Ep 50: Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow Collaborator, Nicky Weinstock
Nicky Weinstock is a player in Hollywood. But, more than that, he's a good human who's genuine love of writing and helping to craft stories has led him to collaborate closely with such giants as Ben Stiller (he currently runs Red Hour Films with Stiller), Judd Apatow, Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin. He's also helped shape shows like How I Met Your Mother and films like Pineapple Express and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He shares a great story with me about honing the story for Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Tons of takeaways for creatives and anyone else looking to express themselves authentically. SHOW NOTES:
The changing landscape of Television and how content creators no longer need to appeal to everyone (7:15). How Nicky's pure love of writing eventually paved the path to what he now does with Ben Stiller, and did with Judd Apatow, but also put him at odds with former co-workers (17:01). How having kids led Nicky to say to a friend, "I need one of those jobs that gets me a suit" which led to his close relationship with media giants Rupert Murdock and Peter Chernin. (21:05) How Nicky's close relationship with Rupert Murdock made more of an impact on the world than he and his friends could have imagined (27:00) Nicky's jump from Newscorp to Hollywood was not the chess move it looked like, Peter Chernin suggested it (29:29). The story of shaping Bridesmaids into the movie we came to love (42:22). Why you can't write to please the marketplace (51:27). You have to fully commit (56:50). The trap of being too precious about your work and why you need to have more than one iron in the fire (59:27). Ben Stiller's multi-faceted talents & tastes (1:03:23)
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