It takes a lot to make a name for yourself in Miami's very hot South Beach enclave. Hailing from the Hamptons, Water Mill resident Nathan Lieberman did just that and is known as a successful young hotelier and the man in the center of a very good time if previews of his new show on the CW, "The Catalina" airing on May 29 at 8 p.m., are any indication.
Nicole B. Brewer: How did you end up in Miami?
Hotelier Nathan Lieberman. (Photo: Ralph Notaro)
- I studied real estate and film finance at NYU. My dad was in the real estate business and we started doing hotels together. I always wanted to get back into film and had ideas about doing a TV show about my hotels. I met up with some producers, one of whom I went to high school with. I invested in his company about two and a half years ago. We've been making TV shows ever since.
NBB: Which shows?
None of those shows made it to TV. We were pretty close a few times but they fell apart. We worked VH1, Bravo, with literally every network on different shows that we helped produce.
NBB: How is the fit with the CW for you and "The Catalina"?
The CW is a good fit for us because their demographic is very young. Even though at The Catalina the rates aren't inexpensive enough for the Spring Break type crowd, eventually they will grow up and have memories of the place they would like to visit again. Hopefully they will come visit us and stay at The Calatlina.
NBB: The preview of the show look like a great party.
We have a good time.
NBB: The show has a high-energy cast who seem like a lot of fun. How did they come together?
That's what I do. HR is one of my strong suits. I'm always out running around looking for people. I usually hire people and bring people in and leave it to my managers to take it from there. I like to hire people based on personality. I think the will to make someone enjoy their vacation is really more important than having a hospitality background.
NBB: What will we see on the show?
I think you're going to actually see the hotel business from a perspective that's never been shown before. We're not trying to say that anything we do is perfect but we are trying to say that we do it a lot better everyone else. I'm the Executive Producer so I've seen the whole thing.
NBB: The editing too?
I just got back from LA and I literally have been involved and hands-on in the whole process. I cast the show from all of my employees and I've been involved in the editing. Everything.
NBB: The show and your hotels are in Miami, do you get back to the Hamptons often?
I'll be in the Hamptons on Memorial Day Weekend and will stay at Mom and Dad's house. I'm looking forward to playing some polo, which is one of the episodes on this show. Episode 5 is a Catalina grudge match between the White Team and the Red Team. It's me against my dad. [Polo player] Nick Roldan was down. Everyone was down.
"The Catalina" debuts on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 p.m. on the CW.