The Industry
The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

October 9, 2019

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 Davis, Lexi Alexander, and Maria Giese help tell this story along with Jamaa's attorney Irving Meyer. 

Show notes and sources listed here: https://industrypodcast.org/articles

He Really Was That Masked Man

He Really Was That Masked Man

September 25, 2019

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 Clayton Moore, the man who was behind the mask for years on television, they found themselves in fight with the Lone Ranger fan base itself. On the set of the new Lone Ranger movie issues also abound with the new masked man. 

Dawn Moore, Clayton Moore's daughter and actor Michael Horse help tell this story of nostalgia gone wrong. 

Show notes available at https://industrypodcast.org/articles

No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

September 11, 2019

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 Bond" and then spent most of the rest of his life trying to claim him for himself. 

Show notes and sources listed at http://industrypodcast.org/articles

The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

August 28, 2019

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 go according to plan. 

Robin Hutton, Laughlin's former assistant and an author, helps the story of Laughlin's attempted return. 

 

Show notes and sources listed at http://industrypodcast.org/articles

The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway

The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway

August 14, 2019

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 were his standard. When Dino opened his own studio in the 1980s things did not go exactly according to plan. Then he had an idea. It involved garbage bags. 

Yanzanny helps tell the story of what it was like to work with De Laurentiis during this time and his encounter with De Laurentiis after he had died. 

Show notes available at http://industrypodcast.org/articles

The Great Gleason Pivot

The Great Gleason Pivot

July 31, 2019

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 made a huge mistake when, after a couple of years away from television, he made a highly anticipated return with what turned out to be a ridiculous game show. What he did next was unheard of.

Show notes for this episode can be found at http://industrypodcast.org/articles

Season Two Trailer

Season Two Trailer

May 9, 2019

A new season of The Industry is coming this summer, with more lesser known stories of Hollywood history. 

Check out season one at http://theindustrypodcast.com

The Ballad of Coy and Vance

The Ballad of Coy and Vance

November 26, 2018

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 episode of The Industry we take a look at the contract dispute that led to two replacements taking over a top ten show and how that show would never be in the top ten again. Byron Cherry (Coy Duke) helps tell the story of Coy and Vance. 

 

Show Notes

People Magazine, August 9, 1982 - https://people.com/archive/this-hazzard-feud-is-real-the-tv-show-puts-up-its-new-dukes-as-bo-and-luke-walk-out-vol-18-no-6/ 

The Dukes of Hazard: The Unofficial Companion - https://books.google.com/books?id=VHV5iZH9uG4C&authuser=0

Staring at the Sunn

Staring at the Sunn

October 29, 2018

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 was going out of style. They used unique methods to get their ideas and to get their movies out to the public. The Industry takes a look at the history of the company that specialized in inventing history. 

Mr. Dugan Doesn’t Go To Washington

Mr. Dugan Doesn’t Go To Washington

September 30, 2018

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 before it was to air on CBS in 1979 Lear himself pulled the show from the schedule. What went wrong? We take a look at the troubled production that started when Lear's hit series Maude ended.