CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s been said life imitates art. In the case of Joey Krutel, it goes both ways.
Krutel is a producer on “Ballers,” the HBO show starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corrdry, who portrays a character named Joey Krutel. The 30-minute show, which will begin shooting its fourth season in Southern California in January, focuses on football players and the surrounding people in their lives.
From Miami originally, Krutel became involved with the show when the Stephen Levinson–Mark Wahlberg production team contacted him. As a real-estate broker, he would reach out to agents and advisers, offering his services to players moving to South Florida. Sometimes it was because of a free-agency signing, a draft pick or a sudden trade, while other times it was a player wanting a second home.
Sports and entertainment were a natural fit for Krutel, a lifelong sports fan who played baseball and basketball in high school and did some production work in California.
So Krutel took the relationships he built with athletes and parlayed it into becoming a producer on “Ballers.”
“Boom – the opportunity came,” he said. “Luck is opportunity meets preparation.”
At first, he said, the show sought to find its footing and gain a following.
“Anything new to somebody – the new, unknown – people are skeptical,” he said. “Now we have a line out the door from guys – baseball, football – begging to get on the show.”
Once, he said, a player even tried to entice him with Super Bowl tickets.
“The biggest response is how accurate we keep it, how real the dialogue is, the behavior – the how they spend crazy money, the partying, the girls,”…
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