Andy Cohen, sliders and the ‘real’ Facebook wall - SXSW DAY 1
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • March 09, 2013 @ 12:09am
He was tardy for the party.
Sitting in the 3rd row of Dell Hall at the Long Center in Austin, Texas, I was looking forward to hearing the vivacious and entertaining Andy Cohen of Bravo chat about his show “Watch What Happens Live.” Running late to his own gig, Cohen was held up in traffic on the way to the session as his executive producer Michael Davies took the stage to chat with the audience.
The only live show on late night television, “WWHL” has brought together some of the entertainment industry’s most famous (and infamous) reality stars—called “Bravo-lebrities” and Hollywood starlets. Cohen, known for his on-air hosting actually boasts a huge resume of broadcast journalism, spending 10 years as a senior producer for CBS News and also producing “48 Hours” and for “CBS This Morning.”
Following the talk, Cohen was very pleased with the audience’s questions and inquiries about producing a successful web series turned television series that has taken off overnight.
The day didn’t start out as planned, with S.J. and myself not getting into Austin until around 1 a.m. on Friday morning. A few bumped flights and unsuccessful stand-bys later, our intended 3 p.m. ETA on Thursday afternoon was a thing of the past.
A quick nap at our lodging for the week and one Java Monster from the SXSW press suite later—we were off and running by 8 a.m. Ready to take on the festival with full force, we planned out our schedules and split up to conquer as many sessions and workshops as possible.
We attended a networking party hosted by Bing after the sessions for the day, which was packed with creative minds from all over—including a Bills fan from Brooklyn who was buddies with AJ Williams (we spotted his New Era Buffalo Bills flatbrim a mile away). Plus the Korean BBQ sliders here were ah-may-zing.
Ending the night at a decent hour, our final stop of the night was an impromptu visit to the Warner Bros. “Tell-A-Vision” event, put together by Chuck Lorre—who is also presenting at SXSW this week.
A “powered down” showcase to promote his new show “Revolution,” guests were treated to analog versions of our favorite social networks including a chalkboard Facebook wall, Instagrams from sketch artists and a trading post in place of Craigslist.
Other artist interpretations of Lorre’s shows were prominently featured in graphic form on the walls and there was even a ball pit—giving us flashbacks to our “Discovery Zone” days. S.J. took full advantage of this, with no hesitation.
Overall, it was an incredibly successful day one. Having attended SXSW last year as well, we found it much easier to make our way through the technology craze and information. Not to mention, we are now pros at eating for free, bouncing from event to event—capitalizing on complimentary breakfast burritos like nobody’s business.