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Written on September 21, 2008

Hey, I need your help!

My TV show pilot called “History Hacker” airs this Friday September 26th at 8PM and Midnight on the History Channel. I’m the host of the show and I check out inventors in history and take a hands-on look at their inventions and then break it on down and hack the inventions together. I need your help to make the show go from a pilot to a real TV show.

The pilot is all about Nikola Tesla and the war of the currents between Tesla and Edison. In the show I learn how to blow a neon tube, explore wireless electricity and build an AC generator from a bike. I also go to Boston to visit an MIT space lab to see how the principles that Tesla pioneered are being applied to space propulsion.

The look of the show is awesome. The folks at History gave the producer, director, and director of photography permission to take my DIY style of making videos with lots of jump cuts and direct talking to the camera and push it forward into a longer format. It doesn’t look like anything else on TV.

There are four things you can do to help make the pilot a TV show.

1. Tell people. Please forward this email, write about it on your blog and help get the buzz going.

2.. Please tune in on a Tivo if you’ve got one to help boost Nielsen ratings. http://www.history.com/shows.do?action=detail&episodeId=365730

3. Once you’ve seen the show, send a feedback email telling the folks at History what you think. Email historyhackerfeedback@brepettis.com.

4. Also after the show has aired, please drop a note with what you think of the show in the History Forums at http://boards.historychannel.com/topic/History-Now/New-Pilot-This/520012982

You can also participate on Facebook, Flickr, Youtube and stay tuned to my Blog

Facebook: If you enjoy the show and want to participate more I’ve set up a facebook group that anyone can join at http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25165214526.

Flickr: I’m also really curious about the people watching my show so i set up a flickr group. Please take a picture of yourself watching the show and upload it to the group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/historyhacker/. It will be really cool to see who’s watching the show!

Youtube: I’ve posted a teaser on youtube that gives you a feel for what the show will look like. Go check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe5DWyVrvlY. I’ll have at least one more teaser coming out soon on my youtube channel. You can click the yellow subscribe button to see them before anyone else. http://youtube.com/brepettis.

My Blog: I’m writing about the experience of starting up History Hacker and posting behind the scenes material at http://brepettis.com/blog. I’m actually going to put the content of this email on my blog too at http://brepettis.com/blog/2008/09/21/help-turn-the-history-hacker-pilot-into-a-tv-show/.

Thanks for your support! I can’t wait to see it on Television and I hope you get a chance to tune in and help me make this pilot into a TV show!

Bre Pettis
History Hacker

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