New podcast pairs lawmakers with entertainment figures

A Hollywood hotshot and a recording industry pro are teaming up for a new podcast that promises to blend policy with creativity. 

“OffScript with Ruth and Mitch,” which premiered this week, is co-hosted by CreativeFuture CEO Ruth Vitale and Recording Industry Association of America CEO Mitch Glazier. The show pairs lawmakers with big names in entertainment for wide-ranging conversations with the two hosts. 

The first three episodes, released this week, feature chats with Rep. Maria E. Salazar (R-Fla.) and acclaimed music producer Emilio Estefan, Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Congress comes to the aid of Libyan people, passing bill ordering probe into war crimes and torture Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome MORE (D-Fla.) alongside “The Expendables” filmmaker Jonathan Yunger, and with Mary Wilson, recorded shortly before The Supremes singer died in February. 


Vitale — an anti-piracy advocate and independent film executive behind the release of movies such as “Hustle and Flow” and “The Virgin Suicides” — calls the project “an excuse, especially during the pandemic, to get together with people ... on Zoom to talk about the issues and to just have them tell some fun stories.” 

Some of those stories include Deutch reflecting on pandemic life and Estefan making a pitch for unity among the politically divided country. 

“I had the honor to produce 43 events in the White House,” Estefan tells Vitale and Glazier in one of the podcast episodes. “I don’t believe in politics. I believe in the person. I think we need to be all American. More than anything else, we have to forget about Republicans, Democrats.” 

“These podcasts confirm why we all talk about entertainment and politics all the time,” Glazier said in a statement. “You never know what will happen when you put makers of culture and policy together.”

Three additional episodes are in the works and poised to be released in the coming months. 

Pairing up lawmakers with entertainment figures for the conversations came pretty easily to Los Angeles-based Vitale, a self-described “copyright warrior” and a frequent presence on Capitol Hill. 

“I made movies and distributed movies for 30 years. And really, it’s all about chemistry, right?” she said.

The discussions aren’t going to be shouting matches about politics, a topic that Vitale says with a laugh is a “no-win situation,” but will focus more on advocacy. 

“We’re not talking politics as in like what’s going on in the world. We talk about politics vis-à-vis policy, what we need to get done,” says Vitale. 

Anyone who “cares about music, politics, and our culture,” Glazier said, “will find something in ‘Off Script’ that lifts them up and makes them laugh.”