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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