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OnMedea: February 2010 Archives

February 2010 Archives

jay_leno_tonight_show.jpgsarah_palin_wink.jpgLove him or hate him, there is a reason Jay Leno has been #1 and will soon be #1 again in the late night wars. 

He will book anyone necessary to get ratings - as evidenced by the top guest on his second night back - Ms. Sarah Palin

Add to the mix Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn, Apolo Ohno, Brad Paisley, the cast of Jersey Shore and I think it's game over for Dave as soon as Jay returns.  The Letterman vs. Leno battle will last all but one week.

shaun_white_gold.jpglindsey_vonn.jpgIt's even possible that by week two most people will have forgotten there ever was a 'Tonight Show controversy' which will mean less and less "I'm with Coco" fanatics inviting you to join Facebook clubs.

So what have we learned from this whole debacle?  As long as there are publicists and stars who need publicity, the past is meaningless.  Hollywood is a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" town. 

And what will Jay do for these media hungry whores stars?  Deliver ratings that Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel or David Letterman can't (unless Dave could book Sarah Palin again).

And ratings are all that matters.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

P.S. - To Jeff Immelt - please fire Jeff Zucker before "The Tonight Show" is #1 again.  We all know he'll be trying to take the credit and that will make me physically ill.

jeff_zucker_in_sweater.jpgThe Billion Dollar Question is - WHY? 

If I were to talk directly to Jeff Zucker's current boss (Jeffrey Immelt) and future boss (Brian Roberts), I would quote my new hero, Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer, and say "Are you stoopid?"

Even if we all could forget about the recent mistakes that have been made under Jeff Zucker's watch...

  • Lowest rated network
  • Jay/Conan debacle
  • Hiring Ben Silverman for... anything
  • The absolutely horrendous Olympic coverage which not only sucks but will LOSE millions of dollars.  (The latest horrible decision was to air the TAPE-DELAYED 2-man Bobsled coverage on NBC over one of the best LIVE Olympic hockey games in years - USA vs. Canada.  I'm sure JZ would say it was a brilliant move on his part to force people to find MSNBC on their televisions.)
... at this point, it's a matter of credibility.  And he has none.

jeff_zucker_speech.jpgImagine Jeff Zucker standing in front of a group of Wall Street investor analysts with his PowerPoint slides and telling them "This is the future of television..."  "This is the direction Comcast/NBC needs to go..." "Here are my ideas on how to turn things around..." etc. 

Seriously, who the hell would believe he has the answers?  And why does he even get the chance to give the answers.  NBC was once great.  All the missteps really started to snowball AFTER he become Chairman & CEO.  He is into his fourth year and has thus far proven nothing to nobody. 

Basta.  Enough.

However, in an effort to make my entries a little more positive, I'm going to attempt to end them all on an upbeat note.  So... that said... I do like the bulky ski resort sweaters Jeff Zucker has been wearing as he talks up NBC's suck ass Olympic coverage on CNBC.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

conan_obrien_sunglasses.jpgelin_woods_sunglasses.jpgAs Tiger Woods slowly reemerges from hiding and Team-Tiger Damage Control goes full throttle, there is an interesting parallel to be made between the Tiger/Elin Woods drama and the NBC/Conan O'Brien drama (which cost all of us a few months out of our lives). 

Imagine Conan and Elin on one side and Tiger, Jay Leno, Jeff Zucker and NBC and on the other.

The parallel begins with a couple of a wide-eyed youths - dreaming of the big time.
  • Elin:  Is a nanny for a Swedish golf pro and hangs around a lot of single golfers on tour but really only imagines herself with one man... the crown jewel of golfers... Tiger Woods.
  • Conan:  Finally gets "The Tonight Show" in 2009 after slumming it for 16 years at 12:35am.
  • Elin:  Finally gets a marriage proposal in 2004 from Tiger Woods after slumming it as a nanny for Jesper Parnevik's kids.
  • Conan:  Jay Leno retires from "The Tonight Show" and prepares to launch an ill-conceived prime time talk show - "The Jay Leno Show"Conan, believing NBC's promise, happily takes over the reigns of "The Tonight Show" and looks forward to a long and prosperous run as host.
  • Elin:  Tiger Woods retires from his crazy single days and prepares for an ill-conceived life of domestic bliss.  Elin, believing Tiger, happily sets up a life of wealth and prosperity (and has two children to complete the ideal picture).
  • Elin:  Tiger Woods crashes a Cadillac Escalade into a tree after Elin Woods decides to move a few of his teeth from the front to the back of his mouth with a 7 iron.
  • Conan:  Begins to feel humiliated by rumors of Jay Leno returning to late night.
  • Elin:  Begins to feel humiliated by rumors of Tiger Woods having 11 mistresses (6 of them 'serious').
  • Elin:  Rather than take the suck ass deal offered, Elin decides to hold out for $800 million!  Take that suckers.
As for the future?  Here's my guess:

  • Conan:  Having finalized the divorce from NBC, agrees to a deal with TBS.
  • Elin:  After finalizing the divorce from Tiger, agrees to go on a disastrous first date with Rory Sabbatini (or some other less successful golfer that wishes he was Tiger Woods).  She breaks her promise not to talk about Tiger's affairs and loses everything.  The book doesn't sell and she moves in with John Daly.
Dear Elin:

Conan couldn't in good conscious stay at NBC (even though his dream life went up in flames) and you can't stay with Tiger (even though your dream life has gone up in flames).  Take the money and run to that house in Sweden.  You will have a better future.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

barry_diller_3.jpgFrom where I sit at my breakfast nook in La Canada, California, 3,000 miles from IAC's headquarters in New York, Barry Diller seems to be getting tired of it all. 

Yesterday, when I listened to IAC's earnings call, I got the sense that Mr. Diller could care less about what he's doing these days.  His answers were short and he seemed generally distracted and uninterested. 

When IAC was formed a few years ago, it was all very exciting.  A promising collection of digital assets that would destroy old media.  Mr. Diller was on the cutting-edge of this brave new media world, leaving his dinosaur studio pals in the dust with their "movies" and "television shows".

But it hasn't quite worked out that way.

barry_diller_younger.jpgMr. Diller has been a true visionary throughout his career and now it's sort of sad to see him relegated to Q&A about the slowing growth at; the boring future potential of local search; and Ben Silverman's new company

All this while old media is staging a huge comeback and grabbing all the headlines:  "'Avatar' breaks worldwide box office record."  "Super Bowl XLIV is the most-watched television event ever."  

All this makes me think:  Is Barry Diller tired of it?  Is this really the future he imagined in 1991 after driving across the country with his Apple PowerbookDating websites and CollegeHumor?

Who knows?  Maybe he really enjoys talking business with Ricky Van Veen.

In my opinion, it's time for Mr. Diller to jump in the car with an Apple iPad and drive across the country again.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

Ben Hur Silverman

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electus_logo.jpgBen Silverman is making this way too easy. 

IAC has released the logo for Ben Silverman's world-changing, earth-shattering, ground-breaking new venture - Electus

In my opinion, it is the perfect logo for the company.  Everything you need to know about Electus and its future success is represented in the design of that logo.

Accompanying the logo (on the IAC website - is... still to come) is a new description of the company.  (Could we be getting close to launch?): 
"Led by founder Ben Silverman, Electus is a next generation studio enabling premium content creators to engage with advertising and technology partners at the inception of the creative process and partner on the finished product across a global and multi-platform distribution model. 

ben_hur_silverman.jpg"Electus is defining an innovative advertising component, which will challenge the traditional entertainment silos, allowing content creators and branding partners to develop premium programs and reach audiences like never before.  The content will be distributed globally through the Electus international distribution arm as well as across a multitude of analog and digital platforms."

Because nothing says "Next Generation" like a logo with A HORSE AND BUGGY ON IT!

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

P.S. - Ben Silverman is the upcoming keynote speaker at MIPTV this year.  Because he is busy changing the world, I have taken the liberty of penning his speech for him.

About Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy - Blogger - OnMedea Jill Kennedy is an Ivy League MBA / refugee from Lehman Brothers.

Manka Bros. (and the Manka Business Channel) hired her (for a very low sum) to cover the world of media (not the world of Medea) in her own words without corporate interference.

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Medea Medea was a real bitch from classical mythology - as most famously dramatized by Euripides.

She was a sorceress and wife of Jason, whom she assisted in obtaining the Golden Fleece. When Jason deserted her, she chopped up their children. One could say, Medea acted as rationally as a major media company.


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