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Gary Schneeberger

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas sits down with Gary Schneeberger, president of Roar PR. As a seasoned writer and former journalist who crossed over to the public relations realm, Gary brings his unique perspective on the evolution of media alongside his expertise in one of cinema’s most iconic franchises: James Bond.

So if you’re a die-hard 007 fan, be sure to listen because this episode is packed with engaging tales, nostalgia, thoughtful analysis, and passion for all things Bond. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Introduction to Gary Schneeberger and his career transition from newspapers to public relations.
  • Insights about the shift in media consumption over time and the decline in print journalism contrast with online growth.
  • Listen to personal anecdotes about moving from California back to Wisconsin after decades away.
  • In-depth analysis of why James Bond is a universally appealing character and a cultural phenomenon.
  • Delve into each actor’s portrayal of James Bond and how they brought something different to the role from Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
  • Hear trivia and insights about Barbara Carrera‘s award nomination and Frank Sinatra’s role as the first John McClane in an alternate universe.
  • Speculation on James Bond’s future casting, celebration of six decades of the franchise’s legacy, and continual captivation of audiences worldwide.

Quotations:

“I think that’s one of the reasons why Bond was so popular, has been so popular over 60 years, is that because it has changed up, and Bond has sort of met the times where the times were at, and that’s been the genius of the folks who’ve been producing it all these years.” ~ Gary Schneeberger

“From Connery to Craig is its own cinematic universe. They weren’t talking cinematic universes when they started like Marvel has a cinematic universe like Harry Potter has a cinematic universe, but this is all self-contained.”  ~ Gary Schneeberger

“He has to have that non-American sort of perspective. And I think that’s one of the beautiful things about Bond, Gary, as we, you know, as we talk about it, is that there’s, especially for those of us in America, there’s just something so exotic about it.”  ~ Gary Schneeberger

Bio:

Gary Schneeberger’s three decades in journalism and public relations fuel his passion for, and success in, strategic marketing and communications. As founder and president of ROAR, Schneeberger draws on his executive and executional experience in entertainment, ministry, and media to help individuals and organizations engage audiences with the boldness and creative clarity that ensure they are heard. He has captured his insights and experience on the wise practice of public relations in Bite the Dog: Build a PR Strategy to Make News That Matters, available at most online booksellers.

He has advised Hollywood studios (Universal, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox), television networks (USA, History, The CW), global ministries (Focus on the Family) and publishing houses (Simon & Schuster, Hachette Books), as well as counseled and created communications platforms for some of the biggest names in movies and TV (including Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) and the most influential leaders in the faith community (including Jim Daly and Russell Moore). His writing, under his own name and on behalf of clients, has appeared in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post. He has an extensive background as a spokesperson, appearing on the CBS Evening News, CNN This Morning, NPR, and HLN, among dozens of others. Schneeberger also spent more than 15 years as an award-winning reporter and editor for daily newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Camp Lake, Wis., with her two children, Alyssa and Hunter.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://weroar.la/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyschneeberger/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garyschneeberger/

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Youtube: @garyschneeberger3641

Darren Haruo Rae

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a fascinating conversation with our guest, Darren Haruo Rae, a Japanese-American producer and director based in Los Angeles. Darren shares his journey from being a movie enthusiast to becoming an accomplished filmmaker.

Darren’s love for film was sparked by his father’s passion for movies and his extensive laserdisc collection. Tune into this insightful episode where they also talked about assessing one’s own work, learning by doing, understanding commercial filming vs. authentic performances, and much more!

Filmmaking isn’t just about what you see on screen; it’s also about those behind-the-scenes heroes who make magic happen every day.

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In This Episode:

  • The Genesis of a Filmmaker
  • The Academic Pursuit 
  • A Nostalgic Affair with Physicality
  • Influences Inspirations 
  • Behind-the-Scenes Intricacies
  • Self-assessment and Growth 
  • The Art Of Compromise In Filmmaking    
  • Directorial Philosophy  
  • Casting Decisions And Actor Inputs   
  • Persistence, Patience, and Timing 
  • Physical Fitness In Cinema
  • Representation And Diversity  
  • Respect For Personal Stories   
  • The Importance Of Storytelling   
  • Historical Events As Source Material  
  • Remembering History Through Film
  • Cultural Expectations And Screenwriting  
  • Superhero Movies And Corporate Control 
  • Balancing Commercial Work With Personal Projects 
  • Dream Collaborations 

Quotations:

“I think a big part of being a director is that, essentially, you’re the one that has to pull the plug and say, that’s good enough.” ~ Darren Haruo Rae

“It’s really just making yourself available and just believing yourself and staying, you know, true to yourself and even just hoping that opportunity will come.” ~ Darren Haruo Rae

“The biggest thing I can tell them is, 1, Just make stuff. Even if you don’t feel ready, just make stuff.” ~ Darren Haruo Rae

“The point of the director, in my opinion, is being able to facilitate your actors, being able to work with photographer, your production designer, and your sound designer; you’re the person at the moment having to make the decisions. You’re the yes or no.” ~ Darren Haruo Rae

Guest’s Bio:

Darren Haruo Rae is a Japanese-American producer and director based in Los Angeles who co-founded the boutique production company Roann Films. He has directed high-profile commercials and branded content for clients such as Western Digital, Airbnb, and Cisco. Rae’s directorial debut, Park Arcadia, garnered Best Screenplay at the 2014 International Film Festival Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. His latest film, Nisei, inspired by his Japanese-American grandfather’s WWII experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, earned Best Drama and Audience Choice at the 2023 Poppy Jasper Film Festival and continues its festival circuit, screening at Indy Shorts by Heartland Film, LA Shorts International Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, and Cinequest Film Festival.

Currently, Rae is the series producer for the MasterClass G.O.A.T. Original Series and is producing the feature film Surrender, starring Andrea Bang. Surrender was selected as one of Film Independent’s Fast Track fellowship program’s top 10 narrative fiction features and is slated for production in 2023.

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Fortune Feimster

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a fascinating conversation with Hollywood’s comedy sensation, Fortune Feimster. For over two decades, Fortune has been crafting an innovative, inclusive, and unparalleled career. Whether she’s on stage, in the radio studio, or on screen, her contagious and joyous comedy continues to touch lives and bring people together every day. Fortune shared her career journey, starting from humble beginnings in a small town to achieving success in Hollywood through sheer determination, hard work, humor, and a dash of luck. Her continued humility despite her growth is truly inspiring!

Join us in this exciting episode and hear more of Fortune’s story about her comedic techniques and future aspirations. With opportunities rolling in as quickly as punchlines, it’s evident that this determined and unflinching comedian is just beginning her remarkable journey. Indeed, Fortune Feimster is making waves everywhere.

Be sure to check her tour schedule to see if she’s performing in a city near you and experience her extraordinary talent in person!

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In This Episode:

  • Fotune’s Humble Beginnings
  • Career Progression
  • Upcoming Events
  • Netflix Special Projects
  • Acting Techniques
  • Future Goals
  • The Power of Podcasting

Quotations:

“I was like a kid in a candy store.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“I just couldn’t believe that they were like taking that kind of time with even someone like me who was such a small part of that.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“At this point, I’ll take anything to make whatever part of my body I could use to make people laugh, I’ll use it.” ~ Fortune Feimster

“I think stand-up will always be part of my career just because it’s the one medium that you have complete control over. It’s a way to connect to your audience without any middleman, and I really love that part of my business. And I think it’s the thing that has made people get to know me the most and, uh, understand who I am as a person.” ~ Fortune Feimster

Guest’s Bio:

Fortune Feimster, a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for her affable and charismatic presence, wields her unique brand of confessional comedy to unite people from all walks of life. You can catch Fortune across various media platforms, whether through radio broadcasts, appearances on both the big and small screens or during her nationwide stand-up comedy tours. Her first one-hour special, Sweet & Salty, is currently available for streaming on Netflix and earned a well-deserved nomination for Best Comedy Special at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Prior to this, Netflix showcased her talents in a half-hour special as part of The Standups in 2018, which garnered enthusiastic reviews. Fortune has graced late-night television with memorable sets on Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She also boasts another acclaimed half-hour special on Comedy Central. Starting her career in Los Angeles as a member of the esteemed Groundlings Sunday Company, Fortune first gained national recognition as a writer and panelist on E’s popular show Chelsea Lately. This was followed by series regular roles on Hulu’s The Mindy Project and NBC’s Champions. Her versatile talent has led to numerous guest appearances and recurring roles on a variety of TV shows, including Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Dear White People, Drunk History, Claws, 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Glee, Idiotsitter, Tales of the City, The L Word: Generation Q, Life in Pieces, and @Midnight.

On the silver screen, Fortune has made her mark in films like Office Christmas Party, Social Animals, Father of the Year, and Yes Day. Her distinctive voice can be recognized in various animated roles, such as Evelyn on The Simpsons, Brenda on Fox’s Bless the Harts, and Ava on Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp. Fortune can be heard alongside Tom Papa on Sirius XM’s channel 93 in their show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, every morning. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast with her partner, Jax, aptly named Sincerely Fortune.Her career has continued to flourish with recurring appearances on Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central. Currently, she stars alongside David Spade in the new Netflix series, The Netflix Afterparty. You can also catch her playing Pam on NBC’s Kenan or Pinky in the recently released Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar. Not limited to her on-screen endeavors, Fortune’s creative prowess extends to writing. She has co-written and sold two comedy pilots to ABC, with one of them produced by the esteemed Tina Fey. Additionally, she is set to co-write and star in two feature films, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Field Trip, both acquired by Spielberg’s Amblin Pictures.

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