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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Brian Grazer
in conversation with Ted Sarandos

discussing his new book,
Face to Face:
The Art of Human Connection

The Writers Guild Theatre
135 S Doheny Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

$50  Reserved Section Seat + book
$40  General Admission Section + book
$20  General Admission seat (on  sale August 26 10am)

Listen to Brian and Ted share stories and perspective on the power of genuine human connection in Hollywood and beyond. Listen to these two two Hollywood giants in storytelling share why movies and television are conduits into the shared human experience that ultimately comes from a real place inside all of us.

Brian Grazer is an Oscar-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author. His films and television shows have been nominated for forty-three Academy Awards and 195 Emmys. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, 24, Apollo 13, Splash, Arrested Development, Empire, 8 Mile, Friday Night Lights, American Gangster, and Genius, among others. He is the author of Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection and the New York Times bestseller A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. Grazer was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the cofounder of Imagine Entertainment along with his longtime partner, Ron Howard.

Much of Brian Grazer’s success—as an Academy Award-winning producer, New York Times bestselling author, father and husband—comes from his ability to establish genuine connections with almost anyone. In a world where our attention is too often focused downward at our devices, Grazer argues that we are missing an essential piece of the human experience. Only when we are face to face, able to look one another in the eyes, can we form the kinds of connections that expand our world views, deepen our self-awareness, and ultimately lead to our greatest achievements and most meaningful moments. He takes you around the world and behind the scenes of some of his most iconic movies and television shows like “A Beautiful Mind,” “Empire,” “Arrested Development,” “American Gangster” and “8 Mile,” to show just how much in-person encounters have revolutionized his life—and how they have the power to change yours. 

“Reading Face to Face is like being a fly on the wall, watching Brian Grazer work his magic. Utterly entertaining, this is how you become Hollywood’s best producer.” —Malcolm Gladwell, author of Talking to Strangers

With his fun and dynamic personality, master storyteller Brian Grazer reveals what he’s learned through intriguing interactions with Bill Gates, Taraji P. Henson, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Eminem, Prince, Spike Lee, the Afghani rapper activist Sonita, and others.

To gain fresh perspective, expand your world, spike your creativity, strengthen your relationships and create winning opportunities, the answer begins face to face. Join Brian Grazer for insight into the potential you have to bring a powerful advantage to every aspect of your life.

Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer at Netflix, overseeing the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world such as Stranger Things, Dark (Germany) La Casa De Papel (Spain), and Sacred Games (India) and original films including such blockbusters as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Bright, and Bird Box and the 3-time Academy Award winning film ROMA. Ted has been responsible for all content operation since 2000, and led the company’s transition into original content production that began in 2013 with the launch of the series House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black, among numerous others. Today, Netflix is available in 190 countries and Netflix originals have received numerous awards around the world including 66 Primetime Emmy wins, 6 Oscars, and 5 BAFTA Film Awards including Best Picture.  He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of Exploring The Arts, a nonprofit focused on arts in schools. He also serves on the Film Advisory Board for the Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, is an American Cinematheque board member, an Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a trustee of the American Film Institute.