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The world of TV creative is losing two – and the TV world is the worst for it. Talent and leadership the industry is in dire need of. First, we’ve got Chicago’s JAY WADHWA. He’s helping bring a new golf concept to life. Called Swing, it’s a network of next-gen entertainment venues that includes gaming. Sounds way above par, excuse the bad golf pun. The Boston U grad brought his amazing TV marketing talents to screen for ESPN as well as NBC in Chicago, as both Promo Manager and Manager Brand Marketing Creative Services for WBBM then as Senior Director Marketing Creative Services for NBC Sports Chicago. Over in DC, STEVE HOUK has landed a plum as Senior Digital Video Producer for Fannie Mae. That’s right, no packing and moving. Steve is another BU grad who has marketed and produced for radio and TV, particularly noted is his heading up creative for WTTG and WUSA. That’s Steve in the picture…on stage with his band. Thrilled for them both, but sorry the TV world is missing out on such experience. Well Dunne! Jay and Steve.
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KSHB/KMCI Kansas City
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KDVR KGWN Denver
Think About This: ”America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” ~ Harry S. Truman
How lovely to share the news that MARY RICE is the new creative honcho at Salt Lake City’s KSTU, the FOX affil. Mary, who is no relation to John Rice, has an impressive background in PR and comes to the Tribune owned (at the moment) station from Harmon’s Grocery where she was Sr. PR Manager. She also held a Sr. PR slot for Penna Powers. Mary has been a newsroom person, being Assignment Manager at KTVX and KUTV and KSL, all SLC. Well Dunne, Mary!
Which brings us to a comment on the recent Station Summit. More than one person…quite a few more actually if we want to be precise…commented on the dwindling number of women who were in attendance. Which logically leads to the question of why there are fewer women in creative leadership positions in local TV. Why would that be? Buehler….Buehler…? More to come.
Think About This: “Do you truly believe that life is fair, Senor de la Vega?
-No, maestro, but I plan to do everything in my power to make it so.” ~ Isabel Allende, Zorro
Smiling a million mega watt smile lights up the world. That’s what DEBBIE BAYLES KIESLING had…a million mega watt smile and a kind and open heart. It was the kind of smile that made you smile back…no matter what kind of day you were having or what was vexing your soul, you saw that smile and things were better. How she did it leaves one in awe. How she smiled when they told her she needed a new heart or she would die….how she smiled when they put her under to replace that heart, no doubt used up in gentle ways…how she smiled despite all the pain of recovering, and relapsing, and relapsing … and relapsing…smiled with a trach and tubes and wires. Smiled that smile that made doctors, nurses, helpers, her daughters and cherished husband MARK KIESLING forget for a second that she was battling more than most of us ever will face. Smiled in pain. Smiled because she felt the many angels that surrounded her and wrapped her in their wings. For seven months, that smile never faded, but her body did. Debbie passed away Monday…leaving the world darker for lack of her smile, and harsher for lack of her kind heart. Please send WSIL TV Anchorman MARK and his family and the myriad of friends who loved her…please send them your thoughts. And for Debbie, smile today. The world needs to be brighter.
Think About This: “Grief, I’ve learned, is really love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of the unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is love with no place to go.”
While many of you are gathering swag in Vegas, nobody is going to bring back a better cherished treat than Memphis’ MIKE CUNNINGHAM. He and his lady love did the Vegas thing – they got married. Yes Elvis was involved at some point and it was a happy, fun wedding. He and the new Mrs. Cunningham are the best..and we’ll be sending them happiness and a Well Dunne! Mike is CSD at the Nexstar operation in the city known for Graceland.
RAY ECKE did an outstanding job covering Big PROMAX in NYC, and this is his last installment. Enjoy!
PromaxBDA 2018 Reflections
By Ray Ecke
Not sure why but the final day of PromaxBDA always feels a bit more focused compared to the previous two. Maybe it’s because most of the sales and business development folks have all headed back to the office, (or sleeping off the cumulative effects of the previous night’s party-hopping). Whatever the reason the net result usually is a final day of sessions that seems to attract the proverbial best-and-brightest who are looking to engage in a deeper conversation about what’s going on in our industry, good and bad, and discuss openly the challenges we face in our ever evolving world of content marketing, promotion and design.
That spirit was on display at sessions like “How To Build An Interactive Cult,” which took a deep dive into FX’s innovative awareness campaign leading up season 7 of American Horror Story, FX’s Stephanie Gibbons, Sally Daws and Jason Phipps shared the stage with agency Spark+Sizzle’s Cyndy Cecil-Bragg and Crystal Hall. Not on the stage but shouted out to was director Ian Karr of IKA Collective, New York.
Also worth noting was Tom Goodwin’s TV: RIP keynote, which challenged the notion that TV as a medium is dead, but instead to rethink the notion of TV itself and how to market via it. And of course State Of Our Art, gave everyone a glimpse at the extraordinary creative happening globally.
Following a lifetime achievement award to longtime BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee, and of course a guitar giveaway via Stephen Arnold Music, Dallas, where Hugo Creative’s Creative Director/Managing Principal Matt Guastaferro was hoping to take home psychedelic Gibson SG the leaders in sonic branding were raffling off this year (Sorry Matt, the lucky winner was Kent Devoll, Director, Promotions, Strategy & Scheduling at insp, Indian Land, SC), it was time to give away some glitzy gold statues.
Hosted by actor/comic Tone Bell, who is starring in new CBS comedy “Fam” this fall with Nina Dobrev, and also starred in Netflix’s “Disjointed” with Kathy Bates and NBC’s “Whitney” with Whitney Cummings, the 2018 PromaxBDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Awards honored FX Networks with North America Marketing Team of the Year for the eighth consecutive year, while CNN Worldwide won Global Excellence Marketing Team of the Year. Additionally, P+A was awarded North America Agency of the Year for work done on FX‘s
“American Horror Story: Cult” and Hulu‘s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” while Stun was honored as Global Excellence agency of the year. Full list of winners can be found here.
One of the more emotional moments of the evening came when CNN won for Brand Integration campaign for ”Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain.”
Outside in the lobby my old friends Michael Waldron, SVP Creative Dir. – Brand Design, Nickelodeon; and David Herbruck, President/Partner of creative agency Loyalkaspar, celebrated their wins (Waldron’s team at Nickelodeon won Gold for their Kids Choice Awards 2017 Program Campaign and the 2017 Nick Refresh; while Loyalkaspar took home multiple Silver’s for their Syfy rebrand).
Heading out toward the escalators that would deposit me back onto 6th Ave and a cool-nearly summer evening, I couldn’t help but contemplate the role the PromaxBDA and its members can play in speaking truth to power. Two years ago the Trump Presidency began in the very room where tonight CNN – the network most derided by Trump — took home the night’s biggest honors. Throughout the week there was undeniable sense of mission among many of the creatives I met not just to do great work, but make great work that matters. Hopefully that renewed sense of purpose will inspire those in attendance to create the needle-moving work we’ll be talking about next year. ###
Think About This: “Ethics is knowing the difference beteen what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” ~ Potter Stewart
Raycom Director of Research BILLY MCDOWELL isn’t just a great guy (worked with him long ago…) and an insightful research pro, it seems he’s also a musician! ReverbNation has his song performing in the top 3% so he will be a featured artist with them for the next couple of weeks. Give it a listen.
Kudos to WENDY MCMAHON for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Wendy is, of course, President of the ABC O&O Station Group and a former promo pro deluxe. Well Dunne!
Anybody watch the premiere of Yellowstone with Kevin Costner on the Paramount Network? BEAR MENOR, the most handsome and talented young actor is in it. That’s a shout out and a tease at the same time…see how that happened? Anyone needing a young man with a natural read, well he doe that too.
Lots to ponder. Let’s hear a big Well Dunne! for them.
Think About This: “The problem isn’t that more people hate than love; the problem is when those who hate, hate with greater conviction than that displayed by those who love. Our love needs to rise up now like a mighty wave that will not stop building: passionate, convicted and applied to everything.” ~ Marianne Williamson
ANDREW BIDWELL slogged through doing Topicals in San Diego before getting back to the fun of entertainment marketing and production. He left SD for Jukin Media, owned by Ellen btw, where he went back to his lovely LA and was a producer. Now, starting pretty son, Mr. Andrew is going to be part of the RuPaul ‘s Drag Race. The UCLA grad has worked in some pretty sweet sounding places, like E! Networks where he was a Digital Producer and doing talent relations for Oprah. Can’t wait to hear all about the fun and fashions involved in the new gig. Well Dunne! Andrew.
Job Alert – Creative Services Promotion Producer WWAY Wilmington NC
Job Alert – Promo Producer WXIN/WTTV Indianapolis
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KGUN Tucson
Job Alert – Manager Creative Services Lafayette, LA
Think About This: “I have found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ~ Abraham Linc
The one and only RAY ECKE, who is a PR man deluxe and writes so well, he writes for us. This is his take on the first two days of PROMAX NYC. You know, Big Kids PROAX. So thrilled he was able to catch up with CHRIS SLOAN and MIKE BENSON.
PromaxBDA 2018: New York – Reporter’s Notebook
By Ray Ecke, Well Dunne Talent correspondent
“Man that is a long line,” said one PromaxBDA attendee as the escalator delivered him to the 2nd floor of the New York Hilton and greeted him with a registration line that snaked seemingly the length of an entire city block.
Yes, lines suck, but the sessions and all around good vibes present here would made it all worth the wait.
Scott Rogowsky, the comic and host and creator of the groundbreaking mobile app game show HQ Trivia, began day one with a quick game of trivia and joked about how the Grand Ballroom here also the site of the Trump campaign’s victory party in 2016 and that we had to work hard to exercise those demons.
From there he introduced Dawn Ostroff, President of Conde Nast Entertainment for an in-depth talk about the state of the TV in the age OTTs like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu growing in dominance. She noted that while content is “queen” that good content not only makes an impact but also is memorable as evidenced by Architectural Digest Open House video series featuring DJ/Producer Zedd that not only got 14 million views but informal market research (she asked her kids) they not saw it but registered the magazine brand behind it.
From there, Ad Age Magazine’s media reporter Jeanine Poggi interviewed Angela Courtin, Global Head of Marketing, YouTube & Originals, followed by Mike Benson, Head of Marketing, Amazon Studios.
Benson, a former marketing executive for ABC, noted how interesting it was for him to be in the audience for the recent Upfronts as a media buyer rather than on stage presenting. “Linear TV still works,” Benson said noting that Amazon bought a Super Bowl ad for the first time to promote the upcoming series Jack Ryan, “but we need to figure out how to better use it.”
The highlight of the day was the conversation with actress Laura Dern and Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, moderated by ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor Amy Robach.
“We slowly shift culture by shifting our narrative,” said Me Too founder Tarana Burke. “Entertainment industry folks are at the forefront of that.”
“It’s a much larger issue that we all need to consider for the next generation,” Dern added.
Second day of PromaxBDA is always my favorite: everyone is settled in and acclimating to the pace, which for sessions at Promax this year has taken on more of a TED-like vibe with 3 mini sessions totaling 90 minutes wrapped under a unifying theme. Plus, Wednesday is always party night for attendees, with shindigs hosted by numerous Promax mainstays such as Stephen Arnold Music, Videohelper and IKA Collective.
One of the more effecting sessions was “Be The Change: Using Your Platform For Social Good” that featured Chris Sloan, Owner/President of 2C Creative; Lara Richardson, Group EVP, Discovery and Science Channel; and Kim Rosenbaum, EVP, Marketing and Chief Creative Officer, Nickelodeon Group.
Sloan, who is also Co-founder of Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation, the non-profit he founded to honor his late son whose fundraisers and community outreach efforts have benefitted Lehrman Community Day School, Miami Children’s Museum, Centro Mater Child Care Services, #HashtagLunchBag, Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift, Operation Puerto Rico Gift-Lift and others. Sloan highlighted the work the organization did bringing meals to Puerto Rico’s hurricane victim.
He’s also supporting Operation Backpack, which under the guidance of Rachel Weinstein, VP, Communications & External Relations, was enlisting help from PromaxBDA attendees to fill backpacks with school supplies for thousands of New York City’s homeless children. Weinstein told me she was deeply affected when she noticed many New York City school kids were heading to school without a backpack because they couldn’t afford one, or the school supplies to go inside it. She vowed then to make a difference, and she certainly has. For more information go to www.OperationBackpackNYC.org.
Of course one of the must-see’s was Lee Hunt’s Best Practice’s 2018, which focused media consolidation and the continued trend toward network’s creating their OTT apps and how their promo breaks directed viewers toward these emerging viewing platforms. His complete findings are available at http://leehunt.com/articles/LeeHunt_BestPractices2018_video.pdf.
As for the parties, Stephen Arnold Music’s rooftop soiree was a lot of fun with the music company of course giving away one of its prized guitars. Hanging out was Grammy-winning engineer Juan Cristobal Losada, whose credits include Santana, Jon Secada and Shakira among many others.
The picture is Noelle Alains, Tinsley Bone and Chad Cook of Stephen Arnold Music with lucky winner of their psychedelic guitar.
Think About This: “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” ~ Jack Kerouac
This is a particularly happy post. Happy for GABRIEL LUNA (aka Gabe) who is going to get his first CSD slot. Gabe is a doll…a wonderful family man as well as a very talented promo pro. He’s headed to Tulsa to be CSD for Scripps’ NBC affil KJRH. Starts on or about July 2, which means he has to juggle PROMAX, moving, 4th of July holidays – ouch. You get the idea. He’ll be good with it all. He’s been Promotion Manager for Scripps KGUN in historic Tucson. Gabe’s a San Antonian (GREAT town!) who wrote and produced promos as well as did graphics for WOAI. He then went out to Seattle’s KIRO to hone his craft. Very excited that he’s been given the chance (well deserved) to CSD. OK, 1 – 2 – 3…Well Dunne! Gabe!
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KTBC Austin (work with David Squires!!)
Job Alert – Multimedia Producer Audience Development WABC NYC
WABC-TV, New York’s #1 station, seeks a Multimedia Producer for its Audience Development department. We’re looking for a highly gifted producer who can both shoot and edit, and also write copy that pops off the page. You have a creative vision for everything you do, you are brimming with ideas, and you bang out killer content in a New York minute!
You’ll work alongside a team of producers to create all kinds of content for all platforms. You’ll conceptualize, produce, write, shoot, and edit high-end promos and engaging content for multiple consumer touchpoints. You may also get the opportunity to spearhead original digital series that cater to your passions and interests.
1. Conceptualize, shoot, produce, write, and edit high-end spots for News, Programming, Sales and Public Affairs departments.
2. Collaborate with other producers to create audio/visual promotional content for on-air, online, and social.
3. Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, highly creative environment.
4. Create custom content for various social platforms, driving tune-in and engagement.
5. Feed creative to outside vendors for various off-air advertising campaigns.
1. A minimum of 3 years of work experience in digital media.
2. Superior knowledge of Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Avid
3. High level of skill with shooting, video, and lighting
4. Ability to write memorable copy that is crisp, clear, and concise with a unique voice
5. Basic After Effects skills necessary
6. Experience working in a deadline-driven news environment is a plus
7. A professional, positive attitude and the confidence to take initiative without supervision
Please apply via www.disneycareers.com and search for requisition #565199BR. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. WABC-TV, an owned station of ABC, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Think About This: “Time Travel Guide. To Stop time: Kiss. To Travel in time: Read. To Escape time: Music. To Feel time: Write. To Release time: Breathe.” ~ Shared by a friend
If anybody thinks that being a good boss or a bad boss doesn’t matter in the long run…think again. As the old adage goes, people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. To further that, people who love working with someone will go back when the chance presents itself. Kind of like having your own posse. Finding a group that works and plays well together is heaven. And when it doesn’t work, it’s not heaven. The best situation is when you have a great boss, a great posse and your old boss has an opening and then you have to choose between good and good. Finding himself in that position was JESSE HEARN. He was happy producing promos for Promo Manager BILL MURPHY at the Tribune station in Hartford. Bill is a great guy. But Jesse’s old boss, WES POLLARD, had an opening in Memphis, and Jesse is going to return to WREG, where he worked before going to east to Hartford. Bonus, he’ll be closer to family back in the Home of the Blues. Both Wes and Jesse graduated from the University of Memphis. Jesse was an adjunct professor at Arkansas State U to boot. Let’s give Jesse a big Well Dunne! Thanks to former VP Creative HENRY VAZQUEZ for the tip! And people, Bill is a super guy to work with!
Job Alert – Topical Producer WTIC Hartford
Job Alert – Sr. Writer Producer (very senior) WTIC Hartford
Yes, there is a lot of very crazy ‘stuff’ happening right now. Hold onto your hats, kids. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
Think About This: “Even the richest of brands are robbed by poor character.” ~ Criss Jami from Healology
What was the last big adventure you took? JOHN RICE went to Alaska. Sure, he was doing a media job there, which is the same career path as in the lower 48. He’s been CSD at KTVA in Anchorage, but actually overseeing creative for the Denali stations throughout the state, which is bigger than Texas. It’s been a major adventure. Just driving to Alaska is worthy of a binge watch series. That was a few years ago, and as exciting as the adventure has been, it was 4,381 miles, give or take, away from family. Family was the draw that is bringing John back to North Carolina. He’ll begin in mid-July as the CSD for Nexstar’s WNCN in the North Carolina capital. NC is a familiar haunt for him – he was in Charlotte at WCNC heading creative before going up South Street to WBTV in the same role. John’s a Texas Longhorn who has been in the promo biz for KHOU and various freelance callings in Houston. An avid cyclist, he’ll enjoy the rolling terrain of the Triangle but I know he’ll miss the moose. Well Dunne! John.
Don’t scratch KOVR off your Jobs Open list…there might be a new development. Ah, facts. So elusive in the Trump era….
Job Alert – News Promo Producer WFLD Chicago
Job Alert – Senior Director Creative Services Comcast Spotlight NYC
Think About This: “What we have enjoyed, we can never lose… all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller
KELLY DONNELL has worked in the most exciting places. He’s adding one to his resume – Sacramento, CA, which is where all the cool kids are living. Yes they are. Who can afford SF? The Cali capital is home to KOVR, the CBS station there and where Kelly will office in his new role heading marketing and creative. He might be a member of the VP club, too. He’s decamping his CS Marketing role at Tribune’s KDVR in Denver. Kelly’s a Florida Gator who’s gotten to live and promo in Honolulu, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Tucson, New Orleans, and New York at MSNBC. Wonderful Well Dunne! to Kelly.
Job Alert – Creative Services Marketing Director KDVR Denver
Job Alert – Creative Services Producer KFMB San Diego
Job Alert – Daytime Topical producer WVIT Hartford
Think About This: “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” – Anthony Bourdain who will be missed by those who knew him and those he inspired to seek tastes and experiences outside themselves.
The Texas/Oklahoma market of Wichita Falls-Lawton OK is full of the friendliest people you’re going to ever run into. It’s been a great market for talented TRAVIS DENT, and the folks at KSWO are heartbroken to see that he’s going to leave. Yes, Travis is going to another Raycom station. Starting next month, Travis will take on the Marketing Director position at WSFA, the NBC affil in Raycom’s hometown and just so happens to be the capital of Alabama. He’ll be closer to family and his alma mater, Savannah State. Travis started in the biz doing promo and commercials for KMSS in Shreveport and was Promotion Manager for Nexstar’s WBMB-WBRL-WVLA in Baton Rouge. Hope you all send him a lovely Well Dunne! Travis.
Job Alert – Promotions Manager WGMB/WBRL/WVLA Baton Rouge
Job Alert – Director of Marketing – KAUZ (Wichita Falls, TX) / KSWO (Lawton, OK)
Raycom Media is seeking a Director of Marketing to lead marketing efforts in the Wichita Falls, TX/Lawton, OK market. The Director of Marketing will be responsible for marketing both KSWO-TV (ABC) and KAUZ-TV (CBS/CW). Candidates must be innovative, strategic and creative thinkers capable of protecting and promoting both brands across all screens while honoring the uniqueness of the Texas and Oklahoma audiences and interests. The candidate must be a leader, coach and trainer with a proven track record as a television marketing director. The DM works closely with the 7 News and Newschannel 6 news teams to create image and topical promotion. The candidate will oversee art and graphic design as well as create and implement social and digital marketing strategies. The DM works closely with both sales departments to help develop and execute revenue-generating ideas. The DM will also oversee all commercial production. Candidate must be a strong writer with exceptional interpersonal skills. The DM is responsible for all marketing strategies and brand management, as well as handling public relations and community-related activities. Candidate will be an effective communicator. He/She must foster a vibrant and positive work environment by leading and teaching a staff of marketing producers. Candidate must develop and execute effective on-air and on-line research-based strategic marketing plans, meet deadlines, and have strong attention to detail/good follow-through. Candidate must have a solid grasp of budgeting for all aspects of the marketing and creative services and should be able to edit on computer assisted non-linear editing systems. Candidate will work closely with the General Managers of both stations and will office in Lawton, OK. Qualified applicants, please apply online at kswo.com or the Raycom Media Career site and attach your cover letter and resume. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V
Think About This: “summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out.” ~ Deb Caletti from Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
KIRO’s CSD CHLOE HOUSER has landed herself ‘a catch’ as her new Brand Manager. JIM MARKETTI is heading to Seattle and he starts next Monday. The University of Wisconsin-Madison grad started as a news photog at WITI in Milwaukee and transitioned to promo there, and that led to being Exec Producer Ad and Promo at KSTP in Minneapolis. Chicago was the next market where he was Promo Manager at FOX WFLD then at NBC’s WMAQ. He went back to WFLD as a member of the VP Club. Jim’s also been doing his promo magic for Weigel Broadcasting and was Creative Director for the Local Station Group for them. He’s been busy over at WLS in Chicago lately. You need to give him a hearty Well Dunne! Jim!
Think About This: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ Robert Kennedy, assassinated June 6, 1968
No matter what age your drivers license says you are, there’s something so special about summer that you become a child. Happy, carefree, seeing stories in the clouds and hearing music when you hold your breath underwater. Perhaps new beginnings are part of your summer. Perhaps one of these are for you:
Promo / Brand Manager
WGMB – Baton Rouge
KRDO – Colorado Springs
KIRO – Seattle Just filled by JIM MARKETTI…read tomorrow
WHBQ – Memphis
WWBT – Richmond
Director Digital and Social Media
WGN America – LA
WSPA – Montgomery
WTXL – Tallahassee
WBIR – Knoxville
WTSP – St Pete / Tampa
Assistant Creative Services Director
KOAT – Albuquerque
WJCL – Savannah
Creative Services Director
WSVN – Miami (this might be going for Ripley’s record)
WNCN – Raleigh Just hired…working out details. More to come
KJRH – Tulsa
WJRT – Flint
Creative Services Manager
WHLT – Hattiesburg
WRDW/WAGM – Augusta
Think About This: ““And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
There’s a connection between St. Louis and the Tampa area. For ages, the baseball Cardinals held spring camp across the Bay in St. Petersburg. Tampa has all the fun in the sun possibilities the Midwest lacks. And now Tampa has another St. Louis connection because DON BOHAC has joined CSD DENNIS ELSBURY’s creative team at ABC affil WFTS; he’s the new multimedia marketing producer. In The Lou, he was promo producing for KMOV. He’s a southern gent who interned at WSB in Atlanta then went out to El Paso doing Topicals for KFOX. He did a stint at KIRO in Seattle, too. Very cool. Well Dunne! Don.
Job Alert – Creative Producer KEZI Eugene
Job Manager – Creative Services Manager WRDW/WAGM Augusta GA
Think About This: “We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” ~ Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
TGIF on the first day of June. And today’s spotlight is on Well Dunne! Talent’s MELANIE HAYNES, who is an actress on camera and a voice talent behind it. Come June 16, her film Antiquities will be part of the Dances With Films at TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. She has the part of eccentric Aunt Patty in the film which also stars Andrew West of The Walking Dead, Ashley Green of Twilight fame and Mary Steenburgen who was just in Book Club. The Kansas-born lady talent lives a very exciting life away from her mic, splitting her time between LA and Houston. You really need to give Mel a listen and remember her when you look for a female voice. Well Dunne! Melanie.
Job Alert – Audience Development and Brand Manager WWBT Richmond
Think About This: “You always feel like your 18-year old self in some sense. And that’s what walking through New York on a June evening feels like – you feel like it’s Friday, and you’re 17 years old.” ~ John Darnielle
The American southwest is one of a kind. There’s nothing exactly like it, even though there are deserts that dwarf it in size and scope. But here in the states, our desert has brought forth art and history and mythology…mesas and vistas….saguaro cacti. Cowboys and westerns. The one thing missing (ok, there’s a few, but work with me here) is green. It’s pretty sparse and far between. Trees, flowers, grass…not so much. And rain. Well, you guys east of the Mississippi have had more than your fair share, while the west side of the river has been pretty dry. When BEN BATES takes the Multimedia Marketing Producer slot at Atlanta’s WXIA, he’ll be returning to the green that’s he’s missed while in Albuquerque as Assistant CSD for Hearst’s KOAT. Ben’s first TV job was at WVLA in Baton Rouge before he made the jump to KDVR in Denver. Both green. He then did a turn at Craftsy Network in the Mile High City before heading to DEILIA WILLIAMS’ creative team in The Q. A big thanks to him for pointing out that southern sweet tea is available at Chick-fil-A for those who crave it and are not in areas where it’s served most anywhere. Big Well Dunne! Ben.
Job Alert – Director Creative Services & Marketing WJRT Flint
Think About This: “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
REX MAIN is a great name. Rex means king. Main is, of course, the top. Rex Main is a name you use to get attention. And this particular Rex is adding to the creative output at Nexstar’s ABC affiliate in Augusta, GA, WJBF. Yes, the golf mecca of the world (sorry Scotland, but you have no trees…). Rex is working with CSD CHUCK SPRUILL, who’s a great judge of talent. Rex has spent time in two of the most beautiful places, working in promo of course. He’s been at KREX in Grand Junction, Colorado as CSD as well as in the rose city, Tyler, Texas as CSD for KETK. His prodco has a great name as well: Main Video Productions. What’s in a name? How about what do we say now? Well Dunne! Rex
Job Alert – Assistant Creative Services Director KOAT Albuquerque
The BBC is going to become an all digital operation. This is worth the read. Does your operation have plans in place for the changes happening in media delivery?
Think About This: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross
The hunt for the elusive producer continues. Here are some folks on the hunt:
WSAV – Savannah*
WYFF – Greenville SC
KSWB – Salinas
KOCO – Oklahoma City
WPBF – Palm Beach
KSNT – Topeka
WMAQ – Chicago
WBZ – Boston Digital Promo & Content Mktg Producer
WMC – Memphis Marketing Producer
WREG – Memphis Sr. Writer/Producer
WTKR – Norfolk Writer Producer
WITI – Milwaukee Marketing Producer
WXMI – Grand Rapids Writer Producer
WDCW – DC Writer Producer Editor
WDAF – Kansas City Promo Producer
KSEE – Fresno
KNST – Topeka
KRON – San Francisco Commercial Promo Editor
WFFF – Vermont
WNCT – Greenville NC
WOI – Des Moines Editor Photog
WCPO – Cincinnati Marketing Producer Editor
KOCO – OKC Writer Producer
WDSU – New Orleans
KTVU – Oakland retail promo producer
Newsy – Chicago Marketing Producer Editor
The “Mom On” Yoplait commercials are so horrible, so offensive, they fail to bring forth words that will make it through the email spam filters. Yes, they are THAT BAD.
Think About This: ““Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” ~ Mary Roach
Yes, Austin is one of the coolest cities. Is it the music? Willie may live in Maui but he still visits Austin a lot. Is it the students? Lots of Longhorns in addition to the world’s second largest brick building. Bonus points to you if you know the first, comrade. Is Austin cool because of the gathering of new ideas and people who give those ideas a run? Well there is that. Point being that the Texas capital is one cool market, and it’s where DAVID SQUIRES has worked for a good number of years. David has just been promoted to Vice President of Creative Services at KTBC there. Great choice…the man is a grad of Mizzou. For those who need a little mental jumpstart, Mizzou is University of Missouri located in Columbia. Noted for their journalism school, which is perhaps the best around. David started his TV career in Columbia at KMIZ where he punched newscasts. He punched news in Palm Springs at KESQ before jumping to the promotion department at KNTV in the San Francisco area. He then went to St. Louis’ KSDK before heading down river to Memphis where he was Promo Manager for WHBQ. He took the Promo Manager slot in Austin twice…with a Creative Director stint in between. Now he’s running the show and I can only imagine how hot marketing is amongst the bluebonnets. A Texas-size Well Dunne! David.
See ya’ll next Tuesday. Be safe.
Think About This: “There is only one map to the journey of life and it lies within your heart.” ~ Willie Nelson
TROY MCDONALD JR is the new member of CSD PAUL CHAPLIN’s creative crew at CBS affil WLKY in Louisville. Post Derby, L’ville is a great little city and Troy’s making the switch from Tribune’s CBS affil WTKR oceanside in the Norfolk, Virginia market. Well, not exactly Oceanside, but close to the bay and really downtown, but hey… Troy’s background started on the college radio station where he was on-air and did it all. First job in TV was running camera at WLJT in Martin, TN where he went to college. He was a Graphic Designer for Raycom in Memphis at WMC as well. Paul is thrilled to have him contributing as a writer producer for the Hearst station. Well Dunne! Troy.
Think About This: “The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.: ~ Tom Bodett