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Congrats to the IAWTV Awards Winners!

Posted in IAWTV with tags IAWTV, IAWTV Awards, CES, Las Vegas, International Academy of Web Television, online video on 1/13/2012 9:04:26 AM by Rob Barnett

Getting ready to leave CES and Las Vegas I can't help but be so inspired by the IAWTV and the online video community. Last night was a huge success! Having everyone in the same room was a huge reminder of the amount of talent working in and for our industry. We love and admire all of you, and can't wait to work with more of you in 2012!

IAWTV Awards Nominations!

It's Awards Nomination Season: Golden Globe nominations! SAG nominations! Oscar nominations! IAWTV Award nominations!

Yes, the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) created these Awards to "provide a venue for celebrating original entertainment distributed on the open Internet by honoring the best in web television programming and recognizing the achievements of online content creators."

And that's US!

We scored FOUR nominations and couldn't be prouder:

Best Writing (Non-Fiction): Daily Grace

Best Animated Series: The World of Bruce McCall

Best Variety Series: Mark Malkoff

Best Comedy Series: Gigi: Almost American

Congrats to all of our fellow nominees! We're honored to be among you. Can't wait to see all of you in Las Vegas in January, at the IAWTV Awards Ceremony!

Rob Barnett and Mark Malkoff on The Adam Carolla Show!

Blogworld is the gift that keeps on giving!

While they were all in Las Vegas to do the closing keynote for Blogworld, founder/CEO Rob Barnett and Mark Malkoff made guest appearances on Adam Carolla's podcast.

Rob and Adam are old friends so naturally they talk about:

  • *How they're both probably in higher demand for keynotes than Screech and Carrot Top
  • *How they're probably not as in high demand as George Clooney and Brad Pitt
  • *How Rob hired Adam to replace Howard Stern
  • *How Penn Jillette is ridiculously tall
  • *How My Damn Channel and The Adam Carolla Show are going to work together!!!

And, to that last point, we feel like this:

Mark Malkoff's
segment begins around 40 minutes in, and Adam promptly calls him "Mark Mackoff."  It's okay, though, they blame it on the bad handwriting of one of Adam's staff.  And then they talk about:

So listen to the show now! 

Or go to Adam's website to hear it!

You can even download it directly into iTunes!

Phew.  That was a lot.  Here, have a Rob Barnett and Adam Carolla chaser:

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

Last weekend My Damn Channel founder/CEO Rob Barnett hosted all-star panel for the closing keynote at the Blogworld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

Some of Rob's old friends like Penn Jillette and Adam Carolla and some of Rob's new friends like Mark Malkoff, Cali Lewis and Jeff Hayzlett joined Rob onstage to chat about the ever-changing world of New Media (we named them for you from left to right):

Here's the whole gang together, including the event's MC, Shira Lazar (third from left):

And a lot of you are sad you missed it.  A lot of you probably didn't even know you should've been in Vegas last weekend!  Don't fear!  You can watch the video here!  Fast forward to the 17:55 mark to see what might be the best thing to happen in Vegas since legalized gambling and stripper poles:

But wait, there's more!

Mark Malkoff filmed some special footage just for you while he was at Blogworld!  We'll have it for you soon.  In the meantime, listen to Adam Carolla's podcast as he rants about Blogworld.  Later this week, Adam may even have a special appearance by Mark Malkoff and our very own fearless leader Rob Barnett.  Check it out now and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out the minute the podcast with Rob and Mark goes live.


We're on the scene in Vegas. My Damn Channel Founder/CEO, Rob Barnett, was selected as one of the "25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment" by Digital Media Wire.
Digital Media Wire is a full scale media company that owns and produces 8 major conferences, publishes daily newsletters and directories, and operates the popular news and community portal.

Rob and his fellow honorees dissected all things digital at today's all-afternoon conference in the city of sin.

Rob was also a guest speaker on a Kodak panel at CES moderated by Kodak Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Hayzlett. You can find the 20-minute video called "I Want My Web TV" (part 1) from 1p today here.

Part 2 features our wonderful wizard, star and guiding light from "Easy to Assemble," Illeana Douglas.  You can also catch her TubeFilter interview from CES here.

As soon as all the advils and bloody marys take effect, we're getting ready to launch all new episodes of EASY TO ASSEMBLE on Wednesday, January 20 on My Damn Channel. And what about SPARHUSEN??? More shall be revealed 1.20.10.


Posted in Alex Gibney with tags Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, Alex Gibney, Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman on 7/16/2008 5:58:59 AM by Rob Barnett

If you experience a lack of inspiration, writer's block, anxiety about the boss, wars, lies, lost freedom, corruption, rejection, repression, fear and loathing...then write yourself a prescription and take it to the closest movie theatre showing "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," the new film directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney. Here's the trailer.

Gibney puts accuracy above glory in his retelling of the life of the man once able to conjure up enough powerful wordplay to push millions to reconsider a sense of ourselves, our government, and our freedom. 

Here's Thompson documenting the last great wave of freedom - from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream:

"Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era — the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . .

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time — and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights — or very early mornings — when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . .

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . .

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."


Hillary & Barack look like they're both about to puke if the campaign goes another day

  • Fri 4/25 opens up a new chapter in the book of "DONNIE" - amen


Thanks to the NAB and especially to Ashley Howell, Chris Marlowe, and Rochelle Winters for inviting us to present in Vegas yesterday. Thanks to Jon Healey from the LA Times for moderating - and to Harry Shearer & Andy Milonakis for making the trip.

We filled a room of about 350-400 humans and started by showing a few of our original videos. Fun seeing hundreds LOL at YSAP - up on a huge megascreen - and cool to see a crowd feel the bass of music produced by Don Was.

Harry Shearer made news - announcing "THE ALPHAS" - a project he's been developing for 10 years - and the most ambitious new work making its way to My Damn Channel.

"THE ALPHAS" is motion-capture animation of the highest quality (Beowulf) - done in the fastest turnaround ever achieved (less than 5 day production cycles). Here's more:

Imagine seeing the best-known people in politics and the media, every week, in hilariously private situations. Not actors in makeup, but what looks and sounds like the real President, candidates, anchors, and the rest. That’s the idea behind “The Alphas”, a revolutionary new concept in topical sketch comedy. Written and performed by Harry Shearer, who’s notched more than two decades as a creator of topical satire on his weekly public radio broadcast, “Le Show”, along with two memorable seasons on “Saturday Night Live”, “The Alphas” includes no makeup, no celebrity cameos. Instead, utlizing a trio of cutting-edge motion-capture technologies--harnessed for the first time to a “week-of-air” production schedule, “The Alphas” features startlingly realistic computer-animated versions of the movers, shakers and yakkers. They’re not lifelike--thanks to the technology and Shearer’s performances, they’re alive. And every week, they’re deftly and drolly revealed for all their pretensions, resentments, jealousies and anxieties--all the good stuff, online just days after production.

Here's the first news coverage from the LA Times and the Digital Content Producer Magazine with thanks for the 'ink' & correction to Michael Goldman.


We built My Damn Channel with a few of patron saints in mind. Johnny Rotten is usually painted by critics with such a simple brush. Most miss the point. John may often be brutal - but he's alway honest.

During the "Rotten TV" run, we walked the red carpet, as a goof on the way into that year's VH1 Fashion Awards. Out of the corner of his eye, John spotted four important looking humans standing a few feet away from all the action, surveying the scene.

"Who are they!?" - he challenged.... I looked over my shoulder to see Sumner Redstone, flanked by Tom Freston, Judy McGrath & John Sykes. "Don't - just don't," was my hapless request, knowing full well I was screwed. Rotten headed straight for Sumner. He grabbed his hand first. Then he shook the rest & asked the group one simple question: "How much money are you lot all making on this tonight?"

As we turned to walk on, Freston grabbed my arm and offered, "I love that show." It was one of the moments that was supposed to go horribly wrong, and somehow went surprisingly well. Probably just luck.

As we head to Vegas to try to haplessly explain why My Damn Channel trusts our talent - here are a few of our gold-plated rules - we'll think of a few more before tomorrow's event - Wed 4/16 - 2pm - here:

Never lie
Don't hold back bad news
Don't use 'creative input' as an excuse for 'J J" (Job Justification)
Make decisive decisions
Never bait & switch
Communicate constantly
Avoid the 'handlers' - go direct
Be specific
Move fast - no waiting
Work the press
Pay on time - every time
Pick up the check - almost every time


Posted in Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel with tags Andy Milonakis, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel, NAB, Rob Barnett on 4/12/2008 8:17:00 AM by Rob Barnett

If you're in Vegas this week, or always looking for an excuse to go, My Damn Channel's flesh & bones will be onstage at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention Wednesday, 4/16 at 2pm.

The NAB invited us to spend an hour talking about TRUSTING TALENT in a place called the "Content Theatre."

Harry Shearer will be with us & we're 'trusting' Andy Milonakis will show up. The session is going to be moderated by Jon Healey from the LA Times. We promised Jon we're going to make some 'news' with an announcement that Harry and I will deliver Wednesday.

If 'trusting talent' is a radical idea that deserves to be dissected, then we'll whip out the scalpel and slice away a bit more - here - this weekend.

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Our online video distribution network empowers cross-promotion across, YouTube, and other online, mobile and IPTV platforms. The company also creates branded entertainment and targeted distribution campaigns for major advertisers. My Damn Channel is a division of Omnivision Entertainment, launched in 2014 by Founder/CEO, Rob Barnett and Co-Founder/President, Warren Chao.