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Feb 1 problems

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Trying to find out why the blog was not available Feb 1 in the AM. Will let you know.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

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I’ve waxed poetic about the Land of Enchantment. If you’ve read MARKETING MOVERS you’d remember hearing me tell of their crystal clear air, their breathtaking vistas and art…Oy, the art. Everywhere you look, you see art. You don’t even have to be in a gallery. Albuquerque is the largest city in enchanting New Mexico and we have news from The Duke City, as it is known. Over at the Acme TV stations, KASY and KWBQ, CHRIS ILLER, the new CSD, has been fronting all their creative efforts for a bit. A Californian who was raised in Orlando, Chris has worked in Dayton. Sorry my notes were not good enough to know which station…I was driving while talking with Chris. He came out west from his lovely Orlando where he was involved in their morning show “The Daily Buzz”. He just promoted CHRIS DILLON to the commercial producer slot. Mr. Chris is a local guy who had been in Master Control. Enjoy your locale, guys.

Not that long ago I told you about KENT REES had been tapped as VP Creative Director On-Air at The Independent Film Channel. Well, he must be awfully good, ‘cause he got promoted again. He’s now VP of Marketing at IFC. Way to go!

Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel has upped PAM SLAY to SVP, network program publicity. She’s been with them for four years as VP Publicity at the Hallmark Channel.

From the What Were They Thinking Department: That bomb hoax in Boston yesterday…the one that shut down bridges, highways and a portion of the Charles River and got the bomb squad suited up and on point. WELL, turns out that they weren’t bombs at all. They were marketing materials – promo items for an upcoming Cartoon Network show. Guerilla marketing firm Interference Inc out of NYC carried out the concept. (here’s a link to a Q&A with their head honcho: http://www.atnewyork.com/news/article.php/808381. The fine folks in Boston were not amused. The Governor was downright pissed. One of the words used in describing how it all went down was ‘livid’. The price tag around half a mil. As of this AM, they’ve arrested two poor schmucks hired to place the boxes. This is the second major misstep that Cartoon has made that I know of and all I can say is What Were They Thinking? Didn’t ANYBODY over there think this might not be a good idea? Maybe they subscribe to the “any publicity is good publicity” school of marketing. I’m sure I will be reporting on a new job at their place very soon, or if I’m not, I should be.

SuperBowl countdown. I have no dog in this year’s fight, but will be hard at work watching those commercials. As will a phalanx of creatives coast to coast who will share their opinions starting Monday at this very blog site. You won’t want to miss it!

Think about this: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~ Ellen Parr

Wednesday January 31, 2007

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Down in H-town, aka Houston, as in Texas, my old Art Director and favorite guy DOUGLAS KARABASZ has a new hire to announce. Slipping into the role of Graphic Designer is CHRIS KENNEDY. Yep, he’s a Texan from Corpus Christi. If you haven’t traveled to Corpus, you are indeed missing a beach paradise. Oh, wait…not too many of you now. It would ruin the “out of the way, sandy “ feeling that Corpus is noted for. Sorry I mentioned this travel destination. Back to Chris. He’s come 14 miles to KPRC, the NBC affil owned by Post Newsweek, from Belo’s CBS affil KHOU where he was an Electronic Graphic Operator. He’s been in Houston about 8 years plus, and before that he worked at KBMT in Beaumont. You’d be amazed at how many people know people from Beaumont. It’s kinda like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of cities. We might want to start a new game. Congrats on the new gig, Chris. You’ll love working for DK.

Know about BermanBraun? You will! It’s the newest venture between Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Of course you know them. Gail left her President of Paramount Pix job and Lloyd left his Yahoo job..lots of ink and pixels about those exits. Well, they’re teaming up to produce TV Programs, movies and Internet entertainment. They’ve got their eyes on producing plays and video games on down the line, too. The list of shows these two have helped along is amazing: The Sopranos, American Idol, 24, Lost, Malcom in the Middle…it goes on and on. They’re looking for a studio in which to set up their offices, but don’t look for them at ABC or Paramount. More as this develops. How exciting…!!

Think about this: “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Well, the Super Bowl frenzy is in full gear. What better way to segue to our news from Indianapolis. Yep, home of the Colts, who’ll be taking the field down in Miami against the Bears. That last part was for the non-football types amongst you. Back to Indy, where KURT TOVEY is the new Creative Service Director for FOX affiliate WXIN, owned by Tribune. Kurt is new to the CSD slot, but is a 20-year veteran of the station. Way back when, he began in their production department where he spent 10 years doing commercials. Then, over the next 10 years, he handled production and ops and finally segued to the creative services world. When DICK GOGGIN left, Kurt stepped in and the rest, as they say, is why Well Dunne! does this blog. Yes, Kurt is a huge fan of the Colts and is 100% sure they will take the Super Bowl title. He’s also from Vero Beach, Florida and gets to visit the white sands at least twice a year. Perfect.

Big congrats to former promo guy FRANK BIANCUZZO, who has been GMing the Hearst station up in Milwaukee, WISN, the ABC affil. Frank is headed back to NYC where he’ll be a Sr. VP as well as Group Head of the 26 stations Hearst TV group, sharing the oversight with PHIL STOLZ. Well Dunne!

A great talent has passed. BOB CARROLL, JR died in LA over the weekend. Mr. Carroll might not be a household name, but for those of us who love writing comedy, Mr. Carroll is the tiptop of the pyramid. He was the creator and writer for the I LOVE LUCY Show, which I consider the best ever to grace the small screen. And NO, I won’t be returning any Seinfeld fan email comments about it. Bob and his partner, Madeline Davis (who teaches at UCLA) wrote ALL the shows, with a little assist after year four. It was a goal to meet and talk with him. It would have been great. Luckily, his humor will be with us for a long, long time.

Think about this: “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” ~Jean Houston

Monday, January 29, 2007

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I’ve been doing waaaay to much tracking ya’ll down, folks. I know: first it was the holidays, then it was that January slump, and now that February ratings thing. I understand. Doesn’t leave a lot of room for hiring and then announcing, but its happening. SO, for those who have made changes from the first of the year, and you know who you are, send your news to my email and we’ll get this column as full as ever. katebacon@yahoo.com will work.

Hey, did you hear about the guy, scientist, up in Durham NC who has come up with a caffeinated donut? Yep, according to what I read, one donut will pack the wake-up punch of two cups of coffee. No word on whether the sprinkles will affect that. Bagels with caffeine are also going to become available. This is bad news for everyone in the TV biz who keeps an eye on his or her scales.

Think about this:” As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” ~ Buddy Hackett

Friday, January 26, 2007

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After a little bit of promoing over at WBTV, CBS affil in Charlotte owned by Liberty Insurance (which means GREAT benefits, eh), DAN CUPAK is now haunting the halls at Belo’s NBC affil WCNC in the same city. Creatively, of course. At one point, he was working in the creative environs of WOWT in Omaha. That’s all I know, so that’s all I can tell ya.

Buena Vista TV (BVTV) has given BARBARA WARREN the boot upward, promoting her to be VP of Publicity. She’s been with the company for quite some time, since 1994 I hear. Some of you might have crossed paths with her when she was focusing on getting good press for REGIS & KELLY. Congrats – love it when great work is recognized.

Watching CSI last night – had a scene wherein a “local Vegas” newscast was shown. Great plot point, but wrong call letters. How come the fine producers of CSI aren’t using KLAS, CBS affil out in the aforementioned LV? Makes a lot of sense to take a VERY highly rated show and help promote their excellent outlet in the city. Just askin’.

Think about this: “In the solitude of your mind are the answers to all your questions about life. You must take the time to ask and listen.” ~ Bawa Mahaiyaddeen

Thursday, January 25, 2007

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When most folks are sitting in Chicago in February, looking out their windows and seeing the dark, gray, coldness the Second City is famous for in mid-winter, they dream of packing up and heading for some Florida sunshine. The Tampa Bay area is a favorite choice of Midwesterners seeking sun and fun. Well, one such Tampa resident is doing the reverse. PETER GEORGE is heading north from his gig as Promotions Manager at Hearst’s Tampa indie, WMOR – destination Chicago. He’ll arrive just in time for all the Super Bowl fun, which, ironically, will be played in Florida. Peter is a Philly guy who began his career as a photog in State College PA, WTAJ. He then went into promotions at nearby WGAL in Lancaster before heading to WJZ in Baltimore. That’s when he got an offer at Orlando’s WRDQ/WFTV, part of the COX station array. So where is he headed in the Windy City? I was getting there – don’t be so cranky. He’s taken the slot of Promotion Manager at FOX owned WPWR, aka MyTV 50. His last day in Tampa is Friday. Great to hear about this, Peter (one of my all time favorite names, btw) and you MUST check in with your new contact info when you get to your new office. Congrats!

Speaking of Super Bowl, you won’t want to miss the Special “Super Super Bowl” columns that will follow the game: America’s best venue for commercials, and football. I’ve asked a great group of some of the most talented folks in the biz to comment on what spots they love, and even hate, and they’ll be sharing them with ya’ll the days following the game. Stay tuned.

OMG…what is up with coyotes in LA!?! True- the LA TIMES had a story about it. In Hancock Park and near bouts. This is NOT the boonies, for those who aren’t familiar with LA. Word from the Miracle Mile is that it isn’t a coyote at all…it’s just somebody’s collies run wild met up with some diva homeowners. Don’t you just LOVE LA???

Think about this: “I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.” ~ Bill Watterson

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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Anybody see the excellent article in the New York Times yesterday? Called “Tapping The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of”, the story focuses on the two marketing pushes going on for ABC Network’s Oscar telecast. In case you were under a rock on a deserted island, the Oscar noms were announced yesterday. MIKE BENSON, the ABC creative honcho who is also PROMAX chair, was part of the coverage and told about the internally created campaign featuring ELLEN DEGERERIS. TWBA/Chiat/Day, the big agency, is doing the campaign for the Academy. The ABC on-air ideas sound great and I can’t wait to see them!. Check out the story at the NYT online site, after you register. Worth the time, for sure.

Meanwhile, today’s PAGE SIX has RACHAEL RAY’s PR guy as part of a very “Page Six” kinda of story. CHARLIE DOUGIELLO, who’s Director of Publicity for Rachael’s popular show, defends his star from a nasty, alcohol-inspired item. Good news is that everybody will read Charlie’s quotes. Bad news is that PAGE SIX has gotten sleazier and sleazier and we all need to stop reading it.

Deep Focus, the promo marketing company that was behind the HBO SOPRANO’S online work, named CHRISTIAN BORGES as senior director, publicity. Borges was previously at 5W Public Relations, where he spearheaded the Evian Water account. Rats, I don’t know if he’s going to be in their Venice office or the one in NYC. Probably both.

London based Big Fish, the branding marketing folks, named MATT BAXTER to vice president multi-platform marketing. Most recently, Baxter was a supervising producer with MTV News, where he served as the most senior staff member of the MTV News and Documentaries west coast operation.

Think about this: “There is a soul force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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You all know that High Point, North Carolina is the furniture capital of the world. Of course you do because you read this blog. Well, the FOX affiliate there has some news of its own, and it has nothing to do with furniture. But then I bet you know that as well. JEFF FABRIZIO is back. Yep, the creative writer producer has returned to FOX’s WGHP after a year and a half sojourn at the Time Warner operation in Greensboro, NC, which is just a few miles down the road. Jeff is reporting to brand new CSD TIM TAYLOR, who shares something with his w/p: motorcycles. While Mr. Taylor is a sports bike fan, riding a silver Kawasaki, Mr. Fabrizio is a Harley man. I hear they both ride to work when weather permits, which sadly means that hasn’t been a factor the last few weeks. Thanks guys. Keep in touch!

Wuz up wid dat…snow in Phoenix? On palm trees? How did the Phoenix folks do in that kind of mess? Inquiring minds…

Think about this: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan

Monday, January 22, 2007

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Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is having a renaissance. I’ve seen it myself. Old warehouses are being reinvented, turning into theatres. Restaurants and coffee houses. And a baseball stadium. All in parts of Cleveland that, at one time, didn’t make the society pages. No wonder CHRIS FOREMAN didn’t want to leave. Mr. Chris is now writing and producing at ABC affil WEWS in the aforementioned C-town. He had been over at the NBC affil before the switch, but now calls the Scripps Howard locale home. I believe he might originally be from Buffalo, but don’t hold me to that. I was in the car, writing down the info at about 65 miles an hour. Do NOT do this at home, kids. And thanks to the talented CSD DAN COYLE for the info. Dan, btw, is still on the lookout for a talented promo person. Give him a ring if you’re interested.

Today is supposed to be the saddest day of the year. Just in case you need an excuse to get that vente latte, with the whipped cream.

If you don’t like hearing me complain, stop now. Somebody, PLEASE explain that creepy, downright disturbing Orville Redenbacher popcorn commercial. You know the one I’m talking about. It stars Orville himself. Only problem is Orville is dead. Gone. No longer living. Kaput. He made his transition on September 19, 1995. Doing the math, Mr. R hasn’t been amongst the living for the last 11+ years. Yes, the man was a fun brand and a cute spokesman. But that was only while he was ALIVE. Using the computer to attempt to make him live again is W-R-O-N-G. It looks bad. What was that ad agency thinking? And no, I am not about to buy a dead guy’s popcorn. Eeewwww.

Think about this: “Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask yourself this crucial question: ‘Does this path have a heart?’ If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, then it is of no use.” ~ Carlos Castaneda

Friday, January 19, 2007

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Gannett’s CBS affil in DC is W*USA and they’re welcoming MANNY ALVAREZ to the fold. He’s come from “across the street” at WJLA where he was Topical Producer. That’s his role at his new station as well. Manny’s done topicals at such places as KGO in SF and KDNL in St. Louis, before they took the news folks and told them to go home. Big thanks to Director of Marketing STEVE HOUK for the info.

Meanwhile, over at WJLA in the slot that was Manny’s comes word that DEBORAH PREITKIS is going to be coming east from San Francisco. She’s been working as a news producer at ABC’s KGO in SF and will be following her boyfriend to the nation’s capital. He’s in government work. Thanks to STAN MELTON, JR for the heads up.

And no…I don’t want to talk about the snow in Malibu. It’s tooooo freaky. But I will tell you, one and all, that Segway scooters are IT! Not the It from E-bay, but the IT from the movie terms long ago, meaning All That And Some. You GOTTA try ‘em. Like floating. Now that I feel like I’ve conquered the way they work (very sly…it’s all in the feet and balance), I’m ready to tackle that huge outlet mall outside Palm Springs! It’s more than I can imagine….Should you not have one handy, give me a buzz and I’ll tell you why they’re a great promotional article for your station, and could even pull extra duty doing news and production. And no, I’m not selling them, but a client of mine is!

Think about this: “The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, January 18, 2007

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Had a nice chat with TIM STANKO yesterday from his office up at KARE. He’s very pleased to have CHAD KNUTSON onboard as a writer producer at the Gannett NBC affil up in the Minneapolis St Paul market. Chad’s a local guy who, after going to college in Chicago, has worked in LA and in Minny TV doing promos. Before he signed on with Tim and his creative circle, Chad was working with Prime Advertising. Glad to hear it.

Think about this: We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. ~ Sandra Day O’Connor

Wednesday January 17, 2007

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The downright bizarre weather has impacted so much…oranges are going to become the Bentley of fruits, at least for a little bit…studded tires are in great demand in climes where the words ‘stud’ and ‘tires’ were never used in the same sentence…commuting to an office becomes a challenge rather than an everyday occurrence…closets full of clothes perfect for 72 degree weather are now making room for coats, mufflers and mittens…and the regular ebb and flow of info on new jobs and new beginnings is thrown off. Yep, the pace isn’t happening like normal. But I’m sure it will right itself soon. Meanwhile, listen to news from the Turner folks.

Turner Entertainment has promoted KATHERINE JOHNSON to SVP/Promotions & Marketing. Cool. She’ll be creating marketing ideas that will focus on TNT, TBS and Court TV. And who will she call boss? LINDA YACCARINO, who is EVP of Ad Sales and Marketing.

Think about this: “Wisdom has to do with our relationship to the whole, to the cosmos, to nature, to both the feminine and the masculine powers of nature. Wisdom is, finding the balance between head and heart, upper chakras and lower chakras, earth and sky, masculine and feminine, joy and sorrow, yin and yang, energy and rest, human and divine, cosmos and psyche.”
~Matthew Fox

Tuesday January 16, 2007

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It was a one-two punch. Mother Nature was punch #1. With all the ice across the country, things were at a stand-still. Few offices were fully staffed, and those that had folks dutifully in attendance were too busy to chat. It was in the 20 degree range out in places like Santa Barbara, and the coats were dug out in LALA land. Punch #2 was the MLK holiday, which allowed a lot of folks to sleep late and not take to the cold, icy roads. All this means that the Who’s Where for today is cancelled, due mainly to weather. Come back tomorrow.

Think about this: “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” ~ Jim Rohn

Monday, January 15, 2007

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There’s more news in lovely San Diego than that of the Chargers. Ah, just a few inches to the right and the season is over. For you non-football types, the football team lost their Super Bowl dreams in the last seconds of the game to a missed field goal. Don’t you HATE that when it happens? You non-football types, you probably don’t care, do you? OK then. Like I was saying, there’s good news from San Diego, and it involves a promotion. At the McGraw Hill ABC affiliate, KGTV, there’s a new News Marketing Manager. It’s BILL ROLAND, who has been a Sr. Videographer and Editor for about 5 years. Before joining CSD DON WELLS, Bill was Director of TV Production for the San Diego Sports Arena. And before that, he was in LALA working with Carsey-Werner. Yep, I definitely think that’s waaaay cool. Bill and his lovely wife are into new media, too. Website development, actually, which is where the whole TV thing is headed, right? Bill’s official new duties begin February 1. Way to go, Bill. Thanks to CSD DON WELLS for the info.

MyNetworkTV created a position, and fantastic MARY BETH MCADARAGH was the perfect choice for it. She’s the new SVP of Affiliate Relations – all 175 affiliates to be precise. Way to go MB! She reports to EVP PAUL FRANKLIN out in LaLa Land. Mary Beth had been over at NBC where she was VP of Marketing. Mucho congrats!!

And last but not least, MICHAEL LEATHERS has been named creative director in the television division of Trailer Park. Leathers was most recently president and creative director of Launch Pad.

Think about this: “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday January 12, 2007

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AMY JENKINS has been creating promos in Albany for a few months now, but I’m just getting around to tell ya’ll about it. Amy hails from Owings, Maryland (OK, for those who want to mapquest it, it’s near the Chesapeake Bay, Southeast of DC and looks like its ideal) and had been with CBS in Greensboro, NC, WSMY. Amy made the move to the Albany area. Albany, btw, is the state capital of the Empire State. CSD LISA JACKSON at Freedom Broadcasting’s WRGB has her toiling in the creative trenches and everybody seems very happy about it. For those who know SARA DIAZ, Ms. Jackson and Ms. Diaz are voice twins. Really, voice twins!

Atlanta-based promotion agency GREAT! has upped DONNA BRITT to GREAT! Marketing Director in the Nashville office and NICOLE YODER to GREAT! Marketing Director in the Atlanta office. GREAT! Does TV buzz marketing campaigns and some kind of travel stuff.

Think about this: “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ~ Isaac Asimov

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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So there I am, lazily leafing through my brand new February issue of BON APPETIT when, to quote Emeril, BAM! There is it…a small but important article on Rick’s Picks. What, you say, are Rick’s Picks? They’re pickles, silly. Gourmet pickles. And why, you ask, would I include gourmet pickles in an electronic marketing missive? I’m glad you asked. Because the Rick of the Picks is none other than RICK FIELD, who was the subject of a very good PROMAX session two years ago in which he explained that what he learned while doing TV helped him establish his pickle business. It was presented by CHRIS MOSLEY. Rick was a producer for Bill Moyers, who, like many in the TV world, lost his gig. He didn’t want to leave NYC, and he really didn’t want to put himself through the TV grind again, so he decided to do what he liked. And the guy like making pickles. He’s doing quite well, thanks for asking, and you can read all about it in such publications as the New York Times. The entire point of this is that some people who get lemons make lemonade, and some people who get canned make pickles.

Hey, where is CHRIS MOSLEY anyway? I can’t find her since she left Hallmark Channel, and the PROMAX site doesn’t have an update. Let me know, s’il vous plais.

Think about this: “Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” ~ Caroline Schoeder

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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Anybody out there a fan of The Onion? If we have to tell you what it is, then you aren’t. But if you’re an Onion fan, then you’ll love knowing that a TV type is headed up to NYC to work with the Onioners, who have a magazine as well as a very popular online site. www.theonion.com if you’re interested in checking it out. Well, we’re going on about The Onion because BILLY CUMMINGS, who’s doing art for WOIO in Cleveland, is headed there to do his artistic thing. The Texas creative, who’s very young from what I can tell, worked in Tyler Texas before getting tapped for Cleveland. Now he’s headed to market #1.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “The U.S. population doubled during the past 60 years and is projected to double again in the next 60 years to more than 520 million. If this takes place, there will be insufficient land to maintain food exports and feed the U.S. population.” – David Pimintel, Ph.D., Cornell University

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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AR&D, still located in Dallas, has expanded their services by buying out STEVE SAFRON’s consulting biz. A Boston based guy, Steve has also been involved with 602 Communications, focusing on new media, particularly the net. His pix is already on the ARD website, so I guess the announcement got out later than the news flashes that ARD push stations to get out. Ha!

Raleigh NC based Third Floor Productions has found themselves a new Director of Development. It’s OWEN JONES. The company has done some nice work for the PBS station in the Triangle as well as WRAL.

OK, lots to come tomorrow. So get back to work today.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.” ~ Anthony D’Angelo

Monday January 8, 2007

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Well, it’s officially the first real work day of the new year. I know…so many of you were working last week, but this is probably the day traffic gets heavy, phones begin ringing, your e-mail count soars, and decisions start being made once again.

Because of the long holiday pause in getting things moving along, there’s not a lot going on for today’s blog. What movie is that phrase from…I got nothin’.

BUT I’ll take a few minutes to promote the upcoming Super Bowl Commercial Extravaganza. Let’s face it. SuperBowl isn’t just the best in football. Its supposed to be the best in commercials, too. At $2.6 million for each :30, I would hope that the best of the best of the best would be put on display. So, to help sift through the hype, and so you can actually use the restroom and fix those nachos, a select group of Creatives have been asked to give their input about those expensive spots. Starting the day after SB, you can read the professional and personal takes on the commercials that the world has watched. You won’t want to miss it.

Have a great day. It’s the beginning of the year, and we can make of it anything we want. Remember, 07 is UNLIMITED POSSIBILITY.

Friday December 5, 2007

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I told you about long-time Promo boss RONNIE MINTON, didn’t I? I think I did; yet my trusty iBook can’t find it. In an effort to totally catch up and organize this year, I’ll do a quick recap. Ronnie is now with Chattanooga’s NBC affil, WRCB owned by Sarkes Tarzian, doing that creative direction thing he does so well. And he has been for a bit. Check that off the list…

That bad boy billionaire Bob Bass (and yes, that was most fun to write. Try saying it out loud several times, fast.) has written a large check and now owns himself a string of TV stations. Bob of the oil inheritance and Fort Worth address, is now the owner of the Times stations. All 9 of them. Bob once owned a huge chunk of Disney stock. I think he’d love to be part of that glitter of show biz.

What was it like in New Mexico during this last huge snowfall? Up Santa Fe way, SARA DIAZ and her hubby were snowed in with over 30 inches of the white stuff. Gorgeous pictures. I’m learning to post pix, so perhaps I can do that soon. Meanwhile, down in the Duke City, it was a struggle to get folks to stations. Reporters were snowed in on stories. But the kids at Hubbard’s NBC affil KOB were all present and accounted for. And did they have news! GER DEMAREST, who’d been leading the creative efforts, has left the biz. He’s now selling modular housing. Taking the lead, if not the full title, is VINCE GASPARICH, who’s been at the station as Ass’t Promo Manager. He’s quite the artist in his own right, so New Mexico is the perfect locale for him. The Sandias have brought some exciting talents to the Land of Enchantment, and KOB has landed them. EVAN WRIGHT, who’s been writing and producing for LA’s KCAL as well as editing for the popular SURVIVOR show, is now working his magic at TV Plaza. KATIE WARTHAN left Indiana behind and her old gig at Nexstar’s FOX affil, WTVW and loves her New Mexico work. And MICHAEL PRIVETT used the snowy driving skills he developed growing up in West Virginia to get back and forth from his place to KOB. Michael has been working on both the West and East Coast, for Paramount on Melrose as well as for A&E’s NYC creative folks. Mrs. P is also settling in as Business Manager of KOB, which tells me that the Promo folks will never be overlooked when it comes to expense reimbursement! You are all lucky folks. Everybody stay in touch, and I’ll see you when the snow melts.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.” ~ Katharine Hepburn