Dick Costolo, TV scribe?
“I’m in the writers room, and it’s more consulting than writing,” Costolo wrote in an email to Bloomberg. “There’s plenty of writing talent in the room. I’m answering questions and describing how interactions would work between executives, VCs, employees, etc.” An HBO rep confirmed Costolo’s involvement with the show.
It’s not totally out of left field: Costolo worked as a standup comedian in Chicago after earning a computer-science degree in 1985. He went on to work for Andersen Consulting, which served as his entree into the digital-media biz.
“Silicon Valley,” which garnered Primetime Emmy nominations for its first two seasons, is a parody of high-tech and VC culture that has gained fans in the industry. The show centers on Pied Piper, a fictional startup that has developed a proprietary compression algorithm.
Showrunner Mike Judge said the writing team has been bouncing ideas off Costolo to bring a level of authenticity to the show. “It’s just great to be able to be spinning stories, coming up with ideas, and just go, ‘Hey, Dick, would this ever happen?'” Judge said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.
Costolo resigned from Twitter’s board effective Sept. 30, concurrent with the board’s appointment of Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO. Dorsey has relinquished the chairman role, and Twitter is now seeking an external candidate for chairman.
“Silicon Valley” was created for HBO by Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who previously collaborated on “King of the Hill.” Exec producers are Judge, Alec Berg, Altschuler, Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Tom Lassally (“Edge of Tommorrow”).
“Silicon Valley” is shot in Southern California, but producers scout office campuses that resemble those in the Bay Area.