The Brian and Danielle Show

24
Mar

Episode 18: The David Glasser Sessions

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Danielle, David and Brian

Meet our friend David Glasser, COO and President of The Weinstein Company. A former child actor turned movie studio executive, David is arguably one of the industry’s top producers, and he gives us the inside scoop on the business of filmmaking. You'll learn what it’s like to learn from Harvey Weinstein, and how The Weinstein Company has created a family atmosphere that attracts A-List talent, time and time again.  

David talks with us about his early start in commercials and television, and his first forays into the producing business. He offers advice to aspiring producers and explains how being on-set still excites him to this day. (Just ask him about the smell of breakfast burritos from the catering truck!) 

And for fun, he shares what it’s like to be in the rarified air of all the big Hollywood awards ceremonies with people like "Bradley" "Meryl" and "Julia." (Yep, that Bradley, Meryl and Julia.) He tells us how his beautiful wife Michele ended up seated next to George Clooney at the Golden Globes a few years ago, and how much fun it was to sit with U2's Bono and The Edge this year. (See photos below.) He also reveals what famous person recently left him star-struck.

David's story is one of hard-knocks and hard work. From the creative side of filmmaking, to foreign territory sales, to movie marketing, he's done it all and paid his dues. Yet, through it all, he's developed and fostered a deep love of movies and moviemaking. Blessed to learn from the best, he shares what it's like to shop for books with boss Harvey Weinstein, and what Harvey talks about at dinner with Quentin Tarantino. (Don't miss David's stories of being a young producer working in Cannes -- including his unforgettable encounters with Merv Griffin and The King of Pop.)

At the end of the day, David is not just a movie executive; he's a dedicated father and husband. Whether deal-making in a hotel at Sundance, or cheering for his kids at a game, he's equally enthusiastic. And we think you'll find his enthusiasm quite infectious! Enjoy our chat.

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David (dark hair) as a young actor in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"

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Screenshot of David and Bono at 2014 Golden Globes

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Screenshot of David's beautiful wife, Michele, seated with George Clooney at the 2012 Golden Globes