Why I’m Leaving NewTeeVee

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Today is my last day with NewTeeVee/GigaOM.

How’s that for not burying the lede?

As corny as it sounds, I can’t stop thinking about The Matrix as my time here winds down.

More than two years ago, I quit a rather lucrative job working with short-form filmmakers to join Om and his rag-tag group of bloggers. There was no latte machine, no cafeteria, heck, they had no office, but after following the killer work on NewTeeVee since its launch, there was an undeniable spark — and I wanted to be a part of it.

So I took the red pill, as it were, and joined GigaOM. I may not have awoken on some space ship and suddenly known kung-fu, but my eyes were open. I thought I knew a lot about online video coming into this job. I quickly realized how much there was to learn.

And learn I did. Over the last two years and more than 2,100 posts, I have gained a little more knowledge about the industry and become an infinitely better writer. But I’m ready for my next challenge. I’m not leaving to blog anywhere else because Om has assembled the finest group of journalists writing the best stories online or anywhere. Anything else would be a pale imitation.

Instead, I’m looking to get back to my passion for fiction storytelling. So I’ve taken a job as the vice president of Machinima.com‘s director’s program (keeping true to my blogger work ethic, I start tomorrow morning). There I’ll be working with the next-generation of talented content creators to use video games as a new way to tell stories.

The little words “thank you” aren’t nearly enough for Liz and Om and the rest of the crew here. They are the smartest, hardest working, most honest people in this business. This has been the most challenging, but ultimately the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I leave with a heavy heart and will always be indebted to them.

I also want to thank you, the NewTeeVee community. You’ve kept me honest, on my toes and always on the lookout for the next big story.

I leave you in better hands than mine as Janko Roettgers and Liz Shannon Miller will be stepping up and joining Ryan in taking NewTeeVee to the next level. I’ll be reading everyday.

If you want to keep up with me and my next adventures, you can follow along at Twitter.com/ChrisJAlbrecht.

Thank you for everything,

-Chris
P.S. Hopefully this move will turn out better than those crappy Matrix sequels.

38 Comments

Om Malik

Chris

On behalf of everyone at NTV and GigaOM Family: thank you for great blog posts and more importantly, greater memories. Now I have to get used to not sending you random emails at midnight.

Much success and happiness my friend, and remember, you can always come home.

Andrew Boni

Best of luck Chris! It was awesome to be able to work with you over the summer. Your sense of humor is one of a kind.

I’m sure you’ll do great at your new job.

Leslie

Maybe when you start working at Machinima.com you’ll get those mad kung fu fighting skills!

Good luck in the new job!

Kevin C. Tofel

Chris, it was treat to work with you and I wish you nothing but the best in your new gig. If you’re ever on the east coast, drop me a note and we’ll take a kung fu class — then we can put those crappy Matrix sequels to shame! ;)

Chris Albrecht

Jinkies! Thank you to everyone for your kind words and wishes. I’m overwhelmed. You guys are awesome and I appreciate all you’ve been over the past couple of years.

I’m going away, but not gone from online video. I’ll still be reading NTV voraciously and leaving comments. And if you know of any creative types who might want to dabble in Machinima — send ’em my way.

Marc Campbell

Congrats, Chris. I’ll look forward to following your upcoming adventures! Best of luck.

Ned Canty

I’ll miss your writing, especially your willingness to burst our bubbles on occasion–a very valuable trait in the early years of a new artform/business model.

That said, best of luck with Machinma.com, and I look forward to even more wonderfully creative product from them now you’re on board.

Ned Canty
New York Television Festival

Reed Kavner

Chris- Your great reporting, astute analysis, and sense of humor will be missed. Best of luck with Machinima and beyond!

Reed

Jenni Powell

Bon voyage Chris, you’ve always been someone I have admired in this space and I wish you nothing but the best of luck in your future endeavors! I remember meeting you at the LG15 San Francisco Live Event…how far both of us have come since then!

kyle

Good luck with the move, Chris! From what I can tell I’m sure you won’t have to worry about crawling back to Om someday asking to be reinserted back into the matrix.

andy plesser

Congrats Chris — you will be missed. Your astute reporting and perspective on our industry has been indispensible. All the best, Andy

Druu

All the best to ya, Chris! The new gig at Machinima sounds like a blast.

Cheers!

Druu
Bite Me TV

Thomas Bacon

What a shame for us! Your work has been a must-read for anyone addicted to the “business” of online video.

One request: You will come back and emcee next year’s NewTeeVee Live, right? Your sense of humor is KEY—especially when interviewing a bunch of folks who take themselves a bit too seriously….

Best wishes for your next venture.

Jackson West

It was a pleasure getting to know you through the Ompire! I’ve certainly enjoyed the chances we’ve had to work together. Best of luck on your new gig!

Marc Hustvedt

Congrats Chris on the next step! Glad to hear you’ll still be deep in the web video world. Excited to see what’s brewing at Machinima in the next year. Now I’ll be bugging you for quotes!

Marc

Pete Wylie

Chris,

Always a pleasure reading your coverage of the industry. Best of luck in your new job at Machinima,

Pete

The Digital Hobo

You’re just bummed that Ryan took yer job. heh heh.

Best of luck, Chris! Your editorial voice will certainly be missed!!

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