Please state your name and a little about your current status.
Larry Namer, co-founder E! Entertainment Television, co-founder Metan Global Entertainment Group
What exactly does your company do?
In addition to being the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, I now work in content creation, primarily for the China market, as president/CEO Metan Global Entertainment Group (www.metanglobal.com). I am also an executive producer on the feature film “Empress” about the first and only Empress in China. The film will be made in the English language and the scriptwriter is Oscar winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man).
How did you start your company/business as a startup?
For E!, Alan Mruvka and I realized there was a great opportunity to create a Hollywood news and gossip channel on cable. We wrote the plan and then spent three and a half years looking for money. We needed 60 million but, could only raise 2.5 million. So we got a lot of interns and started the company with what we had.
What struggle did you go through to reach your current status now?
Everyone laughed when we said we wanted to start a TV network and that network would become the biggest pop culture network in the world. “You are no Ted Turner or Rupert Murdoch” was what we heard over and over again. We knew we were onto a winner, so we turned a deaf ear to the detractors.
How did you manage to cope up with those struggles?
We figured out alternative ways to approach every problem. We couldn’t get press credentials for the Academy Awards because no one ever heard of the channel before. So, what did we do? We climbed over the fence and snuck in.
Who inspired you to move forward and influenced you in all your achievements now?
Back then it was the early Time Inc., and video group folks like Dick Munro, Nick Nicholas, and Thayer Bigelow all influenced me, and of course, my Manhattan Cable TV mentor Frank Chiaino. These days, it’s people like Jack Ma, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs.
What piece of advice will you share with those who would like to follow your footsteps?
Follow your dreams, but don’t get so enamored with the brilliance that you don’t know when to give up on the ones that can never work.
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