No More Tokens

No More Tokens

A podcast that shines a giant Klieg light on diversity in Hollywood! Hosted by stand up comedian Mahesh Kotagi and filmmaker Daniel Marcha, each week we discuss diversity in Hollywood and chat with guests with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives throughout the industry.

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May 6, 2021 16 min

Daniel's back folks!  We have a great ep for you - we come up with the next blockbuster movie LIVE and we get to the bottom of the mystery every one has been wondering - What's in the avocado toast at #DUNKIN DONUTS!!!

So thrilled for how our NMT community is growing thanks so much for the support, please tell a friend to listen!

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JENNIFER DIBELLA is an actor who uses her experience in the industry to empower others. She has appeared on a some big name shows, including GREY’S ANATOMY, 9-1-1 and STATION 19. Jennifer’s success in the acting world has now led her to a new career path – in the midst of the pandemic, nonetheless! Her new business endeavor as an Acting Career Consultant and Acting Coach is nothing short of impressive. She teaches actors how to adv...
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Shawn Finnie is a well-rounded multi-hyphenated creative.   Professionally, he serves as the Senior Director of Member Relations and Awards for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organization that puts on the Oscars). He is a crucial part of the team that is responsible for making sure there is solid representation and diverse voices of all backgrounds included, engaged, and activated within the Academy membership...
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April 8, 2021 20 min

It's just me this week, so you know things go off the rails!!!

I'll tell you what I've been watching, and also what mystery flavor of soda has really shaken up my world!

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March 25, 2021 46 min

ORLANDO LEYBA is one of our favorite stand-up comedians out there who finds humor in just about anything that crosses his path.

You have to check out his standup special ADORABLE, now streaming on HBO ­­– or you can catch it streaming on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Pandora, Sirius XM or wherever you’re streaming from right now.

He’s made multiple memorable appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and he stars in the ...

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March 18, 2021 34 min
SIA MISTRY is an Indian-American storyboard artist. Originally from India, Sia has lived everywhere from England to the midwestern US (and currently, Los Angeles!).   Her nomadic upbringing and love of art have led her into a passion for promoting diversity and racial equality in the art community.   Sia has interned at Green Gold Animation in Hyderabad, India,  and worked on television shows including Disney Junior’s MIRA, ROYAL D...

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GARFIELD WILSON, is a musician-turned-actor. Garfield has been  in movies including STOLEN BY MY MOTHER: THE KAMIYAH MOBLEY STORY opposite Niecy Nash, COME TO DADDY, and VENDETTA.   You've seen him on TV shows including ARROW, ONCE UPON A TIME, BATES MOTEL, THE 100, VAN HELSING, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, and J.J. Abram’s ALMOST HUMAN, among others.   Check him out on this season of SNOWPIERCER, which airs on ...
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March 4, 2021 41 min
JAYDEEP HASRAJANI  is an Indian-American animator, storyboard artist, and director based in Los Angeles, CA.   He has previously worked on Cartoon Network's THE POWERPUFF GIRLS and THE FUNGEES, and Netflix Animation's GHEE HAPPY.    Currently, he is the Creator and Producer on a super secret project he legally cannot talk about at Netflix Animation. Oops we've said too much already...    Jaydeep Hasrajani: jaydeephasraj...

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RAJEEV DASSANI is a director/writer who's film EVIL EYE recently dropped on Amazon after Rajeev and his twin brother Elan were tapped by the legendary horror house Blumhouse Productions.    Rajeev is an award-winning filmmaker with his film A DAY'S WORK winning the prestigious Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards which are put on by the Oscars organization. He's gone on to screen his film at hundreds of festivals wo...

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Director + Producer Oz Scott with Guest Co-Host Marco Martinez!

OZ SCOTT is a legendary director and producer with an extraordinary career spanning 40 years and more than 100 television credits.

Oz's directing career began with classic television series including HILL STREET BLUES, FAME, and THE JEFFERSONS. He went on to helm episodes of some of the most talked about shows in television history including THE COSBY SHOW, L.A...

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February 11, 2021 35 min
CAROLINA HOYOS is a first generation Peruvian Quechua-Inca Afro-Latina.   Carolina has had an exceptional career blending her love of acting with her skills as a classically trained musician.    Under a 4-year performance contract as a member of the official Los Angeles County Artist Roster, Carolina sings and played "Antonella" in the series finale of Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon Prime crime drama TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG...
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February 4, 2021 40 min

OLIVER BOKELBERG is a German-born filmmaker behind Shondaland's first documentary, "Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker."

 

Bokelberg has directed multiple episodes of television including "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and most recently, "Big Sky."

 

He also served as "Scandal's" cinematographer for all seven seasons, beginning with the pilot.

 

Bokelberg studied at Tisch School...

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January 28, 2021 35 min
MAZ JOBRANI is an Iranian-born actor and comedian who's newest comedy special PANDEMIC WARRIOR premieres on January 28 on Peacock!    You may have seen Maz on the big screen in films including Sydney Pollack's THE INTERPRETER, Disney's DESCENDANTS, and Ice Cube's FRIDAY AFTER NEXT.    Tune into Netflix to catch his original (and hilarious) standup special IMMIGRANT.    Most recently Maz appeared in A SIMPLE WEDDING ...

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January 21, 2021 24 min

Happy New Year everyone!  Wow! We are growing so much as a podcast, thanks to all of your support!!!

Today Daniel and I talk about what we are looking forward to in 2021, the status of movie theaters, and also DUNKIN DONUTS. 

Follow, share, and tell a friend!  Let's get to a 50,000 subscribers!

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January 14, 2021 47 min
Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody award-winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author, and producer of Indian descent.    Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi Emmy-winning, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He currently stars in the new CBS series "Evil," as well as in the UK series "This Way Up" with Aisling Bea on Hulu.   Some of Aasif's other credits include "Blue Bloods," ...
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Actress Tiya Sircar recently appeared in the final season of NBC's “The Good Place,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbed her the series "Scene Stealer."   Tiya's other projects include lead on the ABC series “Alex, Inc.” alongside Zach Braff’s, Netflix’s “Master of None” and "Good Sam," Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” “The Witches of East End,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Hannah Montana,” and “The Suite...

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December 10, 2020 47 min

Sanjay Shah is currently the co-showrunner of Season 1 and 2 of Apple TV's "Central Park."  His was previously a writer on the long-running series "King of the Hill," co-executive producer on the Fox comedy series "Enlisted," and writer and producer of "Fresh Off the Boat," from creator/showrunner Nahnatchka Khan.

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December 3, 2020 31 min

Dawan Owens is an actor and comedian.  He also created a support and mentorship group for actors of color at John Rosenfeld Studios in LA. 

Some of his credits include the ABC, Kerry Washington-produced pilot "Man of the House" starring alongside Alyson Hannigan and Leslie Bibb; a series regular role on Tyler Perry's "If Loving You Is Wrong;" and recurring roles on Nextflix's "The Ranch," ABC'S &...

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November 25, 2020 32 min

Floyd Reeves is a producer, writer, and the founder of Broken Barriers Productions – a social network for filmmakers of color – and Broken Barriers Entertainment, a Los Angeles based production company that creates content for digital, film, theater, and TV.

Broken Barriers has created over 80 events in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York.

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Today we sat down with Gabrielle Ruiz and Pallavi Sastry, hosts of the very successful What Are Friends For Podcast!

They are both super talented and have built amazing careers in entertainment. We chat all things showbiz, advice on how to make it, and the best grocery store in the world!

Listen to What Are Friends For

@WAFFpodcast

Gabrielle Ruiz: @GabrielleRuiz

Pallavi Sastry: @HiPallaviSastry

No More Tokens: @nom...

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