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Laurens Grant is a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker. She recently directed the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement for BET.
She also produced The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which premiered at Sundance; representing her third film to premiere at this prestigious film festival. The film opened worldwide in Fall 2015 and played a remarkable 8-week run at Film Forum in New York City. It aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series to record-breaking ratings on Feb. 16, 2016.
Previously, Grant Directed the documentary Jesse Owens, the first full-length documentary on the African-American sports icon. Jesse Owens won an Emmy for Outstanding Research, and received 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Historical - Long Form, and Outstanding Music and Sound.
Grant also produced the documentary Freedom Riders which premiered at Sundance, won 3 Primetime Emmys, a Peabody, was featured on Oprah, and has influenced the Hollywood films: Selma and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Grant also co-produced two, 4-hour series for PBS, including the Emmy-winning Slavery and the Making of America: Seeds of Destruction, and Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave.
Before plunging into documentary, Grant was a foreign correspondent in Latin American. She received a Foreign Press Association Award of Merit for her coverage of Latin American politics, finance and women’s rights while working as a journalist for Reuters, Newsweek, the Texas Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the San Francisco Examiner and other publications.
Grant received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a major concentration in French language and literature from Northwestern University the Medill School of Journalism. Grant was also awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Governors State University in Illinois. Grant speaks Spanish and French.
Diane Mercer has been nominated 5 times for Primetime Emmys with 2 wins for “Breaking Bad” and for the PGA Awards, 4 nominations and 2 wins.
Her credits include: Better Call Saul, Enlisted, Breaking Bad, Notes from the Underbelly, The Apostles, Help Me Help You, Arrested Development, The Pool at Madd Breaker’s and On the Spot.
She is an immensely talented and well-acknowledged producer. Her experience and methodologies are shared on this week's episode and we couldn't be happier to have her enlighten our listeners.
Tune in this week as we explore what it's like contributing to some of the most widely watched and acclaimed shows on television. This episode describes the many disciplines behind what it's like being a producer and how one of the best in the business empowers the creative process.
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Juliet Landau is a multifaceted actress, director, and producer.
Having co-starred in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” and opposite Whoopi Goldberg in “Theodore Rex” Juliet is a creative talent not only in her acting, but the characters she portrays and takes on.
She created and played the role of Drusilla with Joss Whedon on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” over the course of six seasons discussing with us what it's like acting in television.
Juliet directed the documentary "Take Flight" about and for Gary Oldman covering his creative process and co-directed "Dream Out Loud", which features interviews from the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson.
Juliet is currently directing “A Place Among The Undead” - which we encourage you to contribute to at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-place-among-the-undead#/ The title is an anthology series on vampires, which includes interviews with Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Anne Rice, Ron Perlman, Robert Patrick and many more. Juliet is also additionally directing (in tandem) a feature length documentary, “A Place Among The Dead”, which looks at people taking the fantasy of vampirism a bit too far into reality. For more info on these titles please visit her site at http://www.julietlandau.com
Juliet has starred in over 20 films and on multiple television shows. She describes her unique approach in adopting a character's persona and what it's like performing for a diverse arena of television, theatre, gaming, and feature environments. Juliet has performed extensive voiceover work for multiple video game, animation, and audio book titles which she also discusses.
For theater, Juliet's favorite performances include starring in “Danny and The Deep Blue Sea”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Awake and Sing” among many, many more.
Listen this week as we delve into the performances that encompass Juliet Landau's career through past, present, and future.
Brin Hill has created projects for companies as diverse as HBO Films, Miramax, ESPN, Warner Bros., Nike, Visa, Powerade, Bombay Gin, Adobe, Intel, the NBA, the NFL, Toyota, Cadillac, Red Bull, and Beats By Dre to name a few.
His short film “Morning Breath” earned him a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He directed “In Your Eyes”, written and executive produced by Joss Whedon for Bellwhether Pictures that Whedon runs with producer Kai Cole.
Brin recently wrote two films inspired by true events: WON’T BACK DOWN (20th Century Fox) and BATTLE OF THE YEAR: THE DREAM TEAM (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures).
Hill also adapted and directed the much acclaimed YA novel BALL DON'T LIE.
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