Ben Mankiewicz is the host of Hot Set. For nearly a decade, he's been presenting classic films as a host of Turner Classic Movies. Ben's family has a long, rich Hollywood history; his grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-Winning screenwriter for Citizen Kane, and worked on The Wizard of Oz, Dinner at Eight, Pride of the Yankees and The Pride of St. Louis. His great-uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, won Oscars for writing and directing both All About Eve and A Letter to Three Wives. He also wrote and directed The Barefoot Contessa, The Quiet American, Cleopatra, Guys and Dolls and produced The Philadelphia Story. Ben's cousin Tom, a writer/director, has credits including Superman I, Superman II and three James Bond movies.
With a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, Ben began his career as a television reporter and anchor, before becoming a talk radio host and eventually a film critic. He served as a critic on the syndicated show At the Movies, has analyzed the nominations for ABC's Oscars Red Carpet Live pre-show, and currently co-hosts a roundtable movie review show with other film critics, What the Flick?!, on the Young Turks Network.
This September watch hollywood set designers build movie magic in Syfy's New Original Series Hot Set.
Rival set designers compete to create a den worthy of a comic book super villain.