Acclaimed Actor, Writer, Director & Producer
Balaban speaks about finding and utilizing creativity in business and in life. Witty and insightful, Balaban reveals how an individual does not need to fall into the “right-brain/left-brain” stigma; rather, the most interesting careers combine both.
Balaban speaks about finding and utilizing creativity in business and in life. Witty and insightful, Balaban reveals how an individual does not need to fall into the “right-brain/left-brain” stigma; rather, the most interesting careers combine both. In a separate program, Balaban takes the audience inside the world of Hollywood and the funny, sometimes crazy events that take place in the entertainment industry. A product of Old Hollywood – Balaban’s family owned Paramount until the late 60′s – he also shares charming anecdotes about growing up in “the business” and being the only descendant of seven moguls to venture to the creative side of the entertainment industry.
Bob Balaban’s familiar, bespectacled face can be seen in such highly-acclaimed films as Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and the Oscar-nominated film Gosford Park, which he also produced. He is perhaps most recognizable for his hilarious recurring role on Seinfeld as the head executive of NBC who accepts, then declines, then accepts again the pilot written by George and Jerry. Most recently, Balaban starred opposite George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men, adapted from the best-selling book by Robert Edsel. Directed by Clooney, The Monuments Men follows a motley group of historians, scholars, and art curators whose mission it is to save the world’s most precious works from Nazi looters and devastation during WWII.
Aside from his prolific acting credits, Balaban also produced and directed The Exonerated, a hit Off-Broadway and nationally touring play that received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and was rated the #1 play by The New York Times. He also directed a star studded cast in the television adaption of The Exonerated for Court TV, headed by Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Balaban is also noted for his appearance with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the 2005 Academy Award winning film Capote.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Being There: Lessons on Being Present for Your Own Life
Inside Hollywood: Funny Stories About The Industry
Right Brain, Left Brain: How to Find Creativity in Business and Life
Bob Balaban biography
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