CNLP 529: Brian Koppelman on the Backstory Behind Billions, Oceans 13, Rounders, and Working with Top Talent Like Brad Pitt and George Clooney

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Brian Koppelman, showrunner for Billions and Super Pumped, and co-writer of films like Oceans 13 and Rounders, talks about how he got into making movies and TV shows, overcoming ADHD when it felt like failure, how his first movie almost didn’t get made, working with A-list Hollywood actors, and why he decided to make Billions and Super Pumped.

Welcome to Episode 529 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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Compassion International

I want to tell you about a partner that I love, and that is Compassion.

Our church has partnered with them, my wife and I have partnered with them, and wherever they serve around the world, which is 26 countries, they partner with the local church, to release children from poverty, in Jesus’ name, and they’re doing that this Christmas in a way that your church can get involved in.

You know what your church is going to be looking for? It’s like, “What are you doing for people around the world this Christmas?” That’s why you should check out Compassion’s cool opportunity called The Giving Tree.

It’s a simple way for your church to share the love of Christ with kids in need, by decorating a tree with ornaments that represent a variety of gift options. People pick a gift, and they give, and they help release a child from poverty, in Jesus’ name.

So check it out, and sign up at You can request a free ornament kit from the website, set up the tree in your lobby, and a lot of people in your church can help a lot of people around the world change their lives through their giving.

Future Forward Churches

Pastoral transitions are inevitable for every church. Unfortunately, a lot of the time they don’t go well.

I’ve known Lee Kricher for years. Well, he navigated a very successful one. He’s got a brand new book that is going to help you with this. Seamless Pastoral Transition is a book that can help you navigate a pastoral transition without negatively impacting the momentum, continuity, or the mission of your church.

It contains some great insights about three transitional imperatives that are really critical to address, and six pastoral transition pitfalls to avoid that can jettison your leadership transition.

If you’re a church leader, one of your highest priorities has to be succession.

You can get Lee’s book, Seamless Pastoral Transition and other free pastoral transition resources, simply by going to

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Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.