We had an interview scheduled with Pivot’s “TakePart Live” co-anchor Jacob Soboroff this week, but his show was unexpectedly and abruptly canceled before we could actually get together. We spoke with Soboroff anyway, to get talk about his future plans and what he’ll miss about the short-lived nightly news program.
TVNewser: We’re sorry to hear “TakePart Live” has been canceled, how does this experience shape your career?
Soboroff: Hey thanks! It was unreal, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I got to host a live, nightly news and talk show that put Larry King and T-Pain together to auto tune the news and quiz people inside my 2000 Florida recount voting machine on Hollywood Boulevard! Yes, I own a voting machine. I’m a civics nerd.
The cherry on top is working with some of my idols in the industry: Participant Media, a company that cares as much about social change as it does the bottom line, and our production company Embassy Row, the folks behind “Watch What Happens Live” and “Talking Dead,” two shows I love. I think I felt like Kobe must have playing for Phil Jackson in the triangle offense. Or CP3 playing for Doc. Yes, I’m a Clippers fan.
Soboroff: I love Baratunde. And Meghan McCain, our third co-host. I’ll miss hanging out with them nightly. I think we made such a fun show, and a different kind of news show. One that put the audience first and was entertaining. I mean we highlighted veterans issues by having me body slammed by a pro wrestler. After hosting “YouTube Nation” this year for YouTube and DreamWorks, and “HuffPost Live” before that, I have seen incredible communities form around news and information shows online. I think it’s harder, but not impossible, to build that kind of interactive community through TV. Also, maybe I should have gotten a haircut. But my wife would not be into that.
TVNewser: So, will you be staying with Pivot in some capacity or moving on? Any projects lined up? Read more