My Damn Channel is 3 years old today.
Punk was still a baby when this photo was taken. Nixon is looming in the background. He's pointing the finger!
The pic is taken during a time called "college radio" before consultants sucked freedom out of the souls of rock radio madmen and mystical women who turned us onto music completely capable of changing and defining our lives.
I first met Harry Shearer that year. I chased rock dreams through radio, television and film - and called Harry in late 2006, with the idea to start a then-unnamed business which became My Damn Channel. I called Don Was. I called David Wain.
We launched My Damn Channel exactly 3 years ago, on July 31, 2007.
We give artists we love, trust and respect all the tools they need to skip over stone walls of multi-national media empires and create video delivered directly to you.
We've never been stupid enough to think www.MyDamnChannel.com would be the most visited online destination in the world. But we built a home base big and bad enough for every creator to have their own channel and we built a massive distribution network to move video onto every digital platform where we can make a solid business deal to support the work. The good shit ain't free.
We built a business driven by advertising, licensing and the certainty that we can bring you talent and content in special events later this year - worthy of a buck or two from you to support the art. Crazy, right?
Artists like Illeana Douglas prove that companies like IKEA can connect in a whole new way with millions of people watching millions of videos every hour. Illeana birthed a baby called "Easy to Assemble," which Ad Age dubbed "the most-watched sponsored web show."
We survived the world's worst economy and found our way to success because YOU watch and share our videos. THANK YOU.
We have artists that trust us to respect their art. THANK YOU.
We have sponsors and business partners who believe that we can deliver the good shit and guarantee millions of eyes on it all. THANK YOU.
We have backers who put their faith and coin into a vision for a new show business as powerful today as television was in the 50's. YOU GET IT! THANK YOU!
We have a man named Warren Chao, our Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, who knew how to stop us from avoiding most of the mistakes baby companies make to screw it all up. Warren: I've never known a single human being as smart, dedicated and effective inside a company as you. THANK YOU.
Biggest thanks to our families for not killing us when the hill seemed to high to climb!
RESPECT and THANKS to every one of you who have spent a day inside our small, evolving staff of rebels and business partners.
(Keep an eye out for your party invite!)
We start year four today. Documented in "the world's longest press release" here - with all our new channels for your immediate inspection.
One more major announcement is coming out in days to prove that you'll still have My Damn Channel to kick around for years to come.
Announcing: New Channels for My Damn Channel!
Would you like to read the longest press release ever written since it describes in detail each and every one of the shows we're launching today?
Would you like to read it since it describes shows from pop culture performance artist Mark Malkoff, Sopranos star Will Janowitz, former MTV VJ Matt Pinfield, as well as more about our Childrens Hospital and Dinner For Schmucks channels?
So do you want to read it or what?
"The answer is YES. Of COURSE I would like to read the longest press release ever written. I woke up at 6am eastern time today, waiting with bated breath for all of these big announcements of all of the new channels and shows that you've been promising me for more than a week so YES. JUST GIVE ME THE DAMN PRESS RELEASE ALREADY. You're such a g**damn tease sometimes, My Damn Channel. Next time you make a big announcement, do us all a favor and just have a live televised show on ESPN or something. Sheesh."
Fine. Here. Read it. And stop saying "sheesh." And, yes, we bolded the names of all the new shows for all of the TL;DR whiners out there. Assholes.
3Some: Presenting the My Damn Channel 3rd Birthday Video Challenge
What are the rules?
- Email info at MyDamnChannel dot com with the subject heading "3Some" for rules, regulations, video specs and instructions for getting your video to us.
Find some creative way to connect it to the 3Some theme.
Keep it under 3 minutes. We love you, but we have trains to catch at 5:42pm to get to our Mom's place by dinner.
Don't plug My Damn Channel shamelessly. That's what I'm for, not you.
We are judging overall quality, talent, originality, performance and intelligence. So don't just shoot something and say "Whatevs, this will do." Because it won't. Give us your best.
Why should you do this?
- Get it to us by Friday, August 13th. You should probably have your first draft done by the time you finish reading this post.
Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 18th, which will be SOMEONE'S LUCKY DAY.
- You are creative and witty and wise and you realize that withholding your gifts from the online video world is a crime against humanity. This goes for all of you. Or maybe you're just bored.
All winners will be featured heavily on My Damn Channel.
- 3rd Prize: You will be featured for 3 Days on the My Damn Channel homepage. Go there now. Tell me who you see. Imagine your mug featured next to those guys. Sweet, right? How awesome is the Facebook photo album you create from those screencaps gonna be?
- 2nd Prize: 8GB iPod touch. For realz, yo. Have you been walking around wishing you could experience the joy of touchscreen technology and the millions of apps in that damn app store? This is for you.
- 1st Prize: 16GB iPad 3G. For realz, also. Touchscreen technology, the app store apps, plus books and Flipboard and the cure for cancer. What? Oh. Scratch that last thing. But AN IPAD. For you.
We want our birthday to be a good one, so we need as many people as possible to give us presents. Thank you, and good luck!
Posted in Adam Carolla
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with tags Adam Carolla
, Rob Barnett
, My Damn Channel
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on 7/14/2010 7:51:33 AM by Virginia Reiff
Old pals Adam Carolla and Rob Barnett got together last night to record for Adam's massively popular Podcast
"The Adam Carolla Show"
Listen to the Podcase here
The magic begins at Minute 48
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