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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Making Progress Making Deals

So my birthday weekend is over and it's back to real life.

Thank goodness for Endeavor. Ever since I started working with them in May they've been kicking ass. They're a bunch of really great people. In this last month, we've had to totally change course (obviously), and that's been tough. But we've completely regrouped and Ari has sent in the troops ;). To be honest, I was a little nervous telling Ari about the split in the first place. I emailed him about it but he was on vacation overseas and was out of the loop. I think he actually heard the news when he picked up a newspaper in London... he then called me immediately (I remember it was like 1 in the morning) to make sure everything was ok.

It's great working with people you respect and who respect you. Ari stands up for what he believes in and makes things happen... he's just one of those people who gets things done. When I met him in May and he had me cracking up the entire time I said to myself: this is the right guy for me.

I've also recently been working very closely with another agent, Lisa Harrison-- this link is from '98 and was like the only thing online that I could dig up about her-- she's so stealth ;)! Lisa is great. Brilliant, strong, funny and no bullshit. Doesn't get better than that. Ari has really built me an outstanding team... big ups to Conan Smith, Ivo Fischer and Brittany Balbo at Endeavor as well.

Anyway, deal making takes time... especially when you want to make sure it's done right. I've gotten a lot of emails from the press and from my readers/viewers/friends asking what's going on. And I have to say it's just not fair that I told the guy from the WSJ more than I have said on my blog. Thanks to those of you who called me out on that. You guys deserve to hear it first... and I am going to make sure you do from now on. While I still can't say who I'll be working with... I can talk about how I'll be working. At least one of the whos should be exposed by sometime next week, but I say that tentatively because things get turned on their heads in an instant "in this business" (I hate when people say shit like that! ;) ). I am very happy though because it looks like I will be able to do exactly what I want to do. And that is... to mind the gap between old and new media. How will I do that, you ask (well, maybe you don't care but chances are you do if you've read this far)? By engaging in the following:

1. News Media.

I will likely be working with a well-known news outlet as a producer, writer and host of a videoblog. I will possibly be working with this company in other more mainstream capacities as well.

2. Entertainment.

I will likely be doing something on TV that involves comedy.

3. School My Way.

I will be launching my own personal site... which will have video, text, maybe even audio. I am working with a great, grassroots, independent videoblogging company to make this happen. I'm thinking I will do one of those amandacongdon.com/_____ dealies. I'm working on the design now.

4. I will be taking a trip.

And you can come with me (if you want to). Nuff said about that. ;)

5. I will be writing a book. This is already certain... it's more about me getting my ducks in a row so I can devote some serious time to this project.

Anyway, sorry I couldn't be more specific... but my agents would beat me. They may very well beat me for saying as much as I've said ;). As soon as I know anything more I will run to my blog to tell all of you lovelies.

When I saw Maryam Scoble at BlogHer she mentioned that she and her husband Robert both run to their computers when they get home and have something to blog about... they fight over who can blog it first! Hilarious. Now that's a sitcom waiting to happen.

27 Comments:

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger OrlieOmegamu said…

    Loved it.

     
  • At 2:45 PM, Blogger Steve Garfield said…

    Hi Amanda!

    Great update.

    Now I have a place to point people to when they ask me what you are doing...

    I want to take a trip with you.
    --Steve

     
  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger JuanFalla said…

    Sounds everything is going "the right way". So congrats on that. I guess we'll all be waiting for next week to hear more about it.

    bye!

     
  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Great Stone Face said…

    Glad to hear things are going well. We'll all be following you. Happy Birthday, too. So you're a Leo? Leo's are tough & smart. I know, I was fortunate to marry one.

     
  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Bryan said…

    Yay! More Amanda! :D!!

    I cannot wait to sink my teeth into that book :)!

     
  • At 5:12 PM, Blogger Marius said…

    Rise, oh Phoenix, rise!! :-)

    I am baiting my breath in anticipation.

    Marius

     
  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger The Villager said…

    Well, it looks like exciting things are in the works for you, it will be interesting to see where you pop up while "minding the gap" (don't get stuck in the subway door). I'm not sure where us non-issue-bloggers fit in the brave new world of new media, although I have some opinions on that subject. Actually, I was always pleased when your former show ventured beyond tech to cover some non-geek stories. Even I've got to pay attention to the analog world sometimes! Ah, I'm afraid this turned into a ramble. Good luck!

     
  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Amy said…

    I'm not so sure you -- or anybody -- can have it both ways, and keep a foot in MSM and another in independent internet media. I'm not sure you can't do it either. This is all brand new stuff and nobody knows how it's going to look in a year. It does seem like something would have to give, you know? You'll probably have to be prepared to sacrifice at least some grassroots street cred with the indie crowd.

     
  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Sylvain said…

    Thanks for the update Amanda.

    Very much appreciated.

     
  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    I hear you, Amy. It's my passion though... so I'm going to dive in head first. I think there is a lot of progress to be made in the middle.

     
  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger d henry said…

    Good luck, Amanda. We'll all be pulling for you. (smile)

    d henry

     
  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger Steve said…

    Great stuff, Amanda! I first landed here from Ze's Show and, now that I am here, I'm looking forward to your new projects.

     
  • At 10:32 PM, Blogger moldor said…

    Hey Amanda,

    Love the "happier than ever" pic...:-)

    My 6 year old daughter refers to it as "that strange lady"..

    BTW, I *do* like the swimsuit one...:-)

    Jon

     
  • At 12:17 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    Amanda-

    Kick butt, and YES you can do mainstream and videoblogging. Drag their bumcheeks into the format and make them see that a $30,000 camera and $400,000 trucks just can't cover what a cellphone video can manage in the hands of people RIGHT THERE.


    Take a trip to Boston and hang out with us at PodCamp. There'll be plenty o' video to go around. PodCamp.org

    --Chris Brogan...

     
  • At 2:33 AM, Blogger Luis Rull Muñoz said…

    Come to Spain for your holidays¡¡¡¡¡

    We'll take care of you.

    You'll need a lot of energy for your new proyects...

     
  • At 2:35 AM, Blogger - Terrence said…

    Diving and getting going is the right movew, Amanda. The key is following your passion and turning into a viable future. With a mix of mainstream and videoblogging you can do that. Who cares how the two meld together or if they ever do?

    Don't worry abot the state of things don the line because they are sure to change dramatically. The key is to simply be prepared to roll with it. Isn't that what RSS is for? ;)

     
  • At 5:46 AM, Blogger jm said…

    I love your comment section.
    You have the best viewers/readers/friends.

    Hey, does you brother have a blog now??

    Cheers

    jm

     
  • At 6:17 AM, Blogger Zack said…

    Amanda, does your working for an established media group mean you'll have to censor out truly important stuff like this?

    Steven E Jones

     
  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger Doug said…

    Hey, Amanda. Welcome back. It's always nice to take a much needed break on occasion.

    Glad to hear things are going well. We look forward to seeing what happens with these opportunities. Best of luck!

     
  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger str8curves said…

    It is great to hear that your plans are coming together well. Great goals. I think that you are just the right person to be right in the middle of every thing and "stirring the pot!" You are going to be wonderful. Instigate good things every which way you can.
    --Please don't feel bad about not being able to share every thing that is going on all the time. Being prudent and discreet will in the long run give you the opportunity to do more of the things we all love to see you doing.

    Have fun ---John

     
  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger danielmcvicar said…

    Hi Amanda,'

    Good for you...and I look forward to all your projects..especially the book. Brava!

    On your trip you certainly have taken the road less traveled, are making a difference, and seem to be bringing a group. Count me in.

    D

     
  • At 5:53 AM, Blogger Lucana Man said…

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  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger Lucana Man said…

    Hey Amanda,

    Good to see you're getting your duckies in a row. Sounds like you're finding some really secure footings with your climb into the future.

    Merde!

    p.s. Um....would you mind being a reference for me at Endeavor?.......(kidding!)

     
  • At 12:38 AM, Blogger YakkYakkJay said…

    Amanda:

    I am still extending a welcome to meet the gang here at www.YakkYakk.com and we look forward to doing some fun stuff when you are in Los Angeles. Yes, Lisa is awesome, nice convo.

    Jay Goldstein
    President
    YakkYakk.com

     
  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Crackpot Press said…

    Endeavor hands down is the best agency out there. They are the last of the full service agencies.

    They really take care of their clients.

    Well Done!

     
  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Zennie Abraham said…

    Ah....

    It figures. Another Leo (me, August 4th)...Happy Belated Birthday.

     
  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    I'm August 4th too, Zennie! Although I was almost August 3rd... I was born 1 min after midnight.

     

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