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Binge Watching With Optical Brand Zenni's Sean Pate

Rooting for Johnny? Pate has started to embrace the antagonist while watching "Cobra Kai"
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This week, THE DAILY caught up with Zenni Brand Marketing & Communications Officer SEAN PATE to break down what’s on his watch list. The online glasses retailer recently became involved in sports, with Pate spearheading the brand’s sponsorships of the Bulls, 49ers and Red Sox. Some responses have been edited for clarity and brevity:

  • BILLIONS” alone is worth having Showtime. It reminds me of a present-day “THE SOPRANOS,” with the character development they have, the star power. It exposes the viewer to a world that may be sort of isolated in a bubble, the N.Y.-, Wall Street-type of existence, but, certainly, there’s so many elements of truth.
  • COBRA KAI” is near and dear because I’m a full Gen Xer and, of course, we all grew up with “THE KARATE KID.” For that series to come out 35 years later in the format that it did and with the storyline that it did, kind of portraying JOHNNY, the antagonist, as sort of a sympathetic character and one that you start to really root for, I loved it.
  • What really grabbed me about “DESIGNATED SURVIVOR” was the topic of a case of a designated survivor in the lineage of leadership for the country and how somewhat feasible that could be. It’s a fantastic storyline to start the first season and a half.
  • I’m a huge “STAR WARS” guy and have enjoyed seeing the extension of the storyline in “THE MANDALORIAN” in really what is a niche character in BOBA FETT. It’s so well done with the production quality of literally the “Star Wars” movies, with a lot of nuance and homage and reference, but also exploratory with new characters.
  • A couple docs: “SATURDAYS IN THE SOUTH” is an amazing history, time capsule, of not only the history of the SEC, team by team, but the history of the United States as social issues played into the part of college football. Meanwhile, everyone knows GEORGE FOREMAN in his latter career, but “FOREMAN” taught me what a bad-ass he was in the 70s.

Interested in sharing your binge watching favorites with the industry? Contact Andrew Levin at alevin@sportsbusinessdaily.com.