MIB: Bruce Tuchman, president of MGM Worldwide Networks and Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures

This week, I speak with Bruce Tuchman, former president of MGM Worldwide Networks and as general manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures.

He began as an M&A lawyer at Skadden Arps, joined MTV in 1994 before moving onto Nickelodeon, AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, becoming President, MGM Worldwide Networks at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

Tuchman describes the learning experiences he had working abroad, and how that prepared him to take US content global.  He explains the importance of narrative and story when creating any sort of film or television show. Despite the many differences across cultures, narrative storytelling touches upon universal truths of the human condition. Tuchman explains why shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, are liked around the world despite obvious cultural differences across markets.

All of the books Tuchman discusses can be found here.

You can hear the full interview, including our podcast extras,below, as well as at iTunesSoundcloud, and Bloomberg. All of our earlier podcasts can be found iTunesSoundcloud, and Bloomberg.

 

 

Bruce Tuchman’s favorite books

 

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski

 

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

 

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

 

Indignation By Philip Roth

 

 

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

 

 

 

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

 

 

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

 

 

Platform by Michel Houellebecq

 

 

Atomised by Michel Houellebecq

 

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

 

 

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

 

 

 

The Association of Small Bombs  by Karan Mahajan

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