Original Productions won the 11th Annual Hollywood Beer Pong Tournament on Saturday, July 18th at Busby’s East Sports Bar on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, giving the reality-powerhouse production company back-to-back championships. Alex Hicks and Doug Hoff of Original Productions defended their crown from last year, adding to a company legacy that includes not only their repeat championship, but also a past win for Original Productions at the 8th Annual competition (that team was then represented by Justin Killion and Dan Youngman). Although the achievement is fitting for a company founded by a guy named Thom Beers, their legacy stretches far beyond table-top drinking games, as they’re also responsible for Emmy-award winning reality shows such as Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers and Storage Wars.
“We came here expecting to give it our best effort to defend our title, which is really all you can do. We left everything we had out on that table and winning again feels amazing!” – Doug Hoff, Original Productions
This year’s victory was especially intense, featuring a comeback in the semi-finals and a down-to-the-wire win over the impressive Gersh Agency in the championship. “We came here expecting to give it our best effort to defend our title, which is really all you can do. We left everything we had out on that table and winning again feels amazing,” said Hoff, with an ear-to-ear smile across his face, before being wrapped up in a bear hug by his teammate, Hicks, who was visibly emotional and overcome by joy, excitement, and numerous cups of beer. “We did this together. We knew coming in to this thing that we’d have a target on our back. Everyone wants to beat the champion. I told Doug, we just have to play our game, stick to our strategy and everything we’ve been training for, then let the balls fall where they may.”
Faced with a final cup, Hoff was handed the ball, hoping to capitalize on a hot streak he’d been on since the quarter-final round. Knowing that the team from Gersh was no push-over, and with only two cups remaining for them, Original needed to take out that last cup or risk facing defeat on Gersh’s next turn. Recalling the pressure of the moment, Hoff said, “I just set my eyes on the rim of the cup, took a deep breath, and let it fly. When I saw the suds splash up, I can’t even begin to describe that emotion. It’s the type of moment that we daydream about while we’re stuck in bad pitch meetings.”
The annual Hollywood Beer Pong event began 11 years ago as an “alternative” networking event for young Hollywood executives, who wanted something different than the infamously stuffy cocktail receptions Hollywood is known for. Sponsored by ScriptNoted and benefitting Lights Camera Cure, a charitable organization which raises money to fight pediatric cancer, this year’s tournament featured 128 teams – twice the size of the NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament – made up of talent agencies, management firms, production companies and studios. Other notable participants this year included CAA, Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, the Jim Henson Company, AMC and Netflix.
Original Productions will represent the young-and-thirsty Hollywood community when they next head to the 2016 World Series of Beer Pong in Las Vegas to compete against teams from around the country.