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Behind the glitz and glamor, Hollywood can be brutal. For every success, there are many more rejections and failures. Screaming into the Hollywood Abyss explores that world and each week a new guest will talk about dealing with rejection, failure and adversity in the entertainment industry. Writer Noah Evslin and podcaster Dan Rutstein ask the questions.

Screaming into the Hollywood Abyss Noah Evslin and Dan Rutstein

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 74 Ratings

Behind the glitz and glamor, Hollywood can be brutal. For every success, there are many more rejections and failures. Screaming into the Hollywood Abyss explores that world and each week a new guest will talk about dealing with rejection, failure and adversity in the entertainment industry. Writer Noah Evslin and podcaster Dan Rutstein ask the questions.

    Take 125 - Writer, Producer, Director Ed Zwick, Shakespeare in Love, Blood Diamond, the Last Samurai

    Take 125 - Writer, Producer, Director Ed Zwick, Shakespeare in Love, Blood Diamond, the Last Samurai

    Our first Oscar winner!For the last episode before our mid-season break we have Ed Swick on the show.He talks about his new book - Hits, Flops and Other Illusions.And we talk winning Oscars, writing truthful books about Hollywood and his extraordinary career.He tells us how the industry has changed, that films like the ones he made aren’t made anymore and a bit more about winning Oscars.Ed tells us about his motivation for making movies, his favourite industry moments and how writing his book...

    • 52 min
    Take 124 - Showrunner, Director Jim Mickle, Sweet Tooth

    Take 124 - Showrunner, Director Jim Mickle, Sweet Tooth

    We talk to the fascinating Jim Mickle.He tells us about this start in independent movies, taking a break during the strike and the upcoming final season of Sweet Tooth.He explains how he got in to tv, becoming a showrunner and suffering from imposter syndrome and working in New Zealand during a pandemic.Jim talks about how hard and tiring being a showrunner was, nearly working with Stallone and why he is pleased to have made slow progress at the beginning of his career.A really interesting di...

    • 42 min
    Take 123 - Showrunner, writer Emily Fox, Hindsight, Watchful Eye, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

    Take 123 - Showrunner, writer Emily Fox, Hindsight, Watchful Eye, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

    We talk to the fascinating Emily Fox who tells us about getting fired, trying to stuff a large chair into a car in the rain while in tears and the importance of connection in a writing room during a pandemic.She tells us about her shows getting cancelled due to a change of exec, being nice to people firing her and building bonds among colleagues.We talk the importance of support outside the industry, her cancellation radar and her ability to forget about failed projects.A fun and interesting ...

    • 51 min
    Take 122 - Writer, Producer, Showrunner Wendy West, Law and Order SVU, Dexter, FBI: Most Wanted

    Take 122 - Writer, Producer, Showrunner Wendy West, Law and Order SVU, Dexter, FBI: Most Wanted

    We talk to Emmy-nominated writer and producer Wendy West.She talks about researching murder, her love of morgues and being the only woman in the room early in her career.Wendy talks about mentoring young female writers, supporting veterans and what it's like to work in the Dick Wolf world.She explains her path to success, her love of crossovers and finding out her show is being cancelled by fax.A fascinating insight into procedural TV by one of the best to have done it.

    • 44 min
    Take 121 - Producer, Director, Showrunner Eddie Schmidt, Good One: A Show About Jokes

    Take 121 - Producer, Director, Showrunner Eddie Schmidt, Good One: A Show About Jokes

    We talk to Oscar and Emmy award nominee Eddie Schmidt.He talks about being comedy adjacent, his time in an improv troupe and how he moved into the showrunning part of Hollywood.We discuss leadership style, the fun of working in comedy and the demeaning comments of mean bosses.We talk about how to appreciate comedy, the complexities of navigating Hollywood and being able to speak truth to talent.A fun and insightful discussion about working and succeeding in the comedy part of Hollywood.

    • 40 min
    Take 120 - Comedian Ray Ellin

    Take 120 - Comedian Ray Ellin

    In a slightly different style of episode we talk to comedian Ray Ellin.We discuss how social media has changed comedy, hear some magnificent failure anecdotes from comedy clubs and bars and talk through the process of creating comedy.Ray talks us through his love of live standup, working in tv and why he made a podcast about Little House on the Prairie.We also cover cancel culture, Aruba and The Magic Castle.A fun and fascinating romp through entertainment through a different lens.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

rbripley ,

Truly Worth Every Minute

What a smart, clever approach the business of Hollywood. Noah and Dan are terrific hosts who do a fanastic job of teasing our reply meaningful stuff from hard-working guests. For writers, listening to these tales of stumbles and failure will help normalize our perspective on this industry and even inspire. Dan and Noah have tapped into a much needed set of stories‹.

gbnypat ,

MVSP: Most Valuable Screenwriting Podcast

There are a lot of (great!) podcasts out there about screenwriting, but none presents a more clear-eyed vision of the pitfalls inherent in this industry as this one does. Noah and Dan have a charming relationship, with Noah constantly covering for Dan’s lack of knowledge and expertise, a fact obscured by Dan’s winning accent which gives the appearance of erudition. But the guests are the true heroes here, many rehashing deeply painful moments from their professional and artistic paths, so aspirers like myself can go into the battlefield clear eyed as possible. Thanks to all the players for this wonderful podcast. May it last forever.

Magnificenthack ,

The Story of My Life

As someone who has worked as a movie and TV writer for the better part of two decades, this podcast is as close as it gets to living the life of a writer in Hollywood. With their insightful questions and ability to really listen, Noah and Dan have a way of getting their amazing guests to talk not only about their greatest successes, but to be open and vulnerable about their biggest failures. This business is a marathon, not a sprint. There are so many ups and downs. This podcast lets the rest of us know that we are not alone.

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