The Producer's Guide: Todd Garner & Hollywood's Elite

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Todd knows movies. Over two decades, the Hollywood veteran has overseen 170 films (and counting) - including XXX, Anger Management, 13 Going on 30, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Black Hawk Down, Punch Drunk Love, Con Air, and Hellboy - and has worked with nearly every movie star you can name. Join Todd as he shares his thoughts and stories on the movie business and chats it up with his A-list industry pals.

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Stage 29 President/CEO: Jay McGraw!

Head of Stage 29 Productions - JAY McGRAW - talks about his early work with OPRAH and his dad (DR PHIL) - creating and syndicating THE DOCTORS - developing scripted TV shows like BULL on CBS - AND MUCH MORE!

Jun 20, 2019
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Jun 16, 2019
Phoenix Pictures Chairman/CEO: Mike Medavoy

Film giant - MIKE MEDAVOY - talks about his time at United Artists, Orion & TriStar - his work on Young Frankenstein, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop & Apocalypse Now - and how the movie industry has evolved over the last 50 years.

Jun 13, 2019
Punch Me Again with Zane Lamprey!

Zane Lamprey (Host of THREE SHEETS, DRINKING MADE EASY and now FOUR SHEETS on DrinkTV) talks about his work with Merv Griffin and Mark Cuban - traveling the world - doing drunken stand-up - leading marches in the streets of LA and New York - AND MUCH MORE!

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Jun 12, 2019
Diane Warren: Music & Cinema

Songwriting legend - DIANE WARREN - chats with Todd about their work together and creating smash hit songs for Up Close and Personal - Con Air - Armageddon - Coyote Ugly - Pearl Harbor - and her latest song for LATE NIGHT with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling!

Jun 06, 2019
Alien / The Warriors Filmmaker: Walter Hill

Todd meets one of his heroes as film legend WALTER HILL shares incredible insights and stories from his work as writer/director/producer on ALIEN - THE WARRIORS - 48 HOURS - THE LONG RIDERS - and his recent spoken word album - THE COWBOY ILIAD.

May 30, 2019
The Matrix / Transformers Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Veteran blockbuster producer - LORENZO di BONAVENTURA - shares insights he learned making FALLING DOWN and TRAINING DAY - and goes in depth on the development of THE MATRIX and TRANSFORMERS franchises!

May 23, 2019
Catch-22 Producer: Richard Brown

From discovering Massive Attack and The Cranberries to getting Matthew McConaughey on board for True Detective - Richard Brown shares his journey from the music industry to pioneering the world of streaming content to George Clooney almost dying while filming CATCH-22 (THIS WEEK ON HULU)!

May 16, 2019
Adam Carolla
From comedy traffic school to teaching Jimmy Kimmel how to box - Adam Carolla shares how he went from being a carpenter in North Hollywood to an LA radio personality to one of the biggest comedians and podcasters on the planet.
May 09, 2019
LIVE with Anna Faris!

In his first live podcast - Todd chats with Hollywood heavyweight and star of Mom on CBS - ANNA FARIS - about finding her comedic voice in the SCARY MOVIE franchise - developing and starring in THE HOUSE BUNNY - and her massive success in the podcast world!

May 02, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Director - Joe Russo!
As AVENGERS: ENDGAME hits theaters this week - Todd chats with co-director JOE RUSSO about how his work on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and COMMUNITY propelled him into the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!
Apr 25, 2019
Michael Ryan & The State of Indie Filmmaking
Are indie films dead? Legendary independent producer Micheal Ryan (GFM Films Partner / IFTA Chairperson) gives a clinic on going outside of the system to get your movie made!
Apr 18, 2019
Us / Happy Death Day 2U Producer - Jason Blum!
Blumhouse Productions founder & CEO - Jason Blum - chats with Todd Garner about discovering Paranormal Activity, why good horror and Sundance films are more similar than you think, working for Harvey Weinstein in the 90s AND MUCH MORE!
Apr 11, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Producer - Basil Iwanyk!
For some - Hollywood is one big happy family. Todd chats with Thunder Road Films founder - Basil Iwanyk - about their unique relationship AND how working outside the system helped Basil create hit films like John Wick, Sicario and The Town!
Apr 04, 2019
Getting A Movie Made: How it took Todd 14 years to make Playing With Fire
Live from the set of his film PLAYING WITH FIRE - Todd Garner tells the 14 year story of how the movie got made. From the creation and countless revisions of the script - to the politics surrounding family comedies - getting JOHN CENA on board - and how the film is marketed - Todd runs down the ENTIRE movie making process!!!
Mar 28, 2019
Reefer Madness Director - Andy Fickman!
Todd chats with director Andy Fickman on the set of their upcoming film - Playing With Fire! Andy talks about pivoting from stoner sex comedies to family films - working for Gene Wilder and Bette Midler - and his coveted time as a Texas Renaissance Fair court jester!
Mar 21, 2019
Celebrating Women in Hollywood!
To celebrate WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - we're highlighting Todd's interviews with some of the most talented women in Hollywood: REBEL WILSON - ISLA FISHER - and Hunger Games producer NINA JACOBSON!
Mar 14, 2019
WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman - Bob Greenblatt
Newly appointed Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment - Bob Greenblatt - chats with Todd about developing ground breaking content as a producer / executive at Fox, HBO, Showtime and NBC.
Mar 07, 2019
Dallas Buyers Club Producer - Cassian Elwes
Independent film giant - Cassian Elwes - shares how he went from driving mobile homes in Central America to transforming the William Morris Agency - selling Sling Blade to Harvey Weinstein - and working on hit films like Margin Call, Mudbound, Dallas Buyers Club and Monster's Ball.
Feb 28, 2019
Hollywood Reporter Editor-At-Large: Kim Masters
She's the writer that scooped the world. Editor-at-large of the Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business - Kim Masters - joins Todd to talk about her coverage over the years of David Puttnam, Michael Eisner, & Harvey Weinstein - AND how Netflix and the Me Too movement have affected the Hollywood landscape.
Feb 21, 2019
MGM Pictures President - Jonathan Glickman
Studio executive and Todd's long time friend - Jon Glickman - talks about overseeing the production divisions of Caravan, Spyglass & MGM - and producing diverse films like the Rush Hour franchise, While You Were Sleeping and The Jerky Boys!
Feb 14, 2019
DeVon Franklin: Faith & Diversity in Hollywood
Believe it or not - Hollywood is a faith based business. Producer / preacher / best-selling author DeVon Franklin shares how faith and service led him to the creation of hit films like Heaven is For Real - The Star - and Miracles from Heaven. Todd and DeVon go in depth about the state of diversity in Hollywood AND Todd shares his own personal story about Will Smith!
Feb 07, 2019
Barry Katz & Industry Standards
A life of comedy can be hard to manage. Host of the Industry Standard podcast - Barry Katz - shares with Todd Garner how he went from being a comedy booker in Boston to managing the likes of Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes & Dane Cook - AND what Barry told Dave Chappelle the first time they met.
Jan 31, 2019
Evolution of TV, Part Two: Bob Greenblatt & Creating Content
Fox. HBO. Showtime. NBC. Bob Greenblatt has left his mark on all of them. Todd Garner chats with Bob about creating ground breaking content and the evolution of story telling in the entertainment industry.
Jan 24, 2019
Evolution of TV, Part One: Ted Chervin & Making Deals
TV is not TV anymore. ICM co-managing director - Ted Chervin - chats with Todd Garner about the history of syndication - the relationship between networks, studios, and agencies - and how TV has evolved into a multi-media platform.
Jan 17, 2019
Rampage / Skyscraper Producer - Beau Flynn
From Requiem for a Dream to Bubble Boy - Beau Flynn has run the gamut in Hollywood. Beau sits down with Todd Garner to talk about his career, gaining the trust of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the countless movies they've made together including Rampage, Skyscraper, Baywatch, San Andreas and the upcoming Disney film - Jungle Cruise!
Jan 10, 2019
Kevin James
Star of King of Queens and the Paul Blart franchise - Kevin James chats with Todd Garner about the movies they've made together over the last ten years - Kevin's early days doing stand-up with the likes of Joe Rogan and Adam Sandler - and how failing an SNL audition led to a nine year stint on his own prime time CBS sit-com!
Jan 03, 2019
Adam Sandler, Shay Mitchell & Jeff Probst!
As we look back on 2018 - we highlight three of Todd Garner's biggest interviews: Survivor's Jeff Probst - Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell - and Hollywood heavyweight Adam Sandler!
Dec 27, 2018
The Purge / Get Out Producer - Jason Blum
Blumhouse Productions founder & CEO - Jason Blum - chats with Todd Garner about discovering Paranormal Activity, why good horror and Sundance films are more similar than you think, working for Harvey Weinstein in the 90s AND MUCH MORE!
Dec 20, 2018
Hunger Games Producer - Nina Jacobson
Sometimes adversity forges great friendships. Color Force Studios founder and CEO - Nina Jacobson - chats with Todd about their ups and downs together as former Disney executives - creating her own production company - and producing Pose, Crazy Rich Asians, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and the Hunger Games franchise.
Dec 13, 2018
Avengers: Endgame Director - Joe Russo
Deconstruction is a unique form of story-telling. Joe Russo shares with Todd Garner how this concept served him in the opening of his new L.A. restaurant, Simone - the hit sit-coms Arrested Development and Community - and the Marvel blockbusters Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War...and the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame!
Dec 06, 2018
Ed Helms: Hollywood Hangovers
Who says there's no nice guys in Hollywood? Todd Garner chats with actor / comedian / producer Ed Helms about his time in film school and Upright Citizen's Brigade, managing to shoot The Office and The Hangover simultaneously AND Ed & Todd share their experiences working together on the set of TAG!
Nov 29, 2018
Scott Steindorff: Failure & Resilience
On this Thanksgiving edition of The Producer's Guide - Todd Garner chats with his friend and veteran filmmaker Scott Steindorff about the reality of failure in Hollywood. Todd and Scott talk about their troubles working on Gigli and Jane Got A Gun (respectively) and the resilience needed as an entrepreneur in the movie business.
Nov 22, 2018
Instant Family Writer / Director - Sean Anders
In Hollywood - everyone's career is weird. Sean Anders shares how frozen food entrees sparked his film making career and the insights he learned working on Sex Drive, Hot Tub Time Machine, the Daddy's Home franchise - and his latest film - Instant Family. ALSO - Todd reveals his favorite Sandler film!
Nov 15, 2018
Seth Green Means Go!
From child acting to portraying the biggest TV and film zeitgeist characters of a generation to creating one of the most successful shows in Adult Swim history...Seth Green chats with Todd about his career, getting involved with NASA and writing / directing / starring in his upcoming film - Changeland!
Nov 08, 2018
Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein

Actor / TV personality Ricki Lake and Producer / Director Abby Epstein talk about their powerful new documentary WEED THE PEOPLE - how Ricki's experience with water birth sparked their first doc THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN - and their process of creating and selling documentaries. 

Nov 01, 2018
NEW SCHOOL with Tag Director - Jeff Tomsic
Rookie director Jeff Tomsic talks with Todd about how he went from studying film and computer science in Iowa to wrangling star studded talent and losing 35 pounds on the set of Tag.
Oct 25, 2018
OLD SCHOOL with The Fast and the Furious Director - Rob Cohen
Veteran filmmaker Rob Cohen chats with Todd about his early days studying anthropology at Harvard, being the first Hollywood agent to ever read the Sting, his relationships with Yul Brynner and Berry Gordy, and directing the first installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Oct 25, 2018
Billy Ray, Part Two: The Art of Storytelling
On the 30th episode of The Producer's Guide - Todd brings back show favorite Billy Ray for an absolute clinic on silver screen story telling AND Billy talks about his upcoming TV miniseries about James Comey.
Oct 18, 2018
The Kids Are Alright Creator - Tim Doyle
Veteran television writer / producer Tim Doyle chats with Todd Garner about the evolution of TV production - using personal stories in scriptwriting - and Tim's work on hit shows like Roseanne, Big Bang Theory, Last Man Standing - and his newest show starting October 16 on ABC - The Kids Are Alright.
Oct 11, 2018
John Wick Producer - Basil Iwanyk
For some - Hollywood is one big happy family. Todd chats with Thunder Road Films founder - Basil Iwanyk - about their unique relationship AND how working outside the system helped Basil create hit films like John Wick, Sicario and The Town.
Oct 04, 2018
Mozart in the Jungle Creator - Paul Weitz
Not every filmmaker can transition from comedy to drama. Paul Weitz talks with Todd about his jump from directing American Pie with his brother Chris - to the creation of Mozart in the Jungle and his latest film - Bel Canto.
Sep 27, 2018
This Is Us Creator - Dan Fogelman
Write what you know. Dan Fogelman has made a career adapting personal triumph and tragedy into content for the screen. Dan talks with Todd about how this idea has played into his work as the showrunner for the hit NBC drama This Is Us and his films The Guilt Trip and Life Itelf (in theaters this week)!
Sep 20, 2018
Jeff Probst: Surviving Reality TV
Survivor host and executive producer - Jeff Probst - chats with Todd Garner about the creation, evolution and chaos of one of the most successful reality shows in TV history!
Sep 13, 2018
Hairspray Director - Adam Shankman
Director / Producer / Choreographer extraordinaire - Adam Shankman - joins Todd for a rollercoaster conversation about his career - from dancing with Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson - to choreographing countless films in the 90s - to directing the likes of The Wedding Planner, Bringing Down the House and Hairspray!
Sep 06, 2018
Jason Heyman & The Making of a Super Agent
United Talent Agency Partner - Jason Heyman - shares how he went from working as a kid in the UTA mailroom in the early 90s to representing the likes of Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Chris Pratt, Ali Wong, Zach Galifianakis AND MANY MORE!
Aug 30, 2018
Billy Ray & The 2008 Writer's Strike
Ten years ago - no one knew how the internet would affect the entertainment industry. That uncertainty led to one of the most disruptive strikes in Hollywood history. Enter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips / Hunger Games screenwriter and 4-time WGA board of directors member / 3-time negotiating committee co-chair for the WGA) to discuss the stories of turmoil, intense negotiations and the strike’s lasting effects ten years later.
Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians Director - Jon M. Chu
Todd chats with Jon M. Chu about working on the first all Asian cast film in over 20 years and his personal connection to the film - being discovered by Steven Spielberg - and how long he waited to catch his big break with Step Up 2: The Streets.
Aug 16, 2018
Shay Mitchell: Pretty Little Liars & Beyond

Pretty Little Liars star - Shay Mitchell - sits down with Todd Garner for a clinic on creating content for social media. Shay talks about the role PLL played in getting her on social media, creating an authentic brand, her YouTube travel series - Shaycation! - and the upcoming horror film she and Todd worked on together!

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Aug 09, 2018
J. Todd Harris & The Business of Theater

Todd Garner chats with his buddy and head of Branded Pictures Entertainment - J Todd Harris - about stage production and his work on the musical versions of Heathers, Doctor Zhivago and American Psycho.

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Aug 02, 2018
Krista Smith & The Modern Movie Star

In the modern age of streaming content - what does it mean to be a movie star? Does it require talent and authenticity? Or is content even still reliant on star power? Todd digs into these questions and more with the executive west coast editor of Vanity Fair - Krista Smith!

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Jul 26, 2018
John C McGinley: Confessions of a Thespian Mind

From Broadway to the big screen to his televsion roles on Scrubs and Stan Against Evil - John C McGinley has mastered it all. Just ask him. Don't miss his conversation with Todd Garner on this edition of The Producer's Guide!

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Jul 19, 2018
Captain Phillips Producer - Michael De Luca

The Oscar nominated producer behind Captain Phillips, The Social Network, Moneyball and The 50 Shades Franchise - Mike Deluca - sits down with his buddy Todd Garner to talk about the troubles and triumphs of his career.

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Jul 12, 2018
Eli Roth: Horror, Comedy & Jazz
Todd goes a mile a minute with horror film mastermind - Eli Roth - as they chat about Eli's love of 80's sex comedies, filming in the jungles of Chile, which Disney film served as the inspiration for Hostel and their upcoming film collaboration - Haunt!
Jul 05, 2018
Fast & Furious Producer - Neal Moritz
Veteran Hollywood producer - Neal Moritz - talks about his early days making movies, his massive success with the Fast and Furious franchise and the role Roger Corman played in it!
Jun 28, 2018
Jim Rash: Sketch Comedy to Oscar Gold
Actor / writer / producer Jim Rash shares his journey from the Groundlings to Community to winning an Oscar for The Descendants to his latest film Bernard and Huey. ALSO - Todd shares a valuable lesson he learned on the set of Zookeeper!
Jun 21, 2018
Live from the American Film Institute!

Todd chats with the Dean of the AFI Conservatory and Oscar nominated producer, Richard Gladstein, in front of a live audience about Todd’s career and latest film, TAG, starring Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson and former guest Isla Fisher!

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Jun 14, 2018
Marlon Wayans & Rick Alvarez
Comedian / Actor Marlon Wayans and his partner - Rick Alvarez - stop by for Todd's loudest interview yet. They dig into the roots of Marlon's comedy, the Wayans family tree and developing the Scary Movie franchise.
Jun 07, 2018
Rob Riggle: Semper Gumby
Actor / Comedian Rob Riggle chats with Todd about their time together shooting True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Rob's upcoming web series - Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy - AND what role Todd was supposed to play in Big Daddy!
May 31, 2018
Ben Fritz & The Shrinking Windows Theory
You have to give movie goers what they want... but what do we really want? Todd chats with Wall Street Journal Reporter and New York Times best-selling author, Ben Fritz, about the shrinking windows theory, Iger vs. Eisner, free beer vs free speech, fear of technology and MUCH more on a very compelling edition of The Producer's Guide.
May 24, 2018
Nobodies! Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras

Todd chats with the stars of TV Land's Nobodies - Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras - about their early work in the Groundlings, how the 2013 Oscars helped inspire the creation of Nobodies and why they are terrible at social media.

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May 17, 2018
Cobra Kai! Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald & Hayden Schlossberg
The creators of the YouTube Red Series Cobra Kai - Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald & Hayden Schlossberg - regale Todd of how they rose through the Hollywood ranks working on films like Blockers, Harold & Kumar and Hot Tub Time Machine.
May 10, 2018
Twilight Producer - Marty Bowen
Marty Bowen - producer of Twilight, The Maze Runner and The Fault in our Stars - sits down with Todd to talk about his early days as a Hollywood agent, recreating best-selling novels on the big screen, and his upcoming film with Kyrie Irving, Uncle Drew.
May 03, 2018
Adam Rifken: Cruise Ships, Kids Films, & Burt Reynolds
Write it for the kids. If you have a ship - use it. Garbage is cheap. Just a few tips from indie writer-director, Adam Rifken (aka Rif Coogan), who also shares stories of shooting super 8 movies as a kid, how a cruise dictated the production of Going Overboard and his latest film with Burt Reynolds, The Last Movie Star.
Apr 26, 2018
Into the Badlands Producer - Alfred Gough
Todd chats with his former intern turned Hollywood producer Alfred Gough about going from writing spec scripts to producing Shanghai Noon, Smallville and AMC's Into the Badlands. Also - find out who the studios originally wanted to star in Bad Boys.
Apr 19, 2018
Isla Fisher: Clown School & Life With Borat
Todd chats with Isla Fisher from the set from their most recent film, TAG! Isla talks about her comedic insights, her early days in clown school and what it's like being married to Sacha Baron Cohen.
Apr 12, 2018
Rebel Wilson: Down Under to Hollywood Stardom
From a shy Australian kid with a love of maths to one of the premier comedic actresses in Hollywood - Rebel Wilson chats with Todd about how she joined the Pitch Perfect cast, her upcoming films "The Hustle" and "Isn't It Romantic" and her foray into film production.
Apr 05, 2018
Adam Sandler
On the debut episode of The Producer's Guide with Todd Garner - Adam Sandler shares his wacky journey from stand-up to acting to producing his own movies to his current work with Netflix.
Mar 29, 2018
The Producer's Guide Teaser
"The Producer's Guide" debuts March 29th, 2018.
Mar 23, 2018