A Mipcom Favorite

September 22nd, 2011

Our thanks to London’s Broadcast Magazine for picking This vs That as their favorite (ok, second favorite) new factual show available for worldwide distribution at Mipcom, 2011.

This vs That heading to Prime Time

September 19th, 2011

The story behind the creation of This vs That, our airplane boarding experiment and collaboration with Dr. Jason Steffen (astro-physicist at the Fermi Lab in Chicago) will be featured on the premiere episode of NBC’s new prime time news magazine, Rock Center with Brian Williams. A broadcast date will be announced shortly.

*****UPDATE: This vs That will be featured on the premiere broadcast of Rock Center on Monday October 31 at 10pm.

This vs That Thanks Media (and others, too)

August 30th, 2011

Many thanks to the more than 2 dozen media outlets who reported on This vs That’s recent experiment to determine the fastest way to board passengers onto a plane, including: CBS, NBC, C-Net, Popular Science, Gizmodo, Discover Magazine, The Washington Post, Consumerist, Physics World, Gizmodo, and MSNBC. An even bigger thanks goes to astro physicist, Dr. Jason Steffen of the Fermi Lab for coming up with a boarding method that takes 1/2 as long as any other method.

This vs That Headed to French Riviera

August 25th, 2011

International distribution giant, Beyond, will be offering    6 X :60 episodes of This vs That to the world wide television community at the upcoming Mip conference. Mip is the world’s leading entertainment content market. The event, in Cannes, France runs from October 3 to 6.

For more information, contact the Beyond headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

This vs That was also featured in the international TV content trade journals today.

For Sale: This vs That

August 5th, 2011

Hotchkiss Industries is thrilled to announce a deal with international distribution giant, Beyond, to sell 6 X :60 episodes of the new series, This vs That, starring Mark DeCarlo, Chris Tallman and Brad Sherwood and created by Jon Hotchkiss. Special thanks go out to my colleagues, friends, partners and collaborators whose dedication to the project has made it the success it is… and will become; Gary Margolis, Marc Guggenheim, Joel Schwartzberg, Ned Rice and Jason Gill.

For a preview of This vs That, click here.

Life Vest vs Seat Cushion

June 24th, 2011

On June 23, 2011 ThisvsThat set out to determine which flotation device, the life vest or the seat cushion, is more likely to save your life in the event you survive an airplane ditching, like the one on the Hudson River, in 2009. Joining us for this unique experience and experiment was Ben Bostic, a survivor of US Air’s flight 1549, along with former United Airlines Captain Ross Aimer (40 years experience), and Brian Hayvaz from AirCare FACTS Training International, the national leaders in preparing  flight crews and passengers to survive an aircraft emergency. Special thanks go out to the 20 people who agreed to participate in our experiments, the on-set doctor and EMT… and the guy who lasted nearly 3 minutes in 41 degree water (the same temperature as the Hudson River on January 15th, 2009) in order to demonstrate the onset of hypothermia. You all have my thanks. And one of you has a ThisvsThat snuggie headed your way.


June 16th, 2011

In its June 16th, 2011 edition, The LA Daily News featured Hotchkiss Industries’ latest venture, the new series ThisvsThat — on its FRONT PAGE.

There is also a clip from our latest experiment: The Best Way to Board Passengers onto a Plane.

Click Here: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18281814

Follow ThisvsThat on Twitter

June 9th, 2011

You can follow ThisvsThat on Twitter: @thisvsthatshow

ThisvsThat Makes News

June 8th, 2011

On June 7th, 2011, 100 people participated in a first of its kind experiment to determine the fastest way to board passengers onto a plane. Dr. Jason Steffen, an astro-physicist from Chicago’s famed Fermi Lab joined the ThisvsThat team to supervise this unique endeavor. In 2008, Dr. Steffen proposed an optimal boarding method that would reduce by 40% the time it takes to board passengers onto a plane. Not only would this improve passenger experience, it would save the airline industry more than a billion dollars. The results of Dr. Steffen’s computer simulation garnered headlines around the world. Did this first of its kind real world trial with real people boarding a plane authenticate his results, or cast them in doubt? Stay tuned… the results will be revealed when ThisvsThat premieres this August.

A special thanks to Dr. Jason Steffen for his participation, to our fantastic and hilarious hosts, Mark DeCarlo, Chris Tallman and Brad Sherwood and to the ThisvsThat staff.

ThisvsThat: Day 2

June 4th, 2011

On May 27th, 2011, five vehicles entered the Willow Spring California Desert Motor Speed Way… and only one came out. The winner, that is, of the first ThisvsThat Hybrid vs Combustion Engine Challenge. In this unique race, three Hybrids that allegedly get excellent gas mileage, faced off against two cars with only combustion engines — that also get great gas mileage (allegedly). Which car reigned supreme? You’ll find out soon — when ThisvsThat premieres.