The Guest List
Aside from S&V party crashers Medich and Mettler, here's who Gary invited to his big screening party - and why. - R.M.
Name: Scott DePace
When not in Gary's theater: Directs shows on Howard Stern's Howard TV On Demand channel.
Invited because: "He and I have always been tech-heads about this stuff," Gary says. "We cut out magazines articles to show each other."
Name: Steve "The Intern" Brandano
When not in Gary's theater: Is one of Howard Stern's producers and hosts The Intern Show on Sirius channel Howard 101.
Invited because: "He fit the bill: He's a really young guy, and he's really into music. He'll talk about how stuff looks and sounds all the time. And I thought his was just a different perspective. He's younger than most of us here by 10 or 15 years."
Name: Vinnie Favale
When not in Gary's theater: Is the CBS VP for late-night programming, East Coast.
Invited because: "Vinnie has always been on the cutting edge of technology. He built a home theater in his house, and we always compared notes. He's the guy who I just thought would understand the work that went into it and appreciate it."
Name: Tom Athan
When not in Gary's theater: Lives across the street from Gary's last house.
Invited because: "When Tom moved into his house, he actually came to me and asked me a bunch of A/V questions. He's not a big A/V guy, but he's definitely interested. I thought it would be nice to have somebody here who wasn't in 'the industry.'"
Name: Jon Hein
When not in Gary's theater: Creator of Jump the Shark and Gary's on-air partner for The Wrap Up Show.
Invited because: "Jon is probably one of my best friends. He and I are always IM'ing each other during the show [about tech] - 'Did you see this? Did you see that?'"
Name: Craig Shumer
When not in Gary's theater: A custom installer in New Jersey.
Invited because: Duh! He's Gary's custom installer!
Name: Jackson Dell'Abate (not shown)
When not in Gary's theater: A 14-year-old.
Invited because: He's Gary's 14-year old. Plus, "he deserves to be in that group as much as anybody. He really understands and embraces it. He was the impetus for me to put the HDMI pack in the back of the theater."
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