Tag: Hollywood

Rob explains how studios exercise control over writers through cash flow and why often the sweetest words a writer can hear from the studio are “what’s your tax ID number?”

 

Rob explains how to master the fine art of telling an off color joke.

 

What’s a Movie Studio?

 

In October 2019, Tyler Perry made the news with the gala, all-star opening of his film and TV studio in Atlanta. Almost every Black actor of renown was part of the celebration. Plenty of younger actors actually cried on camera out of joy, at the thought that finally, finally at last there was a Black-owned studio. More established and experienced people, like Oprah Winfrey, just smiled, because as much as they honored him that night, they privately knew the quiet limits of his accomplishment, because they know what the word “studio” really means.

I’ve got nothing against Tyler Perry—quite the contrary. He proved there was a viable, profit-making business model making films for American Black audiences that wasn’t ‘70s-style blaxploitation, but were mainstream, family entertainment. There’s a lot of interest in making films and TV shows in the South, and there’s a good business case for building facilities there. But the question remains: in the real world, what’s a studio?

Rob explains why it is sometimes necessary to laugh even if a joke isn’t funny and the striking similarities of a pre-school parent’s event and a Hollywood sitcom writer’s room.

 

Rob Long riffs on the many euphemisms Hollywood uses to say “you’re fired,” and reveals his slightly cynical retirement plan.

 

Rob discovers he got COVID for Christmas, and finds himself living in a Hitchcock film — in his head.

 

Rob is re-reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done,” but it’s not working out so well.

 

Late at night when I’m bored and distracted, I usually kill a few hours by…

 

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” writer and producer at Sinclair and Federalist Senior Contributor Ellie Bufkin joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the iconic thriller movie “Silence of the Lambs” and discuss how the film demonstrates the evolution of Hollywood.

A friend of mine was running an action adventure show not too long ago, and he heard what I think is the worst pitch ever from a writer who wanted a free-lance episode…

The other night I was out walking my dog, and as I was bending over to scoop up her nightly HazMat, I noticed a couple of large index cards on the ground…

Here’s what you need to bear in mind, for this particular story to pay off. First, I like to cook, and I have a refrigerator and freezer in my garage filled with obscure cuts of pork…

I don’t know the exact demographics of this podcast, so sadly, I think I need to say this before I get going: Years ago, there was a show on American television called “Webster.”

I don’t have a clever way to start this, so I’m just going to start it. I just came back from a week in Costa Rica, where I went and drank ayahuasca for four nights…

The worst thing you can tell anyone who nevertheless probably needs to hear it is, “Calm down.”

I was with some stand up comedians recently – all of them successful – and when the subject of another stand-up comedian came up…

There’s a great old movie called The Women — it’s from the nineteen thirties, but it still seems hip and contemporary…

I don’t know how to tell this story, and I can’t imagine that I won’t regret it. But here goes…

The scariest words in the English language are, “You don’t remember me, do you?”

A famous actor once tried to describe the rigors of being in production…