Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Bennet Omalu’

In our posting last year, Top Ten Films That Have Influenced The Speaker Circuit, we discussed the symbiotic relationship between the success on Hollywood’s big screen and the speaking demand created for the protagonist of the film. Captain Jim Lovell from Apollo 13, Mike Eruzione for Miracle, and Frank Abagnale from Catch Me if You Can are just a few examples. While their life lessons and stories are timeless and well-known, the release of these films was a critical catalyst to market demand and success on the speaking circuit. When you combine a compelling story with savvy podium skills and a major picture, you create a perfect storm of excitement on the speaking circuit.

September 1st marks the opening of the fall movie season and The Speaker Experts have identified three that will have an impact on the speaking circuit over the next six months and beyond:

A Walk In The Woods
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Robert Redford and Nick Nolte hit the Appalachian trail for laughs in the film adaptation of the best-selling book by Bill Bryson. A consistently sought-after speaker in the humorist/author space, this film will greatly increase Bryson’s name value among a broad swath of interested conference planners and attendees. Also, though Bryson lives in the UK, he will be speaking to groups in the United States in March 2016.



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Josh Brolin portrays Dr. Beck Weathers and Robin Wright plays his wife, Peach, in one of the most anticipated films of the year. Weathers has been a highly sought-after inspirational speaker for years, and this film will surely add to demand. Another prominent figure and proven speaker featured in this movie is world class climber and IMAX filmmaker David Breashears. Portrayed in the film by Micah Huptman, Breashears also serves as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Leadership.



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Will Smith takes on the NFL through his portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu in a true David vs. Goliath story. Dr. Omalu is relatively new to the commercial speaking circuit but his compelling story should create high market demand from organizations with both clinical and inspirational interests within the commercial speaking market (Dr. Omalu is represented by the Greater Talent Network).


A word of caution: much like the stock market, past performance is no guarantee of future success when it comes to a speaker bureau predicting a speaker’s increased market demand based on the release of a motion picture. The Speaker Experts feel that the risk is low and the upside is high with the speakers related to these films. However, you should discuss the benefits and risks with your trusted IASB bureau partner to determine if one of these speakers is a potential fit for your next event.

Final Note: Washington Speakers Bureau announced a blog featuring “insights and resources for event professionals” and can be accessed here. WSB has been a leader in the speaker bureau industry for three decades and The Speaker Experts look forward to their industry observations and suggestions.

Gary McManis & Jay Conklin

Our most popular and, oddly, most criticized blog post to date is the July 22 article, “The 4 Myths of the Speaker Bureau Co-Broker”. In this post we discuss the practice of speaker bureaus making their exclusive speakers available to competing bureaus via co-brokering. We cover the pros and cons of this process as it applies to the actual organization that books the speaker. In order to be an educated buyer of speakers, it is important to understand which bureau is the direct source for the speakers who have opted to sign an exclusive bureau contract.

A recurring feature on The Speaker Experts will be a quarterly posting of the latest signings by the nation’s leading speaker bureaus. For the first quarter of 2015, they are as follows:

Washington Speakers Bureau

Secretary Chuck Hagel
    • Former Secretary of Defense (2013-2015) in the Obama administration
Richard Fisher
    • President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Governor Rick Perry
    • Longest-serving Governor of Texas (2000-2015)
Charlene Li
    • Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership
Governor Martin O’Malley
    • Former Governor of Maryland (2007-2015)
Mike Rogers
    • Former Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (2011-2015)

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Senator Wendy Davis
    • Former Texas Senator (2009-2015); gained national attention for an 11-hour long filibuster
Michael Moss
    • Pulitzer-prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Senator Tom Coburn
    • Doctor and former Representative (1995-2001) and Senator (2005-2015) of Oklahoma
Governor Deval Patrick
    • Civil rights lawyer and former Governor of Massachusetts (2007-2015)

Leading Authorities International

Amy Purdy
    • Co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, American actress, world-class snowboarder, and author
Jonathan Perelman
    • Vice President of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and former Global Lead for Industry Relations at Google
Kevin Kallaugher
    • Editorial cartoonist for The Economist
Michael Flynn
    • Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and national/cyber security expert

Greater Talent Network

Representative Michele Bachman
    • Former U.S. presidential candidate and congresswoman
    • First doctor to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes
Kevin Lacz
    • Former Navy SEAL and co-star of American Sniper
Eli Manning
    • Quarterback of the New York Giants and two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP

Worldwide Speakers Group

William Joseph Burns
    • Former Deputy Secretary of State; president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Premiere Speakers Bureau

Greg Gutfeld
    • Fox News Channel host and New York Times Bestselling Author
Brian Kilmeade
    • Co-host of “Fox and Friends” and New York Times Bestselling Author
Robert Guest
    • The Economist US Editor and author of Borderless Economics
John Ratzenberger
    • Emmy-nominated actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and host of “Made in America”

Keppler Speakers

    • Xbox visionary and former President of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft

Next week we will be offering a new book featured on our August 4 post 10 Speakers with Upcoming Book Releases (Actually, 11. Bonus!). The books are always made available first on this blog before they are posted on our Linkedin page. Please check back next week to reserve your copy.

Gary McManis & Jay Conklin

The great hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”. That quote is applicable within any industry, but has particular relevance in the world of professional speaking. Forward-thinking speaker bureaus are constantly trying to identify the next big speaker, and Hollywood traditionally has been a great place to turn to when an agent is looking for the next big thing.

History has shown that movies like Apollo 13 (Captain Jim Lovell), The Blind Side (Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy), The Pursuit of Happyness (Chris Gardner), and 127 Hours (Aron Ralston) have helped launch and sustain the careers of some of the speaking circuit’s most in-demand speakers.

The Speaker Experts have identified a number of upcoming movies that could be the launching pad for the next superstar speaker. Of course, past performance is never a guarantee of future results. Just because you are the protagonist in a blockbuster movie does not mean you know your way around the speaking stage – and there is never a guarantee the film will even make it to the big screen.

Listed below are a number of films to keep an eye on over the months ahead. Some are completed and scheduled for release, while others are merely projects that merit monitoring.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Million Dollar Arm
Film based on JB Bernstein’s book “Million Dollar Arm”;
Jon Hamm reprises the role of JB Bernstein.
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2014

Foxcatcher
Film based on Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz’s autobiography “Foxcatcher”;
Channing Tatum playing the role of Mark Schultz.
Scheduled Release Date: November 14, 2014

Spare Parts
Lajvardi_Lopez George Lopez to reprise the role based on Fredi Lajvardi, high school educator
Scheduled Release Date: January 16, 2015

Reykjavik
Film based on Ken Adelman’s book “Reagan at Reykjavik”
Scheduled Release Date: In pre-production

The Glass Castle
Film based on Jeannette Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle”;
Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce the film.
Scheduled Release Date: In pre-production

Brain Game
OmaluFilm based on Dr. Bennet Omalu’s work “Play Hard, Die Young”;
Will Smith rumored as the top contender to play Dr. Omalu.
Release Date: In pre-production

American Can
Keller_Smith Film based on true events during Hurricane Katrina;
Will Smith signed on as the protagonist, decorated Marine John Keller.
Release Date: In pre-production

The risk and the reward can be high when considering a speaker from an upcoming movie. If you get the right person, you may be able to secure them at a fraction of what their potential fee will be if the movie becomes a success. An IASB-member speaker bureau can help you navigate the risk and determine whether this type of a speaker makes sense for your next meeting.

Gary McManis & Jay Conklin