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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the First Assistant Director will call out, This is the Martini Shot!

Meaning: after this shot is done, we’re calling it a day. After this shot, you get your martini.

I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. Stories about Hollywood and the media, about living and working in the entertainment business, and about living and working in general.

And like a good martini, they’re short enough to enjoy more than one.

Martini Shot Rob Long

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 286 Ratings

When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the First Assistant Director will call out, This is the Martini Shot!

Meaning: after this shot is done, we’re calling it a day. After this shot, you get your martini.

I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. Stories about Hollywood and the media, about living and working in the entertainment business, and about living and working in general.

And like a good martini, they’re short enough to enjoy more than one.

    Presented By Terry

    Presented By Terry

    In Los Angeles, everyone’s in show business. Everyone.

    • 4 min
    We Love It

    We Love It

    There’s only one phrase a scriptwriter dreads more than “we love it, but we have some notes”: “we love it and have no notes.”

    • 3 min
    The Simple Saboteur

    The Simple Saboteur

    Rob discovers a WWII era psyops spy manual and realizes it is the perfect guide for disrupting the business practices of modern content companies. But —as a New Year’s resolution— he vows not to use the manual’s power for evil. For now.

    • 4 min
    A Very Merry Thing

    A Very Merry Thing

    Rob gives a master class in the unnecessarily complicated etiquette of wishing friends and family “Merry Chr…”, er, “Seasons Gree…”; uh, “Happy Holi…”. Well, you know what we’re trying to say.

    • 3 min
    Long’s Law of News In Motion

    Long’s Law of News In Motion

    Rob explains an immutable law of show biz physics: bad news travels slow because there’s no money in it, while good news travels fast –really fast– turbo-charged by the notion that money is about to be spent.

    • 3 min
    Martini Shot Conversations: Preston Beckman

    Martini Shot Conversations: Preston Beckman

    Preston Beckman was a network programmer at NBC and Fox for over 30 years. He brought the country “Must See TV” at NBC and was witness to the the start of the reality revolution when he was at Fox. Now, he’s retired and spends his days opining on Twitter about television, politics, and everything in […]

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

Dave06475 ,

Great insider view’

Thanks Rob for bringing the inside view of broadcast vs streaming business models - and for sharing my frustration with finding the good stuff between all the streams!

jewls317 ,

No, No, No!

I hate commercials! I don’t know anyone that does. Very interesting episode, thanks.

JCJDC ,

Always fun

Loved the longer episodes recently

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