Talking about Success in Hollywood

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BU alum’s podcast interviews Terrier power players
Cody Brotter (COM’13) out and about in Los Angeles. Photo by Patrick Strattner
Los Angeles television writer Cody Brotter has long wondered how successful, big-name BU alumni made it in Hollywood’s entertainment industry.
So he decided to ask them.
The result is a new podcast series, Hollywood Terriers, which launched in May and features Brotter (COM’13) interviewing BU alums working in all aspects of LA’s entertainment industry. The podcast, created in conjunction with the BU Los Angeles Internship program (BU in LA), is a veritable who’s who of LA power brokers.
Brotter offers a 40-minute interview with BU overseer Jay Roewe (COM’79), HBO senior vice president, one week and a wide-ranging discussion with Orange Is the New Black writer Hilary Weisman Graham (COM’92) the next.
“LA attracts all these hardworking, big-dream people who have come from other places to pursue something,” says Brotter. “BU alumni have traveled across the country to be in LA. A lot of these people are also super-successful, and I wanted to know how.”
One of his favorites is a conversation in May about men and the #MeToo movement with Emmy-nominated TV producer and Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff (CFA’93), who talked about what men can do to help support women writers in an industry that remains male-dominated.

In Vernoff’s interview, she noted that as an undergrad she studied acting, not screenwriting, but after several years of successfully pursuing acting roles, she decided to trust her instincts. “My family really struggled with that,” she said. “I probably have the only family that struggled with someone quitting acting” for another career.
Actor and comedian Langston Kerman (GRS’11) recalled his passion for writing poetry in graduate school and taking a job as a high school teacher after graduation. He said that for sheer enjoyment, he …

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