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Go West, as they old expression says. And that’s what BRANDT DOTSON has done. All the way from one coast to the other, give or take a hundred miles. Brant is the new writer producer for the Hearst NBC affil in Sacramento, KCRA. Brandt is trading the state capital of North Carolina for that of the Golden State. I hear ya. He’s going to be calling GENE ROBINSON boss, and Gene couldn’t be happier to get him on board. Brandt is a western kind of guy, having been raised on the dry side of the Mississippi River, namely Phoenix. Best of luck with the new gig and if you see Arnold, give him my best!
As chance would have it, we have a capital theme going on here. In Georgia’s state capital, Cox ABC affil WSB creative head STEVE RILEY has hired RACHEL PENDLEY to do Topicals. Rachel comes from the Clear Channel combo down in Jacksonville, FL, WAWS and WTEV, FOX and CBS. She began last week and Steve says she’s terrific. Glad to hear it. Well Dunne Rachel. That’s a great market and you’ll love the legendary WSB. Make them take you to lunch at Mary Mac’s Tearoom over on Ponce de Leon, where you’ll see all the darling Atlanta ladies nibbling at the best southern food you can imagine. It will make you feel like you’ve lived in Atlanta for ages and ages. White gloves no longer required.
Got some news from Knoxville and HGTV for tomorrow.
Think about this: “Within you is a tool box—a box of possibility and hope. There you will find principles that will transform your life. What do you have in your toolbox? And what practices can you use to put these principles into action?” ~ Greg Barrette
From the land of Coca Cola to the land of Dr. Pepper…so is the journey of DANIELLE DUDEK. She’s just taken the Promo Manager slot at FOX in Austin, TX, KTBC owned by FOX. Texas is Dr. Pepper country. She’ll begin June 4 and until then, she’ll be promoing at WAGA in Atlanta. Of course, that’s Coke’s headquarters. Another similarity is that both cities are state capitals. And, if personal experience counts for anything, both have great shopping and a vibrant night scene. Cool. WAGA is the FOX station in Hot-lanta, fyi. A Chicago area native, Danielle has worked in Charlotte at both the FOX affil as well as CBS affil WBTV. Thanks to Danielle’s new boss, KATHIE SMITH down in Austin, who also says that her former Promo Manager DAVID SQUIRES is doing great guns freelancing. Good luck everybody!
And in NYC, CHRISTA ROBINSON has a new title with CNN…Senior VP of PR. Well Dunne!
Think about this: “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.” ~ Carl Schurz
WEAR gonna talk about WEAR today. Ah, an attempt at using language in a sly, witty way…did it work? Never mind…let’s get back to ABC affil WEAR, the Sinclair station in the Florida Panhandle. It’s physically located in Pensacola, where the beaches are gorgeous. Promo Chief KATHY DUNAGAN (love that Irish name) checked in to tell me she found someone in the news department and grabbed them to become a news promo writer producer. MARILYN LEDDY is now on the creative path and has begun a REAL TV career! Sound good! Welcome Marilyn! Kathy, like so many others, has found News Topical Producers are getting as rare as a unicorn. That aside, she’s a LOST fan and is going to check out the hot rumor in her neck of the woods. What rumor is that? That LOST is going to be coming to town and shooting at one of their beaches, giving up the Hawaiian locales they have been using. It’s just a rumor, but one worth pursuing. Congrats to everybody!
Think about this: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ The Dalai Lama
Iowa, the only state whose name begins with two vowels (I can see Vanna’s face now!) is the home of Winnebago, the mobile homes named after Winnebego County, where they are manufactured. Capital of Iowa is Des Moines, pronounced Duh MOYNE. It means river of the monks. I googled it. And in Des Moines is the Hearst NBC affiliate, KCCI. They’ve got a new writer producer editor. So comes word from CSD MIKE CUNNINGHAM. The new hire in question is ALAN SIMONIS. He rides into network affil TV from the video department at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located not that far away. Seems the track and the station have the same AVID system. Cool. Alan is a grad of Drake, and everybody seems very happy with the arrangement. One could say it’s a good bet. Well Dunne!
Meanwhile, in Louisville, WHAS lost their new hire. He walked across the street just a few days into the May book. CHRISTIAN ADELBERG is now poppin’ out promos for WAVE TV. Somebody needs to buy that young man a book on business etiquette! Meanwhile, the fine folks at WHAS are smokin’ along just fine, thanks for asking. Love their CSD KIRK SZESNY, but can’t spell his last name without a prompt! BTW, Louisville is where ANNA NICOLE SMITH’s little girl is at the moment with her real dad, LARRY BIRKHEAD.
Have you seen the cute, nay adorable new show on DIY called Blog Cabin? It’s a log cabin, but viewers vote on what to put in it. Blog cabin. That is TOO cute! And congrats to the DIY folks for the recent announcement of their win in the Oscars of the web: The Webby Awards. DIY was named Best Lifestyle Web Site of 2007 in the People’s Voice voting. If you want to check it out, click here. A very big Well Dunne to you DIYers!
Think about this: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
Yes, it’s now officially May. Time flies, especially when good things are afoot. Such is the case up in Portland, O for SCOTT ALTUS. He’s just been officially given the title, and responsibilities, of being Creative Services Director at Fisher Broadcasting’s KOMO, the CBS affil. Scott had been at KOMO as Creative Director, but now he’s got the whole enchilada, including Graphics. He’s excited, and so is his family. They just aren’t the uprooting kind – he’s been in the coffee capital for over 20 years. Originally from Atascadero, CA (which you can Google if you want…it’s near the crown jewel of cities Santa Barbara…in San Luis Obispo County), Scott has worked in Seattle as a writer producer at KING and also at the FOX station, KCPQ. Since he’s up to his eyeballs in work, he won’t get to pop that champagne cork just yet. But we all send him our best Well Dunne!
NBC has the greatest plans and name in their DotComedy franchise. They also named SEAN REDLITZ to managing director from producer, NUDS, aka NBC Universal Digital Studios.
More later. Don’t keep good news to yourself. Let me know! Just email movers at 602communications.com
Think about this: “When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.” ~ Geoffrey Abert
This morning, PHIL KRAFT walks into his new job, and it’s on the other side of the US from where he’d been before! Phil, who is a personal favorite, is the new creative dude (not his official title, but it’s not a bad one) at CBS’ KPIX in the City by the Bay, SF. Phil comes from Albritton’s ABC affil in DC, WJLA, where he worked with the talented STAN MELTON JR. As a matter of fact, DC is also where he worked with one of his new KPIX teammates, SULTAN MIZRA. Mr. Kraft will be scouting a place to call home for his wife, TANYA, and their dog while the two remain in the Miami area. Phil calls Miami home. Nothing is more thrilling than to see talent find a spot where talent is appreciated, which is exactly what DEE JOYCE does in SF. Congrats and Well Dunne to Phil. Make sure you find a home with a cushy guest room!
HILARY GLAHOLT has been named Producer for Trailer Park TV, the television marketing unit of Trailer Park headquartered in Hollywood.
Think about this: “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”
Things are hot in DC, and I don’t mean between the two parties! Got to spend time talking with the energetic PAUL SHERNO about his new venture in the capitol. It’s Albritton in nature, housed in the same locale as WJLA. Local Point TV, where Paul is VP of Digital Content, is the short form TV channel. The spot for local musicians, comics, producers and filmmakers to spotlight their works. Commercial free with revenue coming from the embedded info, Local Point TV is out to restore star power to local TV stations, without the hassle of dealing with agents! Paul, who says DC is where he spent his deformative years, is working alongside a familiar name: MATT SOBOCINSKI. His Aunt is Magid’s BARBARA SOBOCINSKI. Give Paul a jingle and he’ll tell you all about Local Point, and even give you good reasons why your station should syndicate their biz model! 703-236-7903.
Remember when SANDY YOST (now Sandy Gehring) was doing local TV in Norfolk? She’s now at ACME, where she’s taken on the GM title for the nationally syndicated morning television show “The Daily Buzz”, which airs on 140+ stations.
MARC GROSSMAN has joined Taffy Entertainment as Director/Public Relations in the Woodland Hills office. He will report to CYNTHIA MONEY, President/Worldwide Consumer Products and Marketing. Now THAT is a name that sales folks should notice.
Those crazy ratings people at Nielsen have a VP/Communications slot for advertising purposes. Why would they advertise? Aren’t they basically a total monopoly? Makes no sense to me, but it must make sense to PATRICIA ANDREWS-KEENAN who they hired to do just that, plus Community Affairs. It’s in the Windy City, office-wise.
Sad to hear of JACK VALENTI’s passing. I met Jack a few times and he was quite the gentleman. Had that sparkle in his eyes that captured your attention and alerted you to the fact he was smart and witty.
Think about this: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Richmond, Virginia’s CBS affil, Raycom owned WTVR, has a new producer for creative boss ANDY SCHWABE. It’s DANICA NEDDENIEN, who has worked her way from Production Dept to News Dept to (heave a sigh of relief) Promotion! Wahoo…she came over from the dark side. She’s hard at work for soon-to-be Dad Andy, who will welcome baby #2 to the fold in late October. New little Schwabe, now referred to as “buddy” will join sister ADDY around the dinner table. Congrats and all the best to you WTVR!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV Editor Rob Owen had a harsh headline in Wednesday’s edition. “Promotional Flub – weather report rain on viewers Monday”. Seems that instead of seeing the exciting last few scenes of “24” on WPGH, FOX in the Steel City, there was a promo for the upcoming 10pm news. Ooops. Don’t you just HATE it when that happens. Not a promo mistake, of course, so the headline is inaccurate. Despite the tainted viewing experience in Pitt, the Chinese got away with the component that will no doubt be the basis for the third act of Jack Baur’s exciting show.
Former Promo Queen BETTY COHEN is out as head of Lifetime network. Looking for information about the departure, explained as “will pursue other interests” which as we all know is PR code for “pushed out”. I’ll share whatever I find out. Where’s Ms. C headed? Can’t find a city with “other pursuits” listed in the Yellow Pages.
Kryptonite. Who knew it was real?
Think about this: “Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.” ~ Emmanuel Swedenborg
Top of the morning to ya, everybody! First, let’s blow out the candles on MATTHEW BACON’S cake. My son’s birthday is today. Seems like just yesterday he was born in San Antonio Texas, making him a native Texan, eligible for special license plates. No, really, they do that in Texas.
Talking with MEGAN HANNIGAN is like taking a quick vacation – she’s bubbly, bright and her enthusiasm is catchy. She’s headed to Media General’s CBS affil WSPA and sister station WYCW in Greenville, SC to head up their Creative efforts – official title Marketing Director. As a matter of fact, she starts next Monday, April 30. A Missouri lady, who hails from the St. Louis area, she has that good-as-gold Mizzou Communications diploma and it’s served her well. She has the added bonus of having actually worked in a newsroom, so she knows the nuances and pitfalls involved in promoting news. She decided to take the creative path when she was producing news in Springfield, IL on 9-11 and, like many of us, decided to take a new look at what she was doing on the planet. Since then, Megan’s worked helping hone the creative message at the FOX startup in Tulsa KOKI and as a Topical Producer at Belo’s KMOV in St. Louis. She’ll be heading to Greenville from her current slot as Marketing Manager at CBS affil WRBL in Columbus, GA. Well Dunne! Ms. Hannigan. You ‘ll love scooting down to Atlanta for shopping. Keep an eye peeled for the Kevin Costner-financed golf community, too! He plays there, quietly, at least once a month when he isn’t doing a film.
Entertainment PR firm Andrew E. Freedman welcomes BETSY WAGNER HOFFMAN to senior VP after her stint at Goodman Media International. Also, TARA STEELE has taken leave of rep firm (or as I love calling agents offices Tenpercenteries) Endeavor where she was Senior Council for publicity. Of course, it’s LA, dears.
Cute spot alert! It’s got Shrek, Donkey, the cat AND one of the M&M characters. Cat and Donkey are doing that animal thing – you know, that thing they do when they have peanut butter stuck to the roof of their mouths. Well, Shrek is watching this, turns to the M&M and wants to know “who gave them peanut butter”. OK, I loved it. You can decide yourself.
Think about this: “We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God’s creative pulse itself.”
~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
Charleston, South Carolina, is an American treasure. Stroll through The Battery, the area of ages-old stately homes glowing with the patina of beauty earned through endurance and love, and you can feel the history of the place. Rhett Butler was the “Gentleman Caller from Charleston”, and it’s great fun to pick which Battery mansion might have been Rhett’s. I’m headed there myself this weekend, but that’s another story. The focus of Charleston today is TIM GREENEY, who is the new Promotion Director for Albritton’s ABC affiliate, WCIV. Love brought Tim to Charleston. He’s engaged to a lovely lass named Judy, and her family lives on nearby Pawley’s Island. Come October, their wedding will take place in the DC area, where Tim had been working for Gannett’s CBS affil, W*USA, as Director of Commercial Production. Originally from upstate NY, Hyde Park to be specific, Tim has put in time at WRNN in Kingston, NY as well as Capital Broadcasting’s FOX affil WRAZ in Raleigh-Durham. A great big Well Dunne! to a story with a happy ending. Congrats Tim and keep in touch.
Think about this: “Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s Paradise.” ~ Phillips Brooks
Happy Monday morning! Wanted to start the week off with an announcement. Thanks to the creative idea of LEE COOLEY,who sent along the Marshall Hites / Apple video link last week (see below and check it out yourself) Well Dunne! is announcing a new segment, available to one and all for free. Yep, no cost to you whatsoever. No sales people will call. No strings. Nada. Lee suggested that this is a great place to network and find “missing” colleagues. You know…the place to come when you say, “I wonder what happened to So&So, the writer” or “remember that sales guy who could gargle ‘Dixie’ – where is he today.” So if you’ve ever wondered what happened to someone you liked, here’s the place to ask. Sometimes, Google just doesn’t work. We’ll all chat and email and even IM and post and perhaps find that missing person. The title is simple and easy: MISSING PERSON. Just send an email with that as the subject and we’ll see what we can find out. Two emails – no waiting. Movers AT 602communications.com or kate AT welldunne.net
MISSING PERSON: And our first missing person is MICHAEL GOODMAN, who was a sales type down in Houston as well as Atlanta and did a stretch at a rep firm in NYC. Let me know if you know of his whereabouts.
Took no time at all for DANA KLINGHOFFER to get to the Manager, Media Relations job at the FOX News Channel. She had been Sr. Publicist and began as a Media Relations Coordinator. It’s a NY based job. Well Dunne! Dana.
How time flies. Talented writer/producer CHUCK HARRELL at Oakland’s FOX affil KTVU celebrated his first anniversary married to the beautiful EMMA just this last weekend. Talk about romantic…the two slipped off for a quiet weekend in Carmel, CA, one of the most gorgeous locales in the country as well as the city where Clint Eastwood served as mayor.
The gene pool is amazing when you think about it. For instance, the highly talented On-Air Manager down at Dallas’ WFAA is LARRY WATZMAN. The talent doesn’t stop there in the Watzman family – his twin brother is a major event in the world of Big Time Advertising. Cool.
Think about this: “When you are in a low, there is a proven method of moving your consciousness up to a new high. Spend time in the silence of your heart, and let the winds of your inner spirit lift you!” ~ Greg Barrette
Just when I was thinking about former TV promo honcho LEE COOLEY, and wondering how his new job at Make-A-Wish in Phoenix was going, he emails me. And the email was about PROMAX Board member, KCBS/KCAL Creative head MARSHALL HITES. Take a gander at the new Final Cut Pro piece that Apple has done, starring Marshall himself! Click here. Lookin’ great, Mr. Hites!
Over at iN DEMAND, VINCENT ONORATI has come aboard as Director/Online Marketing, which means his focus is to develop and implement the online for all their different products like MOJO HD, Sports iN DEMAND and Howard TV On Demand. His boss is now STACIE GRAY, SVP of Marketing and Exec CD.
Disney’s Buena Vista Television (BVT) has grabbed SANDRA SZAHUN for their VP/National Promotions slot. It’s a NYC based position. Cool.
I would hate to give up a business card that reads FeistyFlix/Fallon Worldwide, but that’s exactly what ARIANA L. SQUAR is doing. Her new title is Director, brand integration for NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. She has a background in webisodes, which is still relatively a new thing to see on a resume. Congrats!
Clear Channel TV stations have a new owner, and he’s a broadcaster, not just a venture capitalist. SANDY DIPASQUALE is the guy who has the keys to all the front doors now. Paid $1.2 billion for the 56 stations and all they encompass, like their websites, etc. The papers will be final in the Fourth Quarter, and it’s said Sandy and his group paid about 15x cash flow. I believe that’s way above the accepted 8-10x cash flow that stations have been going for. Hope it doesn’t mean a round of belt tightening!
What a long week this was. Heard from many of you who had the Virginia story in your face all week, and it was taking a toll. I hope you’ll be able to spend the weekend doing something restorative. Give yoga a try. Get free yoga sessions via iTunes. Find some Earth Day events and see what you can do to make the planet better. Just take care of yourself and come back Monday.
Think about this: “Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” ~ Hafsat Abiola
Lovely Jackson, Mississippi is the capital of the Magnolia State, which is the state responsible for one of the most popular toys in the world…teddy bears. Back in 1902 when Teddy Roosevelt was actually on a bear hunt in Mississippi, an incident was reported in the Washington Post about Teddy taking pity on a wounded young bear. The cartoon of the cuddly bear became the pop culture phenom of the day, and pretty soon, the teddy bear drawing became a teddy bear toy. Marketers were abundant even then. So there you have it. The reason we mention Jackson is that the Raycom NBC affiliate there, WLST, has a new Creative Services Director. It’s DAVID BUNGER, a native of Escondido, as in SoCal. He’s been living in Jackson since he was 13 and loves the town. He, his wife and two children are happy with the pace and the home prices. I mean, in the San Diego market, a tool shed costs nearly a million dollars it seems. David “walks across the street” to WLST from the CBS affil there, Media General’s WJTV, where he was the Production and Operations Manager. Well Dunne! David.
Trading the streets of New York for the Palm tree-lined boulevards of Burbank is RICHARD LOOMIS, who’s joined The Walt Disney Company as SVP/Marketing and Creative for the Disney Channel U.S. He comes over from a slot as Sr. VP at Comedy Central, and Mr. L boasts a track record at Nick, too. He will report to RICH ROSS, President of Disney Channel Worldwide, who hired young Loomis at Nick. Cool.
JOHN BONITO is an LA-based writer and director who has announced he’ll now only be working with the folks at Moving Parts, Inc, a Burbank production house specializing in network promos. Interesting background…he’s directed wrestling. Hoo-kay.
Ever want to draw cartoons? Well, click here for a site that will teach you! Kid safe, in case you want to share with your little ones, or your News Director.
“Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.” ~ Barbara de Angelis
It’s official. TODD LONG is heading to the steak capital of the US, namely Omaha, Nebraska. Please do NOT email me with your story of steaks, but thanks for thinking about it anyway. Back to Todd. He’ll be taking on his first job in management when he sits in the head chair at KMTV, the Journal CBS affil in Omaha come April 30. Congrats, Todd. Of course, we all know that WARREN BUFFET calls Omaha home, and it’s been rumored he has several bucks in the bank. Oh, THAT Warren Buffet! The Cornhusker state will find the Longs closer to their Missouri roots with this move. After being in red-hot Phoenix, he said he’ll actually look forward to some snow. Great to hear you’ve found just what you and your family wanted. Well Dunne!
Lovely SF by the Bay is home to CBS’ KPIX and their creative team. They are welcoming ERIC RAMIN to the fold as a Graphic Designer. His last job was a telecommunications supervisor in the Army, as in US Army, where he was also a sergeant. A salute going out to you, Eric!
I do believe the name Magical Elves is even better than Can’t Sing, Can’t Dance. Both are production companies in LA, dahling. Magical Elves does such shows as Project Runway and Last Comic Standing. Well, they not only win this month’s Name Game, but they also have a promotion to announce. SCOTT SHATSKY is the new VP of Branded Entertainment. Scott has been a Sr. Producer until the bump upstairs title-wise.
Up in New Yok, where the rain has been afallin’, comes word that ALEXANDER DUDLEY is now the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Time Warner Cable. He’s been a Sr. VP at Park Avenue’s Dan Klores Communications, where they do PR for such brands as Kate Spade and Brillstein Grey Entertainment (read Seinfeld).
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Think about this: “A friend is someone who knows your song, and sings it to you when you’ve forgotten it yourself.” ~ Alan Cohen
This just in. Going across the street in the Metroplex market of Dallas-Fort Worth is TERRY McFARLANE, who’s shutting the door on the office at NBC’s KXAS and taking over DAVID HERSHEY’s head creative slot at CBS’ KTVT. Oh yeah, I’ll have more later. Except Terry has never returned my phone calls over the years!
When JUSTIN MACHADO’s daughter is born this coming August, she’ll be the 6th generation of Machado’s born in Texas. Lots of history with Justin’s family and the Lone Star State. Little Miss Machado played a role in Justin’s new career move: News Marketing Manager at KXAN in Austin, Texas’ capital. The LIN NBC affil is a homecoming for Justin, who was raised in San Antonio, just 90 miles down I-35. He makes the move from Seattle, where he was a writer producer. While he and wife ANNA were very happy with the Tribune triopoly in Seattle, Q13FOX, KNYQ and KRCW, they wanted to be closer to family. As much as he loved his job and they loved living in what is known as the most literate city in the country, a job offering such proximity to the grandparents-to-be proved the tipping point. The timing for his return couldn’t be more perfect: San Antonio’s gala Fiesta begins Saturday. Yes, Justin has tickets already! Well Dunne! Keep in touch! PS – could not find a way to slip in his gigs with Atlanta’s WATL and the Tribune Creative Services Group, so I’ll just let you read it as a post script.
Making the 13-hour drive from Memphis on the Mississippi to Raleigh in the piedmont, her dog Buddy in her lap each mile of the journey, was JILLIAN KUHN. She checked into Media General’s NBC affil WNCN as a writer producer (and I think editor too….forgot to ask). She had been an associate producer at the FOX O&O in Memphis. The energetic Jillian hails from Elk Grove Village, one of the northern Chicago suburbs. She’s interned at CNN, too. Glad to meet you. Be sure to get over to Chapel Hill and check out Southern Seasons for coffee, wine and all the gourmet goodies that make life so much fun.
Those Warner Brothers (and perhaps the Warner sister Dot) have drawn a new Director/Publicity into their Warner Bros. Animation unit. That’s the WBA for those in the cartoon know. From the sound of it, this new job will be fun. GARY MIEREANU is the lucky guy. He’ll handle the Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera brands. That in itself is way cool. Congrats you wascally witer…you pesky publicist…your turn to turn a Looney Tunes phrase here.
Think about this: “It is better to be disliked for who you are than to be liked for who you
are not. How much easier to be authentic than to pretend to be someone you are not. What a relief just to be. How clear and simple. How honest. How real. The only thing you really have to share with anyone, anyway, is your own state of being.” ~ Judith Ann Parsons
Know what the First Coast is? Anybody? Anybody? Did I hear an answer from the back? Why, yes I did, and that person is right! The First Coast is the Jacksonville, Florida market, which stretches from Brunswick, Georgia (home of the nuclear subs) to just north of Daytona (home of Spring Break). Also home to the TPC at Piper Glen and the APT, down the road from Piper Glen in my gorgeous former ‘hood, Ponte Vedra Beach. Just up from PV is Atlantic Beach, where the talented CSD GLEN SEBOLD dwells. He’s the guy who heads up the Gannett operation in Jax, a duopoly of NBC and ABC. Not a lot of stations are handling both, but WTLV (NBC) and WJXX (ABC) are doing just great. Glen has nabbed an up and coming Writer Producer for the creative team…found him in Columbus, Georgia. RANDALL HALL is actually coming back to Jacksonville after putting in some creative time at Media General’s CBS affil, WRBL He’s a native of Jacksonville, I’m told. Great to hear the good news and great to catch up with Glen.
Derby Day is getting close. The Kentucky Derby is set for May 5, and the running will mark the 133rd time the race has taken place. Not too shabby. Obviously, Louisville is getting all atwitter. And drat, if the race isn’t in sweeps. What does that mean for the folks over at Belo’s ABC affil, WHAS? It means it’s sweeps and it means there’s work to do. Luckily, CSD KIRK SZENY grabbed CHRISTIAN ADELBERG to join his creative team. Christian comes from the Raycom station in Cincinnati, WXIX which is a FOX affiliate. The whole Adelberg family is in the TV biz – his wife is the morning news producer. Great to hear about all the good things happening in L-town. Hey, what IS the nickname of Louisville anyway?
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Think about this: “The map of abundance and joy has always existed. It has always been about the basics. Sometimes we just forget what the basics are.” ~ Earnie Larsen
Friday the 13th. Oy! Are we going to hole up and allow the day to pass by, hopefully unheralded and negative-free…or are we going to take on the “Thank God It’s Friday” mentality and seek out the day’s adventure? Your choice.
I am so bad. Back when I had a great chat with FOX DC’s JIM LADAS, he told me about two hires he made and I wrote them down…then they “disappeared” until just yesterday. Apologies out to RALPH RENDON, the new Sr. Producer and RACHEL BRESLOF, the new Topical producer. The two came aboard and yet seemed overlooked. It was my bad. DC’s a vibrant market and there should have been more fanfare. When they call me back, I’ll fill you in on these two talents, who are no doubt enjoying being part of Jim’s crew.
Down in terrific Austin, Texas comes word from the effervescent RONNE ROCK that her #2 at KXAN, the NBC affil, has left the world of TV and landed himself a sweet gig at Dell Computers. CHRIS LEWIS is using his production skills to produce packages for Dell’s online business channel. Cool. And to quote Ronne, “it’s the perfect spot for a self described computer/techno-geek.” Who has been tapped as the News Promotion Manager? Come back Monday and find out!
After consulting for a months, TAMMY GOLIHEW has taken the #2 slot in the publicity area for WBWTM, aka , Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. Her official title is VP, publicity. Before going to work for the Bros, she was with BNC Public Relations where she worked on work for FOX’s show “House” and NBC’s comedy “Scrubs”. Way to go Tammy!
From the online side of the world, MARK BAUTZ is the new editor-in-chief of TV Guide Online. He’ll handle all editorial and broadband video content for TV Guide Online. It’s the new wave of what creatives can do. His last gig was with People.com.
And a WellDunne to MADDIE HENRI, the new VP of Original Programming for HGTV.
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Think about this: “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” ~ George Kneller
There’s a lot of talk, speculation and downright “grab a crystal ball” prognostication dealing with the Future of TV and Future of TV News. Well, actions speak louder than words, and one of the action figures who is doing something about the NEW WAY WE WATCH TV is CRAIG FIEGENER , who is using his roots and background to create a new web-based business. Called instantriverside.com, the portal is a TV newsroom without the tower, focusing on news in the Riverside area of SoCal. Even though it’s part of the LA market and there are news bureaus for the stations, the main focus of TV coverage was always something big: fires, huge auto crashes, etc. A former KCBS TV news guy, Craig was born and raised in Riverside, which is part of what is called the Inland Empire…that huge area east of LA and inland from the Pacific, made up of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. If you’ve never traveled through IE, you’ll be amazed at the hugeness of it all. Come on, I bet you’ve been out there at Six Flags or something, huh? Or on the way to Vegas. But we digress. Let’s get back to Riverside, where Craig is taking his on-air reporting skills and focusing on what’s happening there. He’ll provide more local news with a hyper local focus. It’s not TV news, but it will look just like it. He has a great promo piece running on the site in anticipation of the official May launch. He’s coined the operation “Instant, Intelligent Information” Bravo Craig. Well Dunne.
Meanwhile, down in Tampa, #1 rated NBC affil WFLA, the flagship TV station of Media General, is going to cut 15 slots. No word as to what those slots are, or if they involve the creative end of things. But this announcement comes right after MG announced they were going to do hyper local news blogs on their site.
Some quick notes: ELIZABETH HILLMAN was VP of communications at Discovery Channel. Now she’s been promoted to Senior VP of communications for Discovery as well as Science Channel.
Stardust Studios hired MIKE EASTWOOD as executive producer of its New York office. ALAN BIBBY was promoted to creative director; KINDA AKASH was named senior art director; LINDSAY YACURA was named producer; BRAD TUCKER was promoted to creative director; and NEIL TSAI was elevated to design director. Yes, Stardust does broadcast design. Check out their website: stardusttv
Think about this: “Each of us sends out positive or negative vibrations, often without being
conscious that we are doing so. What if we made an effort to be consciously positive, to resonate messages of the highest good for others and ourselves? What if we made a deliberate attempt to keep our thoughts aligned with God’s spiritual optimism, to refuse to be stuck in self-centered fear? Our thoughts speak louder than our words. In order to change what we create, we must change our thinking. We must mind our mind.” ~ Albert Clayton Gaulden
Massachusetts might be cold, but RUSS NELLIGAN, the CSD at Hearst’s ABC affil in Beantown, is always full of warm insight. He did such a great job of letting me know about the new folks at his Needham station, I thought I’d turn this over to him. So, Russ….take it away:
GRANT HORNE joined WCVB-TV as Promotion Manager. Grant spent the last six years at WTFX, the FOX O&O in Philadelphia. He helped shape the station’s on-air promotion with special focus on special projects promotion, pre-show and in-show teases. Grant started in Boston February 21st.
CHRISTINE BURNS is joining WCVB-TV as full-time Promotion Producer. She spent the last two years working at New England Cable News in the same role. This is something of a homecoming for Christine. She started her career at WCVB-TV first as an intern, then moved up to a part-time position, producing topicals and handling logs. Christine starts April 9th.
Thanks to Russ for being this week’s guest writer. I’ll add some more about GRANT, since I was lucky enough to spend some time with him on the phone. He’s a native Philadelphian, having been born and raised there until he turned 8. Then he took off and spent the next years in New Orleans, where he grew to be a seafood aficionado and where he worked at the Tribune ABC affil. Eventually, his work caught the eye of FOX in Philly, and he went back to his hometown. Now, he finds himself in Boston. Good thing he loves reading maps, because Boston is not the most easy place to navigate. But he will get to enjoy quality fresh seafood once again. Have a great weekend exploring New Hampshire, Grant. He and the wife will be on the prowl for antique jewelry, which Mrs. Horne will fix up for her online store. Well Dunne!
So, who’s going to take Grant’s slot in Philly? Funny you should ask…seems that MICHAEL FLOYD, who’s been freelancing at WCVB, is heading down to Philly. Yes, Grant brought him to CSD AUDREY FISH’s attention, and the rest is history. Michael begins in the City of Brotherly Love next Monday. I’ll have more on him then.
Think about this: “The work of creating is an act of love. The God who flung from His fingertips this universe filled with galaxies and stars, penguins and puffins, gulls and gannets…peaches and pears, and a world full of children made in His own image, is the God who loves with magnificent
monotony”. ~ Brennan Manning
Hello kids! Been enjoying the spring and the flowers and…oh, wait. Yeah, well, there WAS that snow thing going on in the East. And the Midwest. And the South. And Texas. Sigh. Word has it that the unseasonable and unwanted cold temps may do away with the peach crop this season. Not that I’m keeping track, but has there been a GREAT peach season since 1978? I think not. Pity. Well, I missed you all, despite my frolicking and relaxing.
I did sneak away to my computer to check emails and found some great news awaiting. So let’s put on our sharing hats and see what is going on.
The Warner Brothers lot in Burbank is one of those Hollywood wonders. A college-like campus of creativity, it is, turning out show after show. Which leads to the need for creative promotion, which leads me to our Man of the Day – JOSEPH JOHNSON. Middle initial “C” – and no, I don’t know what that stands for, but perhaps he’ll share. Mr. J is the new Creative Director of On-Air Promotion for Warners, part of the Worldwide TV Marketing group. Wow. It’s a promotion for Joseph, who joined the Bros in 2006 as a Sr. Writer Producer and was thrilled to get this promotion around the first of March this year. The Burlington, Washington (state) native has been freelancing in LA for some of the best studios and shows around. From FX’s RESCUE ME and THE SHIELD to Hallmark Channel and ABC, JJ has spun his stylish magic. Now, he’ll be handling the broad Warners’ scope under the direction of ERIC SHIU VP of On-Air Promotion and KAREN MILLER, SVP of Creative Services. All from his office in the Triangle Building on Pass and Olive. Well Dunne!
Brand Central, whose name is worthy of a round of applause, is full of new folks. Joining the LA based company (on the Westside, you know) are VP ERIC STEIN who was with Taffy before finding the new gig, Licensing Manager ANDREA BRENT who comes over from 20th, Marketing Manager HAZEL BROWN who has a lovely British accent and was over at Universal, and as Licensing Associate – KIMBERLY HOWELL.
And I am damn near breathless that the one, the only George Clooney is not more than a few miles from moi at this moment, shooting a new film. Do you think it would be pushy to ride the Segway up and down in front of the location in hopes that someone would take note, invite me on the set, and voila, it’s George and me forever?? A girl can dream. But if you don’t hear from me tomorrow, don’t call.
Think about this: “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” ~ Cree Indian saying
Normally, I wouldn’t be adding anything to the posting, since I am spring breaking and frolicking and attempting to relax. BUT who can overlook the news from Burbank that long-time promo guru VINCE MANZE has been promoted, and the new slot will find him doing scheduling, not marketing and promotions. Vince will leave his job as head of The NBC Agency for a slot that finds him answering to KEVIN REILLY. And a new title: President of Program Planning, etc. All this seems to leave the wonderful JOHN MILLER to head up the Peacock Net’s creative marketing messages. Hmmm, I wonder what the view from Vince’s new office will be.
Now go back to what you were doing.