Nerdist Industries

Nerdist Industries, LLC
Industry Digital entertainment
Founded February 2012
Founder Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Key people
Chris Hardwick
(Co-founder & CEO)
Owner Wanda Group
Parent Legendary Digital Networks

Nerdist Industries, LLC is part of the digital division of Legendary Entertainment. Nerdist Industries was founded as a sole podcast (The Nerdist Podcast) created by Chris Hardwick, but later spread to include a network of podcasts, a premium content YouTube channel, a news division (Nerdist News), and a television version of the original podcast produced by and aired on BBC America.


Nerdist Industries was formed in February 2012 after Hardwick and Peter Levin (GeekChicDaily) merged their separate entertainment projects into Nerdist Industries, after which GeekChicDaily was rebranded Nerdist News. The newly formed company began to produce additional podcasts under the Nerdist Industries banner as well as producing content and webshows for its Nerdist YouTube channel. In July 2012, Nerdist Industries was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. It was announced that Nerdist Industries would operate independently with Hardwick and Levin as its co-presidents.[1]

Peter Levin left Nerdist Industries in 2013 and now heads Lionsgate's Interactive Ventures and Games. Hardwick then took over, and continues to serve, as chief executive officer.[2][3]

Nerdist News

Main article: Nerdist News

Nerdist News (founded February 2012; formerly GeekChicDaily) is the Nerdist branded pop culture newsletter, founded and originally operated by former Nerdist Industries CEO Peter Levin. The cross-platform publisher currently has two newsletter publications, Nerdist News and TOKYOPOP. GeekChicDaily became Nerdist News after it merged with Nerdist to form Nerdist Industries in February 2012.[4][5] In late 2013 Nerdist News transitioned to a web series on YouTube channel "Nerdist", hosted by previous IGN Daily Fix presenter Jessica Chobot that airs five days a week to bring the latest news in nerdy pop culture.

Nerdist Podcast

Main article: The Nerdist Podcast

The Nerdist Podcast, the flagship podcast of Nerdist Industries, is a weekly interview show launched February 8, 2010 "about what it really means to be a nerd" hosted by Web Soup and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, who is usually accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira.[6] The audio podcasts are typically an hour in length and include conversations with notable comedians or entertainers, sometimes at their own home.[7] Guests are varied, though typically relate to either stand-up comedy, nerd culture, or both, and have included CM Punk, Rob Zombie, Stan Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeri Ryan, Drew Carey and several cast and crew of Community, Doctor Who, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Nerdist Podcast Network

During 2011, Nerdist began releasing various other podcasts. As of January 2016 the full range includes:[8]

Inactive/former podcasts

Nerdist Showroom

The Nerdist Showroom, also known as NerdMelt or the NerdMelt Showroom, is a performance space operated in collaboration with, and located inside, Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, California. The showroom opened in April 2011 and features the Nerdist logo near the entrance, plush chairs, dark walls, and a far off green room. Performances include live stand-up comedy, storytelling shows, sketch comedy, movie screenings, writer's panels and podcast recordings. It is also the home of the Comedy Central television series The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail. Past performers include Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Dan Harmon, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray, and Robin Williams.[9]

YouTube channel

Content featured on Nerdist's YouTube channel as of June 2014 includes:[10][11]


See also


  1. "Legendary Entertainment Acquires Nerdist Industries". Legendary. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  2. "Lionsgate Names Nerdist's Peter Levin President Interactive Ventures". 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  3. Graser, Marc (March 4, 2014). "Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Gets New Leadership". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  4. "GeekChicDaily Now Nerdist News, Wave Of Joy Engulfs Universe". Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  5. Marc Graser (2011-06-06). "Nerdist, GeekChic team up". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  6. Abernathy, Samantha (15 November 2011), "Nerdist Podcast Will Record Live in Chicago", Chicagoist, retrieved 2011-11-19
  7. Moody, Mike (February 24, 2010). "Comedians Cut Loose on Chris Hardwick's 'Nerdist' Podcast". TV Squad. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  8. "Podcasts Landing « Nerdist". Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  9. "About NerdMelt". Meltdown Comics. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  10. "Nerdist YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  11. "Videos Landing « Nerdist". Nerdist.
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