Brad Wyman on Business Rockstars
Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Brad Wyman, one the most prolific and successful producers of independent films in Hollywood. In addition to founding the online streaming channel WyTV, Wyman also works for Indiegogo.
With over 30 features to his credit, Wyman has worked with an impressive roster of A-list talent from Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron to Matthew McConaughey and Cristina Ricci. His impressive 25 year career boasts the indie blockbuster, MONSTER, the Patty Jenkins film that earned Charlize Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress. A six time alum of The Sundance Film Festival, Wyman’s other career highlights include FREEWAY starring Reese Whitherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland; Executive Produced by Oliver Stone, TREES LOUNGE, starring, written and directed by Steve Buscemi, THE CHASE starring Charlie Sheen, the cult classic THE DARK BACKWARD starring Bill Paxton, Judd Nelson and Wayne Newton and LOVE AND SEX starring Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau. Brad also produced BLITZ, a London police thriller starring JASON STATHAM, and HARD LUCK for Sony Pictures, directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Wesley Snipes.
In 2005 Wyman added television to his to his resume when he Executive Produced the hit reality series TOMMY LEE GOES TO COLLEGE for NBC. Wyman co-produced LOOK with internet pioneer Barry Schuler and the critically acclaimed film was written and directed by Adam Rifkin. Shot entirely from the perspective of surveillance cameras, this riveting and timely feature gives a brutally honest account of the secret lives of everyday people in a country where eavesdropping is becoming the rule rather than the exception. The film LOOK was turned into an 11 episode series, which aired on Showtime in 2010-2011 and recently debuted on www.hulu.com/look.
In 2010, Brad Wyman launched WyTV, an online streaming channel for which he produces original programming including music, comedy, health and other variety entertainment. In early 2011, WyTV made international news by streaming four episodes of Sheen’s Korner, starring Charlie Sheen. The show had more than 8 million views during the week that it aired.
WyTV also produced Fleischer’s Universe, a variety show hosted by actor comedian Charles Fleischer. Guests on the show included Marilyn Manson, Jason Schwartzman and Harland Williams. Global Soul TV, a music show hosted by DJ Matt Robinson, featured a performance by rising musician Austin Brown.
In 2011, WyTV launched Blythe Raw Live, a raw foods show hosted by Blythe Metz. Despite a relatively unknown host, Wyman was able to build the Blythe Raw Live brand online and to date the show has received 445,000 live views in addition to 8 million recorded views. Hulu agreed to feature episodes of Blythe Raw Live on its site, marking the first time this has happened for an original live online show.
Brad is currently the vertical lead for film, TV and web content at Indiegogo.com. Indiegogo is the world’s crowdfunding platform. This is the perfect convergence of all Wyman’s talents. Indiegogo has democratized Crowdfunding, enabling anyone to finance any idea, project, company or creative concept on their site. Brad stated, with regard to the film vertical, “I feel like an Indie Studio head with 100’s of features on our site and helping all these movies get financed, making filmmakers dreams come true.”