Andy Cohen, Talk Show Host & Executive Producer, “Watch What Happens Live”, and author of the “Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year”
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live”, Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. In 2014, Details Magazine called the show, “compulsively engrossing”, while touting Cohen as “possibly the smartest man on TV”. GQ describes “WWHL” as “the most primitively authentic ting on television” and TV Guide thinks it’s late night’s “unlikeliest success story”.
Cohen also serves as executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. In November 2014, he became a New York Times best-selling author for a third time with the release of his latest book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look At a Shallow Year” published by Henry Holt. Cohen achieved similar success with both the hardcover (May 2012) and the paperback (May 2013) versions of his first book, titled, “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture”.
In his ten years as an executive at Bravo he was responsible for an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as “Project Runway”, “Top Chef”, “Queer Eye”, “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, “Million Dollar Listing”, “Being Bobby Brown”, “Shahs of Sunset”, “Flipping Out”, “Top Design”, “Work Out”, “Make Me a Supermodel”, “Blow Out”, “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List”, “The A List Awards”, “The Rachel Zoe Project”, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”, “Bethenny Ever After”, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”, and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Cohen started at Bravo in 2004 as Vice President, Original Programming and most recently, served as Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent from November 2011 to January 2014.
Cohen received an Emmy award when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime Emmy awards and has been nominated for 17 additional Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of “Project Greenlight”, “Project Runway”, “Top Chef” and “Queer Eye”. In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary “The N Word” and another in 2008 as an Executive Producer of “Project Runway”.
Cohen ran Original Programming and Development for the pop culture and arts cable channel TRIO, beginning in July 2000. He was responsible for developing and supervising all of TRIO’s original productions including the critically acclaimed original documentaries “Gay Republicans”, “Easy Riders/Raging Bulls”, and “Brilliant, But Cancelled”. He spent ten years (1990-2000) as a producer at CBS News, working on “CBS This Morning” and “48 Hours”.
In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants live on NBC. Cohen has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Parade, Entertainment Weekly, Hamptons, and The Advocate. In June of 2013 he was named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business List. In December of 2012 GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year. And in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide’s “25 Most Influential People in Television”. Cohen has interviewed Lady Gaga for Glamour Magazine, Rihanna live on Facebook, Jerry Seinfeld on AOL.com, and Martha Stewart at the 92nd St Y.
Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. in broadcast journalism. Cohen is currently on the board of directors for charity Friends In Deed and resides in New York City.
Singer and song writer, John Oates
John Oates was destined to be a musician. Singing from the time he could talk and Playing the guitar since the age of five, his calling in life was never in question. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the early 1950’s…. a move that would change the course of his life. Like most kids at that time, the impact of the early days of rock left a lasting impression on John. At the age of four he witnessed his first live concert: Bill Haley and the Comets playing their classic rockabilly hits at a local amusement park.
Then there were the records…He began to collect 45 rpm singles …treasures from Little Richard, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Conway Twitty, Gary U.S. Bonds and of course, Elvis. He spent countless hours twisting the dial on his AM transistor radio trying to tune in the local R&B stations and listening to DJs like Jerry Blavat spinning obscure Doo Wop records and B sides.
When it came to influences John was open to more than just the top 40 hits…his friends’ older brother turned him on to the nascent folk music scene that began to sweep the country in the early 60’s. John’s interest in traditional American music began and he immersed himself in discovering primitive Appalachian Scotch Irish ballads, bluegrass, delta blues and the ragtime guitar styles performed by many of the newly rediscovered bluesmen and folk singers who began to make appearances at the Newport and Philadelphia folk festivals. At the same time he had the unique opportunity to attend shows at the famous Uptown Theater hearing many of the R&B legends like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield as well as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Absorbing it all, he developed a kind of musical split personality.
One night John might be wearing a sharkskin suit playing everything from Doo Wop to the big R&B hits of the day with his band and the next night he would be playing solo with his acoustic guitar in a local coffee house performing blues and folk…to this day the very same roots and influences still can be heard in John’s original playing and singing style. John had the good fortune to meet an influential guitar player/ teacher named Jerry Ricks who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House. Jerry took John under his wing and introduced him to many of the newly rediscover folk performers, such as; Doc Watson, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk and Mississippi John for whom Philadelphia’s folk venues, like the Second Fret and Main Point, were frequent stops in their concert schedules. John had the unique opportunity to play alongside some of these seminal musicians learning first hand, their finger picking and flat-picking styles. In 1966, he wrote and recorded his first single “I Need Your Love” recorded at the legendary Virtue Sound Studio on North Broad Street and released on the Crimson label owned by a local music store called the Record Museum. The song was arranged by Bobby Martin who at the time was producing and arranging for Gamble and Huff. The single received airplay on Philly’s R&B radio stations and John began to divide his time between being a student and a professional musician.
In the late 60’s John moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University to be closer to the city’s music scene. While attending Temple John met Daryl Hall and they began their historic partnership. After graduating in 1970 with a degree in Journalism, John devoted the next few years working with Daryl in Philadelphia establishing the sound that would one day become world famous.
When John first met Daryl Hall it was their mutual love for urban rhythm and blues blended with the more rural roots of Americana music that created their unique sound. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the ground breaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time. Their influence on modern pop music has been cited by numerous contemporary bands, like the Gym Class Heroes, The Killers and Hot Chelle Rae, all of whom have credited and acknowledged H&O’s considerable contribution to American popular music. In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in song writing. In April 2014 Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He is also the creator and executive producer for the “7908 the Aspen Songwriters Festival” that brings together the finest songwriters from around the world to perform at the Historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen Colorado. The festival’s mission is to celebrate the art and craft of songwriting combined with a strong educational component dedicated to mentoring and developing the next generation of songwriters.
Since 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: “Phunk Shui,“100 Miles of Life”, “Mississippi Mile” and a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions”. In 2013 he released “Good Road To Follow”, which began as a series of digital singles featuring collaborations with legendary as well as new rising stars such as Vince Gill and Ryan Tedder. In March of 2014 the songs were compiled into a critically acclaimed fifteen song, three disc album. The wide range of songs and productions showcases the unique musical diversity that has become the trademark of his artistic talent.
In January 2015 John released his latest project on Warner/Elektra, a DVD entitled “Another Good Road”. Recorded live in a Nashville studio in one session and featuring some of Music City’s finest musicians and singers, this intimate performance video takes you on yet another musical journey. The video contains rare, seldom seen footage of his family ranch in Colorado and a glimpse into John’s world behind the music.
Songs include live gems from the critically acclaimed “Good Road To Follow” album as well as three new, never before recorded songs. This performance truly captures the early roots influences of Americana and blues blended with his unique pop sensibilities that has earned John worldwide popularity and respect over the last four decades.
When, not touring with his solo show or with Daryl Hall, John, his wife Aimee and their son Tanner divide their time between Nashville Tennessee and their rescue ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, along with dogs, Emus, Peacocks, Llamas and Alpacas.
Peter Miller, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual
Peter Miller professional credentials: 2006 Northwestern Mutual Forum Member, 2006 Northwestern Mutual Crystal Award – Associate of the Year, 2005 SFBAG Associate of the Year, 1996 Gold Award – Top 20 in Western Region, 1995 Silver Award – Top 20 in Western Region, 1994 Bronze Award – First in Western Region.
His professional designations: Chartered Financial Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC), Representing Northwestern Mutual since 1993.
He as Bachelor of Arts at Harvard College with Economics as his major.
Peter is a long-time San Carlos resident, living with his wife Patti and their sons. Timmy is junior at Carlmont High School and Jay attends the San Carlos Charter Learning Center. Peter is an avid golfer and evolving pizza maker.
Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Amy Newmark is the woman behind the legendary Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and a true leader in the self-improvement space. Topics such as self-improvement, finding inner strength, and the power of forgiveness are just a few of the useful subjects that Newmark can speak to as she passes along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from the thousands of inspirational and aspirational true stories she has placed in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
Newmark has been a writer, speaker, financial analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for over thirty years. As publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, she has edited or co-authored the last 100+ books, has a weekly syndicated column through the Hearst Corporation and a weekly column on SheKnows.com with over 40 million unique visitors a month.