The Katzenbach Center helps clients close the strategy-through-execution gap by putting their cultures to work. With a network of practitioners advising across multiple industries, geographies, and client situations, we guide clients as they tap the power of their cultures and unlock the wisdom of teams to foster performance.. Our time-tested methodology and focused thought leadership is. Ryan Katzenbach. See Photos. Ryan Kaltenbach. See Photos. Ryan Bartheld (Ryan Michael Bartheld) See Photos. Studied at Katzenbach-New Jersey's School for the Deaf. Ryan Morse (Deaf Fisherman) See Photos. Went to Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf ' Studied Computer science at Camden County College ' Ryan Katzenbach is an American film writer, director and producer. His career in the entertainment industry began at 22 when he optioned a project to Twentieth Century Fox's newly minted FX cable network. While the project went into turnaround several years later, he enjoyed another deal with Sony Television Pictures for a film about the
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I was actively looking for a new project, and given my renewed fascination with the case, thought this had the potential of being a great film that would capture people's imaginations. So Ric and I went to work adapting his book as a feature script, and in , with executive producer Bernie Sofronski , struck a development deal with Sony Television Pictures and the USA Network for the movie. For a number of reasons, the film never eventuated, and after going through several deals with studios and becoming frustrated with the system, I decided, in , that we would do this film as a documentary on an independent platform.
And, the rest, as they say is history. Hans Holzer investigated. Are you very certain that you have true facts others do not and why?
RK : Alex, you hit it on the head. This is an old and extremely argumentative, controversial case and, for whatever reasons, it attracts people who are very passionate and often steadfast in their views. The story has created, essentially, two factions of people. First, there are the pro-haunters who believe that the Boogey Man lives in that house and they live and die for the idea that Jodie the Pig stalked the house and there were flies and slime coating the doors and windows.
The second, quieter faction, are those who are fascinated with the case but believe that it was a hoax or that the story was grossly over-embellished, and I think this group, like myself, are more interested in the murders that prompted the whole case. For the last four decades the murder of the DeFeo family, in my opinion, have been treated like an afterthought of sorts, when, frankly, they were the genesis for the whole story.
And they're far more fascinating to examine and discuss than entertaining arguments of whether Kathy Lutz levitated off her bed or whether a ceramic lion bit George in the living room during their alleged day stay in the house, none of which can be proven in the slightest.
Having said that, yes, I do believe our project has the facts pertaining to the case dialed in with very precise clarity. Our film, I believe, is the first to marry a very forensic analysis of the case with the psychology of what was going on in that house.
This is laminated with documents that have never been seen before Then, this is all meshed together with eyewitnesses I think when you intertwine all of those elements together, you get a clear idea as to what was going on.
Having said that, and to revisit what I said earlier, there are those people who will never listen to these facts that we're going to present. There are people who would much rather spend their time launching ad homonym attacks against myself and trying to disgrace my credibility or those who are in the film instead of just maintaining an objective ear at the risk of possibly learning something new.
Our documentary, to my knowledge, is the only documentary that has ever had a 5-year smear campaign advancing it When you can't debate the facts and the documents, the next best thing to do is to attack the person presenting them and fabricate whatever truth is convenient. And that is exactly where a detractor goes when they can't debate the facts, and if you want a history lesson about this, just ask President Bill Clinton about the attack his Presidency suffered from the right and Mr.
Kenneth Starr during his 2 terms. Thankfully, this group of people who have spent their time defaming myself and our project is small, and getting smaller. Over time, I think we've demonstrated our case and shown people that there is much more to the story than ever put forth before. This film, yes, indeed, caters to the Amityville genre , but, I think, it has an even bigger following amongst the true crime enthusiasts. The really big story here lies in the forensics, and that is what Shattered, in all three installments, really looks at.
And if you need proof that our story goes further than anyone else, just ask yourself why there has been such an effort to discredit us. I think that speaks volumes about the merits of our work. Can you tell us a bit about that and how it came about? Ryan Katzenbach is an American film writer, director and producer.
His career in the entertainment industry began at 22 when he optioned a project to Twentieth Century Fox's newly minted FX cable network. While the project went into turnaround several years later, he enjoyed another deal with Sony Television Pictures for a film about the "Amityville Horror" murders.
The project was eventually dropped by Sony, at which time Ryan decided to make the film independently as a docudrama. This independent project was eventually released in installments between and , and in the REELZ Channel picked the project up and aired it for three years.
As of August , Ryan is now engaged in his third picture deal with a network which commences principal photography in January In addition, Ryan is currently shooting a true-crime-expose series on the homicide of Hollywood-power-publicist Ronni Chasen. The series explores the murder, while focusing on the investigation conducted by the Beverly Hills Police Department that resulted in the case being closed when it was determined that a transient man, in a random-robbery-gone-bad killed Chasen.