Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

A one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry’s biggest “behind the scenes” players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field.

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About the host

Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated tv-film-record producer, podcast host, and talent manager who is universally known for helping launch the careers of some of the most extraordinary comedy artists in the business—including Dave Chappelle, Louie CK, Nick Swardson, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Frank Caliendo, Jim Breuer, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings, Bill Bellamy, Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark, Wanda Sykes, Dane Cook, SNL’S newest cast member Melissa Villasenor, Felipe Esparza, and Tracy Morgan.

Throughout his career, Katz has sold an unprecedented 37 out of 38 stand-up comedy specials he produced and has brokered an unprecedented 100 tv development deals, created 3 television shows, and executive produced over 50 different specials, documentaries, reality shows, and scripted series including NBC’s “Whitney,” FOX’s “Action,” HBO’s “Tourgasm,” History Channel’s “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Comedy Central’s “Christopher Titus: Neverlution,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” Showtime’s “Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz,” the syndicated Bellamy/Tim Meadows/Jon Lovitz/Vivica Fox sitcom “Mr. Box Office,” and 7 seasons of the Emmy-nominated NBC series “Last Comic Standing.”

Katz started his involvement in the film business when he helped Chappelle and Neal Brennan (who eventually went on to create “Chappelle’s Show”) sell the cult classic “Half Baked” to Universal Studios and went on to produce several films after that, including “Employee of the Month” (starring Jessica Simpson), “Good Luck Chuck” (starring Jessica Alba), “My Best Friend’s Girl” (starring Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin), I Killed JFK (about the only living person in history to admit to killing Kennedy), and most recently “Misery Loves Comedy” (starring Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, and Larry David). In the recording world, he has produced multiple gold, platinum, and double platinum albums, while becoming the only artist/manager/producer combination to debut a comedy album in the top 5 of Billboards national charts–twice with Cook.

Additionally, Katz was one of the driving forces behind the sale of the Emmy nominated Roasts to Comedy Central, which have become their biggest franchise, as well as the launch of Comedy Dynamics, which is one of the largest independent comedy production and distribution companies in the world.

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