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Five-time New York Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed more than 15,000 movies, 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, interviewed nearly 500 actors, written or co-authored eight books); co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC and the NBC stations, and received two honorary degrees so far. He’s lectured on journalism and television techniques at colleges and civic groups across the country, and on baseball trivia at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and four times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair State College. He’s enjoyed a career on television and radio spanning 50 years.

After graduating from Syracuse Law School with a Dr. of Jurisprudence degree in 1969, he conducted his first professional interview for NBC radio’s iconic “Monitor” program with Debbie Reynolds. Since then, he’s interviewed nearly every movie star of the past five decades; several hundred on radio, TV and in print. He did the research and interviews for the James Earl Jones Biography on A&E, including a five-hour interview with the great Oscar-awarded star.

Jeffrey began his journalism career working summers for the Newhouse Newspapers, in Jersey City, N.J. then on the Metropolitan desk at the New York Times in 1967, then Westinghouse Radio, (WINS in New York) where he covered both national political conventions in the turbulent summer of 1968. Two years later, he joined New York’s WPIX-TV, where he would review movies, theater and conduct interviews for 21 years. He began to be seen nationally on “The Independent Network News” via Tribune Broadcasting. In 1982, he was chosen over 300 aspirants to co-host “SNEAK PREVIEWS,” the famous PBS movie review program, and during his 12 seasons on that show (1982-92, 1994-96,) they often out-rated the more publicized competing shows on commercial television.

In 1996, he joined WNBC as their film and theater critic, brining movie stars to his studio; something he’d done regularly at WPIX but which few competitors in the #1 TV market were able to do. By this time, stars and their publicists knew he was the best-prepared interviewer.Thus on his own set at WNBC, he interviewed everyone from Clint Eastwood to Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Penelope Cruz (in English and Spanish for Telemundo), Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas (also in Spanish); Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, Seth Rogen, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Peter O'Toole, Angelina Jolie, Dame Helen Mirren, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Dudley Moore, Sir Anthony Hopkins, to name just a few.

In 2003 he reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons (then with the E! Channel and later with "EXTRA" and now with ESPN-LA radio) on “MSNBC’s “At The Movies’”, then in 2004, he created and co-hosted “REEL TALK,” a ratings winner on all 154 NBC stations, for five seasons; the only show ever syndicated by WNBC. In 2013-4 he co-hosted on 10 episodes of MSG-TV's "The Lineup" with, among others, Oscar winner Spike Lee and actors Ed Burns and Chazz Palmienteri reviewing movies about sports and New York, winning five Emmys.

His eighth book, “HEMINGWAY AND ME; STORIES, LETTERS AND ANECDOTES FROM A LIFE-CHANGING FAMILY FRIENDSHIP” is due out in the Fall of 2021 with an introduction by Liam Neeson. His 9th book, “The All-Time Boston Red Sox book”, picking the greatest Red Sox players at each position, is also due in 2021.

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  • what to look for in a movie

  • how to be comfortable in front of a tv camera

  • film criticism

  • print vs. tv critics

  • acting techniques

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Jeffrey Lyons Biography

Five-time New York Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed more than 15,000 movies, 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, interviewed nearly 500 actors, written or co-authored eight books); co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC and the NBC stations, and received two honorary degrees so far. He’s lectured on journalism and television techniques at colleges and civic groups across the country, and on baseball trivia at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and four times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair State College. He’s enjoyed a career on television and radio spanning 50 years.

After graduating from Syracuse Law School with a Dr. of Jurisprudence degree in 1969, he conducted his first professional interview for NBC radio’s iconic “Monitor” program with Debbie Reynolds. Since then, he’s interviewed nearly every movie star of the past five decades; several hundred on radio, TV and in print. He did the research and interviews for the James Earl Jones Biography on A&E, including a five-hour interview with the great Oscar-awarded star.

Jeffrey began his journalism career working summers for the Newhouse Newspapers, in Jersey City, N.J. then on the Metropolitan desk at the New York Times in 1967, then Westinghouse Radio, (WINS in New York) where he covered both national political conventions in the turbulent summer of 1968. Two years later, he joined New York’s WPIX-TV, where he would review movies, theater and conduct interviews for 21 years. He began to be seen nationally on “The Independent Network News” via Tribune Broadcasting. In 1982, he was chosen over 300 aspirants to co-host “SNEAK PREVIEWS,” the famous PBS movie review program, and during his 12 seasons on that show (1982-92, 1994-96,) they often out-rated the more publicized competing shows on commercial television.

In 1996, he joined WNBC as their film and theater critic, brining movie stars to his studio; something he’d done regularly at WPIX but which few competitors in the #1 TV market were able to do. By this time, stars and their publicists knew he was the best-prepared interviewer.Thus on his own set at WNBC, he interviewed everyone from Clint Eastwood to Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Penelope Cruz (in English and Spanish for Telemundo), Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas (also in Spanish); Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, Seth Rogen, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Peter O'Toole, Angelina Jolie, Dame Helen Mirren, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Dudley Moore, Sir Anthony Hopkins, to name just a few.

In 2003 he reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons (then with the E! Channel and later with "EXTRA" and now with ESPN-LA radio) on “MSNBC’s “At The Movies’”, then in 2004, he created and co-hosted “REEL TALK,” a ratings winner on all 154 NBC stations, for five seasons; the only show ever syndicated by WNBC. In 2013-4 he co-hosted on 10 episodes of MSG-TV's "The Lineup" with, among others, Oscar winner Spike Lee and actors Ed Burns and Chazz Palmienteri reviewing movies about sports and New York, winning five Emmys.

His eighth book, “HEMINGWAY AND ME; STORIES, LETTERS AND ANECDOTES FROM A LIFE-CHANGING FAMILY FRIENDSHIP” is due out in the Fall of 2021 with an introduction by Liam Neeson. His 9th book, “The All-Time Boston Red Sox book”, picking the greatest Red Sox players at each position, is also due in 2021.

Jeffrey Lyons Videos

  • Film critic Jeffrey Lyons on all things Oscars

Jeffrey Lyons Books

Jeffrey Lyons Speaking Topics

  • what to look for in a movie

  • how to be comfortable in front of a tv camera

  • film criticism

  • print vs. tv critics

  • acting techniques

FAQs on booking Jeffrey Lyons

  • How to book Jeffrey Lyons?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeffrey Lyons for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jeffrey Lyons, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeffrey Lyons or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jeffrey Lyons?

    Booking fees for Jeffrey Lyons, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeffrey Lyons, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jeffrey Lyons?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeffrey Lyons for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeffrey Lyons for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jeffrey Lyons or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jeffrey Lyons or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jeffrey Lyons is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as what to look for in a movie, how to be comfortable in front of a tv camera, film criticism, print vs. tv critics and acting techniques. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jeffrey Lyons for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jeffrey Lyons generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Greenberg, Ken Burns, Bob Costas, John Tesh and Alexandra Cousteau. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jeffrey Lyons for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Film critic Jeffrey Lyons on all things Oscars

Jeffrey Lyons Speaking Topics

  • what to look for in a movie

  • how to be comfortable in front of a tv camera

  • film criticism

  • print vs. tv critics

  • acting techniques

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