Previously called LIFE WITH C**A, the show has a fresh new name and look for 2021! ANGLE ON PRODUCERS spotlights producers from all corners of the entertainment industry. Along the way, host and Emmy nominated producer Carolina Groppa, will help demystify the age old question: "What exactly does a producer do?" by giving you an honest glimpse into what it's like to walk in our shoes. The clean, curated version of people’s lives rarely tells the whole story so I’m here to talk about the messy parts, the hard stuff, the "caca."
Special Minisode with Herman Phillips and Heather Wagner of Cinapse
Very excited to share my chat with Herman Phillips (COO) and Heather Wagner (Co-Founder/Product Architect). They are two of the brains behind Cinapse, our sponsor for the last 3 episodes.
Cinapse is an app that streamlines workflows for film and television crews, cast members, and studio employees.
By digitizing the background voucher system, a painful process that usually requires a TON of forms, data entry, and frustrated individuals, Cinapse is revolutionizing production at large.
It's one of those unsexy time sucks in production that ADs, production and accounting deal. It's time that could be spent more wisely.
During our chat, we dive into the story behind how the idea came about, why producers should know about it and how this the technology it provides will positively impact the process of making a film for everyone involved---from crew to accountants.
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Eva Price - Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer of Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!, & Many More!
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Here we are, the final episode of 2022! I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by, can you? As we wind down and cozy up into this season of rest and reflection, I hope you truly take the time to celebrate your wins, learn from your blindspots, and continue to do your best daily. Wise people tell me that’s what life is all about.
Eva Price is a prime example of betting on yourself. She is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer with over 18 successful Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts under her belt. Notably called “Broadway’s Powerhouse Entrepreneur”, some of her award-winning shows include Oklahoma!, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Dear Evan Hansen, Peter and the Starcatcher, Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld.
Eva grew up in Boston and earned a degree in Political Communication at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After five years as an assignment editor in ABC News, Eva quit her prestigious and lucrative job to pursue her dream of becoming a Broadway producer. A decade later, she’s now produced multiple Tony, Olivier, and GRAMMY Award-winning shows on Broadway!
Currently, Eva is producing an upcoming Broadway show & Juliet which opens on November 17. Eva is also preparing for a new important musical opening in Los Angeles in May 2023, called Transparent.
Gems from this episode include:
Navigating the exhausting but fulfilling world of theater The importance of humility despite being a successful producer How producers empower their communities through art Xoxo
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Barbara Whitman - Producer of the Tony Award Winning Musical "A Strange Loop"
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Barbara Whitman is a theater producer who made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Comb and Phylicia Rashad,
An impressive lady, she has won multiple Tony and Drama League Awards for producing musicals like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fun Home, The Humans and of course, A Strange Loop, which I was lucky enough to see on Broadway back in August.
In 2021, she established the Barbara Whitman Award at Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, SDCF for sure. The award will be given annually to a female, trans, or non-binary early career director.
Currently, Barbara is producing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright’s new play, GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, starring Sean Hayes. The play will open on Broadway Spring 2023.
A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. With roots in the theater, it’s no surprise that’s she’s built a career around this art form. She has a deep passion for story, and especially for outlier stories that live outside the more commercial broadway fare.
Gems from our chat include:
How the definition of a producer has evolved The importance of introducing audiences to live theater Tips on how to get started producing theater Xoxo
Elizabeth Cantillon - Producer of PERSUASION and Principal at MRC's Bisous Pictures
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Thrilled to share my chat with the fierce Elizabeth Cantillon. She is a producer and principal of Bisous Pictures, a romance label under MRC Film. She most recently produced an adaptation of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION starring Dakota Johnson which is streaming on Netflix.
An LA native, Elizabeth has extensive experience working as a studio executive and a producer. She also had a brief stint at UCLA where she taught screenplay development for producers. She recommended a few excellent books and resources that I highly recommend you check out. Links are in the show notes on
She previously served as EVP, Production at Columbia Pictures. During her tenure there, , she oversaw Academy Award winners THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the last four installments of James Bond movies CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE.
Overall, the films she has worked on as a studio executive have garnered more than $300 million at the box office worldwide.
In 2014, Elizabeth left Columbia Pictures to go back to her first love of producing with a first look deal at Sony under, “The Cantillion Company.”
Elizabeth is resilience and patience personified. Gems from our chat include:
The difference between a studio executive’s role and a producer’s role How true gender parity in film production can be achieved The importance of setting boundaries for yourself Xoxo
Kara Durrett - Producer of HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL.
Kara Durrett is an independent producer who recently produced Adamma Ebo's HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL which premiered at Sundance 2022.
Kara is the reason I was brought on to HONK as a physical producer and in the process of making that film, she became a bud. She is fun to work with, in fact, she is a great time! (direct quote from Kara!)
Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown give phenomenally funny performances worthy of an hour and 42 minute of your time. The film premieres on September 2nd in theaters and on Peacock. So excited for the world to see it! Check it out and tell me what you think!
Kara also produced Celine Held & Logan George’s VANISHINGS AT CADDO LAKE alongside M Night Shyamalan, which is currently in Post Production.
Past productions include Floyd Russ’s AYAR, which premiered at SXSW 2021, Celine Held & Logan George’s TOPSIDE, winner of both Best Technical Achievement at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, the Special Jury Award for directing at SXSW 2020, and Alex Fischer & Eleanor Wilson’s SAVE YOURSELVES!, which premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Bleecker Street.
Upcoming projects are David Craig and Brian Crano’s I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU, alongside producer Joel Edgerton; As well as Laurel Parmet's THE STARLING GIRL produced alongside 2AM.
Durrett’s short film work has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, and has screened in competition at Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and in the Narrative and Midnight Competitions at SXSW. Her award-winning short film CAROLINE was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards. Watch the short here: https://vimeo.com/295591903
Some gems include:
-Why she loves working with first time directors and the advice she has for them
-The value of learning by making mistakes
-The deep respect we share for crew and how much of themselves they give to bring stories to life
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Amy Baer - President of Landline Pictures and Producer of JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE
Amy Baer currently serves as President of Landline Pictures, a label within MRC Film that makes feature films about and for the 50+ audience. Launched in 2020, their first movie, JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE, directed by David Frankel, who did MARLEY & ME, is streaming now on Paramount+.
Starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening, the film is based on the true story of a married couple who used a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery to win $27 million. I watched it with my dad a few weeks ago and it’s incredibly fun and heartwarming.
While Amy grew up in a showbiz family, she still had to carve her own path. One thing was certain: she did not want to be an actor.
During her stint at CAA in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney, she discovered the studio executive route.
She eventually became President & CEO of CBS Films. She also spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw impressive films such as:
MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997)
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003)
THE HOLIDAY (2006)
Amy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to raise seven figure development fund and launch Gidden Media, one of the industry’s only female-led, independently financed content incubation companies.
Her first film as a producer was the 2013 hit LAST VEGAS, starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, which grossed $136MM worldwide.
A devoted wife and mother of two, Amy has also found time to be Board President of Women in Film since June 2018.
A few takeaways from our chat include:
Soaking up as much as you can when you are in a job you dislike
How leaving the studio system forced her to develop an entrepreneurial muscle
And how to not take things personally
Perfect for aspiring producers (or any filmmaker!)
I’m an aspiring producer (making a career transition) and I recently came across this show and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve absorbed so much from listening to it—and it provides really unique insight into what it’s really like to work as an producer, the good/bad/ugly. It’s so honest and full of heart! I think it would be relevant to anyone involved in this business or interested in being a part of it. Definitely recommend subscribing.
Epic resource for producers
I absolutely love this podcast. There is so much to be learned from the wealth of knowledge shared by Carolina Groppa and her remarkable guests. As an emerging film producer myself I have found it really useful to hear the stories of women who have forged their own path in this very tricky industry. I always finish an episode feeling inspired and full of energy to keep following my passion. Highly recommend - there are so many practical tips also.
Inspiring, approachable and candid
Not only is this an incredible wealth of film industry wisdom but listening to this show has helped me find more joy in producing. Just like every project brings new producing challenges, and illuminates different pathways of “success,” every episode of Angle on Producers brings something new. Not only does it provide real, useful education but it puts the folks who often work the hardest (and get the least credit) in the spotlight. It’s also really fun/engaging to listen to and makes you forget that you’re learning as much as you are! Highly recommend for filmmakers new and experienced.