Out in OKC, had a great chat with Art Director JEFF BEER, who is a St. Louis boy now working with the Griffin Communications folks who own the CBS affil, KWTV, in the Sooner Capital. Of course, being St. Louis kids, we had to do that “what high school did you go to” thing. People in St. Louis ALWAYS ask that. Always. More important than any other question, like “why are you holding a gun on me?” or “is that snake poisonous?” He sends a big “hi” to KAREN VIGURS STACK of 602 Communications. They worked together in Dallas.
More news from KWTV…MIKE THOMAS, who was the Promotion Manager, has left to do his own freelance thing. Best of luck, Mike! Let us know what you’re involved in and with. Meanwhile, the newsroom is handling all the promos and they are looking for a new Promo King/Queen. Interested…get hold of the good folks out there.
Discovery Channel’s DAN BRAGG, the VP Creative Director of DC, announced they are working with the LA creative group called 72andSunny. Love that name, and it’s a weather forecast at the same time. Talk about cross-platform branding. You can read all about it by clicking here.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper (yeah, I was wondering who came up with that name myself, and what it means to readers…) has an article on KOVR’s latest on-air efforts, which the reporter calls “zany”. Click here
Second time is the charm for JENNIFER CASERTA, who is doing her second round at the Independent Film Channel (IFC) as EVP/Marketing Communications, Scheduling and Alternative Platforms. Her plate will be full of interesting things to handle: marketing, scheduling, branding, events, the IFC Free Film Tour, plus web and on-demand programming. Jennifer will report to EVAN SHAPIRO, EVP/GM. Her background includes work at CourtTV and FUSE. Well Dunne! Jennifer.
Planet Green, Discovery’s new 24-hour green lifestyle network has made ANNIE HOWELL the SVP/Communications, Public Affairs and Talent Management. The channel joins the many she already has on her plate at Discovery. The Green Planet is just what is says – all about the environmental movement.
Didn’t mean to omit two rising stars. Over at NBN (scroll over to Monday’s posting for details about them, and their logo) please applaud the addition of KACIE MARCZAK and NICOLE SOLAZZO to the Reporting area. Kacie’s worked at Disney-MGM in Orlando as well as did an internship with Regis and Kelly in NY, while Nicole is a database expert. And while I’m here, let me add DANIELLA BAIDER BERKSON to the list of “oops”…I left out her first name on Monday. And it’s such a pretty one. They’re all perking along and we’re sending out a Well Dunne! to the whole lot of them.
The Next Food Network Star contest is over and done, and the winner is…hit those wooden spoons on the bottom of those AllClad pans please…AMY FINLEY, an attractive caterer and freelance writer from the San Diego area. That’s her in the pix. Her runner up is former New Jersey girl RORY SCHEPISI, who now lives in Vega, TX, which is on I-40 in the Panhandle, west of Amarillo on the way to New Mexico. Bon Appetit ladies! Great contest all you marketing types at Food.
Speaking of viewer contesting…Current TV has teamed with AL GORE (he owns Currrent doesn’t he…or something) to ask people to make :15, :30 or :60 climate crisis spots. Info here
And speaking of…PR agency FerenComm, who handles Food Network, is doing a fab job of keeping on despite the fact that busted pipe in Manhattan last week was right outside their offices. Oy! Grace under pressure…the mark of a winner.
Think about this: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein