LOS ANGELES — Film and TV star Kevin Pollak, whose career includes roles in such hits as "Usual Suspects" and "A Few Good Men," just inked deals with Amazon and Hulu for the entire library of his one-year-old Internet talk show, he told Beet.TV in an exclusive interview we snagged last week at the NATPE LA TV fest.
Those twin deals signify the importance that many traditional stars are placing on the Internet as a creative medium. Pollak told me he started his Internet talk show because of "the creative freedom that doesn't exist in TV and film."
He remains quite active on the big screen and will star in the upcoming flick Middle Men releasing next month. "The Kevin Pollak Chat Show" that he hosts every Sunday generates anywhere from 30,000 to 80,000 views live with downloads in the millions, he told us.
Pollak was inspired to do his talk show by Jason Calacanis, founder and CEO of Mahalo. The show is produced in Mahalo's Santa Monica studio. Legend has it, the two met at an underground poker game in Los Angeles.