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Jun
08

Content Is Still King – But Only BIG Content

big ideas, Bob Iger, Brad Grey, Disney, Dogme, film slate, Fox, Fox Searchlight, Khan Manka, Manka Bros., movie ideas, Paramount, Robin Rafe, Rupert Murdoch, Sony Pictures Classics, Steven Spielberg, superheroes, Terry Semel, World's Largest Media companyGood morning.

Today, before I go pound Slivovitz shots with the gamer geeks at E3 (more on that tomorrow), I am announcing – with the full cooperation of Robin Rafe – President of the Manka Bros. Theatrical Group – a complete strategy shift in the way Manka Bros. develops, produces and distributes films for all of the theatrical divisions (Manka Bros. Films, Manka Highbrow, Manka Dogme, Manka Docs, and Manka Shorts).

From today forward, we will only be producing movies with BIG IDEAS.

  • A guy trying to cure a disease in his basement is a small idea.
  • The moon landing is a small idea.

The Theatrical Group has been thinking small for too many years – and that changes today.  For Christ’s sake, just look at the 2011 Slate for Manka Bros. Films!  A movie about Sign Spinners“My Autumn In Milan“?  Are you fucking kidding me?  (Though I must say, I do like our chances with the Hey, Diddle Diddle” – you can’t go wrong with a fairy tale movie!)

So… this is your mandate. 

BIG IDEAS.

I want ideas about saving galaxies and saving planets.  Global wars.  Boxing Presidents.  Superheroes (but not mild-mannered ones – BIG SUPERHEROES WITH BIG IDEAS!).  If X doesn’t do Y then the planet explodes!  Shit like that.

I want Jesus to come back to the earth, read our scripts and say “Man, that’s a BIG idea!”

And I don’t want to hear any complaints from Manka Highbrow (your 2011 Slate is pathetic as well) or Manka Dogme.

Just because you’re low-budget arthouse labels doesn’t mean you can’t have BIG ideas.  No more punks who don’t comb their hair and talk about how they don’t know what they want to do with their lives.  You can be poor and have a big story – just look at Moses.

Get to work.  If you need me, I’ll be drunk.

Adam Fogelson, Alan Spoon, Alexander von Furstenberg, Angela Bromstad, Ari Emanuel, Arthur Martinez, Barry Diller, Ben Silverman, Bob Iger, Brad Grey, Brian Roberts, Bryan Lourd, Chase Carey, Craig Smith, David Geffen, David Rosenblatt, Donald R. Keough, Donna Langley, Edgard Bronfman, Electus, Ezra Kucharz, fairy tale movies, Graham Stanton, Greg Blatt, Greg Morrow, Greg Stevens, Gregg Winiarski, Hans Woolley, Harry Sloan, Hey Diddle Diddle, Jason Stewart, Jay Herratti, Jeff Sagansky, Jeff Weiner, Jeff Zucker, Jeffrey Immelt, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jill Kennedy, Joanne Hawkins, Joey Levin, John C. Malone, John Ferriter, John Foley, John Malone, Josh Abramson, Jr., Kara Swisher, Khan Manka, Louis Castle, Manka Bros., Mark Stein, Michael Eisner, Michael Schwerdtman, Michael Zeisser, Nikki Finke, Notional, On Medea, OnMedea, Paul Telegdy, Peter Chernin, Phillippe Dauman, Richard F. Zannino, Rick Finkelstein, Ricky Van Veen, Ron Meyer, Rupert Murdoch, Scott Garell, Scott Savitz, Shana Fisher, Sharon Waxman, Stacey Snider, Steve Burke, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Thomas J. McInerney, Tina Brown, Tony DiSanto, Victor KaufmanKhan Manka, Jr. – Chairman & CEO – Manka Bros. Studios – The World’s LARGEST Media Company

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  1. fred thomas fred says:

    Hopefully this means we’ll actually be able to find one of your movies in theaters. And I want to see the sign spinning movie!

  2. Probe me not says:

    Here’s a Big idea for a movie. Set in 2013 the economic collaspe has finally hit. People are eating the bark off the trees in LA. The President is in Jail for doing a shitty job, and people are breaking into prisons for a free meal and clean sheets. Bread lines are non existent, importing food from other countries is too expensive since the oil crisis hit, 50 million Phillipinos showed up en masse and took over Canada after their country was destoyed by a Supervolcano exploding.

    You can have your developers write the details.

  3. anne chung says:

    I didn’t get it at first, I had to read it a second time. The first time, I expected cheers for how great the Bilderbergs are. The second time, I realised the tongue in cheek. Way to go, you are my kind of guy. Guess what, you’ll never be invited back again.

  4. Keith Warn says:

    What a novel concept — Big ideas at Bilderberg. Is “The Bavarian Connection” to be filmed in Germany too far from Switzerland, and is the next step beyond the Stuxnet computer virus too small for Manka Bros. Studios to handle. History will tell.

    Keith Warn Ibex Productions

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