Movie producer Ben Haber, restaurateur Scott Kay & screenwriter Tom Mullen share wine and swap stories with guests from the world of entertainment.
Screenwriter Richard Smith & Nero d’Avola
Want to remember what life was like pre-COVID? Tune into this episode (recorded in early March) with screenwriter Richard Smith as the Hollywood Uncorked panel engages in forbidden activity like sitting face-to-face, sharing several bottles of Italian Nero d’Avola, and wantonly leaving the house. Along the way they talk about Smith’s screenwriting career, which got off to an auspicious start when his very first film project, Leonard, went from British short to premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. This was followed by his feature-length writing debut, Trauma, starring Colin Firth, as well as Smith’s latest project, The Garden of Evening Mists, based on the acclaimed Malaysian novel and currently rolling out across HBO platforms in Asia.
Storied Media Group’s Sara Moskowitz & Rioja
In an industry where intellectual property is everything, Sara Moskowitz is sitting on a mountain of it as a VP at Storied Media Group, which represents dozens of top publishers around the world, including The Washington Post. Moskowitz stops by this episode to help taste three bottles of Rioja while discussing Storied Media’s dual role as content broker and producer (Amazon’s Modern Love), how newspapers and magazines are bolstering their bottom lines with TV & film projects, and how her job at SMG all started with an internship for founder Todd Hoffman while he was an agent at ICM. Producer Arvind Ethan David sits in as guest co-host.
Comedian Zane Lamprey & Ribera del Duero
In the world of drinking-based entertainment, there is one man who reigns as the unquestioned king: Zane Lamprey, whose alcohol-driven travel cable shows Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy pretty much invented the genre itself. Lamprey joins this truly hilarious episode to help drink through three bottles of Ribera del Duero from Spain as he regales the panel with tales of his favorite filmed drinking adventures from around the world, his new beer podcast Crafts-n-Crafts, and his infamous on-air drinking tour of Tom’s college town of Missoula, Montana.
Screenwriter/Author Adam Jay Epstein & Paso Robles Wines
What’s the best way to backstop a career in the notoriously topsy-turvy world of screenwriting? Adam Jay Epstein (Not Another Teen Movie, Extreme Movie) does it with his “night job” of authoring best-selling fantasy and sci-fi books for the middle grades. While helping the panel drink through three bottles of wine from California’s fast-growing Paso Robles region, Epstein talks about the process and economics of creating book franchises like The Familiars, Starbounders and Snared, his love of executing on big ideas, and the time the his Revenge of the Nerds remake totally fell apart after four weeks of shooting.
Manager John Beach & Corner Store Wines
John Beach has made a niche for himself in Hollywood by getting early access to books and connecting them to writers and producers for film and TV adaptation. With guest host Mike Cohen sitting in, Beach spends this episode talking about what he looks for in a book that might be right for the screen and his well-hidden past as a movie poster model for films like Grosse Pointe Blank and White Squall. Meanwhile, the panel dives into three surprisingly delicious (and decidedly random) wines from the corner store nearby after Tom forgot to pick up the wines they planned on drinking for the night.
Production Executive Winsor Yuan & Croatian Wines
What’s it like when your boss is a writer, director and producer? Winsor Yuan stops by to describe his day-to-day running the development slate for multi-hyphenate Jared Stern, who has written the likes of Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Batman Movie and The Internship, and is showrunning Green Eggs & Ham for Netflix. Meanwhile, Tom’s brother Tim Mullen and his wife Cindy sit in and ply the Hollywood Uncorked panel with a collection of stunningly good Plavac wines from Croatia that they picked up on their recent honeymoon.
Love the flow. Love the show!
After having listened to a handful of your most recent shows, I find myself a looking forward to each new episode.I’m never quite sure which direction your convos will lead but must say I DIG that about you guys!
Your approach to wine isn’t pretentious but fun, irreverent and informative. I always enjoy the “what and wheres” of the libations you’ve enjoyed and the way in which stories from your respective fields and life experiences are deftly woven with those of your guests.
Keep up the great work, Gents!
Fun podcast. Good Mix of wine and entertainment. The guys always keep it interesting.
If you have even a passing interest in wine and/or Hollywood behind the scenes, this is worth checking out. You osmose more about both subjects. Interviews around an activity, meal, drink, coffee are always better interviews! They get a wide array of movie people and explore all kinds of wine. They should do a live one so the audience can taste along.