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Posts Tagged ‘Vin Di Bona’

So What Do You Do, Todd Thicke, Host of America’s Funniest Home Videos?

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R&B crooner Robin Thicke may still be nursing his wounds following his divorce from actress Paula Patton, but not everyone in the family is having down days. Uncle Todd Thicke, who happens to be the executive producer of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, is riding high on his career success in the wake of the long-standing ratings juggernaut’s 25th season premiere on Oct. 12.

Since its debut in 1989, AFV has focused on wholesome, family-friendly programming that made viewers want to grab a friend and share the laugh-out-loud funny clips long before they ever knew what “viral” meant. It’s a perfect fit for the married father of two who maintains a happy home life even while admitting to a “relentless” work ethic. But while Thicke, whose famous family includes brother Alan Thicke, may not have all the answers on work-life balance (“You’re asking me a question the Dalai Lama is struggling with!”), he does have plenty of advice to help young professionals break into TV writing and blow past the competition.

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Shaquille O’Neal Wants Your Funny Internet Video

From Lacey Rose at The Hollywood Reporter comes news of Shaquille O’Neal’s latest creative endeavor. It’s not a TNT sitcom; it’s not a rap album; and it’s not a feature film comedy.

Rather, Shaq has landed a ten-episode order from truTV for a Tosh.0-style clips show tentatively called Upload with Shaquille O’Neal. From Rose’s report:

“Shaquille O’Neal has such a great personality, and he really has a lot of fun with the format and the material in this new series,” said truTV EVP and COO Marc Juris. “This show is going to be a great fit with truTV’s comedic shows like Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke.”

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LA’s Other Fishbowl Launches YouTube Pet Channel

In our dreams, perhaps one day FishbowlLA could grow into a much larger multimedia concern called FishBowl Worldwide Media. The only problem with this scenario: there is already such an enterprise and today they’re making YouTube news.

The “next generation studio” founded by America’s Funniest Home Videos creator Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh is wading back into familiar AFV territory with Petsami, a new YouTube channel showcasing the hijinks of felines, canines and more. From today’s press release:

Carrie Ann Inaba will serve as executive producer on an upcoming series involving cats that has a philanthropic twist. Celebrity trainer and animal advocate Laura Nativo serves as creative director of the Petsami platform…

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Coalition Fights for Restoration of LA Public Access TV Channels

Remember John Cunningham‘s LA public access TV show Driveways of the Rich and Famous? We do, lovingly.

Nevertheless, the migration of such programming to YouTube and a gazillion other online streaming outlets is going to make it that much more difficult for a new coalition featuring the likes of Ed Asner, Vin Di Bona and former LA Daily News editor Ron Kaye to be successful in their effort to restore LA’s public access TV channels, dialed down in 2006.

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Vin Di Bona Gets Walk of Fame Star

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Vin Di Bona, creator and producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos, will get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11:30am. Guest speakers will include host of AFHV Tom Bergeron, President/ABC Entertainment Stephen McPherson and Emerson College President Jackie Liebergott.

Di Bona has probably employed more people, over the years, than anyone else in town.