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Posts Tagged ‘Michael White’

Another Merry Year at FunnyorDie.com

Long-time Bloomberg News entertainment correspondent Michael White has a good year-end wrap-up look at FunnyorDie.com. According to one of his sources, the profitable company will gross close to $30 million this year; not bad for a venture that started out as a “clubhouse for our friends.”

Seeded with $15 million from Sequoia Capital, FunnyorDie counts several other high-profile owners besides main partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. As we head into the holidays, Judd Apatow, CAA and HBO can toast the ongoing expansion of the company’s reach:

FunnyorDie’s third show on cable TV, Billy on the Street, starts today on Madison Square Garden Co.’s Fuse network. The first feature film, Funny Or Die Presents Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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The Life of an Unemployed 58-Year-Old

Just before his 99 weeks of Unemployment Insurance ran out in June, 58-year-old LA video editor Michael White launched the grassroots support website Unemployed Workers Action Group. As the U.S. Senate this week tries to finalize a tax cuts-UI extension deal that will not help him personally, White is staring at a very scary future.

His wife’s minimum wage job falls $500 short of the couple’s pared down monthly expenses, and White tells the St. Louis Beacon that if a job does not materialize soon, they will likely be evicted. Since the five million other 99ers are also out of luck when it comes to the new legislation, White predicts a substantial rise in homelessness next year.

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