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Khan Manka, Jr. - The Chairman's Blog: January 2011 Archives

January 2011 Archives

sundance_film_festival_image.jpgTo all the acquisition and distribution executives at Manka Highbrow, Manka Dogma, Manka Docs and the new Manka Mumblecore - due to the absolutely shitty year you all had in 2010, you will not be attending the Sundance Film Festival this year. 

If you desperately feel the need to attend in order to bid on a movie starring Patricia Clarkson and Sam Rockwell about people who have no idea how to cope in a world filled with so much suffering, then I suggest you quit your job and start a new company that specializes in distributing videos shot on camcorders.

When times are good, Manka Bros. has no trouble throwing away money at meaningless film festivals.  (Am I the only one that feels that the films are only shown to kill time in between parties?)  And, yes, sometimes we even get lucky - for instance, when we picked up the rights to Snuffing Out The Magic Fury (which will finally open next month after extensive recuts and reshoots and recasts). 

But, too bad, junior executives, there will be no more $600 a night rooms with $1,000 a night "entertainment" bar tabs while you try to sleep with 22-year-old "directors" who would do anything to get their $300 film about an autistic coal miner distributed by a major Hollywood studio.

I realize you've probably already purchased your $400 ski caps that you were planning on wearing throughout the festival because independent film makers are way too cool to shower (and, of course, you have to be just like them).  I guess you'll have to return the clothes at lunch today.

We have a new theatrical policy here at Manka Bros. - WE WILL NOT PRODUCE OR DISTRIBUTE ANY FILM THAT DOES NOT MAKE MONEY!

harvey_weinstein_small.jpgSo for the young writers and directors of the world who make films about:
  • The various plights of high school geeks growing up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s;
  • Immigrants trying to survive in modern day Mobile, Alabama;
  • Poets trying to break free from their oppressive capitalist "day jobs"
  • Cancer movies of every size and shape;
  • (and, my favorite) Movies about filmmakers trying to get their films made in Hollywood where everyone who works at a studio is some kind of idiot...
I'm sorry, you'll have to find some other sucker to distribute your story that MUST BE TOLD. 

I hear The Weinstein Company actually has some money to spend this year (thanks to The King's Speech and the surprising disappearance of all that debt racked up in the past decade).  Go ahead and take your precious little film to Harvey Weinstein.  He's not hard to find at a film festival - he'll be the one smoking.

khan_jr1_small.jpgKhan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios
The World's Largest Media Company
ces_2011_khan_manka_jr_keynote_address_2.jpgGood morning. 

First off, to all of my friends who are badly hungover this morning - I'm told the Circus Circus Buffet will clean out your system pretty well.  And to all my friends who are still drunk from last night [there are some claps and hoots from the audience] - well done - but pace yourselves, gentlemen and ladies, there are three more drunken days yet to go. 

Especially you, Bob Iger[Bob Iger, in the front row, howls like a wolf.]  Last night, we were at Caesar's drinking on Cleopatra's Barge and Bob said he was going to close the place down.  I had to remind him it was a casino in Vegas and they don't close!

Anyway, let's get started.  How about a joke?  What do you call someone who was a nerd in high school but went on to makes billions in technology and basically changed the way we live our lives?  A nerd.

I'm not here today as an ally to the consumer electronics industry.  Frankly, you can all F yourselves.  I'm here to say to all you geeks and computer dorks who think you can tell Hollywood how to entertain the world that today HOLLYWOOD FIGHTS BACK!

I don't give a shit about your new phone.  I don't give a shit about the "digital cloud" you built to hold all my media files - if you guys really want to be useful, develop a killer App that will clean and organize my garage.  And I don't give a shit about being able to perfectly simulate a Vietnam jungle battle in my family room.

Seriously, why do I need a new phone and new television every fucking year?  When I was a growing up in the 1960s we had one innovation - color television.  That lasted us 20 years until we had a VCR that could play tapes of movies.  That lasted us 20 years until we had DVD players that could play DVDs of movies. 

If you freakin' tech idiots would have left well and good alone, we Hollywood studios would still be raking in billions from DVD sales and my friend Sumner Redstone wouldn't have to sell his plasma just to pay the rent.  That's a joke, he actually has other people sell their plasma to pay his rent.

CES_2011_khan_manka_keynote_address.jpgSo today, on behalf of Manka Bros. - The World's Largest Media Company - and my studio mogul brethren, I ask the consumer electronics industry to stop the innovation

Stop making my toaster check the traffic before I leave home. 

Stop telling the world which bars and prostitutes I have visited. 

Stop having these pointless trade shows that only exist so that media executives can act like they're working but are really just partying in Vegas [many 'boos' from the crowd].  Imagine the turnout CES would have if it were held in Akron every year.

Stop everything you're doing and let us premium content creators go back to doing what we do best -  entertaining the world.  Don't you morons understand we just want to make movies and television shows?  It's killing us to constantly spend our time reconfiguring formats to fit the new phone in our hand or the chip in the back of our brains. 

We just want it to be 2003 again.  So either join us or get the fuck out of our way because we are going backwards and will do everything it takes to do things the way we have always done them.  Capisce?

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are not the studios of the future.  Audiences can only watch so many movies about computer nerds who save the world and date robot women.


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

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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