There is nothing more powerful than a story well told.
Woven into the very fabric of what makes us human, story fuels connection. It fosters empathy. And it holds the power to impact not just the individual but humanity at large.
Few understand this better than Brian Grazer—a man devoted to the idea that when curiosity and conversation combine, great art is made.
One of the most prolific film producers, Brian and his Imagine Entertainment partner Ron Howard are responsible for a litany of critically acclaimed, box-office hit films and television shows including Apollo 13, 8 Mile, Splash, Arrested Development, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, and many more. His productions have been honored with numerous awards including an astounding 10 Oscar wins, 50 Emmys, and 11 Golden Globes.
Today we dive deep into the mind of one of Hollywood’s greatest, unpacking the experiences that have shaped Brain into the storied creator he is today.
“Curiosity is the tool that sparks creativity.”
– BRIAN GRAZER
We also explore his unique approach to storytelling, why he believes questions are more important than answers, and why curiosity has been the “superpower” that fueled his rise as one of Hollywood’s leading producers and visionaries.
Curiosity is so central to Brian’s success in fact that he wrote a book about it entitled, A Curious Mind, which he has recently expanded upon in a newly released version.
In addition to exploring Brian’s career, this is a conversation about communication, connection, creativity, and empathy, and why cultivating and practicing these is so vital—plus amazing stories from his behind-the-scenes in Hollywood.
It was a thrill to sit down with a man that I deeply respect and admire. This conversation left me with a newfound appreciation of curiosity not only as an art form, but as a powerful driver of human happiness.
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- Connect with Brian: Website | Instagram | X | Facebook
- Book: A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life: Expanded Version
- Book: Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection
- IMDb: Brian Grazer
- Harvard Business Review: Life’s Work: An Interview with Brian Grazer
- The Wrap: Imagine Entertainment Founder Brian Grazer Featured in CNBC’s ‘Live Ambitiously’ Brand Campaign (Exclusive Video)
- Imagine: Brian Grazer
- Variety 500: Brian Grazer
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