Pop Quiz, Monday with Phillip B. Goldfine

Phillip B. Goldfine

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Phillip B. Goldfine

What is your job role?
Film, Television, and Broadway Producer

Tell us about your company?
I’m the founder of Hollywood Media Bridge, a film and television studio based on the Universal Pictures lot, in Hollywood, California with close to 100 film credits and numerous television series. I was born in the Bay Area, but always had a fantasy about being in “Hollywood.” After high school, I moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and never left. I worked my way up in the industry as an unpaid intern, and I’ve been working in the industry ever since.

What do you love most about your job?
I love to entertain. Whether it be by an emotional film like “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” or “The Last Word,” an entertainment television series like “Lawman” or a fantastic take on “Tootsie” for Broadway.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love what I do. Simple as that.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By watching others achieve astronomical success. Not only am I happy for them, but it also inspires me to do better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Most of us in the company have been together for quite some time. Thus, we’re very close and best friends. Let’s just say there’s a lot of joking that goes on in our office, but at the end of the day, we’re all focused on making inspiring entertainment.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Making a good product. Your intention is always to aim for the stratosphere. But there may be something out of your control. We just reset and aim to make the best film or television program we can.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Can’t say it enough. Hire the right people! We once did a movie with people who were very successful in both film and television, but they didn’t have the passion for our project. As a result, I think it hurt the project. It was still successful, but I feel that if the talent had the passion for the project, it would have been a gigantic hit. The lesson again: Hire the right people.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Persist, persist, persist. No matter what anyone says. You know what you want. You just have to have faith that you’ll get it.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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