9 episodes

Games, Gab & Gossip: TV Before Social Media Sucked The Life Out Of Broadcasting. Meet the Creators, Celebrities, Hosts and Executives behind your favorite Syndicated TV Shows like Judge Judy, Montel and Entertainment Tonight. Host Lou Dennig, a Producer and long-time TV Executive interviews friends and colleagues who made the shows you love. Join the conversation and stay close!

Games, Gab & Gossip Lou Dennig - Emmy nominated Producer, Studio Executive and TV Station Consultant

    • TV & Film

Games, Gab & Gossip: TV Before Social Media Sucked The Life Out Of Broadcasting. Meet the Creators, Celebrities, Hosts and Executives behind your favorite Syndicated TV Shows like Judge Judy, Montel and Entertainment Tonight. Host Lou Dennig, a Producer and long-time TV Executive interviews friends and colleagues who made the shows you love. Join the conversation and stay close!

    GG&G - Ep 008 - Kathryn Sermak

    GG&G - Ep 008 - Kathryn Sermak

    Listen to Lou’s conversation with Kathryn Sermak. Kathryn worked for King World Productions in Los Angeles and New York. She helped Michael King, Ernie DeMassa, Paul Gilbert and many others including Rolonda Watts and her talk show. Kathryn’s written a book about her experiences as the personal assistant to Bette Davis. She was with the legendary Movie Star through her late career renaissance, her recovery from a debilitating stroke, a humiliating public betrayal and was bedside at the star’s death. Kathryn’s book is called MISS D & ME – it’s a fascinating read and she has many stories to tell.
    Kathryn Sermak makes frequent apparences in support of her book MISS D & ME. If you have the chance to catch up with Kathryn in person, don’t miss it. She has an infectious energy that is very appealing. You can check out her schedule or buy the book at her website:

    missdandme.com

    • 32 min
    GG&G - Ep 007 - Mark Itkin - v1

    GG&G - Ep 007 - Mark Itkin - v1

    Listen to Lou’s conversation with Super Agent Mark Itkin. Mark was Co-Worldwide head of programming for William Morris Endeavor where he packaged some of the biggest hits in syndication including PEOPLE’S COURT, AMERICAN GLADIATORS, talk shows with Ricky Lake and Vicki Lawrence, game shows with Merv Griffin and he was even Jerry Springer’s agent at one time. Mark was the architect behind some of the greatest deals in Syndicated Television.

    Mark is very involved with the Aids Monument project in West Hollywood, California. Their fund raising efforts continue. If you want to learn more, please check out their website:

    aidsmonument.org

    • 28 min
    GG&G - Ep 006 - Linda Ellman & Barry Berk

    GG&G - Ep 006 - Linda Ellman & Barry Berk

    Check out Lou’s conversation with two seasoned news producers, Linda Ellman and Barry Berk. They worked together at NBC Nightly News and Entertainment Tonight. Linda went on to Hard Copy, Speaking of Woman’s Health, The Rob Nelson talk show and Intimate Portraits for Lifetime. Barry helped start Access Hollywood then co-founded the successful events company BBDR Pacific where he Executive Produces Charity Events and Business Conferences. They’ve both had adventures in news gathering and that’s what we are talking about in this episode. They shared stories about triumphs and tragedies, life on the road and the competition to deliver the best stories to viewers every day.

    • 38 min
    GG&G - Ep 005 - Susan Winston

    GG&G - Ep 005 - Susan Winston

    Listen to Lou’s conversation with Executive Producer Susan Winston. In her mid-20’s, Susan was put in charge of Good Morning America where, as a young Executive Producer, she turned that show into a ratings powerhouse and a cash machine just when ABC really needed the money. Susan produced innovative Olympic coverage, worked with Woody Fraiser and created The Other Half with Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce and Mario Lopez. Now she is a Psychotherapist with a thriving practice.

    • 39 min
    GG&G - Ep 004 - Bill Carroll

    GG&G - Ep 004 - Bill Carroll

    Bill Carroll, Broadcasting Guru, TV Show Hit-maker and trusted Local Station expert is interviewed by Lou Dennig. Want to know what makes a show a hit? Bill Carroll knows the answer and he shares his insight on this episode.

    • 38 min
    GG&G - Ep 003 - Peter Brennan

    GG&G - Ep 003 - Peter Brennan

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

Small Wonder21 ,

Syndication 101

I love this podcast. I worked in syndication sales from 2005-2010 and then I worked with Lou from 2010-2013. This podcast is everything. I recommend it for anyone interested in syndication TV (including new internet content). This provides a strong foundation for how TV was sold and produced, and is terrific for anyone interested in TV Sales, syndication production, or an interest in TV history. If this was around while I managed interns in TV Sales, I would’ve made them listen. I’ve shared this with friends and old interns who still work in syndication Sales!

Shadowstein ,

Great podcast. You will learn a lot about the television business

I’ve known Lou for years and he is one of the smartest people in the television business. Having a chance to learn from the best was invaluable and now he’s passing on his knowledge to everyone with this podcast. Lou has a ton of charisma and he’s fun to listen to. I can’t wait to hear more interviews in the coming months! I definitely recommend this to anyone whether they are just starting out in the business or they just want to hear a refreshing take on it. I am excited to get a behind the scenes look on how some of these huge industry people got to where they are today and stuff you can’t find on television. Congrats Lou!

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