The Moment

Donny Deutsch on Fostering Creativity and Political Ambitions

The ad executive turned TV personality explains why you should hire people who are just “2 percent off center.”

Donny Deutsch.
Donny Deutsch.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Donny Deutsch, the ad executive turned TV personality and star of USA Network’s Donny! Deutsch discusses how he cultivated creativity as the head of Deutsch Inc. (one of New York City’s top ad agencies) and how those skills transferred to the production of his new sitcom. Plus, Donny reflects on the lessons of his father, the original founder of Deutsch Inc., and why he’s contemplating a run for political office in New York City.


The first season of Donny! is available on USA on demand and by clicking here.


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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.