“Can you start something that’s not real, and actually turn it into the world’s largest media company?” ~ John Perry, business development executive at Warner Bros.
Talk about ‘faking it until you make it’. Manka Bros was created in 1999 by John Perry and Chris Stengel who used a fake online persona ( dubbed “Khan Manka” ) to draw attention to a nonexistent company: Manka Bros. Studios.
Manka Bros. Studios is supposed to be the “World’s Largest Media Company” specializing in theatre, music, television, publishing, etc. There’s even a Manka Kids department sporting fictional cartoon characters such as Pelican’t (a pelican with low self esteem) and Dolphinsect (a dolphin fly thingy who once did not believe in God).
Khan Manka’s popular blog has created confusion among the media industry as everyone asks “Who is Manka?”. Quoted from his blog:
“…I’m leaving the office for the weekend. I’m going to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in some God forsaken town called Rhinebeck, New York. I don’t know where it is and I don’t know the address.
I was told I would be blindfolded once I touched down at Teterboro…”
In reality, the site barely makes enough to cover hosting bills and is
visited most by curious Hollywood insiders.