Samantha Bee and Turner’s Kevin Reilly Talk Comedy, Politics and the Future of TV With Peter Kafka in New York
Update: The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro, host of the wildly popular podcast, “The Daily,” will be joining Peter Kafka for a bonus interview at the Recode Media Live podcast taping. The interview will take place after Peter’s interviews with Samantha Bee and Kevin Reilly.
On his weekly podcast, Recode’s Peter Kafka talks to the most interesting people in media and technology to find out what happens when those things collide.
Now you have an opportunity to watch what happens yourself, at a live recording of the Recode Media podcast in New York, on Tuesday, October 24.
It’s a cool event at a great venue, and we’ve got some very special guests for this one: Samantha Bee, the host of TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Kevin Reilly, the president of TBS and TNT, Turner’s main networks.
You know who Sam Bee is because you’ve watched television and used the internet: She first broke out on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and then brought her biting blend of political humor to her own hit TV show, Full Frontal. Bee also thrives online, where her clips and quips have become instantly shareable.
Reilly is a longtime TV veteran — Fox, NBC and FX — who has spent the past three years trying to transform TNT and TBS from rerun distributors into networks with their own identities. Which is why he leapt at the chance to make Bee one of his flagship talents.
The two of them have a lot to talk about: How to build a TV show — and a TV audience — in a digital world; how to stand out in a media environment with endless distractions; and, of course, what it’s like to make and sell political comedy in 2017.
It’s all going to happen at Joe’s Pub, an intimate venue attached to New York’s Public Theater. It’s a very pleasant place to spend an evening, and a very fun way to make a podcast. Sign up here, and we’ll see you there.
Samantha Bee, Host, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee has quickly established herself as a unique and sharp comedic voice on television with her late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs. In 2003, she joined the “Best F#@king News Team” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Bee left The Daily Show in 2015 — she holds the distinction of being the longest-serving regular Daily Show correspondent. In 2016, she received global recognition from the success of her own weekly late-night comedy series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Full Frontal offers a unique satirical take on weekly news, and explores other important stories that have been largely overlooked by more traditional media outlets. Bee and the show were nominated for three Primetime Emmys in 2017, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series. On April 29, 2017, Bee hosted the wildly successful Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Michael Barbaro, Managing Editor and Host, “The Daily,” The New York Times
Michael Barbaro is the managing editor and host of “The Daily,” a daily news audio briefing from The New York Times. Barbaro has covered local, state and national politics for The Times since 2009, including Bill de Blasio’s candidacy for mayor in 2013, Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012, Andrew Cuomo’s election as governor in 2010 and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s run for a third term in 2009. His stories have touched on the serious side of politics (the passage of gay marriage in New York) and the playful (an interview with Romney’s hair stylist). Most recently, Barbaro was the host of “The Run-Up,” a political podcast that followed the tumultuous election year and its aftermath.
Previously, Barbaro covered the retail industry for the business section of The Times, which gave him a taste for fashion and an interest in raising the sartorial standards in the style-challenged Times newsroom.
He joined The Times in 2005 from The Washington Post, where he began in 2002 as a reporter covering biotechnology in the Washington, D.C., region before moving to the retail beat in 2004. He also contributed to The Post‘s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and has worked for NBC News and The Miami Herald.
Kevin Reilly, President, TBS and TNT / Chief Creative Officer, Turner Entertainment
One of television’s most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly leads the top-rated TNT and TBS networks, and drives growth opportunities across Turner Entertainment’s industry-leading properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, ELeague and Super Deluxe. The only executive to have run two broadcast and three cable networks, Reilly is widely cited as an industry innovator who championed some of the most culturally influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and Glee. Since joining Turner in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT. Under his supervision, TBS has focused on creating distinctive original comedies and late-night shows, including Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour and Search Party, while TNT has begun rolling out such premium, buzzworthy dramas as Animal Kingdom and Claws. Reilly is leading efforts to improve the consumer experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories, and has spearheaded new businesses to grow Turner’s portfolio. Previously, he served in leadership positions at Fox, NBC and FX.
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