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King Abdullah of Jordan is Presenting at Herb Allen's Sun Valley Conference - Khan Manka, Jr. - The Chairman's Blog

King Abdullah of Jordan is Presenting at Herb Allen's Sun Valley Conference

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king_abdullah_of_jordan.jpgNow I am so f-ing glad I didn't go to Herb Allen's little summer camp.  King Abdullah of Jordan and I are not on the best of terms at the moment.  A meeting would have been extremely awkward. 

See, a couple of years ago, Manka Bros. was seriously considering building a theme park in Jordan - in the capital city of Amman.  Myself, Lloyd Grohl and Ethan Rubidoux flew over there in the middle of a war to have what amounted to a two week meeting that included drinking ourselves insane, smoking from that crazy pipe thing and indulging in the finest women that country can offer.  It was a very productive two weeks and I thought it would be a great place to build a Manka Bros. Fun Park.  We had looked at Dubai and Abu Dhabi where all the other major studios were building theme parks - but those people didn't even put out as much as a cheese plate for us - so Jordan it was.  We shook hands and performed the ceremonial dance of the deal (which was sort of similar to the 'snakey' dance that Axl Rose used to do).  Once we performed this dance, King Abdullah informed me that the deal was done and there was no turning back.

After returning to Burbank, we received their terms for the deal and this venture became immediately unacceptable to me.  Items listed in the contract like "not recognizing Israel's right to exist" (and I always thought Jordan was the "cool" Arab country) and "no smoking allowed in the park" became issues that we were not even willing to negotiate.  So I called King Abullah and canceled the deal.  He bitched and moaned like a little bitch baby - blah blah blah - 'but we did the dance of the deal' - blah blah blah.  I told him it was over and he should 'nut up' and take it like a man.   He put some curse on me or something and hung up.

The next day, as fate would have it, the government of Yemen and President Ali Abdullah Saleh called offering us anything we wanted and the rest is history.  We recently broken ground on the $1 billion Manka Fun Park - Yemen

So I'm very glad I didn't go to Herb Allen's Sun Valley Conference this year.  And King Abdullah better remain professional and keep his yap shut about our failed deal.

This should serve as a warning to my friends Terry Semel, Bob Iger, Ed Limato and any of my other Hollywood colleagues looking for Jordanian cash for their new ventures - King Abdullah of Jordan takes the dance of the deal very seriously.

khan_jr1_small.jpgKhan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios - The World's Largest Media Company

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Ethan Rubidoux said:

King Abdullah definitely knows how to show you a good time - but Yemen is a much better option for our theme park and our characters.

fred said:

Do people go to Yemen? It seems an odd choice for a theme park.

Glenn Simon said:

I heard that entire region, except for Yemen, is all fucked up.

nice work, brother

illerpild said:

omg.. good work, brother

astewswrelt said:

thank you, brother

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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