When I came to L.A. in the late ’90s to try and make my showbiz mark, one of the first producers I met was Alan Landsburg.
I probably spent literally dozens of hours pitching to him in the crowded North Hollywood house that his company, Alan Landsburg Productions, was headquartered in. (Alan, of course, lived in Beverly Hills.)
I never sold him anything but always had a great time because I was being treated with courtesy and respect by a man I in turn respected, both personally and creatively. And I learned! Oh, did I learn from those conversations…and from just being in the office, observing as pre-production, production, and post-production crises collided. Talk about a crash course.