The producers of HBO's "Silicon Valley" decided to portray the tech industry in a positive light, both for the comedy's storyline and to lure an audience to the cable channel, according to reports.
“We couldn’t completely kick over the idea of Silicon Valley,” producer Alec Berg told the New York Times. “If we’re trying to get people to invest in our guys, and what our guys want is to succeed in this business, we can’t have the audience feeling that these guys are wrong to want that.”
Executive producer and director Mike Judge, of "King of the Hill" and "Office Space" fame, also spent time in the 1980s working as an engineer in Silicon Valley.
“I think people in tech are funny, weird, awkward and interesting people, and you just don’t see them portrayed as they are,” Judge told the Times. “I thought I might be one of the few people in Hollywood who could get this crowd.”