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Khan Manka, Jr. - The Chairman's Blog: June 2008 Archives

June 2008 Archives

Good morning.  I am reminded of this thought as I see that This Date In Manka History (June 30, 1927), 81 years ago today, Margie Louise shot my uncle Khan (the great Khan Manka) in the groin.  She was in love with my uncle as was everyone who every met him (ok - not Carl Laemmle - but he was a pussy).

Margie Louise was a marginal talent and starred in some of the worst films in Manka Bros. history.  Take a look: 

I mean, come on, Glitter and Gams '26 and Swells with that pervert Jolly Chester!

Luckily for the world, my uncle Khan had one ball made of stainless steel, so the bullet bounced off.  He was fine.  She was taken off the psych ward in a straight-jacket... bitch.  Long after her star had faded, she was murdered on the Manka Bros. Studio lot.  This murder was a tragedy but not unexpected.  It remains unsolved to this day.

I hope you all have a good day, keep working, and remember... try not to lead on crazy women into thinking you're in love with them.


Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios

As you all know, I have ordered the Manka Bros. senior executives to help me during my recovery from my shattered ankle.  Today, something really funny happened.

rafe.gifRobin Rafe - President of our Theatrical Group - came over to scrub and wax the floors (and this is no small task with over 20,000 square of house).  So anyway, she comes over wearing a pant suit-type-Hillary-Clinton-thing, high heels and carrying a bucket with a sponge in it.  She mumbled something about having a meeting later with Clint Eastwood and needed to get out of here as soon as possible.  I called bullshit on her - if we had more meetings with Clint Eastwood and less meetings with Bobcat Goldthwait, we wouldn't be in the financial position we're in and she wouldn't be scrubbing my floors.  She admitted that she didn't have an "actual" meeting with Clint Eastwood - just a potential phone conversation about a potential project that he could potentially be interested in.  Whatever, start scrubbing.

To make a long story short, she fell on her ass about 50 times!!! (I don't think she realized that I could see everything in every room on my video monitors).  She is worse at scrubbing floors than in picking movies.  I want someone from post-production to come here and take the surveillance tapes of her mopping and edit together all her falls.  We could probably win "America's Funniest Home Videos"!  We could sure use that $10,000.

I can't wait to see Jay McBee clean out the gutters tomorrow!

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khan_manka_broken_ankle.jpgYes, this is an image of a broken ankle.  This is an image of MY broken ankle.  But something as trivial as this will not stop Khan Manka, Jr. from running the world's largest media company - but WE WILL NOT BUY APPLE!  Steve Jobs, his little dog, Sasha, and everyone at Apple can rot in Hell!

Let me explain what happened - the I will tell you where we go from here. 

The Manka Bros. jet (The Joey 1) arrived in Cupertino right on time but the helicopter pilot got a little lost (what can you expect when you're out in the sticks).  I was told by Steve's assistant - Lynn Takahashi - that Steve didn't mind waiting for me and was "very excited" about Manka's inevitable acquisition of his company.

steve_jobs_pink_toy_poodle.jpgAs I walked toward the main entrance, I was greeted by Steve Jobs' little yapping pink poodle dog, Sasha.  This dog was a fucking terror.  Yapping and trying to bite my leg.  When I attempted to shake this horrible creature off my suit pants, I tripped over the dog and fractured my ankle - fractured it in many many pieces.  As I was lying on the ground, writhing in anguish, this wretched pink beast attempt to bite at my face and groin.  No one could hear my cries of pain.  At this point I thought, fuck this.  No one came out for over 20 minutes.  When someone did finally come out, it wasn't Steve Jobs - it was his assistant - Lynn Takahashi.  I quickly told her to find someone to load me back on the helicopter and get me to Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills.  I wasn't going to have some hick Cupertino doctor sawing off my foot!  I also told her to tell Steve Jobs that our deal was off!  I have never been physically injured so badly by another company.

So, where does that leave Manka Bros.?  Right where we've always been.  At the top.  We don't need to acquire all these companies when our true greatness lies on our own backlot.  And, unlike Universal, our backlot is still in one piece.

There will, however, be some changes to many of your job descriptions.  While I am laid up with my foot elevated above my heart for the next 12 weeks, it was suggested that I hire a nurse to take care of me.  But I've already got enough people on the Manka Bros. payroll to help so why should I incur the extra cost? 

So, for a very select few of my senior executives, here are some new duties (which will require coming up to my house):

Robin Rafe In addition to your role as President of the Theatrical Group, you will be responsible for giving me sponge baths every night, scrubbing and polishing the floors and pool deck every Wednesday and, in general, anything else that I might think of.  If our next movie release opens at #1, I will reduce the sponge bathes to every other  night.

Jay McBee In addition to your role as President of the Television Group, you will be responsible for emptying my urinal which is next to my bed, repairing the roof above the basketball court and cleaning out the gutters.  I will call you when my urinal is getting full (which is... a lot!).

Ethan Rubidoux In addition to your many jobs, you will be responsible for carrying me to the bathroom when I need to go #2.  You will also be responsible for wiping my ass.  I will shift this responsibility to Emily Sachs of the Music Group if you can figure out a way to grow our Consumer Products division.  If it makes you feel any better, Ethan, this would have been Bob Delavian's job - if he still worked for the company.

For everyone else in senior management (and the Board of Directors, too) - you may be receiving a call in the next few hours.  There are many other things I need and I would like to have you all on call.

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Great news.  This morning I am heading up to Cupertino where I will make a formal offer for Manka Bros. to buy Apple (why the fuck Steve Jobs couldn't come down to Burbank to see me is something I still don't understand)... but, hey, we are the prey and they are the hunted.  This is a company I have been looking at very closely.  I have enjoyed some of their products ever since the Newton writing tablet set the world on fire.  My daughter, Connie, has an iNano and I have ordered a Macintosh notebook computer from our MIS department so I can see first hand what we'll be buying.  Somebody told me you can publish your own magazine on it.  That's something I've got to see!


Bob Iger at Disney told me that Steve Jobs is a tough negotiator (Disney paid $8 billion for 8 movies for Christ sake!) - so this meeting may take up most of the morning and possibly the entire day (I do have to be back by 7:00.  I have tickets to Wicked at 8:00).

This acquisition will not be cheap - so we are really going to have to cut back around here.  Start thinking of ways we can save money.  Just today, the Bob Hope Airport has offered some compensation if we allow plane traffic to fly over during business hours.  Our production people are worried about the planes affecting the sound of our movies and TV shows.  What they should be worried about is whether they will have a paycheck coming.

So let's do this thing, people!  Apple is a great company and will be a perfect fit with our other core businesses.  And with our recent announcement about short-form content production (I'm fairly certain that short-form content plays on Mac computers - another plus!), we are definitely staying on top of the cutting edge of new technologies.  And if you've seen their commercials on TV, the Mac computer guy is much more cool than that nerd PC.

This is a great day for Manka Bros.!


Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios




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Today, I want to talk about my old friend - Dexter Clangfree.  He is dead.

In the 1970s, before I took over this horrible job from my uncle Harry as head of Manka Bros. Studios, I was in a band - King Khan.  We were very successful and we were great.  We played all over the San Fernando Valley and people loved us.  I think today people still know me more from my King Khan days than they do today - and I'm Chairman & CEO of the World's Largest Media Company.

Dexter Clangfree played bass and he rocked.  When we played "Freebird" or "Green Grass and High Tides", people sometimes forgot there were other members of the band (though not that often).  He was that good.  After I assumed the title of Chairman & CEO of Manka Bros., I lost touch with Dexter even though he tried to reach me on several ocassions - even to the point of completely humiliating himself in front of one of my assistants.  I mean, come on, we all need money, dude.

I got a note this morning that Dexter died last month while rocking in Des Moines.  He stayed true to himself - trying to play music until the end.  From what I hear, he was hit in the head with a bottle during "Born To Run" after he tried to grab the bass guitar from the bar band's bass player so he could join in.  He always just wanted to rock.  And now he's dead.  Good-bye Dexter Clangfree.

I always wonder what would have happened to me if I continued to pursue my music instead of going the giant media company route.  But then I realized, I'm in control of the world's largest music company, if I really wanted to, I could just go into the studio and make a CD with some of the world's best musicians.

That gives me a great idea.  Maybe I'll do that. 

Thanks Dexter.


Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios



June 5, 1944

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Good afternoon.

Today I see on 'This Date in Manka History' that Joey Levitch was hurt while entertaining the troops the night before D-Day.  I've had the privilege of hearing this story first hand from Mr. Levitch (he kills me when I don't call him 'Joey' but this time 'Mr.' is appropriate).  He never fails to cry when telling this story.  And it's a cry that can only be understood by those who have seen war.

During a dance routine on June 5, 1944, he twisted his knee and had to be carried from the stage.  He was devasted that he wasn't able to participate in the first wave of the Normandy landing the next day.  In fact, he wasn't able to walk around too good until just after the war.  It must have been quite a tumble he took that night for the soldiers and, for that, the citizens of this country owe him a debt that could never be paid. 

Thank you, Mr. Levich!


Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios


Good morning.  I'm sure you're all aware of the fire at Universal Studios over the weekend.  If you were working at the Manka Bros. lot you couldn't help but see the smoke.  If you weren't working here over the weekend, you should be ashamed of yourselves because of the difficult year we're having.

I phoned the head of Universal, Ron Meyer, yesterday and offered any sort of help they might need (within reason).  I realize that their parent company, GE, is strapped for cash and might not be able to afford to rebuild everything that burned (and, from what I understand, they didn't have any insurance!). 


Ron Meyer and I have had our differences over the years (particularly over who really has the rights to "Jaws" and "E.T.") but I'm willing to put those aside during this difficult time for everyone at Universal.  I don't extend many olive branches because most people don't deserve them.  But this fire hit home for me and for Manka Bros. Studios.  Manka Bros. has burned to the ground fifteen times over the 90 year history of the studio.  It's just something that's in our blood.  So be good to your show business brothers and sisters at Universal for the next few days.

As part of my willingness to help them, I have offered our services to distribute The Incredible Hulk worldwide.  We'll make the prints and ship them out for a reduced 25% distribution fee.  It's the least we can do.  I'm just waiting to hear back.


Khan Manka Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios

About Khan Manka, Jr.

Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. StudiosKhan Manka, Jr. assumed the title of Chairman of the Board of Manka Bros. Studios - The World's Largest Media Company - following his father Harry Manka's death in 1976. Before that he was the member of several Southern California rock bands.

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