Hey there guys. Just a bit of in house business to deal with here.
As most of you know by now, I have sold The Movie Blog… and since the story broke on TechCrunch last night, I’m safe to let you all know that the company that stepped up to the plate after our deal with ComingSoon fell apart was the PeerFlix Media Network. The PeerFlix Media Network is a new venture and direction for the already established PeerFlix company. They explained to me their vision, and we loved it.
I’ll take any questions you guys have about this deal, but let me address some of the ones that will probably come at me here first:
1) WHY DID YOU SELL THE MOVIE BLOG?
Earlier this year I came to the belief that I had taken The Movie Blog as far as it could go by myself. I lacked the resources and manpower to take things to the next level, and since I believe that once something stops growing, it starts dying, I decided to start looking for other options either for The Movie Blog or for myself.
2) WHO CONTROLS THE MOVIE BLOG NOW?
Peerflix now owns the site, but they insisted that I maintain total creative control. So essentially, what you see on The Movie Blog is still controlled by me (be afraid).
3) WILL DOUG BE CENSORED?
It’s hilarious how many times I’ve been asked this question already! I can 100% guarantee you that Doug Nagy is not, nor will ever be censored… unless he censors himself (which I hear he’ll do once in a while at the occasional wedding or funeral).
4) HOW LONG WILL YOU STAY WITH THE MOVIE BLOG?
Right now we’re here until at least the end of 2009… however… the intentions of both Peerflix and myself is to conquer the universe together, so our goal is to be here indefinitely.
5) WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE MOVIE BLOG?
There are a LOT of benefits for The Movie Blog with this deal. First of all it gives us a team of people who will look after the technical and business aspects of the site for me. That’s HUGE to me. There are some brilliant minds at PeerFlix that will take good care of us in that regard. Second, we now actually have an operational budget… that means money we can use to do things with and for the site! YAY! Thirdly, I’ve been able to bring Doug Nagy back on staff as a full time writer/podcaster (he’ll also be here until at least the end of 2009 and probably beyond). Forth, Doug and I will be relocating to Los Angeles in January with the resources now available to us to develop our podcasting and video shows. Fifth, it gives us a team of people behind us to help and support us, something we’ve never had before.
6) IS PEERFLIX A BUNCH OF DIRTY CORPORATE BASTARDS?
Oddly enough no. Doug and I are both in San Francisco at the moment where we’ve been spending the last couple of days with the PeerFlix team… and I’ve gotta tell ya… we’ve been having a WICKED time. These guys are 100% committed to the success of The Movie Blog. And since I’m Canadian and they bought us drinks, by law that means we have a life bond with them now. These guys are awesome, and I’m not kidding when I tell you that both Doug and I are VERY excited about working with them. We owe them a lot.
7) WILL THERE BE MORE ADS THAN BEFORE?
I don’t think so. There will be ads… but there have always been ads on The Movie Blog. As most of you may have noticed, I’ve been phasing the ads out (interstertial ads are gone… google ads are now gone… sponsor links are now gone… in the next couple of days the last ads will be gone). So there will be PeerFlix media ads… but no more than we’ve always had in the past.
8) HOW WILL THIS MOVE BENEFIT THE MOVIE BLOG READERS?
In several ways. 1) More posts, 2) More podcasts, 3) More video, 4) More Doug, 5) More Serena 6) Free Jessica Alba sex robots for everyone (still negotiating this one with PeerFlix).
9) TMB HAS BEEN SLOW RECENTLY. WHEN DO THINGS GO BACK INTO FULL PRODUCTION?
Tomorrow. As I mentioned, Doug and I are in San Francisco at the moment just wrapping up meetings and we fly back to Canada tonight. Tomorrow morning we go back into full production mode, including a video review of Beowulf which we saw here at a screening last night.
10) CAN WE STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS STUPID SOAP OPERA AND GET BACK TO MOVIE STUFF NOW?
Like I said, I’m totally willing to take questions that I didn’t cover above, so just leave those in the comments section and I’ll address them. So onward and upward. The deal is done. The papers are signed, and now we move forward!.. Cheers!