Father Material

Father Material

Father Material is a podcast focused on exploring how fatherhood impacts one's creative process and path. Hosted by producer, director and new Dad, Tyler Gildin, each episode consists of a conversation with a prominent creative discussing how becoming a father has impacted their creative process, their perspective, and ultimately the material that they create. As a father of 2 under 3 years old, Tyler embarks in candid conversations with guests about the constant balancing act of juggling "your babies" with your actual human babies, in hopes that someone can talk him off the ledge of the crib.


April 18, 2023 40 mins
Joel Willis is the former Editor in Chief of the popular social media parenting brand, The Dad and co-author of the recently released book, Dad Law. He's also a loving father of two who enjoys working from home and is looking forward to dressing up and attending the next Taylor Swift concert with his daughter.

Episode Breakdown:
1:46 - Little Bites
6:05 - Getting Into What Your Kids Are Into
7:40 - Early Career At GE
9:56 - Launchin...
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Eli Lebowicz is a stand up comedian and most importantly a loving father of two. After balancing fatherhood, comedy and a full-time day job, Eli has announced he's diving full time into comedy (and still being a Dad).

Episode Breakdown:
1:47 - Going Into Stand Up Full Time
2:44 - Balancing Parenting With Stand Up
6:15 - On Keeping Kosher
9:42 - How Being A Dad Influences His Comedy
15:20 - Balancing Parenthood With Finding Time To Be ...
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January 31, 2023 33 mins
Joe Caporoso is the President of sports and entertainment media company Team Whistle and founder of Turn on the Jets, where he hosts the Badlands Patreon podcast. But most importantly, Joe is a father of two boys who tries to keep the cursing to a minimum when watching the Jets with his kids and prefers changing diapers over assembling toys.

Episode Breakdown
2:14 - Getting Extra Time at Home During the Pandemic
3:41 - Working From Ho...
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January 17, 2023 44 mins
Phil Ranta is a digital media veteran who has held leadership roles at companies such as Super Deluxe, Fullscreen, Studio 71, Facebook and now We Are Verified where he’s the COO focused on all things web3 and creator economy. But most importantly, he's a father of two, who believes that time spent with your kids makes you a better leader and that every parent could benefit from improv or comedy training.

Episode Breakdown:

3:05 - Nav...
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November 22, 2022 27 mins
Brad Haugen is a media connoisseur whose past stops included SB Projects and the online media company ATTN (founder). He's currently the president of Westbrook Media, Will and Jada Smith's Media company. But most importantly, Brad is a very proud father of two and feels there's nothing in his life that is more important than helping them become the best versions of themselves for the world. 

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2:00 - Having Kids So C...
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November 8, 2022 49 mins
Robert King is a writer/comedian whose work has been seen on The Dad, The Chase on ABC and Up Early Tonight on Hulu. He just recently released a memoir "No One Here Is Like Me: Race, Family and Fatherhood"  available exclusively in ebook and audiobook on Scribd. But most importantly, Robert is a loving father of two, who like many of us, is always striving to do better as he looks to balance his creative endeavors with still being ...
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August 10, 2022 45 mins
Corey Rodrigues is a comedian and actor whose work has been seen on Conan, TrueTV, EPIX and Prime Video. But most importantly, Corey is a family man. He's a loving father of two boys and even created a Zoom series Corey's Stories where he and one of his son's would tell stories and jokes while interacting with other kids on Zoom. Corey discusses everything from how he actively made the decision to pursue both comedy and having kids...
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June 17, 2022 31 mins
Jeff Marek is a TV personality, radio host and Sportsnet insider who is a master of all things broadcasting and hockey. But most importantly, Jeff’s a Dad of three, and a hockey dad of course! Jeff talks about what it’s like watching his kids play and his philosophy on coaching kids as well as the important role that adoption has played in his life. Working 7 days a week, Jeff is constantly balancing his creative work life and his ...
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March 8, 2022 34 mins
Jonathan Shapiro is a creative and entrepreneur who has worked in the music industry as a producer/rapper, the fashion industry as the founder of the boutique clothing chain Mixology, and now in the CBD industry as the founder and CEO of Mindset Wellness. Most importantly, he's a loving father of 3 kids. Jonathan talks a lot about his feelings of pride towards his kids and their childhood vs his own troubled childhood, as well as t...
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March 1, 2022 50 mins
Dan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player and author of the book By The Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream. Dan is the son of Ernie Grunfeld, former NBA basketball player and General Manger, 2x olympic gold medalist and the only known NBA player who is the direct descendant of Holocaust Survivors. Dan is also the father of a three-year old boy and another boy on ...
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February 15, 2022 37 mins
Rich Hollenberg is an Emmy-Award Winning Sportscaster covering college basketball play by play on ESPN and the in-studio host for the Tampa Bay Rays. Most importantly, he’s a loving father of 3, of which his eldest is a senior in High School, getting ready to head off to college. We discuss everything from dealing with missing family events when he's on the road, the importance of summer camp on a young kid's life and how he knew h...
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February 8, 2022 35 mins
Patrick Courtney is the SVP, Head of Digital at Fuse Media. He’s also a father of two who has a finger on the pulse of all things digital and emerging platforms and is passionate about creating content for his children that displays more representation than he consumed in his childhood. We discuss how the future of apps can impact our kids, what the future of digital technology might look like and why Disney movies seem to always k...
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January 25, 2022 38 mins
Mike Wright also known as The Fantasy Hitman, is one of the co-hosts of the Fantasy Footballers Podcast and the Spitballers Podcast. He’s also a father of 3, a master of Dad Jokes, and every football Sunday he gets to spend his day at the office watching football, typically accompanied by his son. Mike discusses how he and his co-hosts Andy and Jason initially launched The Fantasy Footballers and the risks they took with it, as wel...
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January 18, 2022 32 mins
Jimmy Failia is a stand up comedian, author and host of Fox across America with Jimmy Failla. Jimmy is also the father of a teenage son who has recently reawoken his Madden skills, leading to a father-son rivalry that Jimmy "embarrassingly" dominates. Jimmy discusses his early career of balancing his stand up with being a NYC Cab driver and how throwing a baby into the mix really made him apply himself for the first time in his lif...
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January 11, 2022 34 mins
Doug Ellin is a writer and producer known for creating the hit HBO series Entourage as well as host of Victory the Podcast and Hollywood Wayz. Doug is also the father of two who had the unique experience of working on set with his kids as they both did acting stints on Entourage. Doug reflects on what it was like to have his first child born just the week before 9/11 and how that influenced his outlook on life and his career. He co...
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December 21, 2021 29 mins
Benjamin Grubbs is an industry veteran with 20+years experience in online video and the creator economy. He’s held leadership positions at Turner Broadcasting, eBay, Yahoo and most recently YouTube where he was the Global Head of Top Creator Partnerships and a founding member of YouTube Kids. Since his time at Google, he's founded Next 10 Ventures, a venture group solely focused on the creator economy and most recently this year co...
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December 14, 2021 31 mins
Dave Nemetz is the founder of digital publications Bleacher Report and Inverse, both of which have been acquired. He's also a father to two kids he adores more than anything and got to spend way more time with during the pandemic than he might have bargained for. He even drove across the country with his family twice, though he admits his kids' nap time and modified screen time (on approved apps) are definitely sacred and very much...
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December 7, 2021 25 mins
Ryan Harwood is the CEO of Gallery Media Group and father of two. He entered the creative space as the founder and CEO of digital lifestyle publication PureWow which was acquired by Gary Vaynerchuk's RSE Ventures in 2017, forming GMG. That same year he also had his first child, adding the title of "Dad" to the already many hats he was wearing. As a creative an entrepreneur and most importantly, a father, Ryan feels that work-life b...
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November 30, 2021 43 mins
Casey Stern is a national TV/Radio broadcaster who has covered everything in sports from the World Series, to the NBA Finals to the NCAA Tournament. But his biggest victory in life is being the loving father of 3 adorable children who have had to overcome some pretty challenging obstacles and family trauma the past couple of years. If you want to learn more about how to contribute to Casey's organization Operation Exhale or follow ...
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November 23, 2021 33 mins
Evan Shapiro is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning producer, creative and executive who has produced more than 150 series, specials and documentaries for entities such as IFC, SundanceTV, NBC Universal and National Lampoon. But above all else, Evan is a proud father of two wonderful daughters and is able to provide much needed perspective and insight on balancing creative ambitions while being a present parent.

(4:00) - Changing Rout...
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