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PODCAST: Here’s the Secret to Jay Duplass’ Success: Never Take a Meeting

PODCAST: Here's the Secret to Jay Duplass' Success: Never Take a Meeting

Jay Duplass doesn’t just wear a bunch of hats; he went out and bought the haberdashery. 

With his brother Mark, his production company creates TV shows (“Togetherness”), produces movies (“Tangerine, “The Overnight”) and has deals with Netflix and The Orchard. He’s also the star of Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed series “Transparent” and the lead in J. Davis’ “Manson Family Vacation,” now available on VOD and via Netflix on October 27th.

On this week’s episode of Indiewire Influencers, Jay talks about a couple of key directives: Never take a meeting, and, says Jay, “We have a direct, no-asshole policy.” 

Another guiding Duplass principle is to forego the development route and focus solely on producing new work. Although he still has strong ties to movies, TV has offered a safe creative haven. “I never dreamed I would have the support and the freedom that we have at HBO. It’s weirdly what I thought making movies was going to be like when I was a kid,” Jay explains.

READ MORE: Jay & Mark Duplass on Selling TV at Sundance and a ‘Transparent’ / ‘Togetherness’ Crossover

To hear more about what he’s learned from acting (and the great story of how Jill Soloway cast him in “Transparent”), listen to the full episode above.

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