Wed, 27 August 2014
Suzanne and Bob talk about their new book, Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara,
and are then joined by Lloyd Schwartz, one of TV’s most prolific writer-producers for
stories of his long and successful career in Hollywood.
Starting as a standup comic (with a member of The Black Panthers as his working partner),
Lloyd recalls selling his first network script while still in college and describes the confidence
and writing skills that made him Hollywood’s youngest television producer.
With TV writing credits ranging from Harper Valley PTA and Baywatch to movies like
The Invisible Woman and A Very Brady Christmas, Lloyd was well prepared when he
became the producer of one of television’s most iconic series of all time, The Brady Bunch.
Lloyd doesn’t pull any punches as he describes his notion of “happy projects” and reveals
his secret to building a lasting writing career and delivers a realistic and practical step-by-step
strategy for breaking into the studio system.
“If you do exactly what I’m saying, you’ll get into the business”.
Throughout the conversation, Lloyd shares stories of his favorite actors, talks about
what it was like moving up through the ranks from dialogue coach to producer—eventually
becoming a network executive—and then to writing America’s first live dinner theatre plays.
It’s a high-energy inspirational interview peppered with rock-solid tips for surviving in Hollywood,
including Lloyd’s personal mantra “The phone will never ring. You have to make it happen.”
Lloyd Schwartz has a unique and inspiring story, and if you want
“the keys to making it in Hollywood”, you’ll want to hear this podcast.
Mon, 11 August 2014
After his childhood appearance as "Tommy Bailey" in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life
and an incredible 500 acting credits alongside stars like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn,
Sally Field, Shelly Fabares, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Rick Nelson, and Elvis Presley,
Hawkins grew restless co-starring as "America's favorite boyfriend and sidekick".
He wanted more out of his Hollywood career...and he went out and got it.
Turning away from acting, Jimmy Hawkins set out to “remake” himself and soon became
one of Hollywood’s most entrepreneurial and commercially successful independent film and television producers.
You’ll hear how Jimmy navigated the shark-infested waters of Hollywood power-brokers and
deal-makers to help finance and produce Evel Knievel with George Hamilton, and the thrill of
the movie’s star-studded premier at Grauman’s Chiinese Theater that turned
a small independent film into a 25-million dollar hit.
Not resting on his laurels, Jimmy went on to create and produce hit films like Scout’s Honor starring
the young Gary Coleman, Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Page with Lou Gossett Jr.,
and Love Leads the Way, starring Timothy Bottoms.
He reveals why each of his movie or television projects has projected positive values, the best in
human nature, and personal redemption...
and the keys to his ongoing personal and critical success.
With unmatched creative instincts, Jimmy has the uncanny ability to transcend genres,
formats, and media. After creating and producing Motown Returns to the Apollo, he soon jumped into
the publishing world to author no less than five best selling books targeting
the everlasting appeal of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
This is a conversation you won't forget as Jimmy Hawkins shares the genuine secrets to
producing both movies and television projects in Hollywood.