Dear Fathers of Daughters,
There will be times as you raise your child you’ll be thinking homicide… justifiable homicide. Daughters can do that to you. And you’ll wonder, will there be a payoff to these years of blood, sweat and tears?
You’re waiting for days like today! We went to visit Stef at work. Yes, we’re proud… and relieved.
Stef is an associate producer on Family Game Night. It’s a kid oriented game show that runs on Hub, the cable network owned by Hasbro.
FGN is produced at Delfino Studios in Sylmar.
“You go past the Adult Superstore,” Stef included, more to describe the neighborhood than provide landmarks for navigating.
Delfino is one of dozens of small studio complexes in the LA area. An impressive control room truck was parked alongside the sound stage. The studio itself was huge and fully staffed in the Hollywood tradition!
I have never been in a studio which looked bigger in person than on-air… until today. Big studio. Big set. Very impressive.
Delfino may be off the-beaten-path but it’s a pro operation with a large pro crew. The show went smoothly¹.
The host is Todd Newton who’s won national Emmys for this show. Deserved. He was effortless. More importantly, he exuded empathy for the contestants. There are hosts who don’t get that part of the job.
The games themselves are larger-than-life for-camera adaptions of classic kids games, like Monopoly, Connect4 and Jenga. We saw plenty of cash dispensed and (after we left) a few cars!
We watched Stef carry her clipboard and walkie across the studio, checking on games and staff. She was in her element.
After we left Helaine and I discussed our 140 mile roundtrip journey.
“She’s like an adult,” Helaine said, “when did that happen?”
¹ – People who work on shows see a more ‘backstage view.’ They know what’s supposed to happen. No show is ever 100% clean to them.