Nerdist Industries, LLC is the digital division of Legendary Entertainment. Nerdist Industries was founded as a sole podcast (The Nerdist Podcast) created by Chris Hardwick, but later spread to include a network of podcasts, a premium content YouTube channel, a news division (Nerdist News), and a television version of the original podcast produced by and aired on BBC America. Nerdist Industries was first officially formed after Hardwick and Peter Levin (GeekChicDaily) merged their podcasts into Nerdist Industries, after which GeekChicDaily was rebranded Nerdist News. The newly formed company began to produce additional podcasts under the Nerdist Industries banner as well as producing content and webshows for its Nerdist YouTube channel. In 2012, Nerdist Industries was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. Nerdist Industries operates independently with Hardwick and Levin as its co-presidents.
|Debut||February 8, 2010|
The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly interview show "about what it really means to be a nerd" hosted by Web Soup and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, who is usually accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The audio podcasts are typically an hour in length and include conversations with notable comedians or entertainers, sometimes at their own home. The first live recording of the show was on April 5, 2010, at the Largo in Los Angeles, with guest Adam Savage of MythBusters, and has since been recorded live a number of other times. Guests are varied, though typically relate to either stand-up comedy, nerd culture, or both, and have included CM Punk, Rob Zombie, Stan Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeri Ryan, Drew Carey and several cast and crew of Community, Doctor Who, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show launched February 8, 2010. The show's theme song is "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues" by the chiptune band Anamanaguchi.
Nerdist News (Founded February, 2012; Formerly GeekChicDaily) is the Nerdist branded pop culture newsletter, founded and operated by Nerdist Industries CEO Peter Levin. The cross-platform publisher currently has 2 newsletter publications, Nerdist News and TOKYOPOP. GeekChicDaily became Nerdist News after it merged with Nerdist to form Nerdist Industries in February 2012.
In 2011 the pilot and a Christmas Eve special aired, with Hardwick, Ray and Mira hosting. BBC America aired six more 'specials' throughout 2012. Beginning with episode 4 the show moved from a half hour format to an hour.
|1||Pilot||September 24, 2011||Matt Smith, Craig Ferguson|
|2||Year In Review||December 24, 2011||Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, David Tennant, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kumail Nanjiani, Simon Pegg|
|3||January Special||January 14, 2012||Lily Loveless, Thomas Dolby, Kunal Nayyar, Alison Brie|
|4||Comic-Con||July 28, 2012||Damon Lindelof, John Barrowman|
|5||Toys and Games||July 28, 2012||Brooke Leigh Lawson, Gregory Crafts|
|6||Science||August 4, 2012||Danica McKellar, Cara Santa Maria|
|7||Nerd Girls||August 11, 2012||Randa Viets, Garfunkel and Oates, Felicia Day, Faith Harrison, Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani|
|8||Time Travel||August 18, 2012||Damon Lindelof, Tom Weston-Jones, Kumail Nanjiani|
A 10-episode second season began airing in 2013.
|1||The BBC Extravaganza||March 31, 2013||Matt Smith, Tatiana Maslany, Dominic Monaghan.|
|2||Zombies!||April 6, 2013||Robert Kirkman, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Kyle Kinane.|
|3||Breaking Mad||April 13, 2013||Jon Hamm, Betsy Brandt, and Rory Scovel|
|4||Fantasy Nerdist||April 20, 2013||Elijah Wood, Ben Schwartz, Kumail Nanjiani, and Katie Crown|
|5||Wonder Dungeon||April 27, 2013||Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel|
|6||Tribute To Television||May 4, 2013||Jack McBrayer, Eliza Dushku, and Joe Keckler|
|7||NASA Nerds||May 11, 2013||Buzz Aldrin, Bobak Ferdowsi, and Maria Bamford|
|8||Beautiful People||May 18, 2013||Joe Manganiello, Morena Baccarin, and Paul F. Tompkins|
|9||Tribute to Sci-Fi||May 25, 2013||Guillermo del Toro, Katee Sackhoff, and Ron Funches|
|10||Superstar Comedian Week||June 1, 2013||Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Zach Galifianakis, and Natasha Leggero|
Nerdist YouTube Channel
Original programming content created for The Nerdist YouTube Channel as of August 2012
- Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling – a celebrity bowling competition where teams compete for the charities of their choice
- Nerdist News – a video version of The Nerdist News
- The Indoor Kids – a video version of the popular podcast, a video-game-based show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
- Cops: Skyrim – a voice-over Cops-style parody of the game Skyrim
- Farscape – the classic science fiction show Farscape recut into minisodes, with commentary at the end of each minisode
- Face To Face: With Weird Al Yankovic – a celebrity interview show with "Weird Al" Yankovic
- Comic Book Club – a video version of the podcast of the same name
- Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles – a video version of Harry Knowles website Ain't It Cool News, a TV and film news, rumour and review site
- The Kids in the Hall – rebroadcast of the original Kids in the Hall episodes
- Weird Sh*t From Japan – Jukka Hilden explores aspects of Japanese culture under the watchful eye of Japanophile and comedian Chad Mullane
- Simian Undercover Detective Squad (S.U.D.S.) – odd couple ape detectives Skreet and Yeager are forced to partner up and solve crime
- Neil's Puppet Dreams – Neil Patrick Harris stars as himself and has dreams featuring puppets
- Dr. Tran – animated shorts featuring Dr. Tran
- 4 Points – interview show hosted by Alex Albrecht and Alison Haislip
- Justin Willman's Magic Meltdown – series featuring magician Justin Willman performing magic
- Hero Complex – interview show hosted by Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex magazine and website, featuring interviews with prominent film and TV personnel
- Just Cos – a series based around cosplay and conventions
- Realm of LARP – a series about the world of live action role-playing
- Tournament of Nerds – a show featuring nerds debating each other about their favorite pop-culture characters
- They Call Me Baba Booey – Gary Dell'Abate (aka Baba Booey), producer of the Howard Stern Show and tech and audio enthusiast, explores the latest products and pop-culture
- Star Talk – a video version of the Star Talk Radio Podcast, a science-based show hosted by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
- Write Now! With Jimmy Pardo – Pardo hosts this show where a team of writers write jokes on the fly about a guest stand-up comedian
- Nerd Down & 10 – the Sklar brothers break down nerd and pop culture topics as if they were sports
- Fangoria's Blood and Guts – a show about monster makeup and gore effects hosted by Scott Ian
- Unnamed Bill Nye Project – (this show has been announced but not debuted yet)
Nerdist Podcast Network
During 2011, Nerdist began releasing various other podcasts. As of May 2013 the full range includes:
- Big Pop Fun, hosted by Tom Wilson
- Cashing In with T. J. Miller, hosted by Cash Levy with only guest T. J. Miller
- Comic Book Club, hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben
- Dining with Doug & Karen, hosted by Karen Anderson and Doug Benson
- FEaB ("Four Eyes and Beard"), hosted by Matt Mira and Scott Mosier; a co-production with SModcast
- The Indoor Kids, a video game-centred podcast hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
- Jonah Raydio, a music-based podcast hosted by Jonah Ray
- The JV Club, hosted by Janet Varney
- Kickin' it Mary Lynn Style, hosted by Mary Lynn Rajskub
- The Legacy Music Hour, hosted by Brent Weinbach and Rob F.
- Making It, hosted by Riki Lindhome
- Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, hosted by Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh
- Mission Log, a Star Trek podcast produced by Roddenberry Entertainment
- The Mutant Season
- Nerdist Writers Panel, moderated by Ben Blacker
- Pop My Culture, hosted by Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland
- Sex Nerd Sandra, hosted by Sandra Daugherty and formerly co-hosted by Dave Ross
- Thrilling Adventure Hour
- The Todd Glass Show
- You Made It Weird, hosted by Pete Holmes
- We're Alive: A Story Of Survival
- The Alton Browncast, a food and food personality based podcast hosted by Food Network star Alton Brown
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