AOL Build Show Summary
- AOL Build Show is 2 hrs long
- 10-12 Taping(s) per week
- Opened August 1, 2014
- Show Closes: Open ended
- Talk Show/Interview
The AOL Build Show is one-on-one interview show with a variety of guests including actors, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other notables in pop culture.
AOL Build Show Broadcast Time
AOL Build is a web-only show so it does not have a set broadcast time
AOL Build Show Host Profile
AOL Build does not follow the conventional TV show template associated with most other interview shows. Given the frequency at which the show records, the show is not moderated by any one individual. The moderators, who ask the guests questions and also interact with audience members, are comprised of both emerging and seasoned TV and news personalities. Some of the more frequent moderators have been: Ricky Camilleri (on air host and producer of Huffpost live), Cristina Gibson (popular freelance correspondent and reporter, who has done work for Fuse TV, E! Networks) and many others.
AOL Build Show Background
The AOL Build show is an online-only show. The budget and underlying quality of the production can be rather lower than its broadcast TV counterparts. Sometimes the handheld microphones on the set are configured too low or too high or they suffer from mike "pop" due to the users lack of experience, creating the feel of a less-than-professional taping. It is unclear why they do not mike their guests like all the other TV shows, or even use a mike boom. The show allows for the studio audience to be up close and personal with guests, providing an intimate experience for audience members that few other talk shows can offer. AOL Build also allows for the audience members to participate in the discussion at the tail-end of the show with their own (pre-approved) questions. The audience is made up of invited guests and is often back-filled with a paid audience. AOL (or Huffington Post) employees may also be roped in to bolster up the crowd when they could not get enough people to come to the show. The guest booker for this show has amazing skills, because this show consistently gets great guests even though they have they do not have strong web viewer numbers (although their viewer numbers on AOL are very strong). The hosts on the show always seem to be different and often just have basic journalistic skills. They are often not very strong on camera leading to mistakes during the production (EG the infernal tittering of the host during the famous Chris D'elia interview) Going to see this show taped live is a fun thing to do for a couple of hours during the day, as you may see some interesting guests and even get paid a few bucks for your time.
This "internet only" show is shot and streamed live on the AOL Build website at www.aolbuild.com
and is not broadcast on television (although odd clips of the show are shown on broadcast TV shows when referring to the interviews). Previously recorded shows can be seen on their website and, according to Nielsen web data, most of the viewers that watch this show do not see the live broadcast.
AOL, the long established internet medium that skews to a rather older, less tech-savvy crowd, promotes AOL Build with great gusto and although the show is promoted in heavy rotation on both AOL and on The Huffington Post, the AOL Build show would probably not survive if it was a stand-alone entity given its poor rating outside the AOL confines. In a single example, the recent Jane Fonda interview appears to have over 2 million views on AOL, but only achieved a little over 2,200 views on YouTube, indicating that its in-the-wild viewership numbers are very low. AOL Build, however, may have found its niche with AOL users, who are often older and less educated than the internet's relatively younger users and are more likely to need to be spoon-fed content. AOL and AOL Build may have a problem with non-AOL users that lack brand awareness of the show and many people have never actually heard of the show at all. AOL Build could be poised to take off on the internet (non-AOL) sphere as soon as they can get that one great interview that could put them on the map with the internet populous at large, but most of the content on the show currently being produced is trite and sycophantic in nature and lacks any merit in terms of poignancy, exclusivity or revelation, something it will need to break to become the mainstream success is aspires to be.
The AOL Build Show is a 4 camera shoot and they use a camera dolly to get the pan shots. The show is hosted by a bewildering list of moderators and the guests can come from all walks of life, including individuals involved in the entertainment industry to successful business tycoons. The diverse group of prominent and successful guests on the AOL Build show has allowed the show to gather a substantial following on its parent AOL (where it is heavily promoted) and despite its unique status as an online-only show (which is usually a kiss of death to a taped show where TV ratings would normally equal dollars in the production budget) the show has achieved strong ratings. Being part of AOL and The Huffington Post has its advantages and this show utilizes them for maximum effect.
The combination of live recording in addition to the close proximity of audience members creates an experience very different from other web or TV talk shows and this combination has proven to be a successful one, as AOL Build is currently in its second "season" and has aired more than 170 “webisodes.” The show tapes webisodes several days a week, at the AOL Headquarters located at 770 Broadway in New York City, which also houses the Huffington Post on the 4th Floor, another AOL company. The show has found that they can leverage guests that are already in the building working on other projects or doing the rounds at other TV show yakkers, albeit of the TV show variety as the PR guys of the most notable guests would normally pass-in-an-instant at a web-only show. The audience is primarily sourced from AOL and Huffington Post employees who work in the building. Guests' fans/friends and paid audience members make up the rest of the audience.
AOL Build Show Notes
Notable guests have included:
- Jennifer Lopez (Singer/Celebrity)
- Alonzo Mourning (NBA Hall of Famer)
- Jane Fonda (Actress)
- Boris Sofman (Anki co-founder and CEO)
- Brooke Shields (Actress)
- Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway/TV actress)
- John Lithgow (Actor)
- Kevin Costner (Actor)
- Jamie Foxx (Actor)
- Meredith Vieira (TV personality)
- Josh Brolin (Actor)
- Tim Gunn (Fashion icon)
- Joe Jonas (Musician)
- Michiel Huisman (Actor)
- Freida Pinto (Actress)
- Tyler Oakley (Youtube Personality)
- Ziggy Markey (Musician)
- Nicholas Sparks (Author)
- Kenneth Branagh (Film Director)
- Martha Stewart (Lifestyle Celebrity)
New York, NY 10003
AOL Build Show Ticket Information
You can get FREE tickets to AOL Build by going to Onset Productions, which is an audience management company based in Los Angeles, California. You can choose your desired show date and time. Sometimes there is a wait list due to the appearances of A-List celebrities.
This show is usually a paid gig, so you will receive between $30 and $50 for coming to this show for 2 hours, but your acceptance is not guaranteed. You will have to supply a photo online to be considered for this show, which many people are not happy with. It is a totally irresistible option when you are provided free tickets to watch a TV show and then you also get paid to see the show. Onset Productions pays AOL Build audience members up to $50 dollars just for staying for 2 to 4 hours to see to this show. Usually this is for guests that do not have a strong enough following to fill the audience, which is quite often as so many mediocre shows are recorded, despite the guest tweeting out their appearance to millions of their Twitter fans.
AOL Build Show Show Schedule
Taping times vary during the day, but are most likely at the 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM slots. AOL Build can tape up to three shows per day, as it schedules the tapings around the guests' availability.
- This show uses a rolling list of hosts
Past Cast Members
- Ricky Camilleri
- Cristina Gibson
- Kevin Thompson
- Brian Fitzsimmons
- Erin Whitney
- Leigh Blickley
- Jordan Crook
- Colleen Saidman Yee
- Nigel Smith
- Lisa Lampanelli
- Marianne Schnall