America?s Next MTV

Not since Forrest Gump has one person so actively participated
in recent history. Omar Amanat?founder of the online trading
service Tradescape?not only escaped the collapse of the World Trade
Center, he survived the dot-com crash and sold the company to
E*Trade last year for a whopping $280 million. Now the
twentysomething entrepreneur is launching what could be the next
MTV. According to a report in the webzine Alt.Muslim,
Amanat and partner Muzzammil Hassan are developing Bridges TV, a
Muslim American television network. Set to launch in the summer of
2004, the cable and satellite channel intends to ?shake up the
media landscape? and provide ?a resonant community voice.? With a
business model based on successful predecessors like Al-Jazeera,
Telemundo, and BET, Amanat has recruited media and cable
professionals to ensure the company?s success. People are already
demanding their Bridges TV; according to Hassan, more than 100
people subscribe daily on the company?s website, ?and we don?t even
have a product yet.?
?Erin Ferdinand

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