Maureen Ryan on “Burn it Down”:

Dive deep into Hollywood’s inner workings with Maureen Ryan on Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon. As a seasoned critic and editor with three decades of experience, Maureen discusses her latest book, ‘Burn it Down,’ featuring insights from over 150 interviews across Hollywood.

Welcome Maureen:

We’re joined on the Starline by a critic, editor and reporter for three decades. She’s covered the entertainment industry as well as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. Her latest project is her book  “Burn it Down”. We welcome Maureen Ryan.

Mo, let’s go Beyond the Mic. “Burn it Down” has at its base more than 150 interviews from all levels in Hollywood. Why was it important to have so many viewpoints at so many levels?

With all the money that Hollywood lost during the pandemic, wouldn’t trying to keep the creators happy be in the execs best interest?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Marvel owns the silver screen but DC owned television, which do you prefer more?

2. Should Ted Lasso have a 4th season?

3. Best TV show in the last 5 years?

4. What was your 1st tattoo of?

5. Best Hollywood gift you’ve ever been given?

6. What was the moment you will never forget from your trip to Costa Rica?

7. Who was the best character on Farscape?

8. One dream that may never come true in Hollywood?

The Back Half:

There is so much online bile thrown at creators. A majority of the issues come from industry execs and showrunners. How do people get their message if the execs don’t want to hear it?

How has careers being cancelled changed the way your career in media?

Will Johnny Depp return the “Pirates of the Caribbean”?

“Because I’m an asshole at the cinema, I still have a lot of awkward- and, I think important questions.” So Maureen, what’s the one question that still needs to be examined in Hollywood?

One Big Question:

During the pandemic assistants, who are normally overworked, watched their take-home pay shrink sometimes to barely $20,000. Would you tell someone’s daughter or son who was gung ho on working in Hollywood to follow their dreams or not now?

Why should people read “Burn it Down”?

Where can people find you online and join your free newsletter?

Sneaking in One More Question:

What’s the one thing you want people to know about Hollywood?

The Wrap:

She spelled her son’s name correctly. She loves photos of her backyard landscaping, cats and she wants you to read “Burn it Down” Maureen Ryan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

Check out Maureen Ryan at her website here.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic author episodes here.

Thanks Maureen who scheduled a second conversation fleshing out an earlier short episode.

Sean D

I love to hear the word yes.

My grandparents were special people, lived through the great depression, and had amazing stories from their time in the Army Air Corps and as a Speech & Hearing Pathologist. Those stories are lost to time because they were never recorded nor saved. That’s on me.

Beyond the Mic was created because our world is a rich tapestry and everyone has a story. My boss once had someone pushing an interview with an American Idol contestant. He didn’t want to do the interview. I poked my head in his office and said, “I got it.” That star told me the four to five minutes of boilerplate interview stuff, but in the last 3 questions the guest opened up in a new way. From one conversation five years ago now over 400 where there is always one piece of gold left in the pan at the end of our time together.

I want to help people record their favorite stories so they are saved forever. Before we begin I’m going to ask you to keep in your head one question. “Will you share with us your story?”

While still playing on the air I had great interview opportunities that never made it to air. Some were due to length, others were because of topic. It was time to flip the table on the rules. Any topic / guest is welcome, but you need to tell a story & must go 'Beyond the Mic.'

It's a conversation series with the best actors, artists, authors and people you need to know. Every guest is shared with authenticity, honesty and originality giving you content you need to share with others.

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