Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela: The loss of a great man

Yesterday the world lost a great man. A man who the President of the United States described as one of the “most influential, courageous and profoundly good” people to have ever lived. I am of course talking about the loss […]


Why I created Hollywood’s Veterans Immersion Program (V.I.P.)

Creating a veterans’ community program was not on my “to do” list. But I heard an inner call to action following the 2011 Annual Salute, a Veterans Day event honoring hundreds of veterans graduating at The Los Angeles Film School […]

Child trafficking

From darkness to light: Joining the fight against child trafficking

12 Years a Slave is opening nationwide today. But I’m not going to talk about the movie. I submit my posts a week before their scheduled print dates, so I won’t have an opportunity to see 12 Years until after […]

George Schlatter and Lily Tomlin

Why would a Jewish producer attend a Christian university?

I was encouraged by The Hollywood Reporter’s enthusiastic review of Pepperdine University’s gala tribute to pioneering television producer and alum George Schlatter. Still Laugh-In drew upon the best of Schlatter’s seminal show, with key cast members like Lily Tomlin and […]

dog on director's chair

No more dog days in Hollywood

My wife and I have rescued over 4,000 dogs. It’s been remarkably rewarding on many levels; to watch a dog that was going to be put down in a shelter instead head off to a great home… well, that’s as […]

UTA project impact

UTA: Making an impact

With an average of 12 hours spent in the office each day, dozens of emails sent after the kids are in bed, and weekends often spent prepping for important signing meetings, the life of a Hollywood agent is always filled […]

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