The Industry

The Industry
A storytelling podcast exploring Hollywood’s lesser known history.

Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation
Dec 16, 2019 • 12 min
Slow, melancholy, and the true meaning of Christmas. It might sound more like a December mass at a local church but it’s actually commonly used description of a beloved holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this bonus episode we go over how this…
A Not So New Hope
Nov 6, 2019 • 23 min
Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he’s be working to get the picture finished his own way. In 2019…
How To Slice A Sicilian
Oct 23, 2019 • 23 min
Director Michael Cimino has a complicated history. As Oscar and Razzie winner who only made seven films, Cimino frequently found himself struggling with producers to get his vision out. When the producers of The Sicilian felt his version was too long he…
The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka
Oct 9, 2019 • 30 min
Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight the industry with a series of lawsuits that would ultimately cost him his career. Filmmakers Zeinabu…
He Really Was That Masked Man
Sep 25, 2019 • 29 min
On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of classic television, Americana, and just plain ole nostalgia. However, when producers decided to ice out…
No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court
Sep 11, 2019 • 36 min
The James Bond series has been going for over 50 years. In that time the MI:6 agent has fought many villains. However, for many fans of the series, 007’s greatest villain might have been off screen. Producer Kevin McClory helped create the “cinematic…
The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack
Aug 28, 2019 • 35 min
In the 1970’s actor Tom Laughlin helped change the industry with his advertising and distribution ideas for his Billy Jack series. In the 1980’s he planned a comeback movie and another potential industry game changer, this time for home video. It did not…
The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway
Aug 14, 2019 • 27 min
Robertino Yanzanny was just a teenager in Puerto Rico when he fell in love with the movies and developed an admiration for super producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis left a huge impression in The Industry. Big successes and big flops and big risks…
The Great Gleason Pivot
Jul 31, 2019 • 23 min
Jackie Gleason is an entertainment legend. He’s one guy who truly did it all. Movies, Broadway, conducted his own orchestra (!), and most of all television. He was The Great One, after all. That doesn’t mean the guy didn’t make mistakes. In 1961 Gleason…
Season Two Trailer
May 9, 2019 • 1 min
A new season of The Industry is coming this summer, with more lesser known stories of Hollywood history. Check out season one at
The Ballad of Coy and Vance
Nov 26, 2018 • 27 min
The Dukes of Hazzard was a top ten show heading into its fifth season. That’s when a report came out revealing just how much the show had earned in merchandising. And that’s when the stars of that show realized how much they weren’t getting. In this…
Staring at the Sunn
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
Aliens, mountain men, and Jesus were the stars of the day for Sunn Classic Pictures. Throughout the 1970s, Sunn Classic proved to be a highly successful independent movie studio, cranking out pseudo-documentaries and G rated nature themed movies like it…
Mr. Dugan Doesn’t Go To Washington
Sep 30, 2018 • 24 min
Mister Dugan had the potential to be a hit show. It was a topical series about a recently elected idealistic black congressman who has to contend with his less than helpful staff. Norman Lear was producing, Cleavon Little was the star. However, just days…
Bonus Episode: Waiting For Hoffman
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
In this bonus episode we take a look at how in the 1980s Cannon Films signed a major star to the biggest deal in entertainment history and still didn’t get the movie made. LaBrava was to be an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard (Justified, Get Shorty,…
The Legend of Supertrain
Jul 23, 2018 • 27 min
The fall season for NBC in the 1978-79 season was a disaster. It was such a wreck that virtually of their fall debuts were gone by the time January rolled around. However, hope was on the horizon. For the last place network, they had an ace up their…
Cliff Robertson Will Not Be Silenced
Jul 16, 2018 • 25 min
In 1977 actor Cliff Robertson received a notice in the mail saying he owed taxes a $10,000 payment he received from Columbia Pictures. The only problem was he hadn’t worked for Columbia Pictures in the previous year. What followed uncovered embezzlement,…
Winter Kills
Jul 9, 2018 • 31 min
Director William Richert had a dream set up for his first feature film. It was based on a new popular novel from the author of The Manchurian Candidate, he had a hot leading leading man in Jeff Bridges, and he had an all-star supporting cast made of up…
Jul 2, 2018 • 23 min
After earning massive success in the early 1970’s with the movies The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin could call his own shots. For his next movie he decided on a remake of the 1953 French thriller The Wages of Fear. What started out…
Lambada vs The Forbidden Dance
Jun 27, 2018 • 37 min
When Menahem Golan left Cannon Films for 21st Century Pictures, he brought with him a grudge that would propel both companies into direct competition over the Brazilian dance craze, the lambada. From this sprang a crazy race to the theaters between…
The Rural Purge
Jun 22, 2018 • 20 min
The Rural Purge is legend of television history. A landmark time and a watershed moment when TV decided to leave behind the down home fun and wholesomeness of shows like Mayberry RFD, Green Aces, and The Beverly Hillbillies for urban skewing shows like…
The Industry Trailer
Jun 20, 2018 • 1 min
Introducing a new podcast telling stories of Hollywood history.