Amanda Congdon Rockets To Disney

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The House of Mouse has given former Rocketboom anchor Amanda Congdon a new home, where she will contribute to ABC News online and television broadcasts.

She’s also planning to develop a comedy series for HBO. Freed from the three-minute, small-screen constraints of the Internet, the one-time host of the Rocketboom video blog is capitalizing on her 15 minutes of fame as quickly as she can.

An ABC executive must have glowed when discussing Congdon’s potential in a BusinessWeek interview:

“She certainly has the eyes and ears of a great many people who may have only trafficked in Internet information,” says Michael Clemente, executive producer of ABC News Digital Media. “I would love to see her talking to [Illinois Senator] Barack Obama, new people with new products, and all sorts of things.”

Catherine Holahan, the writer who crafted the article as well as a mild Q&A session with Congdon, dubbed her a “cewebrity” for her web celebrity. Though Congdon isn’t the first person to crossover from online to traditional media, she is probably the best known right now.

Amit Agarwal suggested how others might follow Congdon out of the Internet tubes:

Female vloggers with pretty faces and huge fan-following are just few in number but very much in demand especially among the TV channels who are keen on exploring this new world of vlogging.

Frank Barnako’s take on the Congdon buzz shifted quickly into gleeful prodding at the new “cewebrity” on his blog at MarketWatch:

“While I will be giving commentary,” the 25-year-old actress continued, “this will be information that has been verified.”

(Now, THERE’s a concept!)

“It isn’t going to be something that we throw together and hope the facts are right,” she added “It’s ABC News, so it definitely needs to be not false information.” At Rocketboom, Congdon said she did her own “fact checking. “At ABC, I will have people to help me.”

(I couldn’t make this stuff up.)

It’s one thing to make it up the hill, but another to stay there. Congdon is hooking up with very big media today. Tomorrow, who knows where she may be?


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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