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YouTube and Vox Media Studios Premiere “Retro Tech,” A New Learning Series Featuring Marques Brownlee

Episode 1 of “Retro Tech” is available now on

Today is the official premiere of Retro Tech – a new learning series produced by Vox Media Studios for YouTube, and hosted by popular YouTube creator Marques Brownlee. Episodes of Retro Tech will premiere weekly on Mondays starting today, December 2, 2019, on and Marques Brownlee’s YouTube channel. YouTube Premium subscribers can binge the entire series today.

Based on YouTube creator Marques Brownlee’s popular series Dope Tech, Retro Tech features Marques unboxing, reviewing, and recounting the greatest vintage tech-driven products that defined pop culture and changed the world as we know it. In each episode, Marques will examine a different nostalgic product -- many of which he has never used -- exploring the history, impact on society, and creators who made the product come to life.

Retro Tech will dedicate one episode for each of the following vintage products: JVC GR-C1 Camcorder, 1984 Macintosh, Sega Genesis, The Walkman, The Polaroid Land Camera and Motorola DYNATAC.

The first episode, available today, explores the JVC GR-C1 Camcorder – the first all-in-one handheld video camera. Marques traces the history of homemade videos back to the release of this iconic piece of tech and shows how its popularity led to the videos we watch on YouTube today. Fellow YouTube creator Casey Neistat shows Marques how to film and edit videos on this piece of retro tech. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy.

Guests include actors, comedians, tech experts, science educators and YouTube creators: Bill Nye, Karlie Kloss, Hannibal Buress, Roy Wood Jr., Casey Neistat, Justine Ezarak (“iJustine”), Jake Baldino (“Jake/Gameranx”), Suzanne Mariko Takahashi (“Atomic Mari”), Judner Aura (“UrAvgConsumer”), Andrew, Michael and Evan Gregory (“Gregory Brothers”), Sara Dietschy, Peter McKinnon, and Michael Fischer (“MrMobile”).

Retro Tech is executive produced by Nick Budabin, Marty Moe and Chad Mumm for Vox Media Studios. Rachael Knudsen, Mark W. Olsen and Dana J. Olkkonen are co-executive producers for Vox Media Studios.


Vox Media Studios is a full-service production studio inclusive of the Vox Media Podcast Network and the award-winning storytelling powerhouse Epic. The division creates and distributes premium original programming for television, OTT, podcasts, film, and brand partners. Based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, these entities produce, develop, and sell programming — both independently and in collaboration with Vox Media’s category-leading editorial networks: Vox, The Verge, SB Nation, Eater, Polygon, Recode, and Curbed.

Vox Media Studios produced successful shows including Eater’s No Passport Required (PBS), Vox’s Explained (Netflix), American Style (CNN) and Retro Tech (YouTube Originals); the Vox Media Podcast Network’s slate of more than 100 high-quality podcasts that span categories; and more than 40 longform articles from Epic that have been optioned by Hollywood, including the Academy Award-winning film Argo and the forthcoming show, Little America.

Learn more about Vox Media Studios here.


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