It’s like something out of an episode of Bewitched. The boss is coming to dinner tomorrow. Geez, I hope Jennifer doesn’t turn him into a toad or something.
We’re having my new Executive Producer, Paul Block, over with his wife, Gila, for a cookout. I’m going to make something from the Silver Palette cookbook called Chicken Marbella. Have to get the ingredients this morning because it has to marinate all day. I also have to get some good cognac to go with the cigars Paul promised to bring. Paul’s a former yo-yo champ so he’s going to bring one along to show the kids. And their dog Poogie, too! It should be a beautiful day. It’s hot and sunny today with a high nearing 80F. A little cooler tomorrow but still perfect for a barbecue.
The chain of command might seem a little blurry at TechTV. I often talk about the Boss, but there are several different people that could be.
The heirarchy goes like this. The show has two line producers, Russ and Josette, who are in charge during the actual show itself. They alternate days. Above them is the series producer, Ken Marquis. His immediate boss is Paul, our Executive Producer. Paul was brought in to run the Help Zone, but since Call for Help has moved to TechLive, that’s only one show for now. So we’re a little top-heavy. But Paul’s the guy I listen to most. He’s been doing live talk shows for years, including six years with The Tonight Show in the Johnny Carson era. He and I see eye-to-eye 99% of the time. And he’s really spiffed up the show.
Above Paul are Henry Kaiser, the channel’s Executive Supervising Producer for Network Programming (another really great guy). Jim Louderback is in here somewhere as VP and Editorial Director. Then there’s Peter Hammersly, VP and Executive Producer. Above him is Greg Drebin, Senior VP for Programming and Production. Our COO is Joe Gillespie and CEO is Larry Wangberg. Paul Allen is the big cheese who pays the bills.
Any one of those people could technically be called my boss. Welcome to the Dilbert Zone. Then of course there’s the handful of people who actually do the work – probably fewer in number than the executives. Ain’t it always that way?
Truth is my only real boss is our audience. If we get the numbers I can do anything I want. If we don’t. Bye bye.