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Neal Gabler Biography

Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian and television commentator who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and the Theatre Library Association Award for the best book on television, radio or film. On the centenary of the first public exhibition of motion pictures in America, a special panel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named it one of the one hundred outstanding books on the American film industry. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named the non-fiction book of the year by Time Magazine. His third book, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, is currently being used in college courses across the country to examine the convergence of reality and entertainment. His fourth book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, a New York Times best-seller, was named the biography of the year by USA Today and won Mr. Gabler his second Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also the runner-up for the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in England. His latest book, Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity and Power, published recently by Yale University Press as part of its Jewish Lives series, was called “a spirited and entertaining cultural appreciation” by the New York Times.

Mr. Gabler was graduated with high distinction and highest honors from the University of Michigan and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He holds advanced degrees in film and American Culture. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, where he won an outstanding teaching award, and at the Pennsylvania State University. Leaving academe, he was selected to replace departing co-hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the public television movie review program, “Sneak Previews.” He has also been the host of the American Movie Classics cable television network, of “Reel to Real” on the History Channel, and of “Reel Thirteen” on WNET, the public television station in New York, for which he won an Emmy.

Mr. Gabler has been a contributing editor at Playboy and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters Opinion, and his essays and articles have appeared in Atlantic, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Republic, Men’s Journal, George, Time, TV Guide, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and many other publications. In 2014, he won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club. He has also been a contributor to the Fox News Channel and served as a panelist on the weekly media review program “Fox News Watch” from 2002 to 2007. One television critic called him a “megawatt brain…whose take on media coverage was fiercely individualistic, profound and original.” He has made appearances on “The Today Show,” “CBS Morning News,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Charlie Rose” and the PBS “NewsHour.” From 2016 to 2017, he contributed a weekly column to billmoyers.com. His post-election piece, “Farewell, America,” was read by more than three million people.

Mr. Gabler has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard University, a Freedom Forum Fellowship, and was a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar. He has also been the chief non-fiction judge of the National Book Awards and a judge of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He is currently a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center for the Study of Society and Entertainment at the University of Southern California and is a Visiting Professor in the MFA Literature and Writing program at SUNY Stony Brook. He was also the 2013 recipient of the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship at Washington College. His older daughter Laurel was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where she received her doctorate in Public Health and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She is currently a resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His younger daughter Tanne taught in the World Teach program in American Samoa, was an AmeriCorps volunteer, received her social work degree from the University of Texas, and is currently a licensed clinical social worker in Washington D.C. specializing in at-risk children. Mr. Gabler is now writing a book on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and the course of modern American liberalism to be published by the Harmony/Crown division of Random House.

Speaking Topics
  • The Business Secrets of Walt Disney

    If ever there were a business genius who violated everything they teach in business school, Walt Disney was it. In this lecture, Neal Gabler describes how Disney turned a one-person animation company into a world empire by breaking all the rules.

  • The Art of Biography

    In this entertaining and anecdote-filled lecture, Neal Gabler describes the biographical process from selecting a subject to finding papers to hunting down interviewees to organizing material to writing the book itself.

  • The Making of the President 2012

    Noted author and cultural commentator, Neal Gabler handicaps the 2012 presidential race by examining how the American people are electing not a commander-in-chief but a protagonist-in-chief to star in the national movie. This is an entirely different approach to American politics.

  • How the Jews Invented Hollywood

    Neal Gabler, the author of the classic book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, describes how a group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants founded and ran the industry that largely defined American values and images.

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Walt Disney The Triumph Of The American Imagination

Walt Disney The Triumph Of The American Imagination

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity

Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

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Neal Gabler Biography

Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian and television commentator who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and the Theatre Library Association Award for the best book on television, radio or film. On the centenary of the first public exhibition of motion pictures in America, a special panel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named it one of the one hundred outstanding books on the American film industry. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named the non-fiction book of the year by Time Magazine. His third book, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, is currently being used in college courses across the country to examine the convergence of reality and entertainment. His fourth book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, a New York Times best-seller, was named the biography of the year by USA Today and won Mr. Gabler his second Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also the runner-up for the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in England. His latest book, Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity and Power, published recently by Yale University Press as part of its Jewish Lives series, was called “a spirited and entertaining cultural appreciation” by the New York Times.

Mr. Gabler was graduated with high distinction and highest honors from the University of Michigan and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He holds advanced degrees in film and American Culture. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, where he won an outstanding teaching award, and at the Pennsylvania State University. Leaving academe, he was selected to replace departing co-hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the public television movie review program, “Sneak Previews.” He has also been the host of the American Movie Classics cable television network, of “Reel to Real” on the History Channel, and of “Reel Thirteen” on WNET, the public television station in New York, for which he won an Emmy.

Mr. Gabler has been a contributing editor at Playboy and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters Opinion, and his essays and articles have appeared in Atlantic, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Republic, Men’s Journal, George, Time, TV Guide, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and many other publications. In 2014, he won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club. He has also been a contributor to the Fox News Channel and served as a panelist on the weekly media review program “Fox News Watch” from 2002 to 2007. One television critic called him a “megawatt brain…whose take on media coverage was fiercely individualistic, profound and original.” He has made appearances on “The Today Show,” “CBS Morning News,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Charlie Rose” and the PBS “NewsHour.” From 2016 to 2017, he contributed a weekly column to billmoyers.com. His post-election piece, “Farewell, America,” was read by more than three million people.

Mr. Gabler has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard University, a Freedom Forum Fellowship, and was a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar. He has also been the chief non-fiction judge of the National Book Awards and a judge of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He is currently a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center for the Study of Society and Entertainment at the University of Southern California and is a Visiting Professor in the MFA Literature and Writing program at SUNY Stony Brook. He was also the 2013 recipient of the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship at Washington College. His older daughter Laurel was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where she received her doctorate in Public Health and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She is currently a resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His younger daughter Tanne taught in the World Teach program in American Samoa, was an AmeriCorps volunteer, received her social work degree from the University of Texas, and is currently a licensed clinical social worker in Washington D.C. specializing in at-risk children. Mr. Gabler is now writing a book on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and the course of modern American liberalism to be published by the Harmony/Crown division of Random House.

Neal Gabler Speaking Topics

  • The Business Secrets of Walt Disney

    If ever there were a business genius who violated everything they teach in business school, Walt Disney was it. In this lecture, Neal Gabler describes how Disney turned a one-person animation company into a world empire by breaking all the rules.

  • The Art of Biography

    In this entertaining and anecdote-filled lecture, Neal Gabler describes the biographical process from selecting a subject to finding papers to hunting down interviewees to organizing material to writing the book itself.

  • The Making of the President 2012

    Noted author and cultural commentator, Neal Gabler handicaps the 2012 presidential race by examining how the American people are electing not a commander-in-chief but a protagonist-in-chief to star in the national movie. This is an entirely different approach to American politics.

  • How the Jews Invented Hollywood

    Neal Gabler, the author of the classic book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, describes how a group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants founded and ran the industry that largely defined American values and images.

Neal Gabler Videos

  • Neal Gabler at LAT BOOK FESTIVAL
  • Neil Gabler on How Pop Culture Influences Political Culture on Vimeo
  • Neal Gabler: The Art of Biography

Neal Gabler Books

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  • How to book Neal Gabler?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Neal Gabler for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 Neal Gabler, 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 Neal Gabler or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Neal Gabler?

    Booking fees for Neal Gabler, 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 Neal Gabler, 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 Neal Gabler?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Neal Gabler for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Neal Gabler 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 Neal Gabler or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Neal Gabler 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.

Neal Gabler is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Business Secrets of Walt Disney, The Art of Biography, The Making of the President 2012 and How the Jews Invented Hollywood. The estimated speaking fee range to book Neal Gabler for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Neal Gabler generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Simon Lovell, Robert M. Edsel, Donna Tartt, Tim Federle and Derek Blasberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Neal Gabler for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Neal Gabler Speaking Topics

  • The Business Secrets of Walt Disney

    If ever there were a business genius who violated everything they teach in business school, Walt Disney was it. In this lecture, Neal Gabler describes how Disney turned a one-person animation company into a world empire by breaking all the rules.

  • The Art of Biography

    In this entertaining and anecdote-filled lecture, Neal Gabler describes the biographical process from selecting a subject to finding papers to hunting down interviewees to organizing material to writing the book itself.

  • The Making of the President 2012

    Noted author and cultural commentator, Neal Gabler handicaps the 2012 presidential race by examining how the American people are electing not a commander-in-chief but a protagonist-in-chief to star in the national movie. This is an entirely different approach to American politics.

  • How the Jews Invented Hollywood

    Neal Gabler, the author of the classic book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, describes how a group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants founded and ran the industry that largely defined American values and images.

Neal Gabler Speaker Videos

  • Neal Gabler at LAT BOOK FESTIVAL
    Neil Gabler on How Pop Culture Influences Political Culture on Vimeo
  • Neal Gabler: The Art of Biography

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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