Bravo is no slouch in the whetting one’s appetite department. Along with the news yesterday that Randi “Sister of Mark, Singer of Songs” Zuckerberg would be the executive producer of a new reality show, the House That Andy Cohen Built also released a short, but tantalizing preview wherein geeks were likened to rock stars and Silicon Valley to high school, “but it’s only the smart kids and everyone has a lot of money.” Sold! Sign us up for the schadenfreude when reality TV’s potent cocktail of ambition, desperation, and actual cocktails collides.
Thankfully, Drew Olanoff at The Next Web was kind enough to single out some of the potential players so we can start doing our due diligence. According to Mr. Olanoff the show will “star” The Next Web’s Silicon Valley video director Hermione Way. Her brother Ben Way, founder of The Rainmakers, Kim Taylor, digital director at Ampush Media, and Dwight Crow, founder of Carsabi.com also all appear in the preview.
A rep for Bravo told Betabeat that the cast is “not confirmed,” emphasizing that, “Randi is not in the show.” However, an NBC affiliate (Bravo is owned by NBCUniversal) also reported the same stars, along with Marcus Lovingood, founder of Futureleap. A Facebook post from Erin Kanaley Famularo, who used to work in consumer marketing at Facebook and now works as director of production at Ms. Zuckerberg’s R to Z Media, seems to indicate that David Murray, who has worked at Google, Raptr, and Atari, will likewise be joining the cast. “Exciting! We can finally talk about this,” wrote Ms. Famularo.
So let’s make their acquaintance, shall we?
Hermione Way, Silicon Valley video director for The Next Web
In addition to video directing for The Next Web, Ms. Way also founded Newspepper.com and Techfluff.TV. The UK native tweeted the photo above, adding, "Today I got billed as 'being Britain's answer to Mark Zuckerberg' in the March Edition of Company Magazine." Thumbs-up for the #bragbrag over a #humblebrag and to Company for getting Hollywood starlet Zoey Deschannel on the cover. Good work, everyone! A+.
Ben Way, founder of Rainmakers
Mr. Way (Hermione's brother), whose company Rainmakers incubates early stage startups and technologies, has some experience in the reality show circuit. According to his incredibly extensive Wikipedia bio, he appeared on Britain's Richest Kids, Channel 4's Secret Millionaire, and a dating show called Take Me Out. (photo via @benpbway)
Kim Taylor, Digital Director Ampush Media
Ms. Taylor, a self-described "cheesehead," seemed to confirm her newfound stardom yesterday, tweeting out, "Thanks for the love NBC! Thrilled to be on Bravo's new show." She is also the cast member responsible for that Silicon Valley=High School quote, which, we think, speaks for itself. (photo via @kimmytaylor)
Marcus Lovingood, founder of Futureleap
Mr. Lovingood's company, Futureleap, calls itself a social media production company for movies. We learned this via a charming British voiceover, which starts playing when you click on the site. According to LinkedIn, Mr. Lovingood is also responsible for producing something called "The Gossip Guys" podcast and spent his last two years of high school working "as a top performer at Disneyland." Something tell us this kid was destined for fameballing. With a name like that, it was only a matter of time, really. (photo via @marcuslovingood)
Dwight Crow, founder of Carsabi.com
Mr. Crow's startup Carsabi, "a Kayak.com for automotives," went through the latest cycle of Y Combinator. TechCrunch gave Carsabi top billing as one of the ten best from that class for already surfacing "more deals than industry leader AutoTrader" and allowing users to sort by the biggest savings and not just the lowest price. Unless there's more than one Dwight Crow in the Valley, he also appears to know his way around a public pillow fight.
David Murray, stealth startup founder and CEO
Mr. Murray, pictured above as an enthusiastic 19-year-old, has an impressive resume. He was an associate product manager at Google, user experience lead at Atari, and head of product at Raptr. His new LinkedIn title is founder and CEO of an unnamed new venture in Mountain View. Whatever he's building, it looks like a recent move. Just last week, he tweeted about his last day at Raptr. Perhaps we'll get to witness the tension of trying to start your own company . . . while you're still working for someone else's. (photo via @davidimurray)