Friday, September 19, 2014

Zero People Zero: Daniel Robles

Welcome back to another Zero People Zero!


This week we have ZPZ’s awesome IT guy, Daniel Robles! Learn how he keeps ZPZ’s electronic heartbeat ticking, what hot keys you should be using (if you haven’t been already), and what movie quote he lives by.

ZPZ: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

DR: I was born in the Dominican Republic in San Pedro De Macoris, living there was pretty adventurous to say the least! As a crazy lil kid, I’d run through abandoned farms, graveyards, fishing, pretty much anything that was there. But the one story that stands out to me was when I was about 4-5, I encountered a man with a very round belly and asked him, “Oh, when are you giving birth to the baby?” Haha!


[EDITOR’S NOTE: Evidence that looks can be deceiving]

DR (cont’d): At 7, my family and I moved to New York, where I was introduced to junk food (uh-oh). In 2004-2007, I worked security for the New York Yankees (yes, I met all of the players, got some autographs, and met a ton of celebrities!) My first year working was the year they lost to the Red Sox in the American League Championship series. A horrible night to say the least…


DR (cont’d): I married my wife, Anabel in 2011, she has been the most understanding, inspirational, caring, dedicated, loving person that I have ever known. It was an amazing day!


By the way, I’m also a huge gamer and tech enthusiast, I can talk about it for days, so I’ll stop it right here…

ZPZ: What do you do at ZPZ? Give us the lowdown.

DR: Being an Information Technology technician I maintain our Servers, Phones, E-mail, Network Switches, User Data Backups, Web Domains, Network Printer support, Remote Desktop support, anything with an electronic heartbeat at ZPZ. My Daily responsibilities are to make sure the backups are syncing properly, making sure the network runs stable. Checking network security to make sure that there aren’t any external threats trying to access ZPZ data. There are also times when I am assigned special projects for other departments to help workflow or change the way things are done. I am also on call when anyone needs help I can assist remotely or by coming to the workstation and fixing the issue. 

[EDITOR’S NOTE : Thanks for keeping the internet up-and-running so we can read this!]

DR (cont’d): I have never worked in anything media related so the BIGGEST perk is just being in this company; I have always been interested in TV Production. I am still in awe of everything that is accomplished here and seeing the many different things that people do. I’m amazed every day because I’m always learning something new when it comes to the aspects of production.

ZPZ: What are your favorite hot keys? Give us some advice to help troubleshoot when things are going wrong.

DR: My favorite shortcut is for spotlight (Command + Spacebar) it’s the quickest way to access any file or app on the fly from any program. When in apple mail you can you use (Command + Shift + i) to start a new email message.

If anyone has watched the IT crowd haha, they’ll know the first quick fix is always to restart your computer if it’s having issues.

The second is when having issues deleting things or moving them around repairing disk permissions on disk utility found in Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility> then highlight the hard drive on the left and select repair disk permissions.

If you’re running out of Hard Drive Space, delete whatever you don’t need from the downloads folder, a lot of people don’t ever do that and run out of space.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: That’s some sound advice!]

ZPZ: We’ve seen you around the office with some pretty sweet shoes, show us whatcha got!

DR: Haha, it’s funny you noticed. My collection has mostly always been Jordans, Nikes, and Adidas. I actually sold a bunch of them… I’m growing up . image 


Here are my top 4 sneakers:

1) Jordan XI - Cool Greys, I got them for my wife too but she’s wearing the Space Jams in the pic
2) Nike Air Force Ones- I have too many of these but I put the Pic or the Orange Gauchos that Rep the Bronx

3) Nike Air Blazers- Iconic OG nikes, I have a TON of these too, they’re not comfortable though…haha

4) Nike Dunks- These were a super special Edition Serena Williams Collection Royale FIRE! haha


[EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Daniel to give us his top 3 shoes, yet he was only able to narrow it down to 4, oh and btw don’t ever get THESE…]

ZPZ: What are the top 5 songs on you’re playing right now? 

1)    Through the Wire - Kanye West

This was when Kanye made the most sense, going through the hardships, disappointments, just kept working hard.

2)    Breathe - Fabolous

Classic Fab, still underrated. Still has better flow and Rhymes than most other rappers. No real context just like the song.

3)    Show Me - Kid Ink

No real context again haha. It’s really catchy.

4)    H.A.M – Jay-Z, Kanye West

Another infectious song, but more of a guilty pleasure…

5)    Nike Head - Lexicon

This song definitely spoke to me at a time when I was obsessed with sneakers. [Editor’s Note: So is this guy]

ZPZ: Give us a movie quote that you live by? Why is it so important, funny or memorable. 

DR: ”Man’s reach exceeds his grasp.”

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember this haiku?

From The Prestige, it just stuck with me. We often try to do too much and stretch ourselves to the breaking point. Go watch it!

ZPZ: Tell us about Orbi! How is the experience? What is he like? How does it feel to a first-time dad? 

DR: Orbi is the man of the house (haha)! He is incredibly strong for a 2 month old. The experience has been really amazing and eye-opening, he’s constantly on my mind when I leave the house, and when I come back, he lights up with a huge smile (my wife is jealous haha). He is a handful in a good way, really active (he was like that in the womb). As a couple, Anabel and I are still learning a lot, but he loves having us close by and constantly pulling on my beard and wife’s hair (haha).  Being a first-time dad is scary/fun; scary because you don’t want to make any mistakes and fun because he brings us a lot of joy and we are proud to say that we are his parents. 

Thanks for sharing, Daniel. Now go all Matrix and do your thang!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get excited! Watch a preview of the season 4 premiere of Parts Unknown as anthonybourdain journeys to Shanghai’s Shouning Road night food market:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Zero Plaid Zero (photo via Jacqueline Lobel)

Zero Plaid Zero (photo via Jacqueline Lobel)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Shanghai! The Bronx! Massachusetts! Tanzania! Jamaica! Paraguay! Iran! Yeah, we went there…
Join anthonybourdain's Parts Unknown on September 28 on CNN:

Shanghai! The Bronx! Massachusetts! Tanzania! Jamaica! Paraguay! Iran! Yeah, we went there…

Join anthonybourdain's Parts Unknown on September 28 on CNN:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zero People Zero: Chrissy Varley

Here we go again! Check out this week’s Zero People Zero.


Meet Chrissy Varley, ZPZ’s receptionist. In this installment, Chrissy gives us the low down on how to handle yourself during small talk, why she’s actually a princess on the weekends, and why she’s known as “The Mother of Packages”. Get to know more below. 

NAME: Chrissy Varley

OCCUPATION: Receptionist

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH ZPZ: 1 year and 2 months


TWITTER: @chrissyswarley

INSTAGRAM: @chrissyswarley



ZPZ: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

CV: I’m from Mahopac, NY (upstate, about an hour and half north of Manhattan). I went to School of Visual Arts as a Directing major. Singing is one of my favorite things to do. I like to break out into song at any given point. I grew up in theater and musical theater, so it’s never really left me. On the weekends, I perform as a  Princess/Hostess/Mascot at birthday parties…


[We couldn’t let it go]


[Help us, Chrissy, you’re our only hope…]

CV: Two of my best friends from my home town, Andrew DiDonato (Diddles) and Ryan Lakestream, work here. I found out Lisa Gentile lives in the next town down. So if we are home, we frequent the same movie theaters and shops, which is pretty cool. Also, I usually put myself in embarrassing situations on purpose, so it’s very rare when I actually get bashful. I love to make a fool out of myself!

[Editor’s note: This is what we call homegrown talent]

ZPZ: Tell us a little bit about your job here at ZPZ.

CV: I am Zero Point Zero’s Receptionist. Actually you can see that all my responsibilities/daily routines are written on a post it note taped to the back of my Daenerys Targaryen Pop! Figurine.


Each “title” has been written by various ZPZ employees throughout the time I’ve been here. They are as follows:

  • Mother of Packages
  • Receiver of your lunch Deliveries
  • Wielder of Fortune
  • Protector of the Plants
  • Keeper of the Cable TV
  • Gatherer of all pick sheets

CV: I started out in the equipment room (2nd floor, as we like to call it) with Chris Faulkner, who got me the job. I was his Teacher’s Assistant at SVA when I was attending. After 3 months on the 2nd floor, which I still love (EQUIPMENT REPRESENT!), I was asked to be the receptionist.  

I don’t think there is a better place to work. I look forward to coming to work because the energy here is so positive, bright and friendly. I enjoy seeing everyone’s faces everyday, interacting with them, and I know this sounds strange, but I really like delivering mail/packages. It brings me joy to see someone so relieved when they have been waiting for a package and it finally arrives. It makes me feel like Santa Claus.

ZPZ: Give us your best small talk advice since you’re ZPZ’s receptionist.

CV: My best advice is to just be yourself, laugh and have fun. It’s all about the rapport: listening, body language, knowing when to blab yourself. I enjoy talking to people, chatting with them about there day, which is why I love my job so much. I’m a people person!


1) Choose a character:

  • Julia Child
  • The Hardy Boys
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Daniel Boone
  • A black swan 

 Choose an activity:

  • Read a history book
  • Help your friend find his cat
  • Enjoy live music
  • Backpack around the French countryside
  • Relax poolside
  • Have a cocktail party with friends

 3) Word to describe yourself:

  • Loyal
  • Intuitive
  • Adventurous
  • Charismatic
  • Genuine

Your Spirit Animal:

  • Sloth
  • Duck
  • Tiger
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Flamingo

 What type of food are you (not what you eat, what type of food would you describes you best:

  • Strawberries
  • Bison Burger
  • Blowfish sashimi
  • Kale Salad
  • Coffee cake + coffee


  • Wrench
  • Knife
  • Tape
  • Matches/Flint
  • Dictionary

ZPZ: YOU’RE city.ballet!

You love to perform in front of people and can transform yourself into any role. You wear your seeds on the outside and aren’t afraid to show it. You know it’s a cutthroat business, but intuitively, you know how to handle any situation. 

ZPZ: TBT: Show us your favorite TBT. Tell us what’s happening in the photo.


[Baby Chrissy. Chowing down since 1990.]


[The one time in my life I felt like a rock star: During a rock concert in my high school. I’m singing Cherry Lips by Garbage]

ZPZ: Do you have any pets? If so, share!


CV: I adopted two cats from Kitty Kind in Union Square: Gigi and Mallow. Gigi is the darker one, Mallow is the orange one. They were Hurricane Sandy Rescues and were found in Breezy Point during their major fires.  Oh and fun fact, they both have similar personalities to Sansa and Arya from Game of Thrones. Mallow is like Sansa (orange) and is a princess, Gigi is like Arya, and she carries around straws in her mouth like a little sword.  

That’s it, y’all. Chrissy’s heading out!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Zero People Zero: Yeong-A Kim

Hey guys! Welcome back to another installment of Zero People Zero.


Meet Assistant Editor of anthonybourdain's Parts Unknown, Yeong-A Kim. A deadly Gonggi master (Korean jacks, a ZPZ Beer O’clock staple game), Yeong-A tells us her secrets to being a successful editor, how she appeared on camera on an episode of No Reservations, and what she’d cook if the president, the pope, and Ryan Gosling came over for a dinner party. Hey, girl. 


INSTAGRAM: @yeonga43


ZPZ: Share a little story with us.

YK: Did you know that I had a speaking part in the Burning Questions episode of No Reservations? If you ever come across the raw footage, I apologize in advance. I basically froze in front of the camera and the whole crew. All I had to do is ask Tony a simple question, but that turned into 10+ takes. To my surprise, however, my rather cringe-worthy performance actually made the cut thanks to the magic of Chris Martinez’s editing.

ZPZ: What’s your job at ZPZ?

YK: I work mainly on Parts Unknown with ZPZ’s veteran editor, Jesse Fisher, who has edited my favorite No Reservation episodes: Romania and Harbin. The edit for each episode takes about 9 weeks. The first week is spent going through the footage and organizing. Jesse then gives me scenes to cut that usually go to Acts 5 and 6. I have the most fun during this phase, where I get to experiment with the footage and find the right music/natural sound that will enhance the feel of the scenes. As the deadline approaches, the experiment phase transitions into final cut. This is when I have to become extremely efficient. After I finish on my end, I send my cuts to Jesse for approval, and from there we deliver the episode to the network for notes. We are currently working on the Bronx episode, and we’re scheduled to lock our cut this week.    

ZPZ: How did you find out about ZPZ?

YK: My parents sent me to America with a dream that one day I would work in corporate finance. I earned a degree in Economics and was looking to get a toehold on the fast-food industry when one day, helencho asked if I would be interested in interning at ZPZ. When a full-time position was offered, to my parent’s consternation, I accepted, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now my parents are fans of the show, and they often brag to their friends that I work for an Emmy-award winning show, sometimes showing the Burning Questions clip where I make an appearance. It’s funny how that one serendipitous moment has been so life-altering. 

ZPZ: Any advice you’d like to give someone who’s into editing?

Below tips are from veteran editors at ZPZ:

• There’s a sign, which reads, “JUST FLY THE HELICOPTER" hanging on a wall in Chris Martinez’s office. It means that transport helicopter pilots do not directly take part in combats in a war. Instead, they pilot their choppers into battle zones in order to transport the soldiers to and from battles. The phrase ‘just fly the helicopter’ means editors are merely the pilots, not the combatants.  When you are hired to fly the helicopter, don’t try to be a combatant. Put 100% of your creative effort on the rough cut. But once it’s time for notes, don’t take it personally if your work has been changed for variety of reasons.  

• DO NOT SAY A WORD ABOUT YOUR CUT BEFORE SHOWING IT TO ANYONE: expectations can ruin the viewing experience. Rule of thumb in editing is to curb expectations. 

• IF YOU HAVE TIME TO THROW IN TITLE CARDS FOR B-ROLL, SPEND THAT TIME LOOKING FOR B-ROLL: not all editors agree on this, but even if it’s not a perfect shot, it feels more complete when seeing the actual footage as opposed to a slate. 

• STAY AWAY FROM DISSOLVES TO END THE MUSIC, LOOK FOR A GOOD STING: even if the song has a great beginning, if it has a weak ending, don’t use it. 

Here is a great little segment on editing with Chris Martinez made by Adam Lupsha few years ago [CLICK HERE!]

What were your top 5 songs of the last five years?

2010: Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem

Graduated from college and felt unsure of myself and my future. Listening to this song was cathartic. I felt like the writer of this song understood me. 

 2011: Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa

This is the song that kicked off our annual Black & Yellow birthday bash.

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, watch the video below…

(Ephraim and Yeong-A know what it is…]

2012: Cray-on by G-Dragon

Sure, PSY’s Gangnam Style wast popular, but this is real K-pop.

2013: Happy Together by The Turtles

Inspired by what was going on with Proposition 8, I re-watched the film ‘Happy Together’ by Wong Kar Wai. Prior to watching this film, I always associated the song with heterosexual bias, but the love between the two men in this film is one of the greatest love story ever told. 

2014: Oh Pilsung Korea! by YB 

Another world cup has come and gone, and it was a disappointing year for Korea. This song came out in 2002 when Korea (for the first time in its history) not only made it past the first round, but my country’s team got to the semi-finals. This goes out to all my Korean unnis in the office — Anna, Kimberly, Nari, and Helen. Repeat 2002!

ZPZ: Snap some pics of what’s happening in post department these days.


Chrissy — She’s the first person i see every morning, smiling. How can you smile before noon?


Prema — Working hard in the bullpen area, while others are drinking on 21.


[Ross — 19th floor mascot, often seen at 3 AM sleeping here to make the call time] 


[Manny — The morning after the Hunt wrap party. He needs his beauty sleep.]


[Benny — Representing String & Can. Fancy mix room and equipment $$$.]


[Lin & Lorca – This is a typical edit room view. (Not staged at all.)  ]


[Martinez — This is just a bonus for Martinez Fanclub at ZPZ. ]

ZPZ: If you were to prepare a feast for the president of the United States, Ryan Gosling, and the Pope, tell us what you’d make.

YK: As a Korean, I am proud of our culture and our food. Unlike many people at the office, I am not good at cooking. I would, however, cook a dish I feel comfortable preparing called, Budhae Jjigae, which translated means, solider stew. Budhae Jjigae is a spicy, kimchi-based stew, which contains some western ingredients like hotdogs, baked beans, corn, cheese, and Spam. Solider stew came about during the Korean War, when many Koreans were destitute and hungry. Reports and witnessing of Korean people picking through the American food garbage warmed the hearts of G.I.s and thus many American soldiers gave away some of their rations to the local hungry people. The Koreans then took these American food items back to their homes and added them to their traditional dish, Kimchi Jjigae. This is how Budhae Jjigae was born. (This is also why Koreans love their Spam.)

Budae Jjigae remains a popular dish to this day, and restaurants that specialize in serving this dish can be found all over Korea. 

I think president Obama would find this meal interesting because it is rooted in American military history, the pope would appreciate Koreans’ resilience and their collective hope for the future, and Ryan…well, who doesn’t appreciate him…

Now go and play some Gonggi against a master!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

‪#‎JoinTheHunt‬ with John Walsh this Sunday at 9PM to help bring in the fugitive, Victor Barnard, to justice.

Here’s the trailer of what to expect on the upcoming episode:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Over the weekend, the ZPZ team behind anthonybourdain's Parts Unknown took home the award for Outstanding Informational Series at the Emmys (a tie with HBO's Vice).

Here are a few photos from the day’s ceremony. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014
The ZPZ crew is live at the #CreativeArtsEmmys for their nominations for @Bourdain’s #PartsUnknown.

The ZPZ crew is live at the #CreativeArtsEmmys for their nominations for @Bourdain’s #PartsUnknown.

Friday, August 15, 2014

On Sunday’s “The Hunt”, help John Walsh (Official) find the fugitive 
Guillermo Madrigal Ballesteros, who is accused of operating a smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 11 immigrants.

Here’s the trailer of the upcoming episode:

#JoinTheHunt on 9PM ET/PT on CNN

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The ZPZ Equipment team testing Sony’s new A7S! (via Equipment Manager, Kris Lindenmuth)

The ZPZ Equipment team testing Sony’s new A7S! (via Equipment Manager, Kris Lindenmuth)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Hey ZPZers, take John Walsh’s advice and come back around 6pm to join The Hunt wrap party! 

Hey ZPZers, take John Walsh’s advice and come back around 6pm to join The Hunt wrap party! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014
After appearing in an interview with anthonybourdain on an upcoming‪#‎PartsUnknown‬ episode, Washington Post World correspondent, Jason Rezaian and his wife were detained in Iran.
Watch the video clip here »

After appearing in an interview with anthonybourdain on an upcoming‪#‎PartsUnknown‬ episode, Washington Post World correspondent, Jason Rezaian and his wife were detained in Iran.

Watch the video clip here »

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To get out of this rut, avowed cinephile Anthony Bourdain made a break with the principles of reality-TV style and instead looked to auteur filmmaking, viewing each show as a standalone feature with specific cinematic reference points, themes and Dogma-style self-imposed technical limitations.

The result: One of the most visually and compositionally adventurous nonfiction shows on television, and one that manages to evoke the flavor of certain environs and characters in a far more immersive manner than simple documentary shooting.

Read the full article at Variety
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Check out the first installment of Steven Rinella - MeatEater’s animated series: The Animated History of Daniel Boone and Bear Bacon with Steven Rinella.