Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
333 W. 23rd Street
(between 8th and 9th Avenue)
Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actors Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime’s new complex Wall Street drama as shrewd and savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Both use their considerable smarts and power to out maneuver the other.
Hear from co-executive producer of Billions, Willie Reale, and writer for the show Wes Jones, about filming in New York City and creating this timely, provocative hit series.
WES JONES, WRITER, BILLIONS
Wes Jones is a writer for feature films and television. His TV credits include Showtime’s Billions and HBO’s The Brink. His Black List-winning feature screenplay College Republicans is set to go into production in 2016, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Wes spends his free time working on his calves and glutes.
willie reale, co-executive producer, billions
Willie Reale is a playwright, lyricist and a screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Patience” (music Henry Krieger) from the movie “Dreamgirls.” He co-wrote A Year With Frog and Toad with his brother, Robert Reale. The show was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theater and at the Cort Theater on Broadway and Willie was nominated for two Tony Awards for book and lyrics. He has written the lyrics for the musical Johnny Baseball which was seen at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He won three Emmys as the writer/producer behind the re-invention of The Electric Company, a literacy show, currently airing on PBS.
In 1981, Reale founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. For the Project’s students, he has written over fifty plays and the lyrics to hundreds of songs. He also wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project’s how-to manual. The 52nd Street Project’s programs are currently being replicated at 14 sites across country and in Europe. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people.
For television, Reale has written for the NBC drama "Homicide: Life on the Streets," and the CBS show "Blue Bloods" among others. He has a song in the Coen Brothers movie, Hail Caesar. He is currently Co-Executive Producer for Billions on Showtime.
moderator: J. MAX ROBINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION
J. Max Robins is a veteran editor and media business executive with extensive management and marketing expertise across platforms. Before joining the Center for Communication, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, where he oversaw a relaunch of B&C across platforms.