The Best Worst Strike Ever
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
3M ago
We dedicate this episode to @Time Person of the Year Nominee the Hollywood Strikers! Getting real for a sec, though -- the Hollywood Strikes of 2023 are officially over, and TBH we're feeling a little uncertain. A lot of hope and solidarity were born this Hot Labor Summer. Yet despite all the wins and losses, joy and tears, no one really knows what the future holds. Part of our mission at the Hollywood Confessional is to share untold stories from people working in entertainment so that other folks in the industry know they're not alone. Enter our Season Two Finale, "The Best Worst Strike Story ..read more
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The Publishers: Interview with the Creators of July Magazine
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
5M ago
Nolwen Cifuentes and Dyan Jong had an idea. An independent digital platform celebrating the cinematic achievements of actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers with a focus on diverse voices and perspectives. But as they saw the very people they aimed to uplift locked in a grueling labor struggle, they dedicated their first two issues to highlighting the stories, challenges, and concerns of SAG-AFTRA and WGA union members during the current strikes. Join us in the booth as we talk with Nolwen and Dyan about their inspiration for creating JULY Magazine and how they've pivoted to show support for th ..read more
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Making Trades: Behind the Scenes at a Hollywood News Outlet
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
5M ago
Strike news drops. In Variety, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, TheWrap. Hundreds of thousands of people jump on the story, the future subject of their talks, hopes, fears, and social media stands. But where did it come from… and why? In this week’s episode of the Hollywood Confessional, an entertainment journalist gives the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at a trade publication. From the insane hours and grueling work to the genuine love of story that drives them — even when the system gets them down — our confessor gets real about how news gets made in Hollywood, and sheds li ..read more
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The Pizza Angel of the Picket Line
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
6M ago
For 130 days and counting, fresh, hot pizzas have appeared on the LA studio picket lines every... single... day. How? Meet this week's guest on the Hollywood Confessional, Jess Morse! Jess is one of many people making Hollywood a happier place in strike times. So far, Jess and a team of volunteers have delivered an astounding $20,000 worth of pizza to keep picketing writers and actors on their feet. Join us as we hear how this massive meal-providing operation kicked off with a tweet, and how it was quickly followed by a cascade of generosity and heartwarming stories. If you'd like to volunte ..read more
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Behind Closed Doors: A Studio Executive Confession
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
6M ago
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! We're coming to you on an off week to give you a quick confession given to us from a STUDIO EXECUTIVE. This person confesses about the culture of the studios that they believe led to the strike.  This confession dives into the corporate chaos created by the pandemic and subsequent streaming boom, and the toxic culture that chasing streaming growth has created. You don't want to miss this!  Connect with us: Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Hollywood Confessional is a Ninth Way Media production, produced by Meagan Daine and J.R. Zamora-Thal. Sound ..read more
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Green Envelope Grocery Aid
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
6M ago
Hello Hollywood Faithful! This week we've got a very special episode where we interview Joelle Garfinkel, creator of Green Envelope Grocery Aid. Joelle is actively working to make Hollywood a happier place by organizing a mutual aid fund for those in need. If you'd like to donate to the fund, you can venmo Joelle: http://venmo.com/joelle-garfinkel You can also send money via PayPal: https://paypal.me/greenenvelopeaid?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US If you'd like to apply for funds, you can find the application here: https://forms.gle/YrunTwueUZD5uvos8 Additional information can be found at ..read more
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The Man Who Peed on Me
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
7M ago
A small arms and demolitions expert enters a different kind of battlefield when he takes a job as a production assistant on a film run by a notorious low-budget producer. But neither earthquakes nor legal problems nor bodily fluids can deter this intrepid confessor. Join us as we hear how, despite crazy obstacles, he hustled his way to the top of the industry... only to discover it wasn't enough. We also have a very special guest this week! Hollywood historian Andrea Van Landingham, author of Hollywood Horrors: Murders, Scandals and Cover-Ups from Tinseltown, joins us to talk about the histor ..read more
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The Gun Story, Part 2
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
7M ago
We pick up right where we left off last episode: the first AD just pulled a real gun. This raises a storm of questions about safety measures, responsibility, and ethics. We unpack this incident, empathizing with the line producer's reaction, and explore the gray areas of accountability when guns make their way onto a film set. In this whirlwind of conflict, controversy, and collective action, we witness the ripple effects shaking Hollywood's foundation.  We also discuss the significance of the recent development of this summer's labor movement and how the industry's landscape is being re ..read more
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The Gun Story, Part 1
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
8M ago
Hello Hollywood Faithrful! This week, we have part one of a two part story about a first AD who pulled a gun on set. So, grab your headphones and get ready for a rollercoaster ride into the inner workings of Hollywood. Connect with us: Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Hollywood Confessional is a Ninth Way Media production, produced by Meagan Daine and J.R. Zamora-Thal. Sound Effects and Music provided by Zapsplat and Pixabay. Keywords: filmmaking podcast, film podcast, screenwriting podcast, entertainment podcast, Hollywood, filmmaking, writerslife, actorslife, setlife ..read more
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Life In the Ads Lane
Hollywood Confessional
by Ninth Way Media
8M ago
Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in the world of commercial production? Tune in to this episode of The Hollywood Confessional as we hear stories about the immense pressure of juggling time, budget, and creativity while producing commercials.  We have three stories this week: a worldwide search for a model, a client who didn't understand that English and Spanish are different languages, and a scrappy producer just trying to get his job done.  We also talk about the WGA strike as it goes into it's ninth week. So sit back, relax, and hang out with us in the confessional bo ..read more
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