Dr. Tiki clears the air

Summary:In a previous blog entry, Herding video content for the iPod, I talked about one of my favorite video podcasts—Tiki Bar TV. In my post I referred to Tiki Bar as a viral commercial. To clear things up I spoke with Dr. Tiki himself from Tiki Bar TV headquarters in lovely Vancouver, British Columbia.

In a previous blog entry, Herding video content for the iPod, I mentioned one of my favorite video podcasts—Tiki Bar TV. In my post I referred to Tiki Bar as a viral commercial "custom made for advertising to be placed in and around the programming."

The line was taken from a press release from another firm that was clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Tikieans. I have since removed that reference as it was in error. To clear things up I spoke with Dr. Tiki himself from Tiki Bar TV headquarters in lovely Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jason: Dr. Tiki, what's the deal with the press release stating the Tiki Bar TV is a viral commercial?
Dr. Tiki: It's a huge misunderstanding. Tiki Bar TV is 100 percent independent and it's made in my apartment with my friends.

J: So who's the guy who put out the release?
D: He's a tech guy, not really a PR guy. He wanted to bring in money and get advertisers interested. We had a brief conversation about it but we have no formal deal. Anyway, he put out a press release and the wording was messy.

J: I also heard that he registered TikiBarTV.com, did he give the domain back to you?
D: Yeah, he asked me if I had the domain and I said no, the next day he registered it.

J: But it looks like he gave it back to you?
D: Yeah, he turned it over.

J: So what exactly is your objective at Tiki Bar? Are you looking for sponsors? Wouldn't you love a free palette of Bacardi?
D: I sure would! And I will take advertising money. As long as we're up front about it, I don't have a problem with it.

J: Have you been approached by anyone potential sponsors?
D: I've had several soft approaches by advertising agencies and other business people.

J: Have you accepted any advertising for Tiki Bar yet?
D: No not yet, I haven't really received any solid offers. I've had about 20 email queries.

J: So what's your background?
D: I an independent filmmaker with Johnny Johnny. We both have day jobs doing indy films. When I was about 10 I was taping news shows in my bedroom. Using RSS to subscribe to a program really excited me and I knew it would be a great way to distribute a show.

J: Tell me a little bit more about your setup, do you use a Mac?
D: Yes, I use a PowerMac G4, Final Cut Pro and LiveType. It takes about a week to edit. It's fun, we do all the no-no's in film, like using all the preset effects like clock wipe and the page peel effect.

J: So it's pretty much a parody of itself then?
D: Yeah, we just have fun. There's no crew, we use one mic. I move the camera then jump into a shot.

J: So what about Lala, is she your or Johnny Johnny's girlfriend?
D: No she's not, but we sure get a ton of fan mail for her though.

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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