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The Newsrooms across the country are fast becoming a talent pool for the folks in promotion, marketing and art. All that talent is just waiting to find a new way to express itself, and have some fun in the meantime. Creative Services is always more fun, and the former Newsies are doing super work. One such shop that supports this movement is Belo’s NBC affil in the “city of trees”, Boise. KTVB’s CSD MELISSA STONER found two first-rate writer producers in her own newsroom and their work has resulted in a May book that was beyond expectations. Changing departments was film guy LEVI BRETTWEISER, who had been working locally doing film projects while punching the time clock as an overnight video editor in the KTVB News Department. He jumped at the chance to be more creative and has been involved in Image spots ever since. News photog ERIC WESTROM is now taking his knowledge of a good story and using it as the Topical writer producer. Well Dunne! everybody. Keep up the good work!
OK, extra brownie points to the readers who know that TV was invented in…anybody…Idaho. Yes it was. Rigby, Idaho to be specific. Little Rigby, you see, was where a high school student named PHILO TAYLOR FARNSWORTH created the first blueprints of a television. Philo went on to create the vacuum tube TV and the rest, as they say, is broadcast history.
Lets stay west of the Rockies today. Down in Nevada, in the World’s Biggest Little city, Reno, comes news of a new hire at the Gray Communications’ ABC affiliate, KOLO. Promotion Manager BRUCE LECKBAND has hired NINO PATERNOSTRO to weave his artistic magic. Nino was in the area, and a gorgeous part of the country Reno is, indeed. Bruce is an outdoors kind of guy who enjoys fly-fishing. Reno, btw, boasts what the LA Times called the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” in the form of their National Bowling Stadium. So there.
Excellent article in USA TODAY about the world of ad agencies which applies to each and everyone. Check it out by clicking here.
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” ~ Helen Keller
Ran into the most intriguing guy I want you to know about. It’s JERRY KILLION, who’s heading up the Creative Services for KRDO in gorgeous Colorado Springs. Beautiful market. He’s a beach boy from LA who was born in Hollywood. Really…he was. As fate would have it, he had to find new uses for his surfboard when life took him to rural Arkansas. Life can be surprising, n’est-ce pas? Well, he’s been in TV for a long time and believes in the balance between work and life. He’s become an outdoor mountain guy who works hard but plays hard too. So glad to meet you Jerry. Let me know if you caught anything…he’s a fly fisherman.
News Broadcast Network, NBN for short, just keeps growing. Latest market is Boston. Cool. Look for them on Milford Street, over by Peters Park. NBN does broadcast PR, fyi.
Think about this: "What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us." ~ Julia Cameron
ERIN HAGARTY is one happy writer-producer. Yes she is. She’s been hard at work at her new job since June 4. Where is she? Belo’s ABC affil WVEC in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area, which means Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. Virginia is celebrating a 400-year anniversary this year – if you missed it, The Queen dropped by. Very impressive. Anyway, Erin had been doing that w/p thing at Media General’s CBS affil WRBL in Columbus, GA. The new gig takes her closer to her family in Philadelphia – Ms. Erin hails from Broomall, PA. WVEC also brings her closer to the lovely, relaxing, fun beach. Any job that offers a beach is a fab job. Well Dunne! Erin. So glad to hear such cheery news.
Love the name of the company – W!ILDBRAIN, with that fabulous exclamation point right there in the middle. Well, the animation house has a new marketing officer (when they use officer, does that mean they get a cool uniform?) in the form of MICHAEL POLIS, who departs the Jim Henson Company and all those Muppets. Michael was SVP of worldwide marketing for Henson. Cool.
Want to enter the Creative Media Awards? Sure you do. Here’s the link to the details.
Think about this: “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” ~ Marian Wright-Edelman
LILA EVERETT is kicking her career into high gear…fifth gear at least. She’s been named Sr. VP of Marketing at The Speed Channel. Prior to the auto-centric slot, Ms. Lila was Sr. VP of Marketing for the Scripps Networks out of Knoxville. She’s also consulted Discovery. Well Dunne! and may all your successes lead to victory lane.
Over at FOX Broadcasting, word of a promotion comes via NICK BELPERIO who was thrilled to talk about MICHELLE GARRY’s new title – VP of Affiliate Marketing. Her 10 years at FOX saw her climb the ladder in the affiliate marketing world, from Manager to someone with a reserved parking space, according to NB. Well Dunne! Michelle. Excellent news for one and all affiliates out there.
kirshenbaum bond + partners in NYC has a new partner in JOSEPH MAZZAFERRO. I mention it because they handle Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. And it’s a full service house that’s way cool!
Ran into this very interesting article from SHELLY PALMER and his take on local TV’s future. Worth a click and a read.
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
OK, the wait is over. A whole list on who won Gold, Silver & Bronze is available right here from the PROMAX Awards, which were hosted by TOM BERGERON. I’m told he’s an absolute pro, nice guy, and funny too. Triple threat man. Congrats and a hearty Well Dunne! to all who scored (and to all who entered).
SCOTT WEBB is the CCO (Chief Creative Officer) of Worldwide Biggies, Inc. Not a plus-sized clothing store, a multi-platform content creation company. Sigh…remember when life was simpler and we called them production companies? Scott, as you know, has been an EVP Creative Director at Nickelodeon and the same at Oxygen. His new slot will keep him on the east coast.
So share with me what you learned, who you saw, and new jobs and life directions. Kate (at) welldunne.net will be me directly.
“While we watch the storm clouds gather and prepare for the storm, let us never forget that the sun still shines behind those dark clouds, and may somehow break through before the storm descends. I see sunshine in the real desire for peace in the hearts of humanity, even though the human family gropes toward peace blindly, not knowing the way.”
Writer/Producer/Editor (a triple threat man) KEVIN GORYL is making the switch to W*USA from WTTG. Come June 21, Kev will exchange his FOX ID card for that of Gannett’s CBS in Washington. He’s worked in St. Louis and Milwaukee before landing in the nation’s capital. Thanks to STEVE HOUK, who’ll be Kevin’s boss.
Atlanta-based TCM has tapped POLA CHANGNON as VP/Creative Director, On-Air Promotions. Pola will report to MICHAEL BORZA, SVP/On-Air Creative, TBS, TNT and TCM. Pola’s background is in animation…she’s been a VP at Cartoon Network as well as produced at San Francisco-based Colossal Pictures, where they did some great animations.
Very Sopranos in style, CBS is shooting 7 new JERICHO’s for next year. Let’s hope that they wrap up the Kansas-based post-nuclear storyline better than Chase did with Tony and the families.
Having computer problems due to the storms that have been rolling through, so tomorrow is iffy. Check back and we’ll see what happens.
Think about this: “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” ~ Mark Twain
Lots of news out of PROMAX. One of the hot items is CHRIS MOSELEY and her new job as Senior Vice President of Marketing for The History Channel. Chris will report directly to NANCY DUBUC, Executive VP and GM of the cable net. Besides her own company and her stints at Hallmark, Discovery, and ABC News, Chris has worked station-side at WBAL in Baltimore, WTNH in New Haven, WFSB in Hartford, Miami’s WTVJ and indie WPIX in The Apple. A hearty Well Dunne! Chris. So glad to see this exciting new challenge.
Another New York tidbit comes from flagship WCBS. BRUCE BRAUER has been upped to VP of Creative Services. He’s been there about 2 years, and the VP-ship is now his. Good job!
Our home is a Tennis Home…my son went to NICK BOLLETTIERI’S famous tennis school in Florida and is a real pro. No, I mean a real pro who teaches tennis. So when all eyeballs were on Roland Garros and the French Open on The Tennis Channel, it was fab to hear the music, then more fab to find out those tunes were done by Dallas’ STEPHEN ARNOLD MUSIC. Cool.
Know what a Man Cave is? Well, check out DIY Network this coming Saturday (the 16th) AT 1pm and see for yourself. Hint: TONY “THE GOOSE” SIRAGUSA, the former NFL player, will be there to tell ya all about it.
The Hallmark Channel chose spark creative out in LA to do their new image campaign, rebranding the cable net
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Think about this: “I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.” ~ Author Unknown
Is this the cutest picture or what? Yep, DAVID O’BRIEN and SANDRA ENNS ARNELL were just putting things in order to promote their “Champagne Spots on a Beer Budget” session at PROMAX. David is VP of Creative Services and Sandra is Creative Director at Toronto’s Alliance Atlantis. What a cool set-up they have…and their imprint is especially strong if you are a CBS station. Alliance Atlantis produces all three CSI shows. Cool. You should check out their website, which you can do by clicking here.
Big news from the Coast, only this time the news was out of NYC ABOUT someone in LA. SCOTT LAURITZEN, the Sr. VP of on-air promotion for FOX Broadcasting is bidding adieu to TV per se, but not to TV promotion. He’s taken a Sr. VP and Creative Director slot at Hollywood’s Lussier, the creative company that has done work for such shows as Ugly Betty and Lost. This marks the end of a 15-year run at FOX for Scott. He began as a writer producer and his work included promos for The Simpsons. Homer Simpson failed to return calls by this reporter by press time and therefore did not provide a comment. Well Dunne! Scott, btw, holds a degree from Miami in Ohio and loves ice hockey.
Think about this: “The assistance you need will be provided by the universe as soon as your convert your readiness to willingness.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer
Most of you won’t read this today because you’re enroute to PROMAX/BDA in NYC. Such was my plan, but alas…the sprained right ankle is not cooperating with my “I want it to stop hurting and feel better NOW” desires. And no, I don’t have patience and never did. At any rate, I’ll still be available daily right here with info, because not everybody in the biz actually does get to do the convention. And with the new technology, the presentations can be yours après in quick order. See PROMAX’s website for details.
Big news out of Market 10. RITA NAZARENO, the Creative Services Director of NBC affil KPRC in Houston, TX is resigning. She came to the “Space City” [note: other Houston nicknames include “City with a Big Heart” for the Katrina relief efforts, “City of Syrup” from Big Moe’s hip hop recording, and the unattributed “Screwston”] a little over a year ago from LA, where she produced promos for FOX. She’s quitting the TV biz and going back to the Phillipines to run the family business. As they say, another one bites the dust. No word on her replacement except that they are looking.
Think about this: “There is a source of divine guidance that exists within you and it will help you to fulfill every heart’s desire of your being. Your soul can speak to and through you, giving voice to the aspirations of your heart. Listen there. You can find it!” ~ Greg Barrette
Better late than never. I was going to get this FAB picture posted last week, and the ankle sprain was just too time consuming, all that ice and elevation you know. But here’s a fun test for ya’ll. Yes, we know that is KATIE COURIC, but who is the other, taller person in the pix? Hint…this was taken when KC visited the DC CBS station prior to her participation in the Komen Walk. Answers should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for the answer
WXYZ, one of the best call letters ever. Don’t you just love them? And yes, for those of you west of the Mississippi who want equal time, KLMN is great too. But today, we’re in Motor City and we’re checking in with the talented DAVID BAUMANN, who’s heading up the creative efforts for the Scripps’-owned ABC affil. Mr. B has hired a new writer/producer. Welcome to AARON LIVERSEDGE, who is coming to Dee-troit from the ABC O&O WJRT, which his just up the road a piece in Flint, MI. Aaron was a Sr. W/P there, as well as a native of Buick City (Buick’s are from there…yeah, they are). Mr. L excels at editing but has a secret, more fun talent. He DJ’s for parties and weddings. Way fun. Well Dunne! Aaron. And before we say adieu, a word about the still-a-newlywed David, who married former Fox 40 Sacramento CSD PAM SCHOEN. She’s doing very well freelancing and the lovely word David used to describe their life is ‘blissful’. Happy endings are the best!
Speaking of happy endings…. Because THE SOPRANOS are airing their last show Sunday, and being a huge fan, today’s Think About This is dedicated to the sizzling dialogue from the mob show. This is my favorite: “The Feds are so far up my ass, I can taste the brylcreem.” ~ Uncle Junior
My son Matt isn’t very impressed with “stars”. Tennis stars – kinda. But TV and movie stars, not so much. He views people in entertainment as just doing their job, only it entails being in front of a camera. No big whoop. However, there was one celeb who elicited major response from the normally laid-back offspring. A few years back, we were on the Ventura Freeway, on our way to Santa Barbara. Mid afternoon. A brightly colored full-size Cadillac passed us; windows rolled down – the driver happily motoring his way through the rarity of light LA traffic. Matt spied the driver and started babbling and bouncing up and down. (I once had a similar reaction when I pulled up next to Robert DeNiro in Hollywood.) In all the years he’s been around, I had only seen my child act this impressed way one time before – he was 2 when he shook the hand of Fred Bird, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot. So who was this driver who would elicit such a response? The Price if Right’s BOB BARKER. I mention it because Mr. B wound up his 35-year career yesterday when he taped his last The Price Is Right at Television City. Adios Bob. Fans of every demographic will miss you.
Speaking of people leaving the biz…chalk up another one who has put sweeps behind them. BONITA JEFFERIES has turned off the light in her office in Augusta, GA where she has been Promotions and Creative Services Manager at the CBS affil, WRDW. Here’s what she sent along to GRAEME NEWELL: I just wanted you to know that I am leaving this job and pursuing another career. It took some time…some crying…some praying…and some kind of stress….but it was time and I felt this was the right move. I am the Marketing Director for a technical college and am looking forward to the challenge….I will definitely keep in touch with you to keep abreast of what is going on in the television business and go on your website to see some cool spots…it is in my blood so I know I will have to go though some television detox….. 🙂
Just for those who think there’s no life after TV, here’s two words. SUE RAYMER. After being in the creative drivers seat at KCOP in LA and a VP at MGM in their creative services department, she’s now at The Hollywood Reporter. Doing, as Tony the Tiger would say, Grrreeeeaaat. As a matter of fact, she’s going to the AFI salute to Al Pacino tonight. Lucky girl!
Think about this: “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” ~ Marsha Petrie Sue
Wahoo…let’s hear it for GREG STROUD, who has fab news to share with us all. Effective immediately, he’s been promoted to VP of Creative Services for Fine Living Network. Champagne is in order, as are congrats and a big ol’ Well Dunne! He’s on the fast track at his Knoxville-based biz locale. Glad to hear it!
Over in Ohio, we say Hello Columbus (reference Roth) and check out info from Ohio News Network, also known as Ohio News Now. ONN any way you slice it. The operation is part of the Dispatch Broadcast Group’s operation in Ohio’s capital, along with WBNS, the CBS affil. ONN has picked a producer who has worked his way up the ladder. GERRY PUCKETT started as morning part time editor for ONN then he was promoted to full-time status and moved to evenings, and eventually started shooting news and sports. A nod for his work from the Cleveland Press Club for best Editor for a piece led him to a Video Engineer job at AV Staging Group in California. He returned to ONN as a Fulltime Director / Master Control Operator before turning his attention to promotion, and now occupies the ONN Marketing Producer position. Thanks to CSD FRANK WILLSON and Promo Director DOUG JONES for the update.
RICHARD PREPLER got a boot upstairs at HBO. They put a whole new management structure in place and Richard finds himself a co-President of the “it’s not TV, its HBO” cable net. He shares the Presidential honors with two others. He’s been at HBO since ’92 and this is a great bit of news for him. Well Dunne!
CHRIS GAYTON has a new gig – VP of Marketing for Channel M. They’re the folks who do in-store TV networks and the ads, too. Chris will be doing all kinds of great marketing partnerships, including special ones with Old Navy.
Think about this: “God never fails the children of earth. Do not seek for things to work according to your desires; or for your circumstances to be arranged according to your earthly will. But have faith that God is leading you on the path to ultimate happiness.” ~ White Eagle
It’s a trio. Director of Marketing LINDA GRANGER at Bay News 9 in the balmy Tampa St. Pete market has hired her third promo producer. Join her in welcoming SHERRIE LEE to the Bright House Networks family. Well, actually, Sherrie is already with Bright House…this is a new assignment and it sounds like fun. While at BH, Ms. Lee has been a traffic From the sound of it, Sherrie is a lover of palm trees. The New York state educated creative (she’s a grad of State University of NY, College of Fredonia – [Note to Self: Is Fredonia one of the places the Marx Brothers ruled in one of their comedies?]) has put in time in Hawaii, where palms are as common as the trade winds. Ms. Lee worked for King Broadcasting in the Islands. She’s also worked in palm tree free Buffalo, where she was with PBS. The cool thing about Sherrie’s new slot is that she’s no stranger to the company. She’s been a traffic assistant and a sales assistant before earning her chops in the creative production end of things. What does she do when she’s not doing TV? The Palm Harbour resident and her hubby are avid dirt bikers. She’s starting June 18 in her new slot, and is taking a few days of vay-cay, no doubt biking about the Sunshine State. Well Dunne!
The NYT has a great article on yesterday’s FCC ruling regarding bad words on air. Click here.
Think about this: “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can be either flowers or weeds.” ~ Author Unknown
Welcoming a new writer producer to the fold is LOWELL BRIGGS, the CSD at WVTM, NBC 13 in Birmingham, Alabama. Joining the creative team is LINDSEY MANN, who at one time interned at the station. She’s a University of Alabama grad. Roll Tide! Great to hear about her real life gig in her chosen field. Well Dunne!
Found a great new title. I would love to see this on the business card. Muppet Captain for Sesame Street. It’s what KEVIN CLASH’s card reads and they’re adding Senior Creative Advisor to it as well.
Tres interessant, as they say in France. Check out the research on podcasts by clicking here.
Think about this: “Can you recall times when things have continually gone wrong? Or conversely, do you remember periods when everything turned out great? We may have attributed either of these times to “the breaks,” or to coincidence. But, by and large, either outcome is likely to have been influenced strongly by our attitudes, thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
And the good news is that we determine these – which means that ultimately we control our own destiny. Learning how to do so effectively is one of the fascinating challenges of life.”
June, June, June. It’s here already. Oy! How did that happen? June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. Which brings me to the first item….
About a week ago, had a great talk with New Orleans’ CHRIS MERRIFIELD. He’s the Creative Services Director for Belo’s legendary CBS affil down in NOLA, WWL. Chris is a real New Orleanean and contends he will be until the very end. Loves the food, the pace, telling you about it…you know. We talked about him being at the station as Production head and his promotion to creative (whenever you get to do creative things, it’s a promotion). Talked about the moves the station has had to make because of Katrina. Talked about the struggle, the good, the bad and the miracles the storm wrought. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, he sent me a link to one of the many things that happened to him during Katrina. Before you go any further, click HERE and then come back. Yep, Chris is a hero, a term he might cringe at upon hearing. Facts are facts, and from what I can tell and what I saw, he’s a team player who is the first to jump in (in this case, literally) and help out. Anybody remember seeing this video during the Katrina coverage on the WWL website? The WWL team was able to keep information coming throughout the entire storm and the deadly aftermath. Giving Chris a Well Dunne! for taking over the creative department seems relatively pale, so I’m declaring today CHRIS MERRIFIELD DAY. Watch your mail, Mr. M, for a Starbucks gift card, which you will use while giving yourself a well-deserved moment.
For those of you along the Eastern and Gulf Coasts, and that’s a LOT of folks, get your hurricane plan together now. Like Nike says: Do it.
Two favorites at NBC got promotions yesterday. How wonderful! ANNE NICHOLAS is the new Senior Director, Affiliate Advertising and Promotion Services, East Coast. ANDREW LUKA is now the Senior Director, Affiliate Advertising and Promotion Services, West Coast. A bi-coastal event. These two are wonderful to work with, professional, talented and creative. What great news. A great big Well Dunne! accompanied by applause is going out to you. The announcement comes via SCOTT CHASTAIN, who does a great job himself.
Speaking of New York, where many of you will be heading for PROMAX, comes word of a promotion for KELLIE GRUTKO. She now is a VP! VP of marketing to be precise. She’s in charge of a lot of areas, in particular creative services. It’s for Comcast Spotlight the ad sales division of Comcast Cable. Yep, I told you NY. Oh, her boss will continue to be VICKI LINS. Cool and Well Dunne!
Portland’s amazing animation firm LAIKA/house has added CYNTHIA BARTON RABE to the payroll. Her business card will read VP/CMO, Entertainment Division. CMO means Chief Marketing Officer. Her boss is CEO and President DALE WAHL. For those of us who remember when, LAIKA/house was at one time Vinton’s, noted for their claymation.
Want to learn about primetime and how the public views it in today’s Tons Of Choices World? Click here.
Coffee lovers, take note. The Hawaii Kona beans are budded out, but a drought has parched the coffee orchards in Kauai. Might want to stock up now. Lion Brand is an island company that offers wonderful selections, and they ship.
Think about this: “I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself” ~ Lone Man (Teton Sioux)
What’s new in Cleveland? Well, the 2007 crop of inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have already done their thing. And the Cleveland Clinic is still the leading cardiovascular facility. Let’s see…what else. Oh, yeah…WEWS has hired a Marketing Director! Coming on board the ABC affil owned by Scripps is PETER NOLL, who’s leaving his Scripps station in Tulsa, KJRH. He won’t turn in his Oklahoma station ID card until July, but is looking forward to the move East. His new station is near the arts district, and you know what they say: location, location, location. The Minnesota native grew up watching the newscasts on KARE, KSTP and WCCO and decided he wanted to be a journalist. With his journalism diploma in hand from University of St. Thomas, Peter’s first gig was in news producing at KGAN in Cedar Rapids. From there, he was off to KELOLand in South Dakota (Lakota Sioux country) and then to Belo’s KOTV in Tulsa. There, he met Creative Director BUD BROWN. Bud turned Peter from “the dark side” and the rest is promo history. Peter has also worked for CSD DALE LOCKETT at KHOU in Houston and CSD GENE ROBINSON at KCRA in Sacramento. Glad to have met you, Peter. Well Dunne!
And as a sidebar…BUD has gone on to be GM at Belo’s WWL in New Orleans. Cool. FYI- there is a Belo Madagascar. Who knew?
Toronto’s Guru Studio has brought two aboard. SUSAN MA will produce TV and longform work while SKY BJARNASON will produce broadcast and commercial work. Well Dunne!
Think about this: “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands–and then eat just one of the pieces.” ~ Judith Viorst
Sometimes, the Universe just hands you a prize. Such was the case when I got the following email from STEVE DEES, the head creative dude at KHOG/KHBS, which is branded as 40/29. He got it all down for ya’ll AND he didn’t need editing at all. So take it away Mr. Dees: Catching up in Fort Smith & Fayetteville, AR, home of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the future U.S. Marshals Museum. First, a word about the market and the station. Fort Smith and Fayetteville (and further north, Bentonville, headquarters of The World’s Biggest Company) are separated by the Boston Mountains (part of the Ozarks) and roughly 50 miles. Two transmitters, two newsrooms, two control rooms for every newscast, one promotion department.
Creative Services Director Steve Dees welcomes two new Promo Writer/Producers, DAVID CHAPMAN and CHANCE HAMBRIGHT. David started during February ratings (baptism by fire!) and Chance began a few weeks later.
David hails from Camden in Lower Arkansas (“L.A.” as they call it down there) and earned a BA degree in Mass Media from Henderson State University. He has worked as an editor for two national cable programs before arriving at the ABC affil. David’s very productive; he and his wife Amy are expecting in October. We’ll keep a good thought, David!
Chance grew up in Spiro, OK, watching 40/29 (remember those two transmitters?). Since then, he earned his degree at Full Sail in Orlando. When not promoting the market’s news leader, Chance enjoys writing and singing his music (he’ll burn ya a CD). He was already at KHBS-KHOG in Master Control creating vids for his eponymous website, which turned some heads in a recent contest on Yahoo.com. Now that he’s jumped into the promo world, we hope his current work turns heads in Grey’s Anatomy! And oh yes, he’s heard ALL the jokes about his name. A Major Well Dunne! to you, Steve, and your two new hires.
Anybody know TODD ANTHONY? He just got hired as creative director at CNET Entertainment, where they do Gamespot, MP3.com and TV.com. I guess that will be in SF…
Who can’t love a guy who has an IMDB listing both Host – America’s Funniest Home Videos and a role as an alien on Starship Enterprise (which is Star Trek)??? The lucky Massachusetts native in question is TOM BERGERON who is going to host the PROMAX Awards ceremony. Don’t miss out. And then stick around for the party afterwards brought to you by the fine folks at ET. Not the little guy from outer space. The show, silly! Heads up to CBS’ DELILAH LOUD for the party info.
Media Post has an interesting article about a possible answer to the “they skipped my TV spots” problem. Click here
“Every one of us alone has the power to direct the course of our lives by choosing what actions we will or won’t take. While sometimes it’s easier to believe you don’t have a choice, the reality is that you always have a choice to behave differently.” ~ Francine Ward
Kalamazoo is one of those great names for a city. Nobody can agree about what it means exactly, but the name pops up in songs and rhymes and is just plain fun to say. It’s a great place to spend summers, and for those of us who are into shopping, it’s the city that had the vision to build the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the US back in 1959. Right up the road is Grand Rapids, which is a furniture capital. See the whole shopping theme we have working here? And we mention it because we have great news from the TV market, which encompasses both of these Michigan cities. WOOD, the LIN NBC affil and the sister stations WOTV, ABC and MNTV affil WXSP have a new promotion producer. Welcome KURTIS KAECHELE. Will have to check out more about him… Thanks to KEVIN VANDERKOLK for the info. Kevin is Director of Marketing.
Boston has news. WCVB, the Hearst ABC affil in Beantown has upped ERIN DUGGAN to Media Relations Manager from publicist. Well Dunne!
Here’s a good one…Ops and Marketing Director gets named VP General Manager. It’s happened to TIM INGRAM, who’s been over at Raycom’s ABC affil KLTV in the rose capital of Texas – Tyler. He’s saying Adios to the Lone Star State and heading one state north to take over ABC affil KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Yep, the state with the only real diamond mine in the country!
Have you seen the BEST edited spot to hit the screen in a long, long time? It’s on A&E for The Sopranos and it required a real mob family fan to go through all the video and find each character mouthing just the right shape to fit the operatic soundtrack. I’m not doing it justice…you gotta see it yourself.
Think about this: “When you are on a journey, it is certainly helpful to know where you are going or at least the general direction in which you are moving, but don’t forget: the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Had a great talk with Big Apple’s FOX station’s VP of Creative BRIAN BLUM. Please, no comments on how to diagram that sentence. Brian has a new hire and he’s thrilled to find such a great guy for market #1. JOSH MEZA will come on board June 6, this after doing his creative magic for Belo’s powerhouse WWL in New Orleans. Josh is one of the Geaux Tigers of Louisiana State University who worked at WWL two times, once as an intern. After he did a stint at WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, he again checked into the NO CBS affil. He’s always known he was meant for The Big Apple. Well Dunne! Josh. You Geaux get ‘em up there. And somebody please point Mr. Meza in the direction of great lox and bagels. He’s never had them and is in for a treat.
Cute idea that DIY NETWORK came up with – redoing the dressing rooms at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. It’s for an October show. Cool.
While you know that WUSA’s STEVE HOUK is tearin’ it up with his band in the DC area, him being lead singer and all…word filtered in that Vegas Promo Director ERIC DAHL is a great guitarist, too. Eric works at KVMY/KVCW in the city of showgirls and slot machines. Wouldn’t it be fun to put together an all-PROMAX band? Somebody work on that.
Good news from the folks at Ebert & Roper – ROGER EBERT is getting better everyday. His recovery from a ruptured carotid artery has been long, but he’s on the mend big time. Loves taking sidetrips to the Apple store – good medicine indeed. Buena Vista TV’s DEBBIE ZARCOFF was kind enough to take a minute to share that. She’s knee deep in preparing the Ebert & Roper PROMAX session set for NYC in a few weeks.
Holidays are meant to take it easy, and that’s exactly what this writer is going to do for the next five days. Exchanging my laptop for drinks with little umbrellas in them, trading email for a fun trashy paperback, letting my sprained ankle get better. So go, enjoy, spend happy moments with those you want to be with, and come back later next week for more Well Dunne! Perhaps by then I’ll have somebody tell me the details of the latest hip West Coast craze – drag queen bingo.
Think about this: “For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
When I spun the roulette wheel, the winner was Las Vegas’ CBS affil KLAS. CSD LEE MINARD tells me he promoted one and found a local talent to take fill his two writer-producer creative slots. Being promoted is BOB WOOLEY. Bully, Wooley! Did somebody just say that? And coming to KLAS from NBC affil KVBC in LV is SHAYNE STOFKO, who’s taking the writer producer slot that Bob vacated with his promotion. Lee’s still on the lookout for an Art Director and a commercial writer/producer/editor/shooter who knows how to make that camera work! So, if you know that person, or are that person, get to know Mr. Lee. He’s one of the very best.
Climbing into the ring at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is JENNIFER MCINTOSH, who is now VP/Publicity. She’s been doing PR for mPRm Public Relations where she had a VP title and is a whiz at TV publicity. Another new WWE business card is on order for GEORGE CABICO who will have Publicity Director as his title. George comes to the Stamford, CT based WWE from B|W|R PR where he handled a lot of FOX show publicity. They both report to GEOF ROCHESTER, EVP Marketing. Well Dunne!
Trading the Brothers for the Mouse is FRANK KEATING, who’s taken the VP of Marketing slot at The Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney and Jetix brands. Frank had been VP of Marketing at Warner Bros Worldwide Television. Luckily for Frank, he’s moving just down the block to his new office. Oy – the price of gas in LA! But wait…there’s more! RON POMERANTZ was given a promotion and he’s now in charge of all the on-air and branding for Disney Channel, having been Executive Creative Director. He’s now got a VP title himself. Ron has put in time at SoapNet, doing great work there. And making it a Disney hat trick, VERNOICA DAVIDSON is now a VP, in charge of On-Air Promotion Production. The three report to SVP Marketing and Creative RICHARD LOOMIS. Well Dunne kids!
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Think about this: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Besides having a new address and new physical plant (that’s engineer talk for station building), Philadelphia’s KYW has a new Topical producer. Well, he’s not entirely new, since he once worked at the CBS owned station from ’01 to ’04. JOE LEWIS has returned to CBS3 as a writer producer for news topical promotion, focusing on the 11pm newscast. In between checking in at the station, he was freelancing as a Production Assistant/Gaffer/Sound Tech guy. Cool. The Yardley, PA native informs me he likes the standard creative type hobbies: music, art and literature. Well Dunne! Joe. Thanks to TODD BALLANTYNE for the update.
ED YARB is making that happy Pirate sound. You can do it too. Just say his name and draw out the “ar” like a growl. Smile while you do it. See – happy pirate sound. What’s making Ed happy is his new job. He’s been hired as Assistant Promotion Manager! Now it’s your turn to make that happy pirate sound as a way to let Ed know he’s getting a great big Well Dunne! It’s all happening in the Tampa Bay market, noted for it’s pirate history. Ed’s comes over to the MyTV station from WTOG, the CW station in Tampa St. Pete, where he was the Sr. Writer Producer for creative services and promotions. He’s also done great things in radio. Love folks with a radio background. Ed’s been in the Tampa Bay area so long, he might be considered a native and forget his Youngstown, Ohio roots. Did you know Youngstown is the pirogi capital of the world? Yes, I am told that it is true, and I am also told there’s a rumor Ed holds the Polkathon dance title! A big thanks to CSD KENT WALSH for the info. Ed, you stay in touch.
Promotion wise, STEVEN MELNICK, SVP of Marketing at 20th Century Fox Television has upped CHRIS ALEXANDER to SVP/Corporate Communications. Mr. A will have his hands full with many tasks, among them leading publicity efforts for FOX’s 24 and Family Guy shows. Fun! Great to hear. Of course, it’s happening in LA.
Excellent article on branding and TV networks from the LA Times. Click here.
And a very good audio report from NPR on how good customer service really DOES help a company make money and keep happy customers. Click here
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Think about this: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” ~ Erma Bombeck