The two met while working at the Walt Disney Company. The real-life attempts to reverse engineer it inspired the series’ pilot. As Cantwell and Rogers brainstormed for their staffing sample, Cantwell recalled his childhood in Plano, Texas, where his father moved their family in 1982 to take a job as a systems software salesman. On the other hand, there was a lot of wonderful tech going on here. Cantwell said that he and Rogers were intrigued by the lesser-known players and settings of the tech industry: “We wanted to find the place you didn’t know.
Cantwell’s and Rogers’ agents liked the script but were not optimistic about their chances of selling it. Nonetheless, they sent it to several television networks, leading to meetings with HBO and Showtime, none of which proved fruitful. AMC ordered the pilot for Halt and Catch Fire in November 2012. Cantwell said, “The first writers’ room we walked into was our own. Due to Cantwell’s and Rogers’ inexperience in the television industry, the network chose to hire someone else as the series’ showrunner. Halt and Catch Fire premiered on June 1, 2014.
The pilot episode was the only one distributed to critics for review, an uncommon practice for new series, which usually make multiple episodes available upon premiering. AMC’s president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman called his departure “completely amicable”. Halt and Catch Fire was produced in-house by AMC Studios, which has infrastructure and crew in Atlanta, Georgia, due to state tax incentives that are favorable to filming. After the series’ order, the staff also determined that the production facility housing Joe’s condo set was too far away from other locations at which the crew would need to shoot. After the first season, the production staff decided to dismantle all of the sets except for the Clark family house.
Cantwell said that the decision was made to force the series to reinvent itself and to parallel the reinvention common within the technology industry. For research, the production staff and cast studied Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, Tracy Kidder’s book The Soul of a New Machine, and Robert X. Due to the production schedule, the actors did not have formal table reads of the scripts. Instead, they organized their own, gathering at Lee Pace’s house on weekends to prepare dinner, drink wine, and discuss the scripts and their characters. He joins Cardiff Electric where he provides the impetus for the IBM clone.
She later forms her own gaming company Mutiny with Donna Clark and creates Space Bike, a successful video game series for Atari. A computer engineer and wife of Gordon. She originally works for Texas Instruments, before joining Mutiny to support Cameron. Toby Huss as John Bosworth: The senior VP of Cardiff Electric who hired Joe at Cardiff. At the end of the first season, he is incarcerated for illegally funding the PC project.
He is shown to be a good salesman and in season 2 he works for Mutiny. He sees himself as a father figure to Cameron Howe. A freelance journalist and Joe’s girlfriend during season 2. The pilot was screened at the South by Southwest festival on March 8, 2014. It was also made available online for streaming on AMC’s Tumblr page beginning May 19, 2014, making it the first TV series to premiere on Tumblr.