TBS and TNT Executive and Panelist Bios
Kevin Reilly, President of TBS and TNT, Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer
One of television's most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly leads the highly rated TNT and TBS networks and drives opportunities across Turner Entertainment's industry-leading properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim and ELEAGUE.
In December 2018, Reilly’s role was expanded to include architecting the overall creative identity of the WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer offering, being appointed President TBS, TNT and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer. In addition to his TBS and TNT responsibilities, he is also in charge of defining the non-HBO original, library and licensed content that will characterize the brands that make up the overall product offered by the direct-to-consumer platform. In this dual role, Reilly reports to Turner President, David Levy and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in support of ongoing direct-to-consumer development.
The only executive to have run two broadcast and three cable networks, Reilly is widely known as an industry disruptor for the new media era. He was among the first broadcast executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and to push for multi-platform ratings measurement, and he led efforts to revitalize TV development by calling for an end to the traditional pilot season. In recognition of his ongoing career accomplishments, in 2016 Reilly was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
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, scoring an unprecedented six consecutive hits in 2016 with Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party. TNT, meanwhile, has begun shifting its focus to premium, buzz-worthy dramas, beginning last summer with the acclaimed hit Animal Kingdom, continuing in the winter with Good Behavior and followed this summer by Claws and Will. Both TBS and TNT scored an unprecedented 100% renewal rate with their 2016 series.
At TNT, Reilly has pioneered efforts to improve the customer viewing experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories in original programming. In addition, at TBS, he has challenged the traditional television schedule with binge-style launches for shows like Angie Tribeca, People of Earth and Search Party.
Reilly also advances next-generation strategies designed to grow Turner's core business, including ELEAGUE, the first major foray into professional eSports by a traditional media company. In addition, he has supported strategic investments in companies like Refinery29 and Mashable, where he also serves as a board member.
Throughout his career, Reilly has been known for championing some of the most acclaimed and 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 pop-culture sensation Glee.
From 2007 to 2014, Reilly served as chairman of entertainment for FOX Broadcasting, where his achievements included an unprecedented seven-year run for FOX as television's #1 network. He also oversaw the development of the smash hit Empire and launched such acclaimed series as Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl.
As president of entertainment at NBC from 2004 to 2007, Reilly launched the hits The Office, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and the multi-award-winning Tina Fey sitcom 30 Rock.
From 2000 to 2003, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FX, where his rebrand and program strategy transformed the fledgling network into a profitable, creative powerhouse, ushering in a new era in which cable would come to set the bar for quality and cultural relevance on television. Under Reilly's leadership, the FX smash The Shield achieved two historic "firsts" for basic cable: a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Drama and an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the show's star, Michael Chiklis (both in 2002).
Before FX, Reilly was president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he shepherded the pilot for the landmark series The Sopranos. Earlier in his career, Reilly held a variety of positions at NBC, where he had a hand in the development of major cultural phenomena as varied as ER, Law & Order and Saved by the Bell.
An avid conservationist, Reilly serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of California. He is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the World Presidents' Organization and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Television Academy. Most recently he joined the panel of advisors for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Reilly graduated from Cornell University and is a member of the Cornell University Council.
Brett Weitz, General Manager, TBS and TNT
Brett Weitz serves as General Manager for TBS and TNT. He was appointed to the role in January 2019, reporting to Kevin Reilly, President of TBS & TNT and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer.
In his prior role as Executive Vice President of Programming for TBS, Brett Weitz established TBS as the #1 comedy network on television with groundbreaking new series that defined a new direction for the network. This resulted in more top comedies than any other cable network, including back-to-back #1 new cable comedy series The Guest Book and The Last O.G.
Brett’s commitment to empowering creators to hone their unique voices has created a deep and varied bench of prestige comedies on TBS. In four years, he’s brought a slate of critically beloved shows that dominate the cultural conversation, such as the Emmy Award-winning Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Search Party. Under Weitz’s leadership, TBS also recently dove into the waters of unscripted programming with the launches of Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild and Drop the Mic.
Previously, Brett served as Senior Vice President of Scripted Development for TNT and TBS where he developed and helped launch numerous hit series including: The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas and Franklin & Bash.
Years before charting success as a cable exec, Brett began his career in entertainment in the mailroom at United Talent Agency, where he quickly rose up through a number of positions eventually becoming an executive at Michael Ovitz's Artists Television Group. After a brief stint as a talent manager at Artists Management Group, Brett moved back to his true passion, television development, holding positions at Columbia Tri-Star Television, 20th Century Fox Television, and fox21. In these roles, he oversaw the development of such hits as the WB's Everwood, Fox's long-running Prison Break, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, the reality hit Beauty and The Geek and Freeride. During his time at fox21, Brett also developed the drama Saved for TNT, which led to his role heading up the newly expanding drama division.
In 2006, Brett was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporter as one of "35 Executives Under 35 To Watch." Most recently, Brett was deemed one of "The Gatekeepers of Comedy" by New York Magazine and was honored by Multichannel News as one of the "Top 40 Executives Under 40."
Outside of TBS, Brett has served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) since 2016. It is the nation’s largest non-profit and most widely respected, non-governmental funder of hydrocephalus research in the United States. He joined the board after his youngest daughter was born with hydrocephalus, a neurological condition that has no cure and where the only treatment option requires brain surgery. It has driven him to share his professional expertise and passion to raise awareness and aggressively move the mission of the association forward as it works to find a cure for the one million Americans living with the condition. Additionally, the organization also provides support and educational resources to patients and families.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brett loves to spend his time outside the office exploring the adventures of the outdoors, wine tasting, and most importantly, spending time with his two dazzling daughters and his wife.
Michael Bloom, Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials for TBS and TNT
Michael Bloom serves as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials for TBS and TNT where he’s successfully led the recent relaunch of nonfiction programming for both networks.
Tasked with matching the superlative quality of both networks’ scripted original content, Michael continues to break through the cluttered watch landscape, captivating audiences with a collection of unique, rowdy and thought-provoking unscripted series such as Charles Barkley’s American Race in addition to James Corden’s Drop the Mic and Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild, both of which debuted as the #2 and #3 new cable comedies in 2017. In Q4 of 2018, Turner announced several new, groundbreaking, alternative shows led by Michael for its upcoming programming lineup including, Ann Curry’s return to television with M.D. Live (wt), The Misery Index featuring The Impractical Jokers and Jameela Jamil, Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong’s Highly Unqualified, and a new lifestyle series that stars style and fashion business icon Jenna Lyons who will also lead the multi-platform endeavor as an extension of Turner and Lyons’ innovative, omnichannel, content and commerce-based brand partnership.
Michael always has an eye towards the next evolution of the business. Thinking two steps ahead, he has made community engagement around TBS and TNT’s unscripted series a substantial part of his development process. He’s helped to create immersive, multiplatform experiences that foster around-the-clock, platform agnostic relationships with audiences cultivated and customized for each series.
The unscripted departments of TBS and TNT aren’t the first that Michael’s masterfully built from the ground up. Michael’s insights and extensive expertise have led to continued success in creating emotionally-fueled, top-rated entertainment from their inception to the airwaves. Prior to Turner, he served as senior vice president of IMG’s Original Content where he helped architect ELEAGUE, a first-of-its-kind, televised, eSports competition for Turner Sports. Before joining IMG, Michael was instrumental in the launch of AMC’s unscripted business, immediately producing hits like The Talking Dead and Small Town Security for the network. Previously, Michael was a core member of the executive team that launched Fox Sports Originals and Fox Sports 1.
From development and directing to writing and producing for television series, digital content, and live events, Michael’s deep television expertise is limitless, regardless of the genre or role. His varied background informs his approach and allows him to explore at a series idea from every vantage point.
Outside of the office, Michael is an avid surfer. In the mornings, you can often catch him in the water somewhere along the Southern California coast.
TBS' The Misery Index
Andy Breckman, creator and executive producer of TBS' The Misery Index
Andy Breckman (@ConanOBrien) Andy Breckman started writing comedy full-time in 1982 with the original staff of Late Night With David Letterman. Then he worked for Saturday Night Live for six seasons, contributing many memorable sketches, including White Like Me, starring Eddie Murphy. His feature screenplays include Moving, I.Q., Sgt. Bilko, and Rat Race, which was directed by Jerry Zucker.
Andy was the creator and executive producer of USA Network's multiple award- winning series, Monk. More recently, he created and the mystery/comedy series, The Good Cop for Netflix. Other credits include Comedy Central's TV Funhouse, touring Afghanistan & Iraq with the USO, and writing for Steve Martin at the Academy Awards.
In 2012- as a side project- he founded a toy and game company called Uncle Andy Toys. His party game, SHIT HAPPENS, is an international success and the inspiration for TBS's new game show The Misery Index. For the last 30 years, he's co-hosted a weekly call-in radio show on WFMU in Jersey City called "Seven Second Delay.”
Andy lives in New Jersey with his wife and children. He has trouble making friends.
Jameela Jamil hosts TBS' The Misery Index
Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamilofficial) Jameela Jamil is a one-of-a-kind, multi-hyphenate. Jameela can currently be seen in Mike Schur’s series for NBC’s, The Good Place where she stars opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell.
In 2009, Jameela Jamil, an English teacher at the time, was picked from obscurity to host the British breakfast TV program Freshly Squeezed where she went on to become a favorite weekend and weekday morning face for the station T4. In 2010, Jameela got her first solo presenting role on Koko Pop, a music show filmed in Camden’s iconic club, Koko which proved to be a big hit on Channel 4. The following year Jameela fronted E4’s cult series, Playing It Straight and BBC Radio 1 announced her as the new host for their Request Show on Sunday evenings. By 2013 she landed the role of first female presenter to host BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show.
In 2016 Jameela made her move to United States television where she was cast by Mike Schur to portray the role of Tahani on NBC’s critically acclaimed The Good Place. The show has won both an AFI Award and a Critics Choice Award and is currently in its third season.
In addition to her broadcast work, Jameela has also fronted a TV ad campaign for Maybelline and has been featured in many publications including Glamour, UK Vogue, Cosmo, InStyle, PAPER, The Guardian, Stylist, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire UK, Grazia and Esquire. As a journalist who penned a monthly column for Company Magazine, she was nominated for columnist of the year at both the PPA Awards and the BSME Awards.
Jameela is an advocate for many causes and in 2018 launched a movement and social media platform @i_Weigh which encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognized by both media outlets and the movement’s hundreds of thousands of followers over the world.
The Tenderloins, star in TBS' The Misery Index
The Tenderloins, is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. About to begin its 26-episode eighth season, Impractical Jokers follows the four lifelong friends as they compete to embarrass each other in public while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks.
In addition to their top-rated television show, The Tenderloins recently wrapped shooting their first feature-length film, The Impractical Jokers Movie. The movie is directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny or Die. Recently, The Tenderloins also announced that they are starring in a new comedy game show called The Misery Index on TBS co-starring Jameela Jamil. The Misery Index was developed by Andy Breckman (Monk) along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment.
The troupe has toured steadily over the last five years with their highly-successful “Where’s Larry?,” “Santiago Sent Us,” and current “Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy” tours, selling over a million tickets in the US, UK, Ireland, and Canada, including three sold-out nights at Radio City Music Hall, a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and five sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena.
Natives of Staten Island, NY, Vulcano, Gatto, Murray and Quinn met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. Impractical Jokers is top 5 in its time slot on cable in the US and is the #1 show on Comedy Central in the United Kingdom and India.
TBS' Miracle Workers
Daniel Radcliffe, executive producer and star of TBS' Miracle Workers
DANIEL RADCLIFFE most recently starred in the survivalist film Jungle, the true-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg who was stranded alone in the Amazon jungle. He will next be seen in the feature Beast of Burden playing a drug runner with only an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. Radcliffe is also filming his first US TV series, TBS’ comedy series Miracle Workers. Written by Simon Rich and adapted from his own book What in God’s Name: A Novel. The series launches with seven episodes in 2019. Radcliffe serves as executive producer.
Radcliffe also starred opposite Michael Caine in Now You See Me 2, and opposite Paul Dano in A24’s indie hit Swiss Army Man, as well as in Imperium, a thriller inspired by real events about white supremacists in America. He also won rave reviews for his performance as Rosencrantz, opposite Josh McGuire’s Guildenstern, in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic, London. And last year he completed a sell out run of Privacy, a timely play at NYC’s The Public Theatre about the digital age and technology.
Prior to this, Radcliffe starred opposite James McAvoy in the feature film Victor Frankenstein and in the BBC telefilm The Gamechangers. In 2014 he starred in the horror-thriller Horns and the romantic comedy What If and in the previous year Sony Pictures Classics’ Kill Your Darlings. On stage, he starred as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece. The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted the summer of 2013.
Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe quickly proved himself a diverse talent. In 2011, he starred in a 10 month sell-out run of the Broadway musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. The following year Radcliffe starred in the horror/thriller The Woman in Black. He also starred opposite Jon Hamm in two seasons of the TV mini-series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov.
Radcliffe first appeared on stage in 2007 as Alan Strang, playing opposite Richard Griffiths, in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the play then transferred from London’s West End to Broadway in 2008.
A lifelong fan of The Simpsons, Radcliffe has lent his voice twice to the show. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named Edmund for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired November 2010. He then voiced the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the HBO/BBC series Extras. He has also lent his voice to Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.
Steve Buscemi, executive producer and star of TBS' Miracle Workers
STEVE BUSCEMI has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.
Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in MGM’s Ghost World directed by Terry Zwigoff, co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role as Tony Blundetto in season five of The Sopranos and received Guest Actor Emmy nominations for his appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock and IFC’s Portlandia. He was nominated for a Lola, from the German Film Academy Awards, for his work in John Rabe, which was directed by Academy Award winning director Florian Gallenberger and stars an International cast.
He starred in the HBO drama, Boardwalk Empire which garnered him a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy nominations.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. There he and a fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theaters. This soon led to Steve being cast in his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's Parting Glances as a musician with AIDS.
Since this impressive breakout performance, Buscemi has become the actor of choice for some of the most respected directors in the business. His resume includes Martin Scorsese's New York Stories, Jim Jarmusch's Coffee And Cigarettes, and Mystery Train, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award Nomination, Alexandre Rockwell's Somebody To Love, and the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner In The Soup, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award for his stand out performance as Mr. Pink, the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, the Academy Award-winning Fargo and The Big Lebowski, Twenty Bucks, Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy and his Sundance Film Festival Award-winning Living In Oblivion with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener, Desperado, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Robert Altman's Kansas City, John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. with Kurt Russell, Jerry Bruckheimer Productions’ Con Air and Armageddon, Stanley Tucci's The Imposters, the HBO telefilm The Laramie Project, Love In The Time Of Money, Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Michael Bay’s The Island, Terry Zwigoff’s Art School Confidential, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry with Adam Sandler, I Think I Love My Wife with Chris Rock and numerous cameo appearances in films such as Rising Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy, Big Daddy, Pulp Fiction, and The Wedding Singer. Buscemi’s recent screen credits include Miguel Arteta’s Youth In Revolt, Oren Moverman’s directorial debut, The Messenger, Rampart, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, Grown Ups 2 opposite Adam Sandler, Time Out of My Mind, and Norman from director Joseph Cedar.
Buscemi has provided the voices for characters in many animated features including Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Columbia Pictures’ Final Fantasy and can be heard in the feature version of the children’s classic Charlotte's Web as the voice of “Templeton” the rat. He was the voice of "Nebbercracker" in Sony Pictures’ Oscar nominated animated film Monster House, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and the voice of Scamper in MGM’s Igor opposite John Cusack. His other voice credits include G-Force produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney, and Columbia Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 as the voice of "Wayne" Buscemi reprised his role as the voice of Randall Boggs in Pixar’s Monsters University the sequel to Monsters, Inc. He was most recently heard opposite Alec Baldwin in the DreamWorks Animation film The Boss Baby.
In addition to his talents as an accomplished actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled What Happened to Pete which was featured at several film festivals including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and which aired on the Bravo Network.
He marked his full-length feature film directorial debut with TreesLounge, which he also wrote and starred in. The film, which co-starred Chloë Sevigny, Sam Jackson, and Anthony LaPaglia, made its debut in the Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Buscemi’s second feature film as a director, Animal Factory told the story about a young man sent to prison for an unjustly harsh sentence, who eventually becomes a product of his environment. The film, based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong, and premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
IFC released his third directorial feature, Lonesome Jim a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family, starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was named one of the year’s top ten independent films by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2007, Sony Pictures Classics released Interview which Buscemi also co-wrote, directed, and starred in with Sienna Miller. This Theo Van Gogh remake premiered the Sundance Film Festival that same year.
In A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY, a film by Oscar nominated director Liz Garbus and Buscemi (a former New York City firefighter) for HBO, Buscemi explores what it’s like to work in one of the most demanding fire departments in the world, where going to work means risking it all. From old New York to the post-9/11 landscape, the film reveals the immense mental and physical toll that fire-fighting takes on individuals, and on the community borne out of sharing an incredible responsibility.
Buscemi’s directing work also includes numerous television credits, including HBO’s Homicide: Life on the Street for which he was nominated for a DGA Award, and HBO’s The Sopranos for which he was nominated for an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the “Pine Barrens” episode during the third season. He has directed episodes of the Emmy Award winning show 30 Rock, Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco, IFC’s Portlandia as well as the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Love.
Buscemi started a New York based independent film and television production company in 2008, called Olive Productions, with Actor/Director Stanley Tucci and Producer Wren Arthur. The company produces an eclectic array of TV projects as well as narrative and documentary films. Using its combined and extensive experience, the company’s mandate is to tell stories with great characters, humor, and compassion. Olive recently signed a multi-year overall television first-look deal with global indie Entertainment One.
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi is a critically acclaimed and award winning web-series for AOL, produced by Olive Productions and Radical Media. The show features Buscemi and his titular bench in a variety of locations throughout his hometown, talking to everyday New Yorkers as well as celebrity friends. The show earned an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series in 2016.
In the fall of 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Buscemi as a member of the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. The Commission, comprised of appointees from a diverse array of cultural and artistic organizations and practices, advises Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl on issues impacting NYC's cultural community.
Steve recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed web series Horace And Pete. He will soon be seen in Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death Of Stalin and in the feature film Lean On Pete from director Andrew Haigh. He also appears in Channel 4 (UK) and Amazon Prime’s anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He will reprise his role as the voice of “Wayne” in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation set for release July 13, 2018. He will next co-star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in TBS’ anthology comedy series Miracle Workers, executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
Simon Rich, executive producer of TBS' Miracle Workers
Simon Rich is a screenwriter, showrunner and novelist. In film, he most recently wrote a Dr. Dolittle reboot for 20th Century Fox and Image Agents for 20th Century Fox Animation and Boom! In television, he is currently the executive producer of Miracle Workers for TBS, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi and air next year. He created this series off his own book, What in God’s Name. Most recently, he created and ran FXX’s critically-acclaimed Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre. Previously in film, Simon has written for Inside Out, The Secret Lives of Pets and The BFG. Rich was one of the youngest writers ever hired on Saturday Night Live and served as a staff writer for Pixar. He has published two novels and three collections of humor pieces, several of which appeared in The New Yorker, and his novels and short stories have been translated into over a dozen languages. Point Grey is producing his novella, The Sell Out, with Seth Rogen set to star and Jonathan Krisel set to direct. While at Harvard, Simon was president of the Lampoon.
Karan Soni, stars in TBS' Miracle Workers
Karan Soni was born and raised in New Delhi, India. He emigrated to Los Angeles to study theater and film at the University of Southern California. His feature debut was in Colin Trevorrow’s 2012 Sundance darling, Safety Not Guaranteed. He then landed a series regular role on Amazon's first original series Betas as well as Paul Feig’s Yahoo sitcom Other Space.
In 2016, he appeared in Marvel's smash hit blockbuster Deadpool, which ended its theatrical run as the highest grossing R-rated movie ever. Karan reunited with Feig in Sony’s reboot of Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. He can also be seen in Rough Night, Office Christmas Party and Goosebumps. Karan was a series regular on the Starz comedy series Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart. Next year he will also be seen in the indie dramedy "Monumental" and Brie Larson’s comedy feature, Unicorn Store. In 2017 Karan appeared in HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley and also appeared in the Duplass Brothers’ latest series Room 104. He can also be seen this fall on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Geraldine Viswanathan, star of TBS' Miracle Workers
Geraldine Viswanathan (@yoyogeraldinev) is an Australian multi-hyphenate who will next be seen in the lead role of ‘Kayla’in Universal’s Blockers opposite Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Kat Cannon. Geraldine recently shot the lead role of ‘Becky’ in the Netflix comedy feature Eggplant Emoji, produced by Red Hour and the Workaholics (Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Kyle Newacheck).