Now you can travel inside the minds of some of the world’s brightest filmmakers through a captivating new podcast called Film Talk, produced by Vanessa Frank, now available on WND.
Through WND’s feature, award-winning filmmakers reveal the secrets to their success – their daily habits, routines and practices that helped to make them the best in their industry. Guests include winners of Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
“WND is a platform for people who believe in shaping culture, and filmmaking is all about shaping culture,” said George D. Escobar, vice president of WND Films. “Indeed, there are very few mediums that affect our world as much film does.”
The Film Talk podcasts are hosted by Frank, who has been involved in the film industry first as an actress and then in production, distribution and international sales.
At 31, Frank directed her first film, “Let the Lion Roar,” starring Academy Award-nominated actors Eric Roberts, Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Sorbo and Grammy-nominated singers Jaci Velasquez, Tim Rushlow and Jamie Grace. The film was an indie distribution success with sales in 52 nations.
In Film Talk, Frank interviews some of the most accomplished artists in the filmmaking industry.
“As people who believe in impacting our society in positive ways, I believe we all have a responsibility to learn about our film industry and those who lead it,” Frank said.
Teenagers are of special concern, Escobar said. He cited MovieGuide research revealing young adults spend as many as 60,200 hours consuming media before they turn 17.
“The fight for the minds of our youth is no longer primarily being fought in schools, in churches or by politicians. As important as those fields are, statistically speaking, the most pervasive governor of our next generation’s focus is media,” Escobar said.
“The key to influencing the next generation is found in film, television and music. And a strong understanding of how the media industry is evolving is essential to understanding the future of our culture and community.”
Frank noted that the film industry is one of the most competitive career fields in America.
“As such, these interviews represent an incredible opportunity to learn from the success of globally impacting entertainment leaders,” she said. “Their dedication, tenacity and positive mindset is something that can be applied to any vocation.”
Beginning Thursday, five new Film Talk podcast episodes will be published by WND each week. The following are the first six episodes.
Greg Reitman, documentary filmmaker
Greg Reitman is the founder and CEO of Blue Water Entertainment, an independent production company focusing on environmentally consciousness-based entertainment.
Reitman produced the 2008 Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary “Fuel.” He wrote, produced and directed the documentary, “Hollywood’s Magical Island – Catalina,” and his new documentary film, “Rooted in Peace.” Reitman was written up in Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 10 film producers creating content that makes a difference in the world.
Lynnwood Bibbens, entrepreneur
Lynnwood Bibbens is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold multiple technology and e-commerce companies including American Discount Warehouse, a company he founded in 1996 and sold just three years later for more than 10 times earnings before interest, tax depreciation and amortization. Lynnwood has formed long-term relationships with corporations such as Samsung, Toshiba, Vizio, Amazon, CBS and Comcast to name a few. From 2007, Bibbens has focused on the media and entertainment industry by integrating multiple dynamic content platforms that use proprietary technology enabling top brands to better understand their clients. He has teamed up with syndication partners Dailymotion, Google, Roku, Opera, XBox, Dish, Comcast, Verizon and Amazon. Bibbens also sits on the board of several companies: Adelman Enterprises, New England Technology, Moblty, GI Film Festival and The Invictus Firm.
Bibbens is a co-founder at The Invictus Firm, a private equity and strategic consulting organization. Based on his extensive background in technology, entertainment content, distribution and syndication Bibbens’ investment focus is on existing and new technology companies that are dynamic and disruptive. His focus is specifically on companies that can capture and monetize content across multiple platforms while capturing critical data in real time.
Ramon Govea, crowdfunding expert
Ramon Govea is a crowdfunding expert whose strategies and tactics have helped filmmakers, comic book artists and inventors successfully raise more than $1 million on rewards-based crowdfunding platforms. His past roles include positions at CrowdFundMastery.com and Krowdster.
Govea is also an experienced line producer and director who has created branded web content for companies such as Lion Forge Comics, Jansport, Doritos and Warner Bros.
Govea primarily works with entertainment companies wishing to make a global impact by expanding innovative brands and IPs into branded web content, comic books, animation, film and television.
Rich Hull, investor and producer
Rich Hull is executive chairman of Latin Everywhere, a Latino digital media company that owns the Pongalo OTT platform, the largest Latino film and TV network on YouTube, and one of the largest IP assets of Latino film and TV digital rights in the world.
Hall has worked on media deals and turnarounds totaling more than $1 billion with major media companies such as Disney, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros, Microsoft and many others. Based on these experiences, he co-authored the multi-award-winning book “Dancing With Digital Natives: Staying in Step With the Generation That’s Transforming the Way Business Is Done.”
Hall’s ability to create simple solutions for complicated problems was developed in his former role as an award-winning film and TV financier and producer. His 20-plus projects have generated hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, and they range from one of the most successful teen movies in history, “She’s All That,” to thought-provoking documentaries such as his collaboration with Halle Berry, “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots,” winner of the NAACP Image Award.
Hall serves on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors at Vanderbilt University and is co-founder of Vanderbilt-in-Hollywood, which places about 30 college students each summer into life-changing entertainment internships in Los Angeles. Rich is a well-known angel investor, board member and mentor.
Rob Morgenroth, visual effects
Rob Morgenroth is an Emmy-winning visual effects producer and supervisor, as well as a studio management, business development and marketing executive. He’s a frequent speaker and panelist on the subject of virtual and augmented reality and visual effects.
Past projects that he’s worked on include the Oscar nominated “Catch Me If You Can,” the Oscar nominated “Wag the Dog” and “Grosse Point Blank.”
Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix co-founder
Scilla Andreen is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and the CEO and co-founder of IndieFlix, an online platform touted as the Netflix of independent film.
Andreen has spoken at the Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.
She has also been the award-winning costume designer of Golden Globe-winning television shows “Party of Five” and “The Wonder Years,” as well as “Dawson’s Creek,” “What I Like About You” and “Jack & Jill.”