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Best Fictional Blog: Manka Bros. Studio

When searching online for information about any large Hollywood event or incident, it’s likely that the searcher will stumble on a blog about the topic by Khan Manka, Jr.  Whether he’s blogging about attending Chelsea Clinton’s wedding or being the keynote speaker at ComicCon, Manka is apparently present at some of the country’s most exclusive events.  His coverage of Herbert Allen’s annual (and very private) Sun Valley retreat features accounts of famous executives behaving in ridiculous manners, including drinking heavily and arguing over trivial matters.  Now if you’re thinking that these claims seem a little unlikely and wondering exactly who this Manka guy is, you’re not alone. Real coverage of these events never mention his name; he exists only in the blogosphere as the fictional chairman of the “world’s largest media company,” Manka Bros. Studio.  According to its website, the studio specializes in theatre, music, television, publishing, etc, but all of the projects seem destined for horrible failure, such as “Haunted Alligators: A Manka Classic Movie.”  In reality, Manka is a fictional media baron, son of Bulgarian immigrants, and the creation of John Perry, an executive at Warner Bros. Started in 1991, the blog may be one of the longest running inside-jokes, as Manka still posts almost daily and gets a few thousand visitors a month, mostly from Hollywood insiders. The blog often pokes fun at bad decisions made in the media industry, as well as the media moguls who make said decisions, with a precision that only comes from witnessing them firsthand.  The site details the operations of a company that is humorously similar to how a real media company is structured, with divisions for movies, TV, publishing, music, theater, religion, theme parks and children. Like any respectable media conglomerate, Manka Bros. has a plethora of projects in the works. It plans to launch an awards show where Manka productions are expected to secure several wins, despite the current upheaval as they fight off a hostile takeover by a larger rival. Runner Up:...

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Best Department of Commerce Website: South Carolina

While every state has a department of commerce, or its equivalent, not all of these departments have their own functioning websites containing useful information.  Some have no website at all, while others have a website including only the bare minimum of functionality, therefore being of very little use to the common person.  As the general function of a department of commerce is to promote economic growth, it is important that a good DOC website provides information on its prominent industries, promotes the state as a worthy place to do business, and offers resources to current and prospective business owners. The South Carolina website for its DOC fits this bill in every respect, which is why it receiving the award for Best Department of Commerce Website. With a section entirely devoted to “The SC Advantage,” the website highlights plenty of reasons why South Carolina should be the first choice for your next business venture.  There is also a large and easily navigated resource section, in addition to a business network area.  Between the two, they house an extremely comprehensive overview of the many resources South Carolina has to offer a potential businessperson, as well as useful tools for current business owners who the state hopes to retain. However, setting them apart from the crowd and earning them the first place spot are their separate microsites for the most prominent industries, including the aerospace and automobile industries.  The aerospace industry microsite includes a list of every airport in the state, while the automobile site features all of the manufacturers in the area, with a spotlight on the three biggest contributors to the state economy. These bonus features go above and beyond the call of duty for a DOC website and earned South Carolina the top spot. Runner Up: Washington Earning an honorable mention in the runner up position was the DOC website for the state of Washington, which also has a great many features and resources.  Although the Washington website holds an even more thorough database...

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