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New year and new duties and title for ENRICO MEYER in Denver. He’s now Creative Director of KUSA in the Mile High City…he was Promotions Manager. The man has an eye…he got his start as a shooter and editor at WDAY in North Dakota before doing the same at WIS in Columbia, SC. He began at NBC Denver as a photojournalist and segued into promotions from there. Our gain. Let’s hear a big Well Dunne! for Enrico, who gets to work with DREW SIDENER.
Gotta love Dave Dore. BTW put the accent aigu over that “e” in his last name. There ya go. Back to Dave himself. He’s the new Executive Creative Director of Ignition Creative in LA. Yep, the guy with a degree from Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan U has more creativity than you can imagine. He’s been at Do Re Mi as Executive Creative Director and Director. Ya’ll probably know him from his extensive work for NBC where he held such titles as Sr. VP Creative for NBC Entertainment Digital and NBC Entertainment Marketing. He’s handled WB Television Network Kids’ Marketing as VP and Director Original Programming For WCIU in Chicago. Man’s worked station-side at KTKA and WWMT. Excellent news Dave. Well Dunne!
Job Alert – Digital Director WSPA Spartanburg
Think About This: “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
What a pleasure it is to see the kind of enthusiasm that CHRISSY FUNK brings to her job heading up the creative folks at Palm Beach’s CBS affil, WPEC. Ms. Chrissy is incredible all on her own. An adventuresome outdoors woman, she left TV for a spell while she hiked the Appalachian Trail and made waves as a body builder. It’s her work life that has her focus now. A lot of phone calls come this way that are quite the opposite of excited (the biz is pretty wonky even if we don’t want to admit it) but she has the inner excitement that brings about the kind of work we all want to do. What brought this all to mind is her latest campaign, which you can see here. Always a big fan of using music and/or jingles (when Well Dunne!), she shared the following: “This has been such a fun and rewarding project to be a part of (and it’s not over yet)! The CBS12 News creative team has worked crazy shifts, shooting all hours, to gather imagery for this brand campaign. Promotion Manager, JOHN GILLIAM, got in a cage with an alligator for a special moment, who does that?! Luckily him, the gator and FujiXH1 were safe through it all. Then, Promotion Producer, KYLE LACKORE, busted out a Sony A73 to ensure we captured certain light just right. Oh, and of course we couldn’t resist a beauty shot with our drone. That would be a disservice of course. As for the song composition… Noise Distillery helped us bring the vision to life. Rich and his team are phenomenal to work with and yes, they tolerated how much I wanted to be involved in the process. And all my edit requests.” Let’s give them all a double Well Dunne!…one for the campaign and one for bringing happiness back to the fore.
Well Dunne! to LEC COBLE, who’s returning to Tucson where he once headed creative at KOLD TV before getting the nod to head up marketing for the Raycom chain, RIP. He’s going to be Station Manager for TEGNA’s operation in the Sonoran desert city. All the better for riding his motorcycle.
Think About This: “I knew I was on the right path when I started feeling peace in situations where I would normally feel tension.” ~ Yung Pueblo
Every Monday is the dawn of a new life. Really, any single minute that you can choose to begin is a dawn. At any moment, again and again….you can turn a different direction…or think a different thought. But Mondays seem to have made themselves into a touch point for new lives, being the first day of the all-mighty workweek. This Monday, a very talented man is starting a new life in New York City…a life he’s wanted to lead for many years. As all good stories go, things had to work out so he could finally begin. You know, like in It’s A Wonderful Life. The needs of family coming first is the hallmark of a good, kind and honorable man, and that he is. This morning, GREG VERMETTE begins his new endeavor as the Senior Editor at Mindfile Multimedia on Broadway in The Big Apple. He will be upping the game in the #1 market and you should get to know him and his company if you’re serious about making spots and campaigns that work. He’s a Massachusetts guy who soaked up all kinds of How-To at Full Sail before getting serious about mastering creative in all forms. A renaissance man of sorts, he can take copy and make the end result OMFG good. Every time. He’s been at WCNC in Charlotte and at Center City Film and Video in Philly. He’s won a ton of awards but that’s not the goal for him. It’s making sure the client gets the best. Can’t imagine anybody else as good as he. Well Dunne! Greg.
Job Alert – Assistant Creative Services Director WHNT Huntsville
Job Alert – Writer Producer KTIV Sioux City
Think About This: “When you cannot be brave or strong – be love. It will lead you back home to yourself.” ~ Kiana Azizian
The holidays are always two things 1-the perfect time to go home and 2-so busy you lose things even when they’re on the To Do List. Both combine to bring you the latest on a great guy – CORY BAYLE. He’s back in his beloved Texas, Amarillo to be precise. Cory is the CSD at Sinclair’s KVII, ABC in the Panhandle city. He’s been over in Steubenville, Ohio at WTOV heading creative but the Texas Tech alum was happy to return. Before heading east, he was CSDm Promotions Manager and Community Relations Director for Nexstar’s triopology KAMR/KCIT/KCPN. His entre into the world of broadcast was in radio where he handled promotions, music and programming in Midland, Corpus and Houston. Glad to have you back, Cory. Sorry to have missed you in L-town. Well Dunne!
New biz cards for a new title going out to KERRI-ANN MCKENZIE K over at NBCUniversal Media. She’s now Senior Director NBC Affiliate Marketing. She’s a doll. Well Dunne! Kerri-Ann.
Think About This: “Don’t worry if you make waves by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.” ~ Scott Stabile
First Monday of the new year. The enormous amount of change the last year brought has led some of us to look at different ways to navigate. Open our creative minds to various ideas, crafts, approaches and information, all to give our day to day life spice and reward. One such brilliant student of the possible is CARRIE KING. She’s starting at Johns Hopkins studying for her Masters Degree Digital Communications and Media with Philosophy as a double major. Wow…how totally exciting. She’ll be taking her successful years heading up creative for Tribune in Chicago and for Fox there as well. Ms. Carrie has also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. What excellent news it is to hear about possibilities and academia and one of the best of us taking the reigns. Well Dunne! Carrie. I hope homework doesn’t keep you from staying in touch.
Well Dunne! Talent’s SHELLEY DUFFY went and got herself engaged over the holiday. Gorgeous ring…handsome guy. No doubt mistletoe was nearby. So happy for her and her soon-to-be new Mr.
Job Alert – Creative writer producer KKCO Grand Junction CO
Need a little creative inspiration this Monday? Take a gander at the art works (film, music, graphics, etc) that are now in pubic domain.
Anybody else like the Pepsi spot run during the (horribly written) Golden Globes? The one with William H Macy?
Think About This: “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Buddha
Anybody else find the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade one of their favorite? The scene where Indy stands on the abyss, compelled to take a step that promises certain death yet miraculously, a bridge appears. That scene. It’s like starting your own shop. Stepping away from a steady paycheck, and into the possible abyss of nothingness. It takes tremendous courage to go out on your own and we should all support the creative who do. One such brave talented soul is CHRIS AYERS, who has closed the chapter on his TV Art career and has opened Chris Ayers Creative in Phoenix. Chris got his start at WCNC in Charlotte and from there, his talents were recognized by leaders at CBS in Chicago, the Meredith station in the Valley of the Sun an for the last few years, the syndicated show Right This Minute. His set design for them is pretty amazing. He will do your proud and you will be thrilled with his work. I don’t endorse many (encourage a lot but not endorse) but he has my full endorsement. Check out his website Chris Ayers Creative and then get hold of him to work with you. He gets a huge Well Dunne!
Job Alert – Regional Production Manager Spectrum St. Louis
Job Alert – Branded Entertainment Writer/Producer/Editor The CW Burbank
Job Alert – Creative Services Writer/Producer KPIX San Francisco
Think About This: “Life is unpredictable. It changes with the seasons. Even your coldest winter happens for the best of reasons. And though it feels eternal, like all you’ll ever do is freeze, I promise spring is coming. And with it, brand new leaves.” ~ e.h.
Another milestone…a year gone by. 365 days. Some the same as the others – measured, busy, modern yet simple. Others standing out with events that change the vector of your adventure – love, children, death, ideas that lead to new and unexpected ways to experience this earth journey. I hope you feel the optimism this particular year has brought already. It’s going to be a very interesting ride.
WCNC – Charlotte
WFTV – Orlando
WTXL – Tallahassee
WMAZ – Macon
WBIR – Knoxville
Alabama News Network
Creative Services Director
WFRV – Green Bay
WKRN – Nashville
WHTM – Harrisburg
WATM – Memphis
KHON – Honolulu
Creative Services Manager
WNCT – Greenville NC
KSTM – El Paso
WGCL – Atlanta
KCPQ – Seattle
Think About This: “All my favorite things start off as bad ideas.” ~ dialogue from Bird Box, written by Eric Heisserer
Up in Green Bay, the new CSD for Scripp’s WGBA has the same name as one of the Dr. Who actors. MATTHEW SMITH might not have a TARDIS, but his new title is a promotion from his Sr. Writer Producer slot which he held at WXYZ in Detroit. Very nice. He moves west from the motor city, of course, but the real interesting spark is in his Florida time. The Full Sail grad (that is the most amazing place…people you need to know the talented grads from here) once worked at Universal in Orlando as a character. Some of the very best had done this: WRC’s RICK YARBOROUGH to name one. From Tigger to I-Team Exec Producer in DC. See?…Back to Matthew, who also worked for Scripps in Ft. Myers where he got the promo bug. A writer, editor, entertainer…he’s gonna melt the snow this winter in Green Bay. Well Dunne! Matthew.
Job Alert – Promo Producer WCBD Charleston SC
Job Alert – Producer WTVJ NBC Miami
Think About This: “When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, When the kinds and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock – the work of Christmas begins. To find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoners, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers, to make music in the heart.” ~ thanks to the wonderful GEORGIA SCOTT of The Agency.
KYTX GM DONNA WILSON knows a thing or two about marketing and creative…it’s her background before she got booted up to the GM office. So when she picks someone to be CSD for her station, you know they have to have the chops to shine. That person is DEVON HEFFER, who will take over the creative efforts for the CBS affil in Tyler, Texas come January 7th. Will be a busy holiday season for Devon and he’ll hit the ground running so they’ll be ready for the Super Bowl in February. And then come spring will be the Rose Festival. Devon has been in Charlotte at WCNC as Sr. Writer Producer, so he’ll stick with Tegna in this move. His first TV gig was in the news end of things at Scripps’ KSNV in Vegas and he made the switch to promo there before heading to Phoenix KNXV to hone the promo talents. He spent time teaching at Connecticut School of Broadcasting as well. Sounds like someone to keep your eye on, eh? Well Dunne! Devon.
Job Alert – Associate Creative Director HBO NYC #167051BR
Job Alert – Creative Services Manager WGCL Atlanta
Think About This: “Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be the conduit for passing energy.” ~ Albert Einstein
Switching out the Manager title and duties for the Director title and duties is DAVID TALLARICO, now heading up the Creative Services for Meredith’s CBS affil in Atlanta, WGCL. A Pittsburgher via his degree from the University of, David got into the promo game at Johnstown PA’s WJAC as a producer. That led to WPXI in Pittsburgh, the Cox NBC working with MICHAEL DICKSON. Then he got the top job back at WJAC leading the marketing. Atlanta put him in the Bigs, and now he’s in the theoretical corner office. Great to hear. Thanks JEFF HOLUB, now Station Manager of WGCL. Well Dunne! David.
Gonna do a Well Dunne! Shopping post where the list of TV marketing pro-made items can be found. Let me know if you’ve got a side hustle. Lots of artists and the like out there.
Think About This: “I never look back darling. It distracts from the now.” ~ Edna Mode
It’s switching from coach to cheerleader. That’s how GEORGE SEVERSON described his new job at Salt Lake City’s KTVX / KUCW. His new official title is Director of Local Programming and Creative Services, and he’s already into the creative part, which makes him happy. Heretofore, George had been News Director at the Nexstar ABC / CW affil in Utah’s capital. A Minnesota man with a degree from St. Cloud State, George has handled Assignment duties for KATE and KMSP in Minneapolis and adventured to Alaska’s KTVA in an Exec Producer slot. He spent time field producing at KCOP in LA before first hitting Salt Lake’s KTVX. He handled a daily talk show for KOIN in Portland before taking a News Director position at KMIR in Palm Springs. He officially has had the new role since October and from the sounds of thing, he’s going to have a merry Christmas. Well Dunne! George!
Job Alert – Director of Communications WTTW Chicago
Job Alert – Director Marketing Fox Sports Networks Ft Lauderdale
Job Alert – Social Media Director KLBK Lubbock
Think About This: “In the act of falling, I learnt the skill of flying and in he art of breaking I learnt the magic of healing.” ~ Gemma Troy
Adorable RILEY SEXTON got a promotion. Tacos and margaritas all round. Riley is now Director of Affiliate Relations for Fox Broadcasting, so all you Fox folks are no doubt working with her now. She’s advanced in the Affil Relations department – Woohoo. She has station-side stripes from her promo days at KMSP in Minneapolis. She did an internship at Fox in San Diego and is a proud SMU Mustang. Well Dunne! Riley.
Any of you in the vicinity of Greenville,Delaware? That means you Philly people. Well Dunne! Talent’s TOM RICHARDS, who is an amazing musician, is going to perform Friday from 5 to 8 at Brew HaHa! which is worth the trip just to say you were there. Go for it Tom!
As if cancer isn’t enough, losing one’s hair while overcoming it is a kick in the shorts. Thank heavens for wigs. Alas, the good ones (even the not so good ones) are pricey. That’s when Cristal Schanes, who has Emmys and has been a hair stylist for SNL, Jimmy Fallon’s show and Spiderman 3 stepped up and decided that 20% of her products will go to a WIGwell Initiative which provides free custom wigs to women dealing with medical hair loss. Nice. So many good people doing good things.
Think About This: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ Neil Gaiman
Moving onward…and upward…is what so many creative do, because they’re just great at their jobs, but like a pinball game, the career path is never straight. It all adds up to terribly interesting opportunities, and the discovery of new talents and interests along the way. One lovely creative who is moving upwards is LINDSAY BLEDSOE, who has taken the Creative Lead position with Comcast in Indianapolis. No moving – hurray! Lindsay leaves her Assistant Creative Services Director slot at Scripps’ WRTV, the ABC affil. Ms. Linsday has a degree from Valpariso and was so good editing wedding videos, she landed her first TV job producing promos for Weigel in Milwaukee. She then slid over to do Topicals at WTMJ before moving to Indianapolis where she honed those innovative skills at WXIN for BOB ST CHARLES, so you know she’s the real deal. Well Dunne! Lindsay.
Think About This: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” ~ Unknown, but it’s a Well Dunne! motto,
Besides knowing how to write, edit, plan, concept, do meetings, write reports and manage other creative people (think herding cats)…there are those TV marketing folks who take to the boards. Last night , WCIA’s PETE BARRETT was on stage in Champaign, IL, singing those Abba hits in the musical Mama Mia. Yes, he sings – and dances as well. Pretty amazing. Up Detroit way, DAVE BAUMANN, who is the Marketing and Creative Director of Stephen Arnold Music, has himself let his inner thespian loose this year when he was in Guys & Dolls. The photos were priceless. Back down in Maine, JOHN SCHRANK is a regular on stage in Portland when he’s not working promo-side at WGME. LEE COOLEY turned his CSD knowledge and now directs plays in the Phoenix market. Won a big award for it as well – a Zonie. So ladies, any of you have the actress bug?
Think About This: “Life’s like a play; it’s not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters.” ~ Seneca
It’s an early Christmas present for DYLAN SMITH. He’s got a great new job and will be moving to a market which offering ocean views, fresh seafood and long sandy beach walks. Dylan is the newest member of CSD SHERRY CARPENTER’s creative cabal at Graham Media’s WJXT in Jacksonville. He’ll officially be writing and producing for the esteemed WJXT after handling news promo and special projects at WRDW / WAGT in beautiful Augusta, GA, where he first began as a jack of all trades making TV happen. Sherry is all excited to have found him. As we all know, a good producer is pretty rare. Dylan will begin on Monday. Let’s hear a jolly Well Dunne! Mr. Smith.
While we’re on the subject of Graham Media, have you seen The Post? It should be required viewing. The story of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and her courageous decision to publish the Pentagon Papers back in 1971. She helmed the paper as it went on to cover Watergate. She could have gone to jail for her pentagon decision; the FCC had teeth back then. But she decided that truth was more important than anything else. Orlando’s WKMG stands for Katherine Meyer Graham. We are in times that call for this kind of media leadership. If anybody knows where it is, please advise.
Think About This: “I sat with my anger long enough, until she told me her real name was grief.” ~ Facebook post of high school friend
There have more than a few talented people who have made a switch from being part of the news departments to being part of creative services (aka marketing and or promotions), so when CHUCK HARRELL took a slot at Nexstar’s KRON in San Francisco in their news, well THAT makes it news-news. Not quite along the lines of Man Bites Dog, but still… Mr, Chuck is now the Digital Content Producer, taking all his talent, skills and tech know-how to their online sites. What a great idea. KRON is actually exploring different ideas to deliver news in a way today’s consumers (once called viewers) will use. Not just talk about it…doing. Excellent. Chuck has a background that includes doing promos for WNCN and WRAL in his native North Carolina as well as at KTVU and KGO in the Bay Area. At one time, he worked for Apple, so he is the go-to guy who can solve a problem if the IT folks are tied up. A big Well Dunne! to Chuck.
Job Alert – Creative Services Producer WUTR Utica (work with TERRY KOWALSKI)
Job Alert – Associate Producer Creative Services WMUR Manchester NH
Job Alert – Promotions and Marketing Associate WJXT Jacksonville
Think About This: “I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.” ~ Brooke Hampton
What a lovely holiday it was…hope you can say the same. Hope that this holiday will be filed under Great Memories and will make you happy when you call it up again. As to getting back to work, OK. But if you have that itch, perhaps one of these will scratch it.
Creative Services Director
WATN – Memphis
WFRV – Green Bay
WGCL – Atlanta
KITV – Honolulu
Alabama News Network – Montgomery
WCNC – Charlotte
WKRN – Nashville
WTXL – Tallahassee
WMAZ – Macon’
WTVA – Tupelo
WBIR – Knoxville
Creative Services Manager
WNCT – Greenville NC’
KCPQ – Seattle
KNOE – Monroe
WXIA – Atlanta
Think About This: “It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
If you’re going to begin a new job, start on a short week. That’s great advice, eh? It’s what TOBY HERSHKOWITZE has done. He began the 19th as the new Multi Media Marketing Producer for WABC. He’s going to work with BRANDON NELSON’s crew (Brandon is Promotion and Digital Brand Manager) at Lincoln Square. Toby comes from ESPN up in Bristol, CT where for the last 8 years, he was Associate Producer for the weekly newsmagazine E:60. To quote Brandon, “You may have seen his handiwork on the amazing “Comeback Season” recently on Channel 7, a moving documentary on the return of sports after 9/11. While at ESPN, he won 3 Emmy Awards. He helped produced dozens of features and long-form profiles on everyone from Muhammad Ali to Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge.” NYC is where Toby calls home, so this is gonna be great. A big Well Dunne! to Toby and a thanks to Brandon.
Whether your idea of Thanksgiving means a big family gathering around a roast turkey, or a football marathon, nap, movie, online shopping, or even reading a book (yes, you can actually do that), may you find peace, happiness, and laughter. We are all so very blessed and lucky. This has been a rough year…let’s count our blessings and remember to do what we can to make the holiday season better for those who are not as lucky.
Think About This: An Irish blessing:
May God give you… For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer to each prayer.
It’s catch up week. Or ketchup if you like that sort of thing on your turkey sandwich. In the middle of the faster-than-fast pace we all live with, there have been some very talented people taking on new challenges that are finally getting some pixels via this post. Nothing personal…just a lot to keep up with and the days are shorter. Yes, they are. But let’s not let TORIN SCOTT’s San Francisco slot go unnoticed. Torin joined DEE JOYCE’s creative team at KPIX, CBS in the Bay Area. The Kent State grad started his working career in sales but jumped into TV marketing in Columbus, Ohio where he was Sr. Marketing Producer for Nexstar’s WCMH, all the while keeping his own Image 11 Films turning out some sweet work for clients like Victoria’s Secret. He joined the folks at KPIX in the spring. Sorry it took so long to share that great bit of news. Not only does Torin get a Well Dunne! but also a Happy Thanksgiving.
Job Alert – Creative Services Director Alabama News Network Montgomery
Think About This: “All endings are inexorably tied to new beginnings. That’s the nature of the journey. It continues to unfold. It builds on itself. It can’t help itself from doing that. Cherish the moments, all of them. You have seen and felt much in life so far. But still, the best is yet to come.” ~ Melody Beattie
He and his lady love had the best two names around. Hollywood names. The kind of names you’d hear in a Nancy Meyers rom-com. IRWIN STARR and CHARLIE VALENTINE. Ms. Charlie has been gone for quite some time now, but just Wednesday, IRWIN took his light into another room and left us here without him. He was a former TV General Manager, wrangling stations in DC, Portland OR, Alaska, and Albuquerque. He traveled internationally consulting TV operations all over, including the ‘stans’…Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan. Was he really in TV or was that a cover for being a spy? That question always made him laugh. He once ‘ran into’ a mutual friend on the streets of Beijing. Come on…does one REALLY run into someone by accident in Beijing? He left TV and settled in Sarasota, where he began a newspaper and organized, then managed the Media Roundtable. What an amazing group of TV people he gathered monthly during The Season, talking about the industry as only leaders could. Irwin loved keeping in touch with everybody and he loved his dog Bucky. A grad of the University of Michigan, Irwin’s family will be setting up a program there focusing on Ethics in Media. I urge us all to support that. Irwin loved art and his house was filled with it, each piece and painting a story unto itself. It was a fun ride, Irwin and you Dunne Well….
Think About This: “There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go?” ~ Joe Wheeler
Seeing as there’s already snow in many markets, which seems to be ahead of most schedules, one thinks of warmer climes where ice is in glasses not on steps or roads. Which leads to the news that the long-unfilled Marketing Director slot at ABC in Tampa-St. Pete has been filled, affording ANDREW CALIENDO a winter of palm trees sans DeIcer. He’s transitioning from WCNC in Charlotte to WTSP, keeping the same title. Mr. C has lived in both ocean-side locales as well as deserts, having been promo head at KVIA in El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix and Birmingham. He also was News Promo Manager for KABC in LA, whose fire coverage was enhanced with technology that showed street names. Wow. It was so impressive. But back to the subject – Well Dunne! Andrew.
The day was ideal for Well Dunne!’s DENA YASNER’s coverage of the Phoenix Veteran’s Day Parade. She loves this assignment and shines in so many ways. You should call on her for smooth reads and projects.
Job Alert – Creative Services Coordinator KITV Honolulu
Think About This: “It’s not about being powerful, but finding your calling when you least expect it.” ~ Stan Lee