Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage

posted: 08/06/12
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You know them from MythBusters, but Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage also serve as executive producers and hosts of the reality competition show Unchained Reaction.

Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman is the owner of M5 Industries, an effects company specializing in problematic custom builds. Besides serving as headquarters of MythBusters, M5 continues to work on various research and development projects for private clients.

After trying his hand at careers as varied as librarian at the United Nations in Geneva to running a diving and sailing charter business in the Caribbean, Hyneman began his career in show business as a special-effects shop assistant in New York and later in San Francisco as a crew member on films including Robocop, Arachnophobia and Naked Lunch.

While managing Colossal Pictures' model shop in San Francisco, Hyneman was given the opportunity to take over — and M5 Industries was born.

Hyneman graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Russian. He has received an honorary engineering degree from the University of Maine as well as an honorary doctorate of engineering from Villanova University, with whom he has an ongoing collaborative relationship to help develop new safety concepts for the military. He is the holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards.

Hyneman currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieNoTweet

Adam Savage

Adam Savage joined M5 in 2002 after receiving a call from former boss Jamie Hyneman to participate in a TV pilot, which turned into the wildly popular Discovery Channel series MythBusters.

March sees the return of Mythbusters as well as the premiere of Unchained Reaction, a reality competition show in which Savage and Hyneman serve as executive producers and hosts.

Savage immersed himself in the NYC arts scene before moving to San Francisco in 1990 to parlay his skills into the thriving theater scene. There he worked for dozens of companies as set designer, prop master, art director and producer before falling into the machine art community where he learned welding, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics and robot-building.

After exhibiting his work in over 50 art shows nationwide, Savage caught the eye of the special effects industry and began working as a prop builder and art director for major commercials for Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. His work on a Coca-Cola commercial earned him a Clio Award nomination.

After an 18-month stint as head of research and development for startup toy company ZOOB, Savage joined George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2, Galaxy Quest, Space Cowboys, A.I., Terminator 3, The Mummy, and dozens of commercials. During this time he also worked as model-shop supervisor for the two Matrix sequels and taught at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Savage continues to dabble in his multiple hobbies, including passionately restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys and two dogs.

Follow Adam on Twitter @donttrythis

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