While waiting for his next guest, Leo LaPorte reveals the possibility of their studio moving to Redwood Business Park in the near future. At the end of this video he states the new owner of the building wants to turn it into a brewpub.
Leo Laporte surprised everyone on Sunday when he turned TWiT’s 10-year anniversary into a revival launch of the show Screen Savers, the original show that pushed TWiT into stardom. According to the TWiT website yesterday:
We are thrilled to announce that we will launch The New Screen Savers on May 2, 2015. The New Screen Savers will be a weekly, tech-themed variety show that reinvents the format for the modern age. Each hour-long episode will feature help and how-to segments, insight on the latest tech innovations, products, and trends, plus lots of fun surprises.
Every week, Leo Laporte will be joined by an array of TWiT contributors, including original “Screen Saver” Megan Morrone (née Olesky), Mike Elgan, Jason Howell, Father Robert Ballecer, and Bryan Burnett. Some episodes will also feature guest co-hosts from the original show, including Patrick Norton, Kate Botello, Kevin Rose, and more.
In and interview with ZDNet Leo said “This is not something I would have tried even a couple years ago,” and went on to say “But we’ve built this infrastructure over time to be able to do what is essentially a broadcast show over the internet.”
The show will be filmed at the TWiT Brickhouse studios in Petaluma, California with a set that was used for the original show. He plans to bring back guests from his original show who were on his 10th Anniversary show, but didn’t know about the launch – they too were all surprised and had no idea this was going to happen when they came out to Petaluma this week.
Also in the ZDNet interview TWiT CEO Lisa Laporte said, “Leo built TWiT because he wanted to capture the magic of ‘The Screen Savers,’ and after ten years of building his vision, we decided it was time to launch our very own variety show. We couldn’t resist naming it, ‘The New Screen Savers.'”
Here is a video they released on YouTube to announce the launch of the New Screen Savers.
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Petaluma’s internet TV personality Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy, of Twit.tv completed a grueling 24-hour special on New Years Eve to raise money for UNICEF. During this fundraiser he not only had his head shaven, but he also got a tattoo on his hind quarters to raise money (Ouch!). Maybe he has set a new fundraising craze that will go viral, like the Bucket Challenge for ALS, and call it the UNICEF Tuchus Tattoo Challenge. A big kudos goes out to Leo, his crew, and supporters for raising over $60,000 for UNICEF.
Raising money was not the only the good news about this story. Leo, dressed in his one-sie pajamas, also added hometown flare and spirit to end the New Years Eve coverage. On the ‘TWit’s 24 Hours of 2015 – Hour 23’ Episode his guest was our very own Petaluma Pete (aka John Maher). To make the appearance John pushed his piano from Buffalo Billiards to their Brick House studio located in the heart of the downtown 140 Keller Street in Petaluma. John was at the Petaluma Bounty Penny Harvest for 2015 which was a fundraiser to help provide healthy food for all (more information on that is on our Things to Do In Petaluma on New Years Eve post on December 27, 2014).
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