Welcome to The Fabulist: the stories behind the world’s most interesting studios and production companies.
JOEL PILGER (VO): This is a story about storytellers, creators, filmmakers, and Fable finders. Those intrepid souls who launched a business only to wake up one day and discover they had built an empire.
Strategic creatives like Joe and Mikon.
MIKON VAN GASTEL (CLIP): When you are an entrepreneur and you’re in this business, the forces around you are fucking with everything you are trying to build.
JOEL PILGER (VO): Real and raw founders like Marcel
MARCEL ZIUL (CLIP): To just like show your pitches to your competitor and say, bro, you kicked my ass. Teach me here, please. I need to learn.
JOEL PILGER (CLIP): And how did they respond?
MARCEL ZIUL (CLIP): They showed me their pitches.
JOEL PILGER (CLIP): Whoa.
JOEL PILGER (VO): And makers like Erin, who I asked, what does it take to run a great creative business?
ERIN SAROFSKY (CLIP): Everything’s a hustle. It’s not being built on the back of a, you know, a mountain that was already there.
JOEL PILGER (VO): One thing is clear, these creatives dismissed the safer path and ignored convention.
JOE WRIGHT (CLIP): What the company is today is completely different from what it was when we started it.
JOEL PILGER (VO): I’m Joel Pilger and this is my new podcast, the Fabulist. Brought to you by Coupe Studios and Arbo Radiko.
I’ve made a list and I’m traveling the world to capture the stories of these fabulous people behind the world’s most interesting studios and production companies. Listen for a deep dive with names like Sibling Rivalry, State Design, Sarofsky, and many more to come.
To hear these stories, and their legacies – I’ll see you there.
Host: Joel Pilger
Producer: Jocelyn Arem at Arbo Radiko
Sound Design & Mix: Eric Singer at Coupe Studios