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StoryBeat is a lively podcast dedicated to a variety of storytellers discussing their unique process in creating art through storytelling. By listening to how successful creators develop and bring their work to life, writers and artists of all kinds are able to find great inspiration. StoryBeat focuses more on the “how” and “why” of creation rather than finished results, providing insight into the working world of storytellers and storytelling in all forms of artistic expression. Continue Reading >>
StoryBeat is a lively podcast dedicated to a variety of storytellers discussing their unique process in creating art through storytelling. By listening to how successful creators develop and bring their work to life, writers and artists of all kinds are able to find great inspiration. StoryBeat focuses more on the “how” and “why” of creation rather than finished results, providing insight into the working world of storytellers and storytelling in all forms of artistic expression. << Show Less
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Dobie Maxwell, Stand-Up Comedian, Episode #212 Dobie Maxwell has made a successful living in standup comedy since 1985. Starting in 1990, he’s had several stints in morning radio. Dobie has appeared numerous times on national and regional television. And from 1995 to 2020, Dobie taught his &quot;Maxwell Method of Standup Comedy&quot; at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago to more than 3000 students. Dobie’s a published author of a true crime story about his life called &quot;Monkey in the Middle.&apos;&apos; And he currently co-hosts a critically acclaimed podcast about all things diabetes called &quot;Just My Type.&quot; Originally from Milwaukee, Dobie currently makes his home in Bristol, Wisconsin, where he continues to tweak and improve his craft for a post pandemic new normal.
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Dobie Maxwell, Stand-Up Comedian, Episode #212 Dobie Maxwell has made a successful living in standup comedy since 1985. Starting in 1990, he’s had several stints in morning radio. Dobie has appeared numerous times on national and regional television. And from 1995 to 2020, Dobie taught his &quot;Maxwell Method of Standup Comedy&quot; at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago to more than 3000 students. Dobie’s a published author of a true crime story about his life called &quot;Monkey in the Middle.&apos;&apos; And he currently co-hosts a critically acclaimed podcast about all things diabetes called &quot;Just My Type.&quot; Originally from Milwaukee, Dobie currently makes his home in Bristol, Wisconsin, where he continues to tweak and improve his craft for a post pandemic new normal.
Scott McGee, TCM-Director-Original Programming-Episode #211 Scott McGee is a Senior Director of Original Programming at Turner Classic Movies.  He’s also a programmer for the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Cruise. Scott frequently presents at TCM events and other film festivals.Recently, Scott authored one of the most enjoyable books about the movies that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. It’s called, Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts. If you like behind-the-scenes stories of how movies are made, and especially about spectacular stunts and the extraordinary people who pull them off, then I cannot recommend Danger on the Silver Screen enough.
John Vorhaus, Comedy Writer and Novelist-Episode #210 Comedy writer and novelist, John Vorhaus, is best known for his comedy-writing classic, “The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not.” His writing credits include dozens of teleplays and screenplays, plus seven novels and numerous books on comedy, writing, creativity and poker. John has taught and trained writers in 37 countries on five continents, and created TV shows of his own in Nicaragua, Romania and elsewhere. His latest book, “the little book of STANDUP,” explores his late-blooming interest in standup comedy. John’s a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Robert M. "Bobby" Schwartz, Entertainment Attorney-Episode #209 Entertainment attorney, Robert M. (“Bobby”) Schwartz ,is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office and co-chair of the Media & Entertainment Industry Practice. Over the last 30 years, Bobby has become a nationally recognized leader in large-stakes and often precedent-setting cases, particularly in the entertainment and media fields. He’s represented every major motion picture studio and broadcast network, as well as film production companies, pay TV services, video game developers, record companies, recording artists, producers, writers, directors, and actors. Bobby has had extensive experience and success in copyright, trademark, unfair competition, royalties and participations, First Amendment, defamation, employment, and complex business disputes. He has handled more than 100 class action cases around the country. He’s also handled substantial disputes for companies well outside the media industry.
Alan K. Rode, Biographer-Film Scholar-Episode #208 Alan K. Rode is a noted biographer and film scholar. He is the executive producer and host of the long-running Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. Alan is also the co-programmer and co-host of the Noir City Hollywood and Chicago film festivals. He’s a charter director and treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation, which is dedicated to resurrecting lost films from the classic noir era.  He’s also a frequent presenter at the TCM Classic Film Festival and other events.Alan’s book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, was published in 2017 to rave reviews.  In April 2018, Alan co-hosted an in-depth Michael Curtiz spotlight series on Turner Classic Movies with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. He also authored Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. And he’s published essays and profiles for a variety of publications including his blog, One Way Street. Alan writes and narrates track commentaries while producing and appearing in documentaries on numerous Blu ray releases of classic films, including the Michael Curtiz documentary featurette on The Mystery of the Wax Museum and Doctor X. He has co-produced such Film Noir Foundation film restorations to Blu-ray as Too Late for Tears, Trapped, Los Tallos Amargos, and Repeat Performance, which includes a documentary feature on the history of Eagle Lion Films that he wrote and narrated.  Scheduled for 2022 is Flicker Alley’s release of The Guilty and High Tide.Alan’s latest book about the classic noir western Blood on the Moon will be published in 2022. And he’s currently writing a biography of actress Lizabeth Scott. Be sure to check out Alan’s numerous discussions with Hollywood artists and scholars on his website, alankrode.com.
Cary Elwes, Actor and Best-Selling Author, Episode #187-ENCORE This is a StoryBeat Encore episode!You’re likely already a fan of the actor and bestselling author, Cary Elwes, who you surely know from his many starring roles in memorable, popular films, including: The Princess Bride, Lady Jane, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Saw, Kiss The Girls, The Cradle Will Rock, Justice League, and the Billionaire Boys Club among dozens of others. Cary recently starred alongside Michael Sheen and Natalie Emmanuel in The Last Train to Christmas. He’s slated to star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7 for director Christopher McQuarrie. And he’s starring opposite Jason Statham in Guy Ritchie’s next film, Five Eyes. Other recent films include the Netflix feature A Castle for Christmas, as well as the The Unholy, which was produced by Sam Raimi, and the indie film, Best Sellers, opposite Michael Caine.You also know Cary from his numerous appearances on such popular TV shows including: Psych, Stranger Things, Family Guy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Art of More. He also produced and wrote Elvis & Nixon, which starred Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon. Cary’s first memoir, As Your Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, became a New York Times Bestseller. It’s an incredibly fun read!
Karen Leigh Hopkins, Writer-Director-Producer-Episode #207 Karen Leigh Hopkins became a writer, director, and producer because she repeatedly got cut out of films like The Breakfast Club and Three Amigos, and didn’t want to go back to Sandusky, Ohio, and work on a factory line like her mother. With twenty-one bucks to her name, out of desperation, she wrote a screenplay in 12 days and sold it “overnight” which launched her writing career. Karen’s writing credits include Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, Stepmom, Because I Said So, and Miss Meadows, which she also directed. Karen also wrote and directed A Woman’s a Helluva Thing. She received an Emmy nomination for Showtime’s What Girls Learn, and she won the Humanitas Award for ABC Family’s Searching For David’s Heart. She also sold and produced a branded series for the Web with Sony/Crackle. Karen co-wrote a series of films with Eleanor Coppola called Love is Love is Love, and she was a writer-associate producer on the Apple series Little Voice.Recently, she sold a series called Aqua Tofana to Netflix, for which she is writing the pilot. She’s also writing a feature called Twisted Sister for Sony. And she wrote a horror film, Lil Holly O, that she hopes to direct. Beyond film and TV, Karen’s also working on a book of short stories that cover subjects very meaningful to her like the 99c store, her dog, the miserable state of politics, evil people that get away with evil things, the theater of sex, and more.
Stephen Galloway, Author and Educator-Episode #206 Author and educator, Stephen Galloway, joined Chapman University in 2020 as the Twyla Reed Martin Dean of Film and Media Arts at Dodge College.  He’s best known for his role as executive editor and producer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he served for almost 30 years. Stephen created and produced series such as “The Hollywood Masters“ and “Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter.” Over the past decade, Stephen has worked to bring in and support diversity in the entertainment industry. Through a partnership between The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, he created the award-winning Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, pairing high school juniors from South Central L.A. with top-level women in film and TV. More than 250 teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds have participated and gone on to college.Stephen spearheaded The Hollywood Reporter’s new Empowerment in Entertainment event. Oprah Winfrey and Stephen joined forces to launch` a leadership program for young men and women of color called the Young Executives Fellowship.  As an author, in 2017, Stephen published the book Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker. In March of 2022, he published to wide critical acclaim Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and the Romance of the Century.  I’ve read Truly, Madly and can highly recommend it to you as a beautifully written, in-depth story of one of the most passionate, intense, and difficult show business relationships ever.
Billy Hartung, Actor-Singer-Dancer-Educator, Episode #205 Actor-singer-dancer-educator, Billy Hartung, has over 1000 performances on the Broadway stage to his credit. Billy’s been featured in three Broadway shows, Side Show, Footloose, and Minnelli on Minnelli. He can also be seen singing and dancing in the Academy Award winning movie musical “Chicago.” You can hear Billy singing on the original soundtrack recordings of all four of the aforementioned shows.He was invited to perform in the 75th Annual Academy Awards. He also performed in the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors, in featured tributes to Chita Rivera & Elizabeth Taylor. A Pittsburgh native, Billy has performed with the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theater, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, The Pittsburgh Symphony and Front Porch Theatricals, where he was last seen in the local premiere of the musical, Big Fish, playing the lead role of patriarch, Edward Bloom, a role that made him runner-up for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year.Billy is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Theater Arts, which offers an award-winning professional curriculum of more than 80 classes in the performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting and more.
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