HOLLYWOOD, California—“Like the new place?”
The first thing you see when you enter the new offices is a full neon recreation of George Washington wearing earbuds—the logo for their wildly popular Pod Save America podcast, which launched the week before President Trump’s inauguration and has been going strong ever since. This Friday night, HBO will premiere the first of four live Pod Save America specials leading up to the midterm elections on November 6th.
Gathered around a small coffee table in their corner office are Favreau, Lovett and their third Crooked Media co-founder Tommy Vietor. Lovett’s infamous Goldendoodle Pundit and her half-brother Leo, who belongs to Favreau, are also present. Along with their Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer, who’s on speakerphone, the guys all spent time working behind the scenes in President Obama’s White House. First with their podcast and now the series of HBO specials, they have become celebrities in their own right. “Finally,” Lovett says, cracking up the room.
On the door behind Vietor are four columns of color-coded sticky notes, one for each of the cities they will visit over the next four weeks. After