Wednesday, June 27, 2012


"Again...with the film podcast????"

The Hollywood Gauntlet is a feature-length podcast celebrating the art and entertainment of cinema.  Hosted by John Jansen, the show features a rotating panel of three guests and covers a single topic in detail for each episode.

I would like to give big round of thanks to everyone who sent messages requesting and encouraging me to continue forward with a new film podcast after the closing of The Hollywood Saloon.  It has been inspiring to read how much the old Saloon shows meant to so many people and while no new show can ever replace it, there are still so many topics of conversation left unexplored.

For years, the two top messages I've always received were:

1) Love your show, wish there were more of them.
2) Love your show, even when I don't agree with your opinions.

The Hollywood Gauntlet will address both.

Now listeners will have a chance to get into the conversation.

So joining me for the Gauntlet pilot launch were John Hargrove, Michael Stevens and Ric Silva.  John and I were roommates in college and he's worked on almost every film project of mine since 1985.  I was Michael's catcher in little league and we've worked together in both theater and film since high school.   I first met Ric at Sega of America in 1991 and he's been involved with me both in front and behind the camera ever since. 

So together we hit REC and started down the long road of topics.  This is the first time these guys have ever done anything like this and they deserve applause for taking the time and effort to make this show happen.

Like any new show, the pilot episode was created first.  Then we went ahead and recorded the next three topics, putting the first four episodes in the can.  On Opening Day there will be 7 1/2 hours of new content to explore and enjoy.  Then the show will move to a monthly format, with extra bonus live shows with callers and guests.

STUDY GUIDES will also be provided for each show.  For Educational Purposes Only.

On Facebook, The Hollywood Gauntlet page has been created, so feedback, comments, suggestions and conversations are welcome there.  Same with Twitter.

On YouTube, The Hollywood Gauntlet channel will feature trailers for each show, with visuals edited to the first 12 minutes.

The Hollywood Gauntlet
YouTube Videos:

If you like what you hear...and think we should get picked up in the fall for a full season...please provide comments on the web page or iTunes.

All iTunes reviews are helpful in getting the show exposure.
                             HOW TO GET INTO THE GAUNTLET: 
There will be two ways to get involved on the show.
1) As a Guest, you will join one of the three chairs and become part of the discussion for the topic.  This will require the ability to record your voice separately and upload.
2) As a Caller, you will call in (via Skype or Facetime) and ENTER THE GAUNTLET where you can ask any question or provide any topic to discuss, explore and debate.
If you have interest in joining the Gauntlet, please send your request and contact info to:
Just state if you want to be a GUEST or CALLER and you will be sent all the information to help you get started.  
The Gauntlet is ready to hear from you.
Thanks for a great six years -- here's to the next chapter.

John Jansen


  1. High quality, top-shelf material here. Excellent work John.

  2. This is exactly what I had hoped. Thanks.

  3. Thanks again John. I'll catch the Gauntlet this weekend...

  4. Thanks John,
    The site, study guide, all really looks terrific. I am eager to dive into all that you have made available here, I think the study guide is brilliant I haven't seen a podcast do anything like it, I have only begun downloading but I can tell this is going to be great. In the past I have always especially admired your ability to construct or deconstruct story, an example would be when you said in Beverly Hills Cop II, the cops from Beverly Hills should have come to Detroit and then they could have been the fish out of water, simple but right on the money. I have heard you do likewise many other times and always find it interesting to see you work on something.

    Looking forward to being a listener and possibly a participant in your future endeavors.

    John in Palm Springs

  5. Thanks John!

    You're back with a bang!


  6. Great podcast, very interesting stuff. keep up the great work!!

  7. Just got round to finishing Dragon Vs. Dragon and now onto Summer of 82. Gotta say the magic hasn't wained. The discussion on Dragon was intelligent, insightful and entertaining, a rare combination in the world of film podcasts. And your new panel buddies did a great job of keeping the discussion flowing. Think you're onto a great thing here. And the study guides were just the icing on the cake. Your hard work is much appreciated John! Till Avengers.....

    Dan , Maidstone, UK

  8. I was sort of thinking that the Dark Knight Rises was going to be the scheduled Kick-off or something? I would be interested in your take on the film, doesn't have to be your masters thesis, just kind of curious what you (guys) thought. I'll be here.

  9. Superb what an amazing podcast.