Wyck Godfrey, Producer and Former Studio Head

Marty Bowen, Producer

In this captivating podcast episode, Kevin Goetz sits down with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the dynamic duo and powerhouse producers behind Temple Hill Productions. With an impressive track record of successful films and television shows, including The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, and Love, Victor, Wyck and Marty have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Join them as they share their insights, experiences, and the story behind their remarkable partnership that has shaped the landscape of Hollywood.

Background and Early Careers

Godfrey takes us back to his humble beginnings as an intern at New Line Cinema and recounts his journey to becoming an executive, including his first project, National Lampoon’s Spring Break. Meanwhile, Bowen shares his upbringing in a small Texas town, his international experiences, and the pivotal moment when he decided to pursue a career in film after watching Dances with Wolves.

Roommates and the Birth of a Partnership

Reflecting on their early days as roommates, Godfrey and Bowen recall the excitement and passion that fueled their dreams in Hollywood. Their shared experiences and mutual ambitions laid the foundation for their enduring partnership, which continues to thrive to this day.

“The importance of friendship and chemistry is the foundation of our partnership.” – Marty Bowen

A Surprising Screening of The Fault in Our Stars

Goetz brings up a memorable screening of The Fault in Our Stars, a film that took everyone by surprise with its overwhelming popularity. Godfrey reveals how he managed to track down author John Green at a book signing, and how their shared love for Liverpool football played a pivotal role in their collaboration on the project.

“You remember like when you were a kid, and you had a crush on someone, and you called them on the phone and that feeling of like being on the phone and neither of you speaking, but no one hanging up.” – Wyck Godfrey on The Fault in Our Stars

Running a Studio

Godfrey opens up about his transition from being a producer to running the studio, sharing the moment when he was offered the opportunity by Jim Gianopulos and explaining the driving force behind his decision for a change. Bowen reflects on his own transition from being an agent to becoming a producer and how these experiences shaped their partnership.

Lessons from Paramount

Goetz delves into Godfrey’s time at Paramount and the valuable lessons he learned there, which ultimately influenced their partnership when he returned to Temple Hill Productions. They discuss the marketing strategies employed for the film Smile and how their studio experience influenced distribution decisions.


Goetz invites Wyck and Marty to share each other’s superpowers, leading to a thought-provoking discussion on the unique strengths they bring to their partnership and how these qualities contribute to their overall success.

Our friendship and trust in each other have been instrumental in our success. We’ve been through ups and downs together, but our bond and shared vision have always kept us going. We complement each other’s strengths and challenge each other to grow. – Marty Bowen

Join Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen as they take you on a captivating journey through their partnership, their remarkable careers in the film industry, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Their shared passion for movies, combined with their unwavering friendship and respect for each other’s talents, has propelled them to the forefront of Hollywood’s elite producers. Don’t miss this engaging podcast episode filled with personal anecdotes, industry insights, and the story of two visionary producers who continue to shape the world of entertainment.

Don’t Kill the Messenger, hosted by movie and entertainment research expert Kevin Goetz, brings his book Audienceology to life. This bi-monthly podcast takes a peek behind the filmmaking curtain as Kevin talks with famous filmmakers, studio executives, stars, and other creatives about movies, filmmaking, audience test screenings, and much more.

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