As the writer behind the Oscars, Grammys, CMAs and 9/11 and Michael Jackson tributes, David Wild is brilliantly ensconced behind the scenes for show business’ most high pressure nights.
He joins Media Mayhem to discuss the unlikely truths behind those events: From the importance of a great host, to the Jewish connection to Country music and acting as a confidant for LL Cool J. David sparkles in this hilarious talk.
David Wild is a writer and critic of the music and television industries. He is a contributing editor to ROLLING STONE, and is an Emmy-nominated writer who has worked on countless award shows and specials including AMERICA: A TRIBUTE TO HEROES, the two hour telethon broadcasted across all major networks which raised money for victims of 9/11. He has appeared in, written and/or produced many music oriented television programs. He also has written several books that have focused respectively on FRIENDS, SEINFELD, Showrunners, Neil Diamond and Brad Paisely. In addition, he has recently executive produced a documentary, $ELLEBRITY. The film examines the relationship between celebrities and the paparazzi and includes interviews with a variety of celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.
00:01 Today on Media Mayhem.
00:50 Welcoming David Wild-the Jewish Jackie Robinson.
02:09 Writing with Brad Paisley.
03:32 How the jews control country music.
04:54 From Rolling Stone to TV: Some friendly advice from Steven Spielberg.
06:53 Finding your funny voice on tv and limited access in modern journalism.
11:59 The Academy Awards with James Franco and Anne Hathaway, “the worst blind date in history.”
15:27 Are the Oscars beyond saving? The importance of great hosts.
20:24 The Grammys when Whitney Houston passed away: L.L.’s prayer.
28:19 The Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11 and the decision to not introduce anyone.
34:57 Writing for the Michael Jackson tribute.
38:33 The impact writing a tribute can have on public opinion.
43:10 $ellebrity and the new version of religion.