tv Mike Judge Discusses Silicon Valley CSPAN January 1, 2017 10:40pm-11:01pm EST
research you guys have done. that was coming to disrupt primarily for research and then you came on stage. what was that first visit like? was very eye-opening. -- us, we had shot the pilot and the way he works with tv, the pilot is the first episode and if they like that, they greenlight the series. one of my cowriter's came on board and we were sitting in the office saying, we have to make all this up. we don't even know what these people do really. we just started doing a ton of research. i did not really know what tech were. and disrupt
this woman in l.a. told us about startup battlefield. i thought, that is what we need, we need some drama. we came up and spied on you guys here. we just walked around and watched the whole startup battlefield and it is perfect for our show. things youre cowriter mentioned about disrupt is you shot a little bit of footage here. they watched this episode and they complained about how dude was and theyhot said this was actually at disrupt. is there anything we can do for diversity? -- for
mike: looks like there has been a huge push for diversity. you solve the, 16-year-old girl who created and -- created an app that identifies symptoms of arkansans -- parkinson's disease. shooting and we were like, this is what these people look like. it was about 80 from a percentage -- it was about 85% the audiencen shot. sexist,hought it was
but we said, no, that is the real shot. is exaggeration, but we did not have to exaggerate. >> one of the things about the show is the main cast is not exclusively, but largely male and white/asian. do you think the show should change the attempt to how we think about engineers and people who work in tech? mike: we wanted to try to make it realistic and all the highrch i did was very percentage of male. i went into a big room at the google where all the programmers were and i counted two women. when you do satire, you are making fun of it, so that was
our way of poking fun at the world. i did not anticipate how kind of charged up this issue was. i had done a show "king of the and ther 13 seasons entire time and no one complained that there were not any women working in propane. i thought, this is tech and there are a lot of guys. propane, there is not a lot of money and power in it so no one cares about the world of propane. propane,ech moves into we will see them. so you used to work in silicon valley decades ago. mike: 80 years ago. >> when you came back to do the research for the show, did it
feel like this is a continuing version of what i have been through or was it different? characters arehe kind of the same, but the landscape has changed. the barrier to entry to a startup was a little higher. it took more money. will he did not just get -- you did not just get three or four people build and test build and -- and build an app. i think the characters that i "officeoffice based --
space," had they been born 20 years later, they could of and in a startup. had an apartment in east palo i thought it can get more expensive and there was just more in my -- more and more money flowing into this place. >> you talked about "silicon valley," and he said one of the conflicts is between the libertarian camp and the city values of-- hippie silicon valley. on when i was going was working in tech. i think the hippies will win no
matter what. lot of money at play and a lot of companies competing for billions of dollars. foodll street, it is the school- it is the old where hedge fund guys get rich and here it is shrouded in we are making the world a better place. for comedy, it is a good thing to make fun of. culturees out of hippie , which isn't a bad thing. there is more attention on charity here then you would have in new york in the 80's. >> you guys have made it harder for a startup to come on stage and say we make the world a better place.
the mostly, thank you for that. had hired the writers and we took them to launchpad pilot.d we shot the they bring out their first startup to talk to us and it is five guys, one east indian, the same ratio, and they did their pitch. basically combine all your music into one thing and they said we are making the world a better place. it was basically our group in the pilot. >> when you talk about this idea of dressing up and using a for-profit business idea in this hippiec instead of the anything -- isat
that a thing. mike: it doesn't matter that much. >> it is just funny. hollywood, ifrom don't think you would hear jj abrams say, why are you making star wars -- why are you making say, iars," and he would want to make the world a better place. no, he would say, it is a great movie and i love "star wars." it is something fun to make fun of. i don't think anyone is doing anything awful by saying that. on, youe show has gone built an incredible network of people who consult on the show. twitter and a of
lot of people, right? mike: we have had so many consultants reach out to us and tell us a great stories. when alec and i were in the office saying, what do we do here, we have to learn about this world. we have a guy who is still on the show who was immensely helpful. that just informed a lot of what we wrote about. leftnk costello, after he twitter came and sat in the writing room with us twice a week. >> there are people who work all the time on the show and then there are chores were talked to ceos and companies. as people have embraced the show, does it make it harder to do biting satire? people that weof
have become friends with tend to not take themselves very seriously. and the ones that do, we don't end up talking too much. costolo was in our show playing himself talking to jeremy solomon about how someone sold him a bad vineyard. that's pretty self-deprecating. >> one of the things that happened that is kind of weird is as the show has become popular, you actually get people who are inspired by "silicon valley." as a satirist, what is that like for you? space,"en i did "office
i had people come up to me and tell me i'm inspired them to quit their job. but i wanted to inspire people to do a startup or get a job. it feels good to build something and do something your own way. >> that is the difference andeen "silicon valley" "office space," you see the one as corrupt and terrible, but in "silicon valley" it is not so terrible. mike: if you believed what the characters were doing was bad or stupid, you would not want to watch it. in row wife -- in real life, i like these guys and you want to reach for them -- root for them.
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