So how were we featured on one of the top tech blogs online? This story involves viral video an attractive, accused Russian Spy and the insanity of being in the eye of the newscycle.
In February, we shot a series of interviews for our client “New York Entrepreneur Week” … talking to some aspiring business people about their success networking in New York. Turns out, one of our interviews was with a woman that has now been accused of participating in one of the largest discovered Russian spy rings in the history of the United States, one Anna Chapman. Our 12 minute interview conducted by And Now producer John Palacio, touches on Ms. Chapman’s journey to NY from London, her online real estate venture and her ability to infiltrate the power brokers of Manhattan in the name of building her business.
When the story broke, we new we had the only sit down interview with Anna Chapman in English, and since John is a former ABC News producer, he knew this video was gold to the world’s press. In three days, we (in conjunction with New York Entrepreneur Week) licensed the interview to just about every television network around the work (From CNN, to ITN, to Aljazeera), plus many newspapers, syndicated shows and online ventures. For several days our little office was the center of the worldwide newscycle and, needless to say, the phones and email accounts were smoking from overuse. Some nefarious outfits (hello Fox, Huffington Post, Tribune and CW) “passed” on liscensing the video and instead embedded the video from other outfits … shame shame … but that’s another story.
So that brings us to techcrunch. Russian Spies are not usually the fodder for TechCrunch coverage, but if they’re attractive and there’s a weak silicon valley connection, what the hell. Since this is an excellent site to promote “New York Entrepreneur Week” … we gave TechCrunch the video for free. Nice enough. But then the TC folks said they have this new site, TechCrunch.TV … and could we appear to explain this crazy video.
So, check out our fearless producer John Palacio’s skype interview as part of the debut week of TechCrunch.tv … and thanks guys for the nice plug here. An odd way to get publicity, but why not.
Finally, check out the video overview we shot for our friends at New York Entrepreneur Week here and see if you can catch the 2 second clip of Anna Chapman in the video!