FROM Adam Leon
Funding 'Gimme the Loot' First time filmmaker Adam Leon made Gimme the Loot on a small budget culled from friends, family and a small Kickstarter campaign. It played at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012 and took home the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature. He talks with Kim Masters about the process: from getting advice from other indie filmmakers, to writing a business plan, to leveraging their Kickstarter campaign. He gives a veritable how-to for putting together the means to making an indie film with no known names attached. He also has some choice words for those indie filmmakers who complain that the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project hurts people like them.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”