The FishbowlDC Interview With Discovery’s Managing Exec. Producer Christo Doyle

Say hello to Christo Doyle, Managing Executive Producer for the Discovery Channel. He is an Emmy award-winning, 12-year veteran of Discovery Communications and has served as Executive Producer on Monster Garage, Miami Ink and Dirty Jobs. Christo now runs East Coast Production while also executive producing numerous Discovery Channel series, including Gold Rush. He can be seen each week as host of the Gold Rush Aftershow. Christo was formerly executive producer of  Spielberg/Dreamworks/Discovery Channel series “The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.” Before joining Discovery, Christo worked in production roles at ESPN and NBC Sports. He has a BA in political science from the University of Vermont.

Pssst…the season finale of Gold Rush is tonight at 9 p.m. Tune in, and read on.

What word do you routinely misspell? Gold Rush. I often write Gold Tush because the “r” is near the “t”.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Where is the cool shit in this show?

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Coca-Cola

How often do you Google yourself? Haven’t in a while but I will right now.

What is your favorite reality program and why? “Hard Knocks” on HBO. I am a meathead.

Do you have a favorite word? Vacation

What was your New Year’s resolution for 2012?  If you say it here, it’s on the record, and we’ll hold you to it! Be a better friend. In 2011 I didn’t make enough time for people.

You’ve worked with many talented producers, including Steven Spielberg.  Which TV producer(s) would you rather have dinner with – Mark Burnett (“Survivor,”) Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon (“Homeland” and “24,”) or Tina Fey (“30 Rock?”) Tell us why. Mark Burnett. I was a closet Survivor fan and still am. It broke new ground.

If the head of your network came to you and said you could add a roving reporter to the “Gold Rush” after show, who would you hire, and why? Zach Galifianakis or Dave Chappelle. I am not funny, nor do I really belong on TV. They do.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The “Monday Night Football” theme

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry or iPhone? I want to but I resist because I know how pathetic that would be.

What swear word do you use most often? It is a phrase. Acronym is GFY.

If you weren’t a producer at Discovery Channel, what would you be? I like to think I could be an architect.

When you pig out what do you eat? Bacon Blue Burger and Crispy Fries

If you could influence the world of unscripted television in one way right now what would it be? No faking anything.

When did you last cry and why? I actually shed a tear when I was watching the final cut of Discovery’s “The Rising” (a six-hour special on the rebuilding of ground zero.)  Mostly because I was done.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? Eastbound and Down. It makes me dumber but I like it.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? When I was 25 I traveled with two friends for three months. We went places we never thought we would get back to – Greek Islands, Turkey, Israel, Kenya.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. Nike Air Force Ones. Preferably brand new.

Pick one: Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg or Elizabeth Hasselbeck? What am I doing with them???

Do you read your astrology? Never. It’s BS.

Have you ever had a near-death experience?… (also read about his five concussions and when he last lost his temper…)

(Near-death experience) Yes. I flipped in a van with my extended family on our way to a river rafting trip. I had my tackle box open at the time and my brother ended up with my lures in his back.

Ever been arrested? Yes. It is funniest, best story in my life so far.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you. I have had at least 5 concussions and used to be a lot smarter, they say.

What scares you? Rats and mice.

Who is your mentor? My Mom – she is a great producer/writer

What and where was your first job in television? I was a runner at the 1992 Democratic Convention for NBC when Clinton won.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? I drove a golf cart into the water in front of the 18th green during a US Open while working for NBC. Luckily it did not make live TV.

Have you ever been fired? Not yet.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to talent on one of your shows? (or vice versa)? How’d that go over? Just the other day, I told an unnamed talent that he can either shoot what I say and come across as less of a jerk, or not shoot it and come across as a big jerk.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? Can’t remember. There hasn’t been a funny movie in a long time.

When and why did you last lose your temper? I had one of the all time biggest fights with a talent from a major Discovery show just last month.  They accused me of favoritism.

Which movie title best describes your television career? Anger Management

Who would you want to play you in a movie? Sean Penn. I like his edge.

Name jobs you’ve had outside of television. (Can start as young as teenage years):
I have been a bagel salesman, landscaper, bartender, farm hand, Christmas Tree seller, waiter.

Do you have a me-wall? If so, who’s on it? No clue what a me-wall is.

Who should just call it a day? Joan Rivers

Finally, please come up for a question for our next FishbowlDC interviewee. Make it good.
If you could be one celebrity, who would you be, and why?

Publish date: February 24, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT