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Out in OKC, had a great chat with Art Director JEFF BEER, who is a St. Louis boy now working with the Griffin Communications folks who own the CBS affil, KWTV, in the Sooner Capital. Of course, being St. Louis kids, we had to do that “what high school did you go to” thing. People in St. Louis ALWAYS ask that. Always. More important than any other question, like “why are you holding a gun on me?” or “is that snake poisonous?” He sends a big “hi” to KAREN VIGURS STACK of 602 Communications. They worked together in Dallas.
More news from KWTV…MIKE THOMAS, who was the Promotion Manager, has left to do his own freelance thing. Best of luck, Mike! Let us know what you’re involved in and with. Meanwhile, the newsroom is handling all the promos and they are looking for a new Promo King/Queen. Interested…get hold of the good folks out there.
Discovery Channel’s DAN BRAGG, the VP Creative Director of DC, announced they are working with the LA creative group called 72andSunny. Love that name, and it’s a weather forecast at the same time. Talk about cross-platform branding. You can read all about it by clicking here.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper (yeah, I was wondering who came up with that name myself, and what it means to readers…) has an article on KOVR’s latest on-air efforts, which the reporter calls “zany”. Click here
Second time is the charm for JENNIFER CASERTA, who is doing her second round at the Independent Film Channel (IFC) as EVP/Marketing Communications, Scheduling and Alternative Platforms. Her plate will be full of interesting things to handle: marketing, scheduling, branding, events, the IFC Free Film Tour, plus web and on-demand programming. Jennifer will report to EVAN SHAPIRO, EVP/GM. Her background includes work at CourtTV and FUSE. Well Dunne! Jennifer.
Planet Green, Discovery’s new 24-hour green lifestyle network has made ANNIE HOWELL the SVP/Communications, Public Affairs and Talent Management. The channel joins the many she already has on her plate at Discovery. The Green Planet is just what is says – all about the environmental movement.
Didn’t mean to omit two rising stars. Over at NBN (scroll over to Monday’s posting for details about them, and their logo) please applaud the addition of KACIE MARCZAK and NICOLE SOLAZZO to the Reporting area. Kacie’s worked at Disney-MGM in Orlando as well as did an internship with Regis and Kelly in NY, while Nicole is a database expert. And while I’m here, let me add DANIELLA BAIDER BERKSON to the list of “oops”…I left out her first name on Monday. And it’s such a pretty one. They’re all perking along and we’re sending out a Well Dunne! to the whole lot of them.
The Next Food Network Star contest is over and done, and the winner is…hit those wooden spoons on the bottom of those AllClad pans please…AMY FINLEY, an attractive caterer and freelance writer from the San Diego area. That’s her in the pix. Her runner up is former New Jersey girl RORY SCHEPISI, who now lives in Vega, TX, which is on I-40 in the Panhandle, west of Amarillo on the way to New Mexico. Bon Appetit ladies! Great contest all you marketing types at Food.
Speaking of viewer contesting…Current TV has teamed with AL GORE (he owns Currrent doesn’t he…or something) to ask people to make :15, :30 or :60 climate crisis spots. Info here
And speaking of…PR agency FerenComm, who handles Food Network, is doing a fab job of keeping on despite the fact that busted pipe in Manhattan last week was right outside their offices. Oy! Grace under pressure…the mark of a winner.
Think about this: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein
That Hallelujah Chorus you hear is for KEVIN WAGNER, who has just been named VP of Creative Services for Atlanta-based Gospel Music Channel. Kevin’s last gig was with Turner Broadcasting’s New Products Group, where he did digital video content for all those new things under the broadband banner. He was Director of Promotion at Turner South, Senior Writer/Producer for Tribune Creative Services Group, VP of Creative Advertising for Miramax Films and Creative Services Manager for Tribune’s New York City station, WPIX. Well Dunne! Kevin. Congrats.
PROMAX and BDA have news. Great news from what I can tell. JILL LINDEMAN has come aboard to become General Manager of the whole shebang after consulting for the MI6 and New York conferences. Both shows were a hit. Jill is a long time PROMAX/BDA member herself who has walked a lot of miles in the shoes of a creative. Before hanging out her own shingle as a consultant, she was the VP Creative Director for Disney ABC Cable Networks, where she oversaw all of the kids’ platforms and, most notably, the launch of the High School Musical phenomenon, as well as the creation of the Disney Channel Games. In addition to the mouse, she’s worked for BBC Broadcast, Amassmedia, Ltd., Razorfish, Inc. and Lee Hunt Associates. She holds a degree from Seattle University.
But wait…there’s more! PROMAX and BDA have some new board assignments to share. BRETT ASHY, President of the company that bears his name, the Ashy Agency, is the new Chairperson of the BDA Board of Governors. The immediate past chairman is STEVE KAZANJIAN of DZN where he’s VP, Creative & Stragety. The amazing MIKE BENSON is making it a hat trick, beginning his third term as PROMAX Chair. Way to go Mr. B! He’s the EVP of Marketing for ABC Entertainment, btw. That’s Steve and Mike pictured. ADAM STOTSKY, SciFi Channel’s SCP of Marketing & Creative is taking LEE HUNT’s spot on the Board as Vice Chair. Lee’s had his hands full wrangling the organization while they look for a new #1. And LESLI ROTENBERG is PROMAX Board Secretary now with SCOTT CHASTAIN the PROMAX Treasurer. Lesli is PBS’ SVP Brand Management, Promotion and Media Relations while Scott is VP of The NBC Agency’s Entertainment Division. Well Dunne! one and all.
Attention – Attention! Calling all people who have worked at NBC in San Diego. Yes, if you were ever an employee of Channel 39, the NBC O&O, there’s a huge reunion planned. Still not too late to check it out. Go to this site quick: www.forever39.com and you can register, see where people are today, and just enjoy. Great job on the site thanks to our pal RONN KILBY, who is working hard at the Pond near San Diego. Well Dunne! Ronn.
All the film buffs among us will miss LASZLO KOVACS, the amazing Director of Cinematography whose works included “Easy Rider” and “Five Easy Pieces”. He passed away in his sleep on Saturday night.
Think about this: Nothing you can’t spell will ever work. ~ Will Rogers
News Broadcast Network, or NBN as they like to call it, has added a star to their production staff. Manhattanite BAIDER BERKSON is now a Sr. Producer at the NYC based locale. She has done work for HBO, History Channel, ABC, MTV and Food Network, all with her Tufts U diploma in hand. Also coming onboard is KATHLEEN LACORTE, who’s getting her feet wet as a Media Placement Specialist for the radio tour division of the company. She’s a Jersey Girl hailing from Somerset and did an internship at CBS Evening News. Well Dunne! ladies and keep up posted on how things are going.
Those fine folks at FOX who are promoting, publicizing and marketing The Simpsons Movie…what a great job they’re doing. And they’re proving that TV marketing and film marketing are the same thing, based on the trailers and TV spots I’ve seen. As they used to say…same song, different key. It should open career possibilities for creatives who yearn to be in film. It sure should. And kudos to the creative who arranged the Ben & Jerry’s special flavor: Duffs & D’Ohnuts – a combo of chocolate and cream stout ice cream with glazed chocolate doughnuts, sure to appeal to Homer Simpson. Sorry if you missed it…it was a one-day-only offering and only up in the special Vermont town where Springfield is.
“There is nothing wrong with wanting to have moments of comfort or effortless compatibility in our relationships or careers. But what gets most of us into trouble is when we are driven by an addictive need to always feel good about every little thing in our lives, thus stopping the very thing that would give us the good feelings that we so desperately crave: the striving and stretching that connotes learning and growth! We can shift from the self-limiting mindset of comfort and stasis to the growth-producing one of evolution and learning.” ~ Greg Barrette
It’s always good to hear from Boston. And the latest news from Beantown is thanks to Director of Creative Services WENDY MCMAHON, who’s over at the CBS Viacom O&O. She sent in a double play: one promotion and one hire. First, the award-winning PETER MASUCCI who has been running the independent WSBK’s creative was promoted to Brand Manager for both WSBK and WBZ. Second, JESSICA STOWELL is moving across the country from KOVR in Sacramento. It’s an intercompany move for the Eye Network folks. Jessica is the News Promotion Manager for the stations. Well Dunne! one and all.
From the small world department. Day before yesterday’s posting about America’s Most Wanted’s STEVE KATZ was a match with yesterday’s info about WXLV’s ERIC GABRIEL. A reunion of sorts. Had no idea these two had worked together on AMW. And according to Eric, smokin’ work is what that AMW team is doing. Cool. It just goes to show the power of networking – the aim of Well Dunne!
This is the NewsTex logo that goes with the syndicated blog. I’m trying it out to see where I need to post it, but wanted to share with you. I’m pumped. Thanks for my moment….
Think about this: “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” ~ Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Have never in the history of the column/site – 2.5 years I believe, if you want specifics, have I had info from Montana. So today is special because of it. THOMAS CIPRARI, who is Director of Operations and Creative Services at Max Media of Montana, has a new hire to tell us about. REUBEN VOLD is a Creative Services Producer who’s handling client commercials, and tagging promos. He’s a University of Montana broadcast journalism grad who has previously worked with Barrett Productions in Missoula. Reuben works mainly for KTMF, the ABC affil in Big Sky country. Did you know that Montana has sapphires, and one of them is in the Crown Jewels of England? Is that COOL or what? Well Dunne! Reuben. I hear that you’re a skilled shooter and are full of creative ideas. But wait…there’s more! Reuben is getting married THIS Saturday, July 21 in Missoula. The beautiful bride is Alysha. All our best to you both.
If you aren’t familiar with Hawaiian music, more is the pity. It’s so beautiful, your mood and blood pressure level to perfect and a calmness takes over. Heavenly. Got to talk to a Hawaiian music fan who was born in the islands but grew up in Chicago. ERIC GABRIEL is the Promo Manager at Sinclair’s ABC affil, WXLV in the High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem North Carolina market, and he knows how lovely the island music is. A breath of fresh air to talk about it. And he told me about a new hire he’s made. BYRON PFORDTE (and that is spelled correctly thank you very much) is now shooting, editing, doing web work and generally taking to the promotions waters like a fish. He’s a beach kind of guy who’s from the Carolina coast and has been at the station for a few years in the commercial production area. Now, he’s using those talents in the promo world. Well Dunne! And Eric, I’m sending you the latest from Keale, Moe’s nephew’s new release. Aloha and Mahalo.
Think about this: “When you’re happy, you don’t count the years.” ~ Ginger Rogers
America’s Most Wanted has news, and it’s not the kind they hang on the post office wall. Supervising Producer STEVE KATZ keeps his title, but switches focus. He’s now in charge of new media. Part of that new media is their Safety Center, which deals with anything that will keep your family safe. AMW isn’t just catching the bad guys anymore. It’s more. Coming east to DC from San Francisco to make Safety Center work is producer RENE ROSENFELD. She’s been involved in creative projects in LA and SF before heading to DC. Well Dunne! you two.
The good folks at DIY down in Knoxville are gearing up to partner with NBC’s The Today Show beginning January 08. You’ll see the DIY experts contributing to the morning news show and NBC Media Productions, which is part of the recently announced Peacock Productions banner, will produce a series of half-hours for the Scripps cable net. Hosting will be NATALIE MORALES and AMY MATTHEWS (nice pix of her, eh?). Cool.
Questus which designs the best looking webs sites, hired JASON KELLY as director of marketing and advertising.
October 31 isn’t JUST Halloween this year. It’s the deadline for the Writers Guild and the Studios and Networks to come to a new contract agreement…or not. At the heart of the talks is The Internet. It’s important to keep up and I suggest you click HERE to read all about it.
Keep me up to date with changes in your career, life or client list. Just drop me a line at movers(at)602communications.com
Think about this: ‘Things are OK when the things you complain about are the things you used to dream about.’ ~ Aaron Sorkin
The musical chairs continue in big D Little FW. LARRY WATZMAN is now the Director Marketing & Brand Development for NBC Univeral’s KXAS, which is physically located in Ft. Worth, just west of Dallas. That last part was for the folks who are geographically-challenged. Larry makes the move from his Director of On-Air Promotion slot at Belo’s ABC affil, WFAA. Before grabbing Texas by the horns, Larry and family were living in Philly where he was VP of Creative for Comcast’s CN8. He’s also put in his time as a producer for CNN. But wait! There’s more…come November, the Watzman family will grow by one new little boy. Larry, wife HARLIKA and 2 year-old LUC will be welcoming the newest Watzman. Forgot to ask if there was a name picked out. A huge Well Dunne! to a talented man and a happy family.
Meanwhile, out at KNBC in LA, word comes that the Creative Services Director slot has been cancelled. They won’t be replacing JENNIFER BERNARD in the slot of CSD. Sounds to me like a title shuffle, with someone to step in for hands-on writing and producing without the exact moniker. GINGER ZUMETA is still VP of Creative Services.
“If you have a fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone–either you have them or you don’t. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity–and success.” ~ Greg Barrette
MIKE HOUSE, the VP of Creatives at FOX’s Tampa Bay station WTVT is welcoming a fellow Floridian into the fold in a few weeks. TY CODY (whose name qualifies for a Cool Name for sure) is driving down I-4 from her job at Orlando’s WOFL. Ms. Ty has been at Miami’s WSVN in the News department, and I’m told she’s got aces writing skills and is quite the editor. Well Dunne!
Nashville’s NBC affil, WSMV, has welcomed a writer producer to the fold. It’s Somerset, KY native KRISTIN HARGIS, who’s made the switch from Louisville’s NBC affil, WAVE to the Music City Meredith operation. According to CSD TIM HALL, she’s GREAT. And that’s GREAT news to hear. FYI…did anybody know that the Nashville-based Grand Ole Opry is the longest running radio show on the airwaves?
BOB PEDERSON got a promotion at Comedy Central. No joke, he really did. He is now Sr. VP/Creative Director, on-air brand creative for the funny cable channel. He’s been given some new responsibilities. Before he landed at Comedy, he was doing creative direction at Lifetime as well as Disney/ABC Cable nets. Well Dunne Bob.
Quite the honor – Gannett’s W*USA in DC was named as the recipient of the 2007 American Scene “Belva Davis” Award from AFTRA. It exemplifies the overall diversity of the on-air talent at the station. Very Well Dunne everybody. The award gets given out July 20 in Philly, when W*USA joins such prior winners as Sesame Street, American Idol, NBC’s Passions and Chicago’s WLS-TV, among other winners.
Good article from Stephen Arnold about music and TV promotion. Click here.
Think about this: “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.” ~ Walt Whitman
Friday the 13th. Did you know that 17-21 million people here in the US are so afraid of this day, they actually are in phobia land with it? No flying, no big purchases. Loss to the economy is a whopping $800- $900 mil. How did this all begin? Norse folklore has a 13th person show up at a dinner party for some Norse gods, and things got bad because of the unlucky 13. Judas was the 13th at the Last Supper. And the English say that witches gather in groups of 12, with the 13th being the devil himself. So now you know.
Heading to network is DWAYNE TERRELL, who has been a Broadcast Designer at Albritton’s ABC affil in Washington DC, WJLA. Yes, he’ll be working for NBC News, getting on board just in time to start doing graphics for the ’08 election. Cool. He’s from Herndon, Virginia, so that means he’s a hometown talent. Well Dunne! He’ll be greatly missed at WJLA for sure.
JASON HOLZMAN is now with USA Network as VP/Brand Creative to create advertising ideas for the network’s original series, movies, sports and special events. It’s a NY based gig and Mr. Holzman will report to CHRIS MCCUMBER, SVP/Marketing and Brand Strategy. The Harvard grad comes from an agency background including BBDO. Cool!
Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising is now the office home of HOWARD NELSON who is VP/Worldwide Promotion. Howard will be the go-to-guy for be development and execution of news and current marketing and promotional initiatives for the company’s properties. Well Dunne!
Think about this: “All this is simply to say that all life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. As long as there is poverty in this world, no man can be totally rich even if he has a billion dollars. As long as diseases are rampant and millions of people cannot expect to live more than twenty or thirty years, no man can be totally healthy, even if he just got a clean bill of health from the finest clinic in America. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way the world is made.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cheerio and Well Dunne! Word from BBC America is that JO PETHERBRIDGE is now the EVP/Communications. It’s a promotion for her and she’ll be working with a redefined department blending PR, publicity and other comm. Services for all of BBC in North and South America, will now lead the communications department as EVP/Communications. Jo’s redefined department will offer publicity, public relations and additional communications services for all BBC divisions in North and South America. She’s been with BBC since joining in the UK and also has a background as a newspaper reporter.
Long time Promo manager LYNN CONLAN has left her slot at Hearst Tampa’s Indie WMOR and will be announcing her exciting new plans in a few. Meanwhile, not only is the CSD slot open, so is the #2 slot and a w/p. Calling palm tree lovers.
A&E has a great spot running, promoting the Sopranos. It’s Don’t Stop…where the cuts are the different Soprano cast each saying, “don’t” and “stop”. Add Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and rockin’ editing…you gotta look for it. Whoever put this together, great job.
Interesting article on how broadcasters and how they can increase their numbers when the switch to digital from analog is scheduled. Click here.
Did you know July is national Ice Cream month? OK, something better to think about: “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Let’s hear it for some exciting news about KEITH GRANT. A round of applause, ladies and gents. Mr. Grant has just been promoted at ABC Network. His new title at the alphabet web is Creative Director. WAY COOL. An East coast guy by birth, who visits Boston as often as a busy schedule allows, Keith has been working as a Sr. Writer Producer in the ABC On-Air Promotion Department until he got the kick upstairs. Now, he’ll oversee all the on-air spots and marketing for primetime, specials and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You probably saw his work if you caught promos for Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives and The Bachelor. He’s worked station-side at Boston’s WHDH as well as in LA at FOX’s KTTV and CBS’s KCBS. He was at Pongo Productions before checking in at network over in Burbank. A huge Well Dunne! Keith and all our best. And yes, that’s Keith in the pix.
Did everybody know that writer producer RANDY COBB moved over to Belo’s NBC affil KGW in Portland, Oregon? Well I just found out, and I think it’s cool. Of course, it’s also old news. But, as they say, it’s news to me. So there. KGW is still on the hunt for a CSD/Programming person, just in case you are lured to the lovely Northwest, this week’s heat wave notwithstanding.
Speaking of heat, if you have a hot new item to share, please do so. Movers (at) 602communications.com will get it to me and then I can get news to you.
Think about this: “The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart–this you will build your life by, and this you will become.” ~ James Lane Allen
Heading back to Dallas and a great new job is RONNE ROCK, one of my favorite people. She’ll be taking leave of her KXAN Austin job as Director of Marketing and Creative Services. Yes, she’s leaving behind the fine folks at LIN’s NBC affil in the Texas capital, What would make her give up Austin living, you ask? She’ll be Marketing Director of Buckner International. Buckner does a lot, and it all is “stars in your halo” work. It is a globally oriented ministry to orphans and at-risk children that responds to children in need through humanitarian aid, volunteer missions opportunities, community enrichment and prevention programs, an international network of residential, foster care and transitional ministries, domestic and international adoption, and support programs for children living in orphanages in other countries. Buckner is one of the largest social ministry organizations of its kind in the United States. WOW…this is such an exciting new direction for Ronne. We all wish her all the best and send a huge Well Dunne! Will miss her like mad! In the meantime, TISH SALIANI is sitting in as interim at KXAN. More info coming up.
Another one saying goodbye to TV promotion is ANDY SCHWABE, who’ll be handing off his gig as Promotion Manager at Raycom’s Richmond, Virginia’s CBS affil, WTVR. To quote the soon-be-be Dad for the second time (daughter #2 is coming along in October), he’s drinking his own corporate Kool-Aid and has bought a new kind of business, which he’ll run. It will be “all toddlers all the time”. Andy is now CEO of Kidzworld/RompNRoll. That sounds like such fun! He’s made his little girl Addie VP of Research, Development and Equipment testing. Cute. Will miss you, too Andy! All the best.
Sigh…anybody staying IN the entertainment marketing biz? Let me know!
“When we are honest and frank with each other, we can build strong relationships. We know where we stand. We know how to meet each other’s needs, and how to fulfill each other’s dreams. Without that, we blunder and unintentionally hurt ourselves and others. “ ~ Kent M. Keith
Buenos Dias Promotion. ADELA PARADERO has left the Promo Manager slot at NBC affiliate KRIS-TV down in lovely Corpus Christi. She’s now doing the PR thing for a local convenience store chain called Stripes. Hate to see you go, my dear. Meanwhile, JOHN SOSA is interim Manager.
REGINA DIMARTINO is getting biz cards that read EVP/Marketing at TLC. In LA. Regina is the first hire by new President/GM of TLC, ANGELA SHAPIRO-MATHES, who came aboard first of July. Take it away Regina! Well Dunne!
“Maaaaarvin Zindler, Eyewitness News” If you ever lived in Houston, these words, uttered in a staccato fashion from the great white pompadour behind the sunglasses, are as familiar as your own name. Marvin’s fame extended to the movie and musical, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He’s the first on-air person my son Matt never missed. Seems that nothing is more exciting than finding out which restaurant had “sliiiiiiime in the ice machine”. When we lived in Houston, we were always in front of the tube when Marvin was on. The sad news last week is that Marvin has cancer. And like a true trooper, he is still on ABC-owned KTRK. You show ‘em Marvin!
Think about this: “It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.” ~ Kenich Ohmae
RICK FELTY was promoted while we were all relaxing (hopefully grilling and fireworksing). Tribune Broadcasting has assigned him the new title of Vice President of Digital Media. His old title was Vice President of Creative Services. Calls are in to see if they’ll fill the VPCS with someone else, or just let it go…
Mr. DARIO SPINA is the new Senior VP of Integrated Marketing for MTV Networks’ Entertainment Group. It’s a Big Apple based gig and a promotion for him. Well Dunne!
MarVista Entertainment picked up NICOLE HOAG from FOX Broadcasting where she was doing publicity. At MarVista, she’s Manager of Marketing. Good move. In LA, of course.
Surely all you Channel 7 people have HUGE plans for 7-7-07, right? I’d love to hear about them. SHARE. Or I’ll call. Either way.
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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
San Antonio is a national treasure. Since 1691, the city has been home to strength, elegance and a refined culture that perfectly mixed the region’s tastes and backgrounds. One of the original mission sites, where today you can attend services at Mission San Antonio de Valero, inhabitants never forget to celebrate each day with bright colors, delicious food, music and laughter. Word comes from San Antonio that puts a damper on the laughter. The world has lost VANGIE MASCURRO, the Promotion Manager at Sinclair’s FOX affiliate, KABB and the MyNetwork affiliate, KMYS. Vangie had her ACL repaired on her knee and was home for a few weeks to recover. When she felt short of breath, she called 911, but didn’t make it to the hospital. A blood clot took away her laughter, her smile and her ever-present sense of fun, to say nothing of her talent. She was a local San Antonio lady who had even attended college at Trinity before falling in love with TV promotion. And she did love it. She was so happy to work with creative people as well as see her ideas come to life and make a difference. It was my honor to share many quick phone conversations with her over the last years. She is survived by her much beloved son as well as her father and brothers. And, of course, all who knew her. Thanks to Sinclair’s BILL BUTLER for his kind help with this.
“That is the best – to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.” ~ Gloria Vanderbilt
Now, IMF doesn’t always mean International Monetary Fund. IMF is also a company that means International Music Feed. They’ve picked up LISA BROWN from The Tennis Channel, where she was Affiliate Marketing. At IMF, she’ll have biz cards that read Sr. Director of Marketing. Cool.
4th of July time everybody! Now that I’m punching my own time clock (Ok, more accurately my clients’ time clocks) I can unplug my mac, pack it up in the stylishly chic leather case, and take it anywhere I want to go. Which is the plan. So let’s everybody have fun – watch fireworks, eat bar-b-q and count lightening bugs. See you after the holiday!
“Seize this day, this moment. And if you choose to do the right thing now, if you just make a decision to try, then change begins. When the next moment comes, all you have to do is repeat that decision, maintain the course, and perseverance will take root and grow.” ~ Patrice Gaines
The doldrums of the pre-4th calendar. Not a lot to report today. Lovely Corpus Christi is looking for a Promotion Manager. At KRIS. Nice place. NBC affiliate. Something to think about.
Talked with CSD JEFF WATTS at Freedom’s CBS affil in Kalamazoo, WWMT. He’s still on the lookout for a good topical producer. He’s not alone. Good topical folks are getting hard to find – not a new lament, or unique.
Over at Nickelodeon, PAM KAUFMAN is the Chief Marketing Officer. She’ll be reporting to CYMA ZARGHAMI, President of Nick.
KPIX in gorgeous San Francisco has partnered in a new venture that is worth knowing about. Click here.
Think about this: “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ~ Frank Herbert
If you’ve been a Well Dunne and IdeaNet reader, you know New Hampshire ranks right up there on the list of “favorite states”. Besides the intelligent population and gorgeous, tree-lined roads, the state is birthplace to both Segway Scooters and Tupperware. Really…Tupperware. It’s also the home to LAURIE PETCHAR, who is happily at work in the Creative Services department of Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Manchester, WMUR. She’s not new to the Live Free or Die state…she lived in Londonderry when she was 2. After being raised in Minnesota and the Detroit area, she graduated from Wayne State U, where she did internships at NBC affil, WDIV in the Motor City as well as at FOX’s KSAZ in Phoenix. She credits JIM GIRODO, VP-Creative down in the desert, with helping her choose to lead a creative life in the world of TV. Way to go Jimmy! Laurie began at WMUR on a part-time basis and just recently went fulltime as a Writer-Producer. Already a promotion for the lady…not shabby. A hockey player who played for her college team and got a scholarship (she’s a winger), she admits to feeling colder now that she’s spent time in Phoenix.
Also at WMUR, KEVIN NORTON is now on board taking the part-time slot that Laurie had. Welcome Kev. And all this is going on while CSD ALEX JASIUKOWICZ and the lovely Mrs. are vacationing in Alaska. Well Dunne! kids.
Olson, the branding company not the twins, has grabbed TROY LONGIE to be their creative director. He has worked with Sesame Street and PBS in the past. Cool. It’s in Minneapolis.
LISA PADILLA has a new gig that sounds very interesting. She’s VP of Marketing for BlogTalk Radio. San Francisco based, you can check it out by clicking here.
Interesting article about TV to mobile…check it out here.
Forget the milk. If you GOT NEWS, let me know. Two ways will work. Email either kate (at) welldunne.net or movers (at) 602communications.com
Think about this: “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Das
Anybody reading this a camper? If you are, then you know the Coleman name pretty well. The folks who make those great lanterns and cook stoves for the “on the go” outdoorsmen and women. Well, Coleman is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, and they just lost one of their artists to the folks at KAKE, Gray Communications’ ABC affiliate. Entering the world of TV is AARON HARDINGER, who is a native of Wichita. He comes onboard to work with CSD BRYAN FRYE, who is very happy about his new hire. Well Dunne! kids. And brownie points to those who know that Wichita is home to the first Pizza Hut.
OK, all you first adapters, especially those with some extra coin…any of you getting the iPhone? I was eyeing the Blackberry device that works in Europe….For the iPhone folks amongst us, this was a very interesting article about Hollywood the new communication device in yesterday’s NYTimes…click here
Think about this: What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked an strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then? ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Today marks the beginning of Week #2 for MARK LEACH, the new creative services writer-producer at Hearst’s NBC affiliate WXII, located in the hyphenated market of Winston-Salem/High Point/Greensboro. All North Carolina, darlin’. A native of nearby Richmond, Virginia, Mark has been promo’ing up at Nexstar’s Rochester duopoly, WROC / WHEC, the CBS and FOX affiliates, respectively. Spent 7 years there and, frankly, just never could adjust to the winters. So, when WXII CSD MARK STRAND found himself in need of a creative, Mark L was hot to trot. And so the story goes. Mr. Leach is a Mac man, computer-wise and stops by two websites daily to keep up with things: CNN for that global view and 602 Communications to see what other folks are up to. In his spare time, he skateboards. Yep, he’s the one that made the shopping center owners put up those signs. But hey…Mark says he only skateboards late at night, like 3am. Glad to hear all that good energy has found a new home. Well Dunne! to both Marks.
Ouch! A broken toe is keeping LYNN CONLON, Director of Programming and Promotions, from jogging the white sand beaches of St. Petersburg, FL. Lynn’s at Hearst’s MORE-TV 32 and got the broken toe on a station shoot this last week. All this could have been avoided if the right candidate for their open Promotion Manager slot had been found sooner. Lynn is still on the lookout. Someone with steel toe boots, perhaps? Sending you our best, Lynn.
Think about this: “The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is.” ~ mahatma Gandhi
Sometimes, things happen in a way you never expect. When JASON COOPER found himself in the job market, he was worried that a new TV opportunity would involve leaving his ladylove behind. Would she want to be part of the TV biz, where slots aren’t necessarily going to last long enough for roots to sprout? On the other hand, long distance relationships are tough and Jason was not wild about that idea. What’s a man to do? Persevere, that’s what. And we now announce that Mr. Cooper will be a groom on August 11 when he’ll tie the knot with Miss Rebecca Crown, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a happy ending, all tied up with bows and bouquets. As for his new career path, he’s hard at work as a Director of Promotions for Morris Multimedia of Georgia. We’re throwing you flower petals, Jason. Well Dunne!
JOHN VARVI is getting the Senior added to his VP of On-Air Promotions title. He’s at FX, where they do such GREAT stuff. Hey John…wow. Love your work!
Some people vacation, and some people REALLY vacation. LA-based NBCU’s creative guy CHAD MALLAM is off to Bora Bora, which I’m sure won’t won’t. Bora Bora..won’t won’t…get it? Moving along…
OK, time to take the bull by the horns and talk about a subject that local station people need to address – shrinking numbers for News. Here’s a good article by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister about it – click here. So, what do YOU think is the reason for shrinking numbers? Of course, I’m working on a treatise about that right now…will share later. Your turn first.
Think about this: “In order to hear your calling and answer it, you must generously give yourself the gift of time. It’s not how fast you make your dreams come true, but how steadily you pursue it.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach