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State capital of Florida is Tallahassee, located in the panhandle portion of the state, up along the Georgia and Alabama borders. Beautiful this time of year…azaleas abloom everywhere you look. Home to Florida State University, it’s a great place to raise children and enjoy life. That’s exactly what MARK BARCELO and his family are doing. Mark is the new Promo Manager at Sinclair’s WTWC, the NBC affiliate. Originally from South Florida, he migrated north from the Miami area, and he quickly became involved in producing a syndicated TV series. “Travel & Garden TV” had a run of several years, during which time he got to travel and shoot gardens. His production side experience will come in handy, no doubt. Welcome to TV-side marketing, Mark. WellDunne!
I can’t make this up, and I’m very creative…a toilet paper holder for your bathroom that also serves as an iPod holder. I swear. It’s a stereo dock that has the added feature of holding your TP. Cost, $208 plus change, shipping and handling. You can get the link if you want, just ask. It might be the one iPod accessory that Graeme Newell (an early adapter who is a true iPod man) doesn’t have…yet.
“Time is something you spend everyday, but it cannot be bought at any price. You spend time on everything: yourself, loved ones, family, friends. The time in your life is priceless. What determines what you spend your time on?” ~ Ron Rathbun
Portland, as in Maine, not Oregon, is even better than you can imagine. Over at WGME, former NY City girl CHELSEA MILLER has been thrilled at all the activities the city has to offer. And she now has a little time to spend enjoying her adopted city – she’s no longer the Lone Ranger in the promotions department there. True, the search is still on regarding a Promo Manager there, but they did hire a new writer producer. ERIC LETENDRE, and that IS French, has been doing his creative thing at the Sinclair station. It’s his first venture into the promo pool and he’s swimming very nicely at the CBS affil. They’re still looking for a Promo Manager, just in case… WellDunne! to Eric.
Action at Sundance, the Channel. Getting new titles and new challenges include LAURA GIACALONE who is now Director of Consumer Marketing – up from Manager of Marketing. JAIME PRZEKOP’s new title is Manager, Sales Marketing and his old title was Manager Promotion Marketing. And GREG VUONO is now Supervisor of Affiliate Marketing from his Coordinator slot.
For a medium whose obituary keeps getting written up (for quick insertion on a website no doubt), there sure seems to be a lot of energy around the LATimes. Big money is circling like planes on a holiday weekend at LAX. Why would some of the wealthiest men in the world be so interested in owning this “soon to be dead” outlet? Billionaires abuzz over this. Just wondering….
If you’re reading this from your Spring Break getaway, GREAT! You have time to let me know what’s new. Email works – share. email@example.com
“If doubt, despair, and denial threaten to dismantle your dreams today, let Love rear up in your defense.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Out in Sack-a-Tomatoes…. I mean Sacramento, CA comes word of a new hire. GENE ROBINSON, CSD at Hearst’s KCRA and KQCA (NBC and My58 respectively) has a new writer producer and he’s a Darling. No, he’s REALLY a Darling…NATE DARLING. Gene found Nate through the Hearst grapevine – via ownership sister station WPTZ. It’s cold in WPTZ country – Plattsburg, NY, which is waaaay upstate. The NBC affil covers Vermont, too. One of the reasons for the big market size jump for Nate could be the fact Sacramento is hovering in the 70 degree range and just this AM, WPTZ reports a brisk 33. Welcome aboard Nate. Hope to hear from you soon. And good news from Vermont, thanks to WPTZ – maple syrup season is off to a great start!
Making the switch from Big Time PR at Ketchum Public Relations in DC to cable news is MICHAEL MURPHY who has been named Senior Manager, Media Relations at FOX News Channel, same city.
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Think about this: “It’s not yesterday’s regrets, nor tomorrow’s challenges that matter–only the infinite possibility of today.” ~ Linda Knight
TRACY ACCORD OLIVER is writing and producing for Hearst Argyle’s Pittsburgh operation, WTAE. It’s an ABC affil. When HEATH MYRICK was promoted to the #2 slot under CSD SHERRY CARPENTER, there was a creative void, which is happily filled by Tracy. More on her comin’ up. Had a very bizarre afternoon and didn’t get to chat with her.
Have you heard about the new “seamless spots” that ABC trotted out for media buyers? It’s like a “show within a show” format where commercials would run in TV sets, on cell phones, iPods, etc. as part of the entertainment. The Alphabet Web had an example, using JIM BELUSHI’s show in which Jim was watching TV and we, as the audience, saw the same commercial that Jim the character did. It’s a work in progress. Interesting.
Have you heard, part 2: NBC and Rupert Murdock teaming up with their laser scope aimed at YouTube.
Wow…this is a FAB job. PROMO WRITER/PRODUCER CBS ADVERTISING & PROMOTION, NEW YORK Late Show With David Letterman *Must be able to write and produce great topicals within an hour *Must have at least 3 yrs experience as writer/producer *Must be able to work nights and under pressure *Quick thinker, quick writer with solid production skills *Comedy experience a plus. Send your Reel and Resume to: Late Show Promos 51 West 52nd Street, Rm 533 New York, New York 10019
Think about this: “Live like there is no tomorrow. Learn like you will live forever.” ~ Gandhi
The dogwoods are in full bloom in Atlanta right now, transforming the city into a wonderland. No matter what kind of pictures you see, or how much someone describes spring in ATL, you have to be there to get the full impact. Worth the time and effort. Such is the world that MARK BRADWAY has entered, having moved to town from 11 years down Miami way. Mark is the new Assistant Creative Director for the FOX owned station and he’s been on the job for three weeks. He’s settling in nicely and is looking forward to bringing the wife up from S. Florida. She is excited about finding a new home and shopping the outlets in Dawsonville. That is, indeed, a real plus for those who love shopping and bargains. Back to Mark, who’s a real Yankee. He hails from upstate New York. His degree-getting at Savannah College of Art and Design brought him to the land of Sun and sweet tea. He’s hooked and I guarantee he’ll never shovel a snow-covered driveway again! He reports to relatively new Design Director STEPHEN JANSA and they both report to the lovely CSD KATHY SOIFER. Well Dunne!
Rainbow Media’s Lifeskool and Sportskool has a new VP of PR in the form of MARIE STENBERG, who’s been doing PR for Cablevision out on Long Island. She calls ELLEN KRONER SVP Corporate Communications boss.
Getting on the Avid Customer Reel is like grabbing the gold ring. Like winning a sum with a comma in it on the scratch off lotto ticket. Like…ok, you fill in that third one. You’re creative or you wouldn’t be reading this. The Avid Customer Reel for 2007 will include pal RONN KILBY’s “Really Works” spot he did for them. Yep, Ronn’s work right up there on the big screen with all those Hollywood Blockbusters. How cool is that! Well Dunne!
Think about this: “By the accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love and kindness he may rule the world forever.” ~ Lao Tsu – Chinese Philosopher
Let’s start this day outdoors, with the channel of the same name. Need to reitterate with telling you we’re discussing Outdoor Channel? VP, Marketing & Research DENISE CONROY-GALLEY is debuting a new logo and new on-air look for the cable net, which is, btw, dropping the ubiquitous “the” from their official name. The newness gets unveiled on Thursday at the upfront event in NYC. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find out if it was an out of house project or if the good artists at the channel got to express their talents to the max. Watch this space.
The Detroit Tigers training camp down in Lakeland, FL (home to the grocer Publix) has a new look thanks to DIY Network. Sounds like a real puzzler…decorating a training facility. But they did and you can see the results April 8 when DIY TO THE RESCUE airs.
Bye bye bunnies. So says CINDY RAKOWITZ, who has been in charge of the PR and Marketing area of Playboy for the last 15 years. Yes, in LA of course. She’s checking in the 5W PR as SVP and GM.
LEE ARMSTRONG, who began her TV career in the promo ranks, will retire from her General Manager slot at Charlotte’s ABC legend, WSOC, in June. Lee is an amazing lady who broke glass ceilings along the way. Hate to see her go.
Speaking of interesting promotions…remember back in the Fall when CBS put promos on eggs? Well, I got a present for St. Pat’s and it was potato chips printed with movie trivia. Had never seen that before, and it’s fun. A great gift and a cruncy, salty way to enjoy tasty trivia. Or use in a promotion.
Had the pleasure of dialing Director of Programming and Promotion LYN CONLAN down at Tampa’s WMOR and loved, loved, loved her voice mail message. I might have to dial her daily just to enjoy. And from her, we get our Think About This: “You can bet on the fact that when something hits the fan, it will not be evenly distributed” ~ LC
March is a month with an “R” which means it’s crawfish season down along the Gulf Coast. These mudbugs, as locals call them, make for a great evening when mixed with Cajun music and cold beer, or Diet Dr. Pepper if you please. I mention the whole crawfish situation because 1-it would be great to find some, with the accompanying music and beverage and 2-had a great conversation with DARYN BOULERICE from down New Orleans way. Yes, it’s the same Daryn who came floatin’ down the Mississippi from Little Rock, where he headed up the Creative Services for Clear Channel’s FOX affil, KLRT. What’s he doing in NO? Heading up the creative efforts for Tribune’s duopoly, ABC affil WGNO and WNOL, aka CW38. Daryn is a true TV guy, who counts Syracuse and San Jose as stops on his journey. He’s a native of upstate NY. And I mean upstate. Like within a rock’s throw from Canada, eh. A French Canadian by nature, he has a cousin that played NHL hockey. The French background helps down in Nawlins, of course. Since his arrival, he’s added a few to his department.
ROBERT HANNANT has a background from the agency side of life. He’s done national commercials and lived in Dallas and NO. Robert decided to take a turn at the TV end of things and sent a reel to Daryn. Robert is now happily producing spots and everybody seems very happy.
Joining Robert in the writing producing area is NOAH AUTHEMENT, who is a Louisiana man through and through. He’s from Houma and spent time up in Alexandria at FOX affil KNTZ. The move to Trib put him closer to home. It also found him officing on the top floors of the Trade Center at Canal Place. The panoramic view of the city is breathtaking, I’m told, and no doubt inspiration.
The hat trick member of the team is BEN GORMAN who’s whipping up commercials. He has quite a history, having worked in TV since the time he was 12 and ran camera for his grandfather, a well-known evangelist. There’s no part of production he hasn’t laid hands on.
BTW, former CSD LIZ WHITAKER is up in DC in a non-TV related job. Bet she misses NO big time, even with the excitement of DC at her feet.
So there you have it. New Orleans is coming back and coming back strong. There’s nothing more inspiring than watching what the American spirit can do. Well Dunne to the entire team down there! Keep me posted.
Think about this: “Each willing effort is sufficient to move the soul.” ~ Greg Barrette
Got any confetti handy? If so, grab a handful and throw it skyward while smiling. Clapping is encouraged. There ya go. You’ve not only started out the week in rare form, you’ve marked today’s info session’s 100th attempt at keeping you informed about entertainment marketing, as well as keeping you entertained. Big plans are afoot – more confetti should be on hand at your end. But before you go about seeking this highly necessary accoutrement, take a moment to hear me say thanks for dropping in and being part of Well Dunne!
Been to the Tribeca Film Festival? DeNiro’s thing and done very well. There’s also a Tribeca Film Institute. Point being TAMMIE ROSEN is their new Director of Communications. Great job. More fun than you can imagine. Well Dunne Tammie!
Ms. RHAZ ZEISLER is taking her twenty years of creative know-how to ClipBlast! where she’ll be the VP of Product Development and Chief Creative Director. Cool. ClipBlast! is a web search enterprise; so if you want to find a clip, check them out at www.clipblast.com
JONATHAN AUBREY is now the Director of Corporate and Marketing Communications for here! reporting to STEPHEN MACIAS, SVP. It’s a promotion for Jonathan.
And yes, I did go out of my way to find company names with “! “ in them. Part of the Well Dunne! service. E! will be checking in later this week with news of their own.
“When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose.”
Just one day away from St. Pat’s. AND one posting away from my 100th column! I do believe that calls for a celebration! And with not just one but TWO good reasons. Perhaps even a wild weekend will ensue.
A great big Well Dunne! goes out to WRAL’s SHELLY LESLIE. She’s now officially the Creative Director of the legendary CBS affil in North Carolina’s capital. With the new title comes the following duties: managing Marketing and Graphics for WRAL, WRAL WeatherCenter Channel, WRAL Newschannel, promoting News on FOX50 sister station, brand extension on WRAL.com and WRAL Wireless, plus handling promotions and graphics for WILM, their sister station in Wilmington. Whew! You go girl!
Starting on Monday, NIKKI WOLFE begins a new job and a new way to express her writing and producing talents. She’s the new creative producer (and writer, etc) for Charlotte CBS affil WBTV. CSD SHELLY HILL enticed her to leave behind her Newsroom producing gig, which she held for 3 years. Welcome to the world of promotion and marketing, Ms. Wolfe.
Three Big Hurrahs for blonde SHARAN MAGNUSON, who’s gotten herself a promotion over at Warners. She’ll now be the point person for combining Warner’s five productions divisions and the three distribution divisions, publicity and marketing-wise. That’s a big step! She’s now part of the studio’s worldwide television marketing division and calls LISA GREGORIAN boss.
Speaking of publicity, JULIE ROTHMAN was promoted to VP of Publicity, East Coast Entertainment over at the peacock web. Cool. Just over a year ago, Julie was promoted from doing PR at CNBC to the same Entertainment division that is now giving her yet another bump. She must be smokin’ good, with all that forward projection in her career!
Sundance Channel has been evolving. Part of the change sees KIM GABELMANN now heading up the channel’s branded entertainment and sponsorship division. Good job.
Now go have a great weekend and come back next week. And, of course, don’t forget to share the changes in your career and life with me! firstname.lastname@example.org will do it!
Think About This: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
That DC market…always something interesting going on. JIM LADAS, who heads up the creative team at FOX’s WTTG, has welcomed a new writer producer to the fold. The gentleman in question is someone Jim’s worked with before. ROBERT RODRIQUEZ has migrated north from Miami, his hometown, to work with Jim and crew. It’s the first time Robert’s left the tropical world of Miami. He’s been at Sunbeam’s FOX affil down there, WSVN. Yes, for those with a good memory, Jim was at WSVN before heading to DC. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Several Creatives have made the transition to DC, finding themselves again working with Jim. Glad one and all are happy. A big Well Dunne to Robert, who is NOT the film director, but works wonders with video. His first day is April 2.
Another DC tidbit…WUSA’s STEVE HOUK and his band tore the place apart. OK, perhaps that’s a bit over the top. Let’s just say that applause, cheers, dancing, and a bonus were on Steve’s agenda Tuesday night when Second Wind did a gig. Way cool. Amazing how many musically talented promo folks are around. LEE MINARD out at Vegas’ KLAS is a writer, producer, manager and musician. Great combo.
Well Dunne! to the two ladies who have one of my fave websites: televisionwithoutpity.com. Bravo just bought it! SARA BUNTING and TARA ARIANO will continue to be the editors of the popular site, which gets over 30 mil page views monthly. The two blogging moguelles (that is the feminized version of mogul, btw, and I just made the word up) are handling this via long distance: Bunting is in Brooklyn and Tara is in Toronto. That’s so new world business plan, isn’t it?
Think About This: “Your life becomes an adventure when you embrace the newness of each day.”
This great picture was taken by CAROL MARLEY,
who is a Carolina-based photog and musician.
You should think about hiring her.
She’s even BETTER with people!
“With every ending, something new begins.” ~ Maxine Cates
So why are we beginning with the Think About This quote? Because this one particularly sums up Well Dunne’s reason d’etre. When one job ends, another begins. Just like when one relationship goes pfft, another comes along. Something new might be in a different form, and it usually is, but there really isn’t any reason to rue change. As Creatives, you are most able to see a better horizon. Aren’t you the lucky ones. So embrace your changes, celebrate them even if you don’t like the exact form they take, then share them with me. I’ll pass them along. Now, let me hop down off my soapbox, although it was nice to be taller if but for an iota of time.
Love that Tampa St. Pete market with those white sand beaches and swaying palms. Word from CSD DONNA WILSON of Scripps’ ABC affil up on Hines Blvd. She’s nabbed CHRIS CRABTREE after his 9 year run across the bay. He was at Gannett’s CBS outlet over in St. Pete. Now. Chris is hard at work for Ms. Donna. If his name rings a bell, it might be from his past work at Raleigh’s WRAL, WECT and WNCT. Seeing he has a North Carolina background, he’s a major supporter of the Tarheel hoopsters. Translated, that means he loves basketball and loves the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill team. That’s one hot team! The folks of North Carolina go ape crazy about basketball playoffs, which is take is the basis of the term March Madness. Mr. Crabtree must be mad as a hatter after spending last weekend at the ACC tourney, held in his very adopted hometown. Did I mention he bought a place in the historic Ybor City portion of town? Ybor is the old cigar making area. Full of great old places, streets to wander, coffee houses and the like. Yep, Chris is definitely connected to the Tampa scene. Well Dunne!
Bravo to Bravo’s JASON KLARMAN. He’s been promoted to Executive Vice President of marketing and digital. He had been Sr. VP of marketing and brand strategy. Not too shabby for a guy who started over at CNBC doing PR.
BROOK HEFNER’s background sounds interesting. She’s the new Public Relations Manager for Cookie Jar Entertainment out in LA. She’s been at FOX as well as part of Bill Clinton’s media team. No details on that … yet. Will definitely ask about it. President Clinton, btw, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s NYC PROMAX convention.
Take a note before you go. Tomorrow is Coffee Break Day. So named by the fine folks at Starbucks. To mark the occasion, free coffee is being dispensed tomorrow from 10 am until Noon. That will go a long way to dispel the Ides Of March moniker the date has formerly been saddled with.
See ya tomorrow!
Mobile Alabama has a lot going for it, even in these post-Katrina times. Besides being one of those “jewel” cities that sparkle Gulf-side, it boasts seafood to die for. And I bet you didn’t know that Mobile was the city that introduced Mardi Gras to the states. Come on, you did NOT know that. History says that the first revelers, who were fueled by the need to celebrate (and some alcohol) formed what they called the “Cowbellions”. Years later, some of the group moved west to Nawlins and formed the first Mardi Gras crewe and the rest, as they say, is history. What’s going on in Mobile today has to do with LIN TV’s WALA/WBPG. First, their new head creative is KYLE CLAUDE, who did a reverse Cowbellion and moved east from New Orleans, where he was at WUPL. His resume includes promo’ing at WDSU in New Orleans as well as KAKE in Wichita. Now that Kyle is in place, he’s added a few bright and shiny faces. First, AMY MEYER is now a promo producer. This is Amy’s first foray into promotion after producing news…Morning news to be specific. She’s thrilled to be keeping normal hours again. Second, JANICE PRICHETT is writing, producing and flexing her creative muscles after doing that news thing. And the hat trick third person is the new graphic artist and designer, MIKE LYNN. He comes over from Clear Channel’s NBC affil, WPMI. According to Kyle, the creative impact is already apparent. Way cool! Well dunne to all of yas!
LA based DAN DIEFFENBACH is now the Sr. VP of Marketing for FSN after his run at being VP of Marketing for FOX Sports. The Washington State native has also logged time doing marketing at Nike.
WLNE, ABC in Providence has been sold by Freedom to a group headed by the dreaded and much gossiped about KOB: Kevin O’Brien, infamous former head of Meredith. I’m shocked that he had any money left after settling the lawsuits related to his ungentlemanly behavior!
Think about this: “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
Bright and early this very Monday, SCOTT NOVASIC walks into the KCBS/KCAL combo in market #2 LA to begin working as the Design Manager, under Art Director OTTO PETERSON’s discerning eye. Scott is totally excited, and has found the coolest place to live in, of all places, downtown LA. The architecturally exciting new digs are just down the street from the Staples Center. Which means, since LA is the city of angels AND cars, that he has a reverse commute. Scott has come west from his gig in Chicago at the FOX O&O, where he worked for JIM MARKETTI. He and the wife spent some time in Orlando, so they got to drive across country on I-10, stopping in Tucson, outside San Antonio and somewhere in the Florida panhandle. Mr. Scott has a lot of great praise to heap on the value of relationships and networking. You can ask him about it. He’ll be hard at work turning out some of the best art I’ve seen in quite some time. Those folks in LA are smart to grab him. Scott, you enjoy the new gig…make sure you get to Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles (it’s an LA tradition)…and say hi to CSDVP MARSHALL HITES.
You reading this from the DC area? Well, got something for you do to tomorrow night. I know…a school night. But you’re over 21 and all grown up. I give you permission. Head over to hear Second Wind, the band that boasts WUSA’s STEVE HOUK as the lead singer. They’re scheduled into the Sweetheart Club on Route 50 in Fairfax, VA. Be there.
Think about this: “How can you move through a sticky situation? By letting it move through you, unencumbered by your beliefs or fears. ‘I am not in it’ is Maya Angelou’s favorite affirmation and can go a long way towards unsticking yourself from the Velcro of attachment to circumstances. There is nothing in it that is a part of you. Say ‘I am not in it’…and set yourself free.” ~ Greg Barrette
It’s an important day for KOAT writer producer KEITH BACA. Yes, he’s the new guy at the Hearst ABC affil in Albuquerque. The Los Lunas (isn’t that name evocatively beautiful?) native, who holds a degree from UNM, is also a filmmaker. At 11:20 this morning, New Mexico time, he’ll be showing a short film he’s made at the Filmapalooza Film Festival. One of the attendees watching this film is Alexander Payne, the director of SIDEWAYS. Isn’t that cool? Needless to say, Keith has a background in film as well as TV. Right out of college, and an internship time spent in California, he landed at the WB out there as a part-time guy who tagged and bagged spots. He learned, hung in there, and ended up running the creative end of things over a 2-year period. At that same time, the NM film industry was booming, and he ended up taking a series of film gigs, including the dreaded PA, which led to being a Production Secretary, Assistant Coordinator, and Production Coordinator. Worked on the feature NORTH COUNTRY, a Tom Arnold movie as well as ABC Family’s WILDFIRE. He loved film, but missed the creative feel one gets when you use and then see your own creative energy on the screen. Let’s face it – feature films are NOT the spot to see your creative ideas come to life. So when the KOAT opp showed up on the horizon, he grabbed it. Now, he writes, produced, edits and then watches his visions hit the smaller screen, while making films for the big screen. His 27-minute effort is called “Spectrum” and he promises to let us know how it goes. He also promises to look up ANTON KOZIKOWSKI, who left KPIX in SF to become an indie filmmaker in the Land of Enchantment. Congrats, Keith. And you will SO love working with CSD LARRY KELLOGG and Ass’t CSD TONY REED.
Oops…another one got out of the TV Promo racket. DAN CUPAK, who has been promoing at WBTV and WCNC in Charlotte closed the door and is now selling log cabins. That’s what I hear and that’s all I know.
Spring forward this weekend. Yeah, like I really need to lose an hour’s sleep. Oy! As much as sunlight on my shoulders makes me happy, cry even…so does a good night’s worth of zzz’s. Enjoy your weekend and meet me back here Monday.
“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers,’ Grow, grow.’” ~ The Talmud
Pittsburgh has news. WTAE to be specific. The Hearst-Argyle ABC affil has promoted HEATH MYRICK to the #2 slot at the station. He’ll be Assistant Promotion Manager for CSD SHERRY CARPENTER, who called with the info. Heath’s been in PA for nearly three years, having come from WBKO in Bowling Green, KY which is the ABC affil there owned by Benedek. Did I tell you he was Promo Manager there? The Pinehurst, NC native is thrilled. And he confessed that, despite the worldwide reputation that Pinehurst holds as a golf mecca, he isn’t one to hit the links. Good…golfers can be very pedantic. Congrats, Heath!
Here’s a little bonmot about PA…it’s the state where Smiley was born. You know Smiley, who looks like this 🙂 Some computer guy, namely Scott Fahlman, at Carnegie Mellon came up with it in the 80’s. And now it’s everywhere. Sigh.
A&E promoted DAN SILBERMAN to VP of Publicity. Yes, he’s going to report to BOB DEBITETTO, EVP and GM of A&E, which means Dan becomes a direct report – the best kind of thing to be. What’s he going to do at the cable net? All the usual, of course.
It’s the unusual that I’m looking for. And the good stuff going on. Let me know if you have a new job, client, spouse, child, pet or travel itinerary. email@example.com will work.
Think about this: “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Know what the coolest part of writing Well Dunne is? Running across Creatives who have a sense of humor. Folks who can make you laugh while communicating info. Lets face it, humor is becoming a rarer and rarer commodity in today’s high stress world, and there’s just no reason for it. Thank heavens for a guy who sums up his promo career this way: “15 domiciles, five towns, one wife, three kids, three cats, 2 cars, 6000 miles and too many TSRs to count since I started this racket…you can have the cats and mortgage – I keep the rest.” LOVE IT! And the it in question is none other than Kansas City native JASON KNOUSE, who’s sitting in the main creative chair at Journal Broadcasting’s KIVI in Boise. Told you about him last week, but he was kind enough to fill in all the blanks…and he did it so VERY well. More from Jason: “Son of career cop – grandson of a career Navy Seaman (hint: foul language is a theme) – fell in love with the Rockies – finally grew up at 28, got a job, wife and kids — now I sell Newshounds and airwaves (my grandmother calls it “snake oil” – I don’t get it…you?).” He’s worked in Boulder, Bend (OR), Tucson and Topeka before Boise grabbed him. He’s a big fan of Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, and KELLY DONNELL, who’s spinning promo magic in Nawlins. Kelly, he asked me to pass this along: “Thanks for the big-break and hope you’re still enjoying the scotch, my friend.” Jason, you are keeping alive the tradition of the late, great JOHN TISCHENDORF who worked in Boise and kept me laughing for 20 years. God bless ya!
Bravo BermanBraun. Just weeks after announcing their partnership, GAIL BERMAN and LLOYD BRAUN have announced their nascent company has a first look deal at NBC and all their various entertainment outlets. Great job. Their offices on the Westside open sometime this week.
CYNTHIA LITTLETON, a lady who knows most everything and everybody in the world of TV entertainment is turning in her laptop at The Hollywood Reporter and walking across the street (and down a few blocks, actually) to write for Variety, where she has written before. She’ll be Deputy Editor for news.
Hear that the Geico Cave Man of ad spot celeb is getting an ABC Network pilot. Hey, how come the gecko didn’t get first shot at a series? Huh? He was around first. Plus, a CG star is always so much easier to work with, seeing as there’s no agent, no aging, no makeup and no wrangling involved. Don’t you think that little lizard guy is adorable, for a reptile and all? Just askin’.
Think about this: “When you look for the good in others you discover the best in you yourself.” ~ Deleted source by mistake (my bad…KB)
Wow…this is sizzlin’ hot news. DAVID HERSHEY is heading to LA. Yep, the creative head honcho at CBS’ KTVT in DFW is making the leap to the coast, joining old high school buddy JIM BARRETT at Edge Creative. It’s in beautiful Burbank, between Van Owen and Victory, by the airport. Of course, I hear they’ve got new digs and news of that will be coming along shortly. Hopefully, with some kind of beverages served at the same time. David will be VP at Edge and is excited about jumping in with all his creative muscles. After three and a half years in the Metroplex, he’s ready for the change and the challenge. With his wife and two daughters along, he’ll be hitting LALA after April 27th and from all he’s said, he’s extremely excited. Check out the work being done at www.edgecreative.la I like what they did for the Oscars…. And a major Well Dunne! to David, who will see everybody at PROMAX and will keep in touch. He promises.
Guru studio has picked two: SUSAN MA and SKYE BJARNASON are now producers. Susan will do the TV and longform work and Skye (great name) will handle commercials and other broadcast work. Guru is in Toronto.
Which top 10-market network affiliate keeps hiring creative services writer/producers with no experience in promotion? No reels…just bodies to fill in the seats. And then they wonder why their numbers are sub-basement??!! Don’t get me wrong…I’m all for giving people chances. But this is just not a good idea.
What is a good idea…letting me know when things change. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be spreading the news!
Think about this: “Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself, or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
The reason this column exists is because life can sometimes grind you down, and when something good happens, it needs sharing and celebrating. So when you visit Well Dunne, you’ll be at a place that does that…share and celebrate new jobs, new clients, marriages, babies, trips, hobbies, awards and the variety of positive life happenings.
But not today. Today, it’s about loss. A vibrant, talented, creative lady died suddenly on the 22nd in Santa Monica. VERONIKA LINEBERRY was young, just 44. She was VP of Creative Services at King World, but had come from the station-side. I first met her when she was at KENS in San Antonio, doing promos. She was a UT grad…hook ‘em horns. She went east to Binghamton, NY before heading West to LA. And she loved it on the coast… the palm trees and the west side and the folks at King World all made her happy. But not as happy as her family. She leaves her husband, Tommy Manzella, and two small children, for whom there is a trust established: The Jacob and Mariele Manzella Education Trust, c/o Robert Madden, CBS TV Distribution/King World, 2401 Colorado Avenue, Suite 110, Santa Monica, CA 90404. There was a memorial service on Friday in Santa Monica.
It’s very sad to lose such a good person. Of course, nobody who leaves behind anything creative is ever really gone.
Think about this: “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” ~ Albert Einstein
It didn’t seem that long ago that LORI TERWELL was adding ASBURY to her name, leaving FOX, moving to Atlanta and generally repotting herself. Well, now she’s repotting herself in a very creative way! Lori has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services for HGTV. Part of this repotting finds her moving to Knoxville, where Scripps maintains a fab office complex in which management takes place for all their cable nets, like HGTV, DIY, Fine Living, etc. It’s a great story, seeing as she started her TV career in Oklahoma City, her Cornell MBA in hand. In addition to OKC, she’s worked in Miami, Chicago and NYC for CBS. Her FOX gig found herself overseeing the creative efforts at 35 stations, coast to coast. This new title and task is a perfect “Next Step” for her. Best of luck, Lori, and hearty congratulations.
Versus, that guy kinda channel out of Stamford, CT has named a new VP of Marketing. And such a great Irish moniker: RYAN DONOVAN. Best of luck to ya, lad.
Speaking of great Irish names, KEVIN REILLY over at NBC is another. And he’s smart too…just signed a multiyear deal to stay with the peacock net as President of programming. One of his recent choices is The Black Donnelly’s, which had the best first half hour of TV drama I’d seen in years…what a pilot. Give it a look. And here’s some unsolicited advice about the upcoming Posh Spice/Mrs. David Beckham reality show about the perils of moving from London to LA. An anorectic, unsmiling heroine who has millions and won’t have to pack one single box or organize as much as a garage sale isn’t exactly someone most women want to spend time with. I can’t see men tuning in, since her chest is as flat as West Texas. So…perhaps it will be a comedy….?
Lots of great news came into the Inbox, so Monday will be a day you won’t want to miss. Stay safe this weekend.
Think about this: “The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.” ~ Orison Sweet Marden
March 1. Coming in like a lion for many of you. But remember, it goes out like a lamb.
Are they spuds or studs out in Boise? Always a question my friends from Idaho laugh at, no doubt politely since the humor factor is minimal…but Idaho is Idaho and JASON KNOUSE is now calling Idaho home. He’s decamped from his writer producer slot at Tucson’s KGUN, the ABC Journal station there, and took the reigns at ABC Journal station KIVI in Boise. That’s about all I know about Jason. Perhaps with yesterday being the last day of Feb’s book, he’ll have a minute or two to catch up.
While we’re west of the Mississippi, got to catch up with JIM HART, head creative honcho at Scripp’s Phoenix ABC, KNXV. He’s loving it out there and, from the sound of it, he’s got a lot of momentum happening at the station. Just in case you’re ready for a new challenge, he’s looking for a top notch Writer Producer. Just in case…
News for the creative community! About meetings. Seems that gathering the folks, no matter how talented the bunch, might NOT make for more original and imaginative outcomes. Check it out at http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/17765/meetings-make-you-stupid
Think about this: “Put your mind, heart, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda