To work together with immensely talented artists to create extraordinary
film, television, live performance, and internet content
that entertains, inspires, and changes the world.
A graduate of Boston University with a degree specializing in working with the disabled, Katz originally started his career with aspirations of being a stand-up comedian in Beantown, and it was there that he performed with such established artists as Denis Leary, Bob Goldthwait, and Steven Wright; while also managing various comedy clubs in New England for over a decade.
In the late 80’s and early 90′s, he decided to quit performing and move to New York City, opening up the Boston Comedy Club in the heart of Greenwich Village. Simultaneously, he started his own management company and immediately landed 4 clients on “Saturday Night Live”. This gave him the confidence to expand his operation to Los Angeles where he soon after signed a 4-year overall executive producer deal with Disney to develop tv shows.
After 15 successful years at the helm of his own company, in 2003 Katz merged his business with New Wave Entertainment and over the next 8 years, helped build it into a respected full service talent management, digital distribution, and TV/film production company with over 25 managers, producers, and development execs. IN 2011, Katz left NWE to go back to running his own company again, this time under the banner of Barry Katz Entertainment.
Katz is universally known for helping launch the careers of some of the most extraordinary comedy artists in the business—including Dave Chappelle, Anthony Clark, Nick Swardson, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Whitney Cummings, Jay Mohr, Dane Cook, and Louie CK. Additionally, he has brokered an unprecedented 100 TV development deals during his career while creating 3 television shows of his own (ABC’s “The Next Best Thing,” NESN’S “Comedy All-Stars,” AND FOX ‘S sketch pilot “Naked But Funny”).
OVERALL, KATZ has executive produced over 50 different TV stand-up specials, documentaries, reality & scripted series including NBC’S “Whitney,” Fox’s “Action,” HBO’s “Tourgasm,” History Channel’s “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Comedy Central’s “Christopher Titus: Neverlution,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” Showtime’s “Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz,” the syndicated Bill Bellamy/Tim Meadows/Jon Lovitz/Vivica Fox sitcom “Mr. Box Office,” and 7 seasons of the Emmy nominated NBC series “Last Comic Standing.”
Katz started his involvement in the film business when he helped Chappelle and Neal Brennan (who eventually went on to create “Chappelle Show”) sell “Half Baked” to Universal Studios in 1997 and went on to produce several films including “Employee of the Month” (Starring Jessica Simpson), “Good Luck Chuck” (starring Jessica Alba), and “My Best Friend’s Girl” (Starring Kate Hudson).
Katz has also produced multiple comedy albums, including all of Cook’s library which have gone gold, platinum, and double platinum, while becoming the only artist to debut a comedy album in the top 5 of Billboards national charts–twice.
Most recently, Katz’ newest venture, “Industry Standard”, premiering # 3 in the world on ITunes, is a one-of-a-kind weekly inspirational podcast that features an insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective, featuring behind-the-scenes A-list players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Barry’s guests have included Doug Herzog (President of Comedy Central, TV Land, and Spike), Eric Tannenbaum (former President of Columbia-Tri-Star TV and executive producer of “Two and a Half Men”), Ted Harbert (Chairman of NBC), DICK GLOVER and Mike Farah (ceo & President of Production for Funny or Die), Steve Koonin (President of TNT and TBS), Kevin Reilly (President of Fox Broadcasting Company), Chris Albrecht (former CEO of HBO and current CEO of Starz), & reggie hudlin (former president of bet and producer of “django unchained”), and Dr Phil (# 1 daytime talk show host in syndication).