincy Jones, David Blaine, and Kanye West, amongst others.

174: Gary Gulman  

GARY GULMAN always loved late night television and dreamed of being a guest one day.  That dream came true and he has appeared on every late night talk show: "The Tonight Whow with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Craig Kilborn," “Conan,” "Late Night With Seth Myers," "The Pete Holmes Show," "Last Call with Carson Daly," and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  His brand of clever, original comedy was singled out by the "New York Times” who recently wrote that Gary is "One of the country’s strongest comedians.”  Gulman’s breakthrough success came after appearing on the second and third season of NBC’s stand-up showcase, "Last Comic Standing," where he was one of the runners-up in season three, and guest starred in season four. The following year, Gary was invited to join Dane Cook’s “Tourgasm" Tour, and was also featured in the series on HBO. Next up, Gulman served as host and writer for the New England Sports Network’s "Comedy All Stars Series."  Gulman has performed three times at the Nascar year end awards show, at Madison Square Garden as part of the New York Comedy Festival, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Gulman guest-starred on "Inside Amy Schemer” and his body of work includes a half-hour Showtime Network Special, two hour Comedy Central Specials, a Netflix Special, and four comedy albums.

173: Jonathan Groff  


172: Lisa Lampanelli  

If Don Rickles were a woman with a slight weight problem and a well-documented fondness for having sex with African-American men, he'd sound an awful lot like comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, comedy's lovable queen of mean. Lampanelli studied journalism at Syracuse University and Harvard, and briefly enjoyed a successful career in the magazine industry, working at 'Popular Mechanics," "Spy Magazine," and was contributor for "Hit Parader" and "Rolling Stone." Deciding journalism was not for her, she quit and became a party DJ in 1990, entertaining partygoers via the microphone. Following a trip to a comedy club, she took a course in improvisation, which led to her first successful stand-up performances in New York City in the early 1990s. Lampanelli's real rise to fame began in 2001, where she made a stand-out appearance on Comedy Central's Friar's Club Roast of Hugh Hefner and was invited back in 2002 as the only female comedian invited to roast Chevy Chase at the New York Friars club which would air on Comedy Central. One of the few white comedians to perform on BET's comic view, she became a regular guest on Howard Stern's radio show, produced her first stand-up special, "The Queen of Mean" in 2002, and her first album, "Take it Like A Man," tied into another cable special with the same title in 2006 peaked at #6 on the comedy charts. In 2006, Lampanelli made her movie debut along side fellow comic Larry the Cable Guy in his film "Health Inspector," and issued her second album, "Dirty Girl," in early 2007, with the simultaneous release of a concert DVD featuring the same material, which reached #4 on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the year...culminating in being named "Maxim Magazine's" Bachelorette of the year. In 2008, she served as roastmaster for the Larry the Cable Guy Roast, and also performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. In 2009, Lisa published her first book, a memoir "Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaks." Lampanelli's other comedy albums include "Long Live the Queen," "Tough Love," and most recently this year was again nominated for a Grammy Award-her second- for "Back to the Drawing Board." She was a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice," where she raised $130,000 for gay men's health crisis. Lampanelli is currently performing in the world premiere of her off-broadway play, "Stuffed," which explored the complexity of women's relationship to food and body image through her signature comedic style. At the Mcginn/Cazale Theater at 2162 Broadway at 76th street.


171: Best of Comedy Central  

BEST OF COMEDY CENTRAL (highlights of 3 impactful interviews): Doug Herzog is the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, he oversees MTV, VH1, Logo TV, Comedy Central, Palladia, Spike, and Epix. Before that he was the President of MTV, Comedy Central, Fox, and USA where he was instrumental in launching multiple Emmy winning shows like “South Park,” “The Daily Show,” “Colbert Report,” “Malcom in the Middle,” and “Monk.” // Jonas Larsen, is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Talent and Specials, who oversees the production and development of original specials and tentpole events such as the Emmy-nominated “Comedy Central Roast” franchise “Roast Battle,” “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “This Is Not Happening”; the upcoming “G-d Damn Comedy Jam,” and a diverse slate of specials like the Emmy Award-winning “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit, the critically acclaimed “Jeff Ross Roasts Prisoners: Live at Brazos County Jail, ” and the Peabody Award-winning “DL Hughley: The Endangered List.”// Kent Alterman is the President of Content Development & Original Programming AT Comedy Central and oversees the development and production of all original content produced by the # 1 brand in comedy, where he is responsible for incubating new voices and concepts across all the network screens. Since taking over in 2010, Alterman and his team have more than doubled the amount of original series on the air than at any time in the history of the network…creating bona fide groundbreaking franchises series for Comedy Central, including “Workaholics,” “Kroll Show,” “Brickleberry,” “Nathan for You,” and the Emmy winning “Key & Peele,” Drunk History,” and “Inside Amy Schumer” 

170: Milt Larsen  


MILT LARSEN is best known as the legendary creator and owner of historic The Magic Castle, a private club for magicians and enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Larsen (who is also a writer, actor, performer, lyricist, magician, and entrepreneur ) and his brother, the late Bill Larsen Jr., were both in television and grew up in a family of magicians. In 1936 Larsen's parents published Genii, the Conjurors Magazine, which is still in publication. In 1999, Magic magazine selected the Larsen Family as one of the 100 most influential magicians in the 20th century. Milt also created the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, California (a Victorian British music hall featuring live stage shows), The Variety Arts Theatre - Los Angeles, and Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Over 50 years ago, Larsen was a writer for the classic Ralph Edwards audience participation TV show "Truth or Consequences" starring Bob Barker and wrote the "Malibu U" television series (an audience participation shows starring Vin Scully and Jim Nabors). In 1956 Larsen produced his first all-star magic revue "It's Magic!", with a new edition playing West Coast performing arts centers annually. He appeared as the back and hands of actor Raul Julia as Gomez Addams, performing his tablecloth yank at the end of Gomez and Morticia's Tango dance in "Addams Family Values" (Paramount Pictures ). Larsen hosts a weekend radio show on CRN Digital Talk Radio called "Hear Them Again for the First Time," featuring rare antique personality recordings from his vast collection of 78 rpm recordings. He is a member with gold star MIMC of London's Magic Circle; Lifetime Achievement Award Academy of Magical Arts; President's Citation Society of American Magicians; Member International Brotherhood of Magicians; Blackstone Award, World Magic Awards; Lifetime Achievement Award Los Angeles High School; Entertainment Arts Award, Hollywood Arts Council; Drama Logue Publishers/Critics Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Los Angeles High School; In 2013 he was honored as one of the "Heroes of Hollywood" by the Hollywood Chamber Foundation and the Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters "Diamond Circle Award." In one of his proudest moments, Milt and his brother Bill were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. 


169: Jay Mohr  

JAY MOHR is a comedian, actor, best-selling author, executive producer, radio and TV host...with a career that has spanned several decades. After landing his dream job of "Saturday Night Live," 2 years later, he was cast opposite Tom Cruise in "Jerry Macquire" and that same year co-star with Jennifer Anniston in "Picture Perfect." Jay has appeared in over 25 films with some of the greatest actors and directors of our generation including "Go" (with director Doug Liman and actress Sarah Polley), "Pluto Nash" (with Eddie Murphy), "Suicide Kings" (with Christopher Walken), "Simone (with Al Pacino), "Playing by Heart" (with Ellen Burnstyn and Angelina Jolie), and "Herafter" (with director Clint Eastwood  and actor Matt Damon). He also starred in his own groundbreaking TV series produced by Joel Silver and the late Ted Demme ("Action") for FOX and starred in the critically acclaimed CBS scripted comedy "Gary Unmarried." Additionally, he wrote the best selling book "Gasping for Airtime" and "No Wonder my Parents Drank," which was optioned by ABC for development of a sitcom based on its content. Jay has guest starred in over 50 different television dramas and comedy series episodes and is currently hosting the LA Rams live pre-game show on ABC in Los Angeles, "Jay Mohr Sports" which is part of a murderers row of Jay, Dan Patrick, Colin Coherd syndicated all over the country in over 150 markets, and his own top-rated podcast, "Mohr Stories" which has been downloaded 40 million times. 


168: Kevin Hart  


After an electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club, Kevin quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full time. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led Hart into roles in feature films. In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special, “I’m A Grown Little Man,” became one of the highest rated specials for the network and in 2010, Hart’s DVD “Seriously...Funny” was one of the fastest selling DVDs, going triple Platinum, aided by the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the highest rated comedy special of 2010. In 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain” the feature film version of his comedy tour, which grossed over $7 million and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters, catapulted Hart’s to the number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and helping him to sell out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This lead to the LAMP DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month. His next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa - resulting in him becoming the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Hart spent most of the rest of the year filming two movies back to back (“About Last Night” and “Ride Along”).  Additionally, Kevin starred in huge blockbusters like “Barbershop,” “Undeclared,” “Little Fockers,” "Death at a Funeral," "Fool’s Gold," Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man,” and “Judd Apatow’s “Five Year Engagement” and "The 40 Year-Old Virgin." Hart then embarked on the multi-city domestic and international “What Now?” comedy tour. Domestically, he sold out 8 tri-state area arenas, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays, Prudential Center and Jones Beach, selling over 100,000 tickets in the NY market. Internationally, he sold out over a dozen arenas in the European market, selling over 150,000 tickets, and sold out arenas across Australia, selling 100,000 tickets. All in all, Hart’s hit comedy tour grossed over $ 100 million worldwide. Hart’s recent movie projects include the biggest grossing live action comedy “Central Intelligence,” “Ride Along 2,” “The Wedding Ringer,” and “Get Hard.” The consummate worker, Hart is also a force in television, executive producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which just wrapped production on Season 5. Hart’s recent movie projects include the biggest grossing live action comedy “Central Intelligence,” “Ride Along 2,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Get Hard,” the animated film "The Secret Life of Pets," Universal Pictures will release the feature version of his comedy tour “What Now” (coming out in this month—October 14th, 2016), documenting how he was the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show. 

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