On the “there’s still magic in Hollywood” episode of the podcast, Josh Spector, Jordan Cooper, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer welcome festival organizer and former Last Comic Standing producer Charlie Gerencer of Pygmy Wolf Productions to the show to discuss developing comedy programming for TV, what producers look for when casting for a new project and how the internet has changed much of the process.
In addition, he shares the genesis of the Asheville comedy festival, breaking into the TV business, the importance of networking and working your ass off, why shitty production jobs are a great opportunity and how a killer script is gold in Hollywood. Finally, he dishes the dirt from behind the scenes at Last Comic Standing and settles some comedians’ doubts on the authenticity of the show and selection process.
Links from this episode:
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
John August – Screenwriting Blog
Microsoft hires CBS’ Nancy Tellem to form new Xbox studio [LA Times]
YouTube to Double Down on Its ‘Channel’ Experiment [Wall Street Journal]