“He knows how to hold a room”
- Vance Van Petten
National Executive Director/COO of the Producers Guild of America and author of the 2007 book,
Ten Minutes to the Speech.
“When I recently visited New York City on business, I had the true pleasure of attending a fascinating evening of conversation with Hawk Koch and Helen Mirren as they discussed “The Magic of Movies.” Although from separate yet thoroughly interconnected professional crafts – producing and acting – these two iconic industry veterans held the audience rapt with their fascinating tales and experiences. It was an incredibly rewarding event for anyone interested in the film business. As a representative of the Producers Guild of America, it was especially gratifying to hear speakers with such deep experience in the industry offer valuable insight they gained while making scores of highly successful films. Having written a book about public speaking, I was especially impressed by Hawk’s interaction with his famous guest and his natural skill in guiding the conversation to be informative, yet always entertaining. Not only did he offer useful information, but Hawk was extremely adept at weaving in personal stories that kept the audience completely engaged.