David Scotland Studios is a new TV show created, produced, and hosted by David Scotland for We Are Creating It. This show takes an intimate look behind the scenes of some of the most inspiring creators in the world today by featuring and showcasing individuals in their “area of expertise” who are enjoying creating what they do best while creating and living their dreams in ways that are often unexpected, non-traditional, and not necessarily what you’d expect.
David says the TV show came about organically and almost out of the blue: “As a creator, myself, I love the idea and reality of a studio — the place where creators get to enjoy thinking up, creating, and displaying their visions, dreams, projects, and various works. And then I remembered how much I loved interviewing Art Linkletter a few years ago, and, more recently, Derrick Hall, the CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and while we’ve been working on our different shows it just came to me one day to interview one of my very good friends, concert pianist and accomplished musician Philip Fortenberry. But I didn’t want to do the interview the way we do the America Works show. I wanted something different, more intimate, more behind the scenes, and very personal in ways that I think will be refreshing and surprising for our audience. This is one of my favorite ways to find out who someone is, behind all the facade, marketing, and fame stuff. I am more interested in what’s behind all that — the person behind the manufactured myths and all that media stuff — and I think other people are, too.”
For season one of David’s new TV show, David Scotland Studios, he interviewed musician, composer, and conductor of Cirque Du Soleil’s KA, Richard Oberacker. Richard is also a featured composer in the Composer’s Showcase hosted by Keith Thompson and featuring some of the best talent in the world, and only in Las Vegas. According to Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Richard “has previously worked for Cirque Du Soleil as the original conductor and orchestrator of DRALION, making him the first American conductor to be hired by the renowned company. Richard has also served as conductor for the first national tour of Disney’s THE LION KING as well as associate conductor for tours of SHOW BOAT, CATS and ANDREW LLYOD WEBERS MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. As a composer his musical THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FISHMAN was commissioned by Clear Channel Entertainment and received its premiere at the Signature Theater in the Washington D.C. area under the direction of Eric D. Schaeffer. His musical DRACULA – THE GAME OF LOVE premiered at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his musical A LITTLE THEATER premiered at the Aurelia Theater in Cincinnati. IN THAT VALLEY, a musical with a book co-written by Steven Minning was presented at the NAMT Festival of New Works in 1999.”
For season one, David also interviewed Philip Fortenberry, Wayne Green, and Michael Brennan. Philip Fortenberry is a musician, composer of several solo albums, and a renowned concert pianist. Philip has played Carnegie Hall, The White House, and is now the star of his own completely sold-out one-man hit show in Las Vegas called The Man at the Piano.
Philip is the associate conductor of Jersey Boys, and the hands of Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra which was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards. Philip recently recorded a new Christmas album, “I Pray On Christmas,” with Kristen Hertzenberg who played Christine Daae in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and is featured performer in the Composer’s Showcase.
Wayne Green was a great interview, too. Lots of fun! Wayne was the musical director and conductor of Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and most recently Priscilla, Queen of the Desert now going on national tour.
Michael Brennan is also an accomplished music director, having worked on such acclaimed productions as AVENUE Q, MAMA MIA, THE LION KING, CINDERELLA, 42nd STREET, and VICTOR/VICTORIA. Michael is currently the music director for Franco Dragone’s Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas.
So whether it’s top CEOs, artists, producers, writers, composers, builders, makers, or other creators, David Scotland is interviewing them and finding out who they really are. From beginners to seasoned professionals, David Scotland puts his unique interviewing style to the test to ask the questions few others would dare to ask, let alone think of in the first place. So get ready to take an intimate, entertaining, and refreshing look at the creators, themselves, from new, unique, and inspiring vantage points not revealed on traditional media, but are exclusive to the David Scotland Studios television show at We Are Creating It.