Monthly Archives: February 2015

#134 – Jorge Gutierrez – The Book of Life

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 134 - Jorge Gutierrez - The Book of Life

Tom Riles and Art Eddy recap a bit on the Life of Dad crew’s experience at Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. They also bring on film director, Jorge Gutierrez.

Jorge Gutierrez is the director of the wildly popular film “The Book of Life”. Since he was a young boy he would borrow his father’s video cameras to make his own movies. Now as a father himself, Jorge looks to work with his son once he gets a bit older on making their own cartoons.

Gutierrez worked with producer Guillermo del Toro on “The Book of Life”. The film follows the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, “The Book of Life” encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

The film stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman, Christian Applegate, Ice Cube, Diego Luna, Ana de la Reguera.

We had the great pleasure of talking with Jorge Gutierrez about the film and fatherhood as well.If you are looking for a family friendly and entertaining movie I would strongly suggest that you pick up “The Book of Life”.

Click here to purchase the “The Book of Life”.

#133 – David Robinson

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 133 - David Robinson

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk a bit on the NBA, Dad 2.0 Summit, and what sneakers Art will wear for the conference. They also have the distinct pleasure to bring on NBA Champion David Robinson.

San Antonio Spurs star center, David Robinson was a team leader and helped lead the Spurs win two NBA Championships. Not only was he an outstanding player on the court, he was a role model as well. David has started up many programs to help out communities in need.

Besides winning two NBA titles Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee. With these accolades and so many more he was a lock to be selected as part of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

We talk with David about his time in the NBA, playing on “The Dream Team,” his favorite kicks, and fatherhood.

#132 – Bret Baier

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 132 - Bret Baier

This week, Tommy Riles tells Art Eddy about his work over the weekend at an event that honored the doctor that saved Tom’s daughter Barbara’s life. Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes is widely known for the fantastic work that he does to help save children’s lives.

The guys also bring on Fox News Chief Political Anchor & Executive Editor, Bret Baier. Since this week is CHD Awareness Week, we here at Life of Dad make it point to help raise that awareness. One way we do that is by talking with other dads who have experienced CHD in one way or another. This year Tommy and Art spoke with Bret.

Bret Baier’s son Paul has CHD. In his book, “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love”. Bret chronicles the journey of his son Paul, and the remarkable medical advances that have helped him overcome congenital heart defects he’s faced since birth. Plus 100% of the proceeds Bret receives from the sale of the book will go to various non-profit pediatric heart causes. For more information and to purchase the book you can visit

We here at Life of Dad want to thank Bret for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk about his family and the journey they are on with having a child with a congenital heart defect.

Follow Bret Baier on Twitter: @BretBaier

Learn more about Saving Tiny Hearts.

#131 – Sascha Paladino

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 131 - Sascha Paladino

Tommy Riles is SUPER excited to talk about his New England Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX. He and Art Eddy discuss the game, the commericals, and they bring on Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Sascha Paladino.

Sascha is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland”, an intergalactic animated series that follows the outer space voyages of young adventurer Miles and his family as they help connect the universe on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

An accomplished children’s television writer, Paladino was most recently story editor and consulting producer on Disney Junior’s “Henry Hugglemonster”. Paladino developed and served as head writer and producer for Nickelodeon’s “Ni Hao, Kai-lan”. His additional writing credits include Disney Junior’s acclaimed “Doc McStuffins”, “Team Umizoomi”, “Wonder Pets”, “Winx Club”, “Tickety Toc”, “Blue’s Clues” and “Sid the Science Kid”. Paladino also wrote the theme song lyrics for “Henry Hugglemonster” and “Ni Hao, Kai-lan”, among many songs for other series.

Paladino has also worked on a number of arts education projects, including teaching Shakespeare and acting in public schools and prisons. An award-winning film director, his most recent documentary feature, “Throw Down Your Heart”, about American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, won the Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Best Music Documentary at AFI Docs and the Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In addition, Paladino has created a variety of documentary shorts that have garnered accolades at Woodstock Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival.

A New York City native, Paladino is a graduate of The High School of Performing Arts (aka the “Fame” school) and Wesleyan University. He recently spent two years living and working in Ireland, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, author Erin Torneo, and their five-year-old twin boys.

Tommy and Art got to chat with Sascha about his new show, the process of getting the show from an idea to on TV, and fatherhood.

Follow Sascha on Twitter. @saschapaladino

Check out “Miles from Tomorrowland” HERE!