Sat 1 Apr 2006
Â Newest Agency Takes Shape
Through an unmarked door, up a narrow staircase, past about two thousand DVDs (give or take), sits the operation center of one of the most powerful agencies in the world.Â From this non-descript headquarters, a 3-5 minute video on demand message is regularly sent out to the global masses.Â Are you being informed about the latest in high tech from International Director Cali Lewis of the G.I.A?
More after the jump
No, TechLife is not writing the next sequel in the James Bond series.Â We are just joining in the fun created by Neal and Luria and their fictional Geek Intelligence Agency aka GeekBriefÂ a video podcast or Internet TV show.Â TechLife recently met the husband and wife team who back in December 2005 decided that the world needed a fun, energetic way to get their technology news.Â They transformed their living room into the studio, bought some equipment and have been producing shows regularly since.
Â Tyranny and Trapped Luria, age 24, aka Cali Lewis is a former model from Texas and the star of the GeekBrief show.Â While Neal, who holds a masterâ€™s degree in counseling, likes to creatively say his age, like his face-time with the camera is un-important.Â A creative couple, not afraid of failure (previously they had a dot-com startup during the bubble era) they have found a great outlet for their passion in video podcasting, to them broadcast television is â€œantique mediaâ€.Â They love the fact anybody can join the podcasting party with a small investment.Â â€œItâ€™s a great platform to be heard.Â We enjoy the instant feedback and the fact it is not one-way communication,â€ Neal said.Â Luria added, â€œThe connection is amazing.Â We donâ€™t got out, donâ€™t have friends, the audience are our friends.â€
While they love their day job, they both have cute catch phrases for the tyranny and trapped feelings in comparison with the made-up agency in their living room.Â They recognize the secret agent life of dual identities has its pitfalls.Â Namely the 7-12 hours it takes to produce each show.Â Early showsÂ took over 4 hours to just record, doing the whole show in one take.Â Now they use the power of editing and are able to shoot at a more comfortable pace.Â Â They dream of the day this agency becomes a full time reality.Â
Cue the music of â€œthe familyâ€, because recently GeekBrief was asked to join an exclusive group.Â While not as dramatic as Johnny Fontaneâ€™s famous scene, the analogy is not lost on Neal and Luria.Â The reality of signing with the PodShow Podcast Network one of the leaders in the Podcast community has given them a start on making Cali a more visible celebrity.Â Luria actually refers to Adam Curry, as â€œThe Podfatherâ€ due to his founder status of PodShow, and his early start as a podcaster.
PodShowâ€™s interest in Geek Brief stems from gaining more than 2000 viewers in just 3 weeks and being shut down by their hosting provider for â€œto much trafficâ€.Â Neal and Luria immediately sprang into action, signed with PodShow and were back up and running very soon thereafter.Â It also helped that the PodShow owned website PodCastAlleyÂ had seen Geek Brief rise to the #1 ranked video podcast and iTunes had them ranked the #77 podcast in the technology world.Â
Well Known Secret Agents?
Just as TechLife is covering podcasting, other â€œnew mediaâ€ has covered Geek Brief.Â Cali Lewis recently did an audio podcast interview with Podcast 411 (a show modeled on Inside the Actorâ€™s Studio).Â Even more interesting, Cali Lewis made a list of â€œTop 10 Geek Goddessesâ€, coming in at a respectable number 6, just behind Lara Croft / Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman.Â Â So that begs the question, if a â€œsecretâ€ agent is getting this much publicity are they really secret anymore?Â For Cali Lewis, letâ€™s just say this is the beginning of something bigger.
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