Where there is gold, there is also dirt. (I lived in Alaska for a year. Don’t say it didn’t teach me things.) So where there is Discovery’s hit series Gold Rush, there must also be The Dirt, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show. And now…
…HOBO’s on Discovery Channel.
That’s right: our studio is coming to your television. Tonight’s episode of The Dirt follows voiceover artist Paul Christie as he brings the gold-mining business to life. It’s always a pleasure to have Paul in the studio, and now, you’ll all get to see why! Bonus: you’ll also get to check out our sweet digs, and maybe spot a few of our faces while you’re at it. See Steve in this exclusive promo?
The crew could not have been a more fun, professional group, either, and we’re so glad we had the opportunity to get to know them. So thanks for visiting, Discovery. You’re welcome back anytime (maybe when The Dirt gets its own behind-the-scenes special about the making of The Dirt? Think about it, executives.)
In the meantime, watch The Dirt tonight at 8 on Discovery Channel. We’ll be there.
It’s a glorious time to be a sports fan: the NFL enters the season with fully qualified referees who hopefully understand that a hug is not a touchdown (never letting that go). Baseball season is still in full swing (PUN). The US Open is right on our doorstep. Andy Murray won at Wimbledon. The NHL is not in a lockout.
This is all good.
But it’s telling that I’m still far more aware of men’s sports than women’s, and ESPN’s latest documentary series is out to change that. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX and dedicated to celebrating women in sports–through the eyes of women behind the camera. We were honored when directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing at Loki Films (responsible for the Oscar-nominated documentary Jesus Camp) came to us with Branded, the epic finale to the Nine for IX series.
Branded is a fascinating look at what it takes to get by as a female athlete. How are women expected to brand themselves? Does their success hinge as much on looks (and willingness to capitalize on those looks) as it does on ability? It’s a complicated issue explored through the stories of women who’ve been there, like Anna Kournikova, Gabrielle Reece, and Danica Patrick, and it’s seriously not to be missed.
Branded premieres tonight at 8 pm on ESPNW. Check out this clip, featuring US Olympian Lolo Jones:
Tonight: go crazy. Listen to loud music. Roast marshmallows. Wear things that glow in the dark. Do your thing.
Tomorrow night: stay inside. Order in a nice dinner (because you’re classy). Eat ice cream out of the pint (because nobody’s too classy for that). Then turn on some mood lighting and settle in for an evening of extreme television, HOBO-style.
Start off at 9 pm with Breaking Ice on the Weather Channel! We worked on the show with our good friends at Pipeline 39, and it’s seriously not to be missed. Coast Guard cutters crack through polar ice blocks and save whole communities of people. It’s like the opposite of Titanic.
Then at 10 pm, turn to H2 for the finale of Your Bleeped Up Brain, which we worked on with the talented folks at Red Marble Media. If you’re looking for a reason to watch the finale, HOBO can give you three.
After four years here at HOBO, Business Manager extraordinaire Leigh-Anne Pike is moving on to a new opportunity. She’s not going far, but we’re still going to miss having her fiery red hair and clever Pinterest finds to brighten up the office every day. We’re so proud of everything Leigh-Anne has done and will do with her career. Once a HOBO, always a HOBO.
The staff would like to take this opportunity to say our goodbyes.
These past four years have flown by! Leigh-Anne has been a vital part of our crew/family and we’re going to miss her smarts, skills and wonderful personality. I know she’s going to do well at her new job and we’ll be proud of her! She knows all us hobos will always be cheering for her.
Leigh-Anne. LA. Ginger. LaLa. Princess Pike. Mama Hen…
Over the past years, I’ve learned and forgotten more movie quotes from Leigh-Anne than any other person I know, hands down. So thank you for the education. It’s been great working with someone who is extremely talented at ALL of the many roles she’s played at HOBO. She also makes great baked goods. All in all, you’re just a darn creative person. I know you’re going to crush your next job. But before you do, watch this….
Leigh-Anne is the reason I’m at HOBO. She was the first one who opened the door for me. Not only did she give my reel to Howard but, since day one, she always had a smile so contagious, with such a good vibe for all those who step inside. I’ll never stop thanking her for what she did and for being the life and spirit of HOBO. I wish her the best, and she’ll have great success. She’s one of the most professional and fun people I’ve ever known. Gracias Leigh- Anne, Te vamos a extrañar !!
Oh, Mama Hen. I feel like I showed up at HOBO for my interview and imprinted on Leigh-Anne like a baby duck. She just has everything together, always. When LA’s on the case, you know everything’s going to be ok. I’ll miss her calm, confident presence, her love of movie trailers, and her not-so-secret desire to make every room in the office look like a country home. Leigh-Anne leads by example, teaches without pandering, and somehow makes even invoicing seem a little bit fun. I can’t thank her enough for being my eyes and ears into this crazy unfamiliar world of audio engineering, and while I’m not sure I’ll ever live up to her example, I’ll have a blast trying.
Also, as the last remaining woman in the office, I might start showing up to work in ratty t-shirts, and I blame her for this.
So Leigh-Anne, HOBO wouldn’t be what it is without you. We’ll miss you, but we can’t wait to see how far you go. Thanks for four wonderful years–we’re keeping your Game of Thrones posters.
Discovery’s Shark Week is still about a month away, but it’s never, ever too early to pre-game (even on a different network). So strap your pet into a shark costume, blast the Jaws theme, and tune in to Nat Geo WILD tonight for the premiere of When Sharks Attack. The network is really excited about this one (check out the show front and center on their homepage), and with good reason…it’s got that HOBO sound.
Working with our good friend Lewis Fowler at Optomen Productions, we did all of the 5.1 surround mixing for the mini-series, so we can tell you now that When Sharks Attack should not be missed. They actually go behind each shark attack story to analyze why it happened and what brought on the shark’s behavior. It’s tense, thought-provoking, and a little bit terrifying (especially for those of us who grew up on the Florida coast). But really, all you need to know is that there will be sharks and they will attack. What more could anyone ask for?
Be sure to check it out tonight at 10 pm on Nat Geo WILD. (Buster Bluth-style arm floaties optional, but highly encouraged.)
In related news, we’re still laughing at this Shark Week commercial.