The 2023 Executive Draft
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Mon, June 26, 2023
Podchat Summary

The Town: Executive Draft

Welcome to another episode of The Town! In this episode, your hosts Bill Simmons and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg engage in an exhilarating executive draft. They put their hypothetical entrepreneur hats on and select the top executives they would want on their team if they were starting a company.

The Categories

The draft is divided into four categories: Mogul CEO, Studio Chief, Specialty, and Rising Star. Each category represents a different aspect of the business world, allowing our hosts to assemble a well-rounded team of executives.

The Draft Picks

Throughout the episode, Bill and Lucas carefully consider their choices and make some intriguing selections. Among the executives chosen are Ari Emanuel, the powerhouse behind Endeavor; Peter Chernin, the influential media mogul; Casey Bloys, the programming mastermind at HBO; Min Young Kim, the innovative leader in the tech industry; Chris Meledandri, the creative force behind Illumination Entertainment; and Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Strengths and Qualifications

As the draft unfolds, Bill and Lucas discuss the strengths and qualifications of each executive. They delve into their track records, leadership styles, and unique contributions to their respective industries. The hosts provide insightful analysis on how these executives would contribute to their hypothetical companies.

Building the Dream Team

By the end of the episode, Bill and Lucas have assembled their dream teams of executives. They reflect on their choices and discuss how their teams would operate in the competitive business landscape. It's a fascinating exploration of the minds behind successful companies and the strategic thinking required to build a winning team.

So, join us for this captivating episode of The Town as Bill Simmons and Lucas Shaw engage in an executive draft, showcasing their expertise in selecting the top executives for their hypothetical companies.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to compete in the very first executive draft. Matt and Lucas will each select who they believe is the best in the business in each of these four categories: CEO, Studio Chief, Rising Star, and Specialist. For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! Host: Matt Belloni Guest: Lucas Shaw Producer: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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