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Josh Lieb

Josh Lieb is the former Producer and Show Runner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His credits include stints as Executive Producer of NewsRadio and The Daily Show with[…]

TV writer Josh Lieb’s biggest mistake was burning out when his star was on the rise; he never knew how quickly he would lose Hollywood momentum.

Question: What is a big mistake you’ve made in your career?

Josh Lieb: Yeah. No, I’ve made any number of mistakes. In my career, I think one thing you don't realize – I had success early on, I obtained some rather exalted positions pretty quickly and entertainment, and I don't know if this is true in other fields but there's a quantity called heat and if people think you're the hot thing, then they are very eager to work with you but that she does dissipate and it dissipates quickly. Because I sort of jumped into the game with a great deal of heat, I thought I would have it eternally. Then I spent about five years with a show called News Radio and really burned myself out. There was no more exhausting show in the history of television and when I was done with it I said I was going to take a year off from TV and I'm going to – I have some script ideas I want to write but I'm going to just keep away from that. Which was great psychologically but I did not realize how quickly Josh Lieb, young man on the rise could be ‘oh yeah, that guy.’ So I had to learn to strike while the iron is hot. And it's a lot tougher to get your name out there once you've let the heat dissipate.

Recorded on:  October 9, 2009