Congrats to the BDA Winners! Well Dunne! Talent’s MITCH PHILLIPS, who was the announcer at the event, says it was a great show. Well Dunne! to one and all. Who won? Try this, it’s been hit or miss getting it to work, but this is the site.
Tonight is the PROMAX Awards show, and Well Dunne! Talent’s ED GREEN will be the man behind the mike. Yeah, it’s great fun for everybody. Ed’s voice is one you all might remember from the Lord of the Rings trailers. Cool.
BETH POLISH has been named director of Corporate Innovation for Hearst Corporation and senior vice president of Hearst Interactive Media. In this newly created position, Polish is developing and leading an employee innovation program focusing on inspiring Hearst’s nearly 20,000 employees, across more than 200 businesses, to develop their creative business ideas into profitable ventures with the support of the company. Polish has held senior management positions in media, finance, private investment and technology.
Coming on board at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) is RUSSELL ARONS, whose biz card will read SVP/Worldwide Marketing. She (yes, Russell is a lady…see the picture) comes over from Electronic Arts, the game company, where she handled marketing. At one time, she had another cool title: VP and GM of Barbie at Mattel. Well Dunne! Russell.
Think About This: "A person can do other things against his will; but belief is possible only in one who is willing." ~ Saint Augustine
As PROMAX kicks off in NYC this morning, station-side creatives are hard at work in their own offices or, sadly, wondering what their next opportunity will be. Cut-backs have done just that, cut a wide swatch through the industry. The word “echo” was used to describe a Top 5 operation where so many have been jettisoned, it was shocking. OK, that said, let’s move on with an eye to the future and a note to be kind to each other. You meet the same people going up as you do going down.
If you ARE at PROMAX, check out MITCH PHILLIPS tonight when he and Judah Friedlander of NBC’s 30 Rock are all about the bda Awards. Mitch is Well Dunne! Talent.
MOLLY KELLY got a boot upstairs. The lovely Irish lass (with that name, how could she not be?) has been named Station Manager for WCIU, WWME and WMEU, the three Weigel Broadcasting stations in Chicago. Molly has been with the group as Director of Marketing and Promotions. Along the way, Molly has been at WOOD in Grand Rapids as well as WISN in Milwaukee. Congrats and Well Dunne! Miss Molly.
While we’re in that neck of America, over in Madison Wisconsin comes word that GRANT FENSTER has been writing and producing Topicals at WKOW, the ABC affil in the state capital of the Badger State. Yes, the one owned by Quincy Newspapers. Before transitioning to promos, Grant was producing the AM News show. Well Dunne!
Freelance Job: Have experience on a Quantel and want some freelance opps? Easy as pie. Go to the Quantel website and check out the Freelancers section. Good luck and keep me posted.
Creativity…the key to success says Harvard.
Think About This: “The next step in human evolution is not inevitable, but for the first time in the history of our planet, it can be a conscious choice. Who is making that choice? You are. And who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
Heading to PROMAX? I know I said I was, but things just didn’t work out. Nonetheless, you’ll have info and all kinds of updates here. The wonder of modern technology. If you ARE on hand in NYC, give the voices at the Awards shows an extra round of applause. Both are Well Dunne! Talents. Voicing along with emcee Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock at the BDA Show is MITCH PHILLIPS. He’s a doll and a New Yorker at heart. The PROMAX Award voice is ED GREEN, who will help emcee Bob Saget announce all the winners. You need Mitch and Ed, too, you know. Make that next project a ‘for the books” home run. Well Dunne! you two. So proud.
What do you do with 99 Tigers? You brand and promote with them, that’s what. 99 Tigers is the new entity of former Crossroads’ GLENN LAZZARO and DAVID SEELEY, who have formed their own company for on-air promotion, network marketing, and collaborative efforts with affinity agencies. Joining Lazzaro and Seeley at 99 Tigers are BRETT KARLEY, producer, and ASTRA DORF, who will continue to head up marketing for the group. Their recent clients include ABC, CBS, Bravo, Univision, Oxygen, MSG, iVillage, and the United Nations. Also working with the company will be L.A.-based director BILL PRICE. Well Dunne! Tigers.
MARC LUCAS jumps from group creative director to executive creative director at Razorfish. That’s him there on the right.
Wrangling creatives can be a lot like herding cats. But the NYT’s recent article about how to do it, via noted game designer Will Wright, is worth the read.
Think About This: “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” ~ Tryon Edwards
Don’t you just love it when the kids make you proud? When PHIL KRAFT walks into CBS’s KTVT in Dallas/Ft. Worth June 1 to be part of CSD DAVID HERSHEY’s creative team, Phil will be bringing knowledge honed in some of the best newsrooms and creative shops in the biz. Once he was a news editor, banging out stories in a little windowless cubie at Belo’s WCNC in Charlotte. He wanted more (and he probably wanted a window) so he applied to creative services. Then his natural talents took over. He became a cracker jack Topical producer who honed his craft and upped the ante at DC’s WJLA, San Fran’s KPIX and Orlando’s WFTV. Phil calls Miami home, but his Pops lives in nearby San Antonio, so his new Texas life will be exciting. A huge Well Dunne! to him.
PROMAXbda is kicking off their NYC June powwow with a Media Leaders Summit panel discussion. They’ve lined up such bosses as BONNIE HAMMER, president of NBC Universal Cable, JUDY MCGRATH, chairman & CEO of MTV Networks, RICH ROSS, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, and JEFF SHELL, president of Comcast Programming. If you are on Twitter, you can keep up with all the details of the upcoming conference by clicking here.
Think About This: “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Well Dunne! in the highest form to PROMAX/bda head JONATHAN VERK who placed 736th place in the Santa Monica Classic this weekend. He ran 8:59/mile and a finish of 55:44!
And another congrats goes to KPRC Art Director DOUGLAS KARABASZ’ wife, Shilpa, who picked up her well-earned Executive MBA from Michigan this weekend.
Speaking of KPRC (and I know this will sound like I’m picking on them, but they’re just the ones that exemplify it) have any of you listened to your phone systems? They, by and large, are HORRIBLE. You can’t get a person to help you find someone. Stations use their news talent, and bad scripts, to answer. One station even says “that’s the way we roll” OMG. Is the point NOT to talk with the public? Because that’s what it seems like. Heaven forbid I’d want to buy time. Dial yourself and tell me if that’s the image you want. Go on.
NBC is up and at ‘em for promoting the Fall, Read about it via TVWeek.
Finally, inspiration. ABC topper BOB IGER didn’t let a bad review get in the way of his success. The NYT’s profiles him.
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Think About This: “To live as fully, as completely as possible, to be happy, and again to be happy is the true aim and end of life.” ~ Llewelyn Powys
Let’s start today with a look ahead. PROMAX/BDA is on the horizon in mid-June in Midtown Manhattan. SETH MACFARLANE has been tapped to be a creative keynote speaker at the gathering. MacFarland is multi-talented and does all kinds of things, like voice work and animation and act. Click here to read his Wiki.
Calling all artists. Had enough of shoveling snow and slipping on the ice? (I just lost the ice hockey crowd) Well, here’s a chance to move to the palm tree, seashell and great shopping (picked up the ladies) capital of the Florida Gulf Coast. BRENT STRUENSE at FOX in Ft. Myers, FL is looking for someone who has their graphic and animation chops down pat. Contact him, not me. Click here for their website for info.
Anybody see the story about NBC’s new division that’s making TV shows around products? It’s how TV started waaaay back when. Click here.
Think About This: “The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.” ~ Lewis Grizzard
This time of year is particularly beautiful in South Carolina’s capital, Columbia. Yet, PATRICK STAPLETON has his eye on next month. Patrick is the new daily news topical creative (he does other promo project, too) at NBC affil WIS TV. Patrick is counting down the days until his favorite TV show returns with new episodes – he’s a major fan of The Office. A May grad of University of Georgia, he’s quite the sports fan as well, backing his Dawgs and the Chicago Cubs. He sounds like a great guy who explains, “My interest in TV started in college when I worked in production for the campus newscast. The fast paced, deadline intensive, and high stressful work environment really excited me. I love coming in to work knowing that each day will be different from the last.” Well Dunne! He’ll be reporting to Director of Marketing and Promotions BARRY AHRENDT.
Know who is going to receive the 2008 BDA Lifetime Achievement Award? The international design firm of Psyop, that’s who. It’ll all happen during the June PROMAX/BDA shindig in the Big Apple. For more info, click here.
Come on…admit it. Some of us harbour thoughts of being a host on some cool show. The spotlight looks just as good on us as anybody else. Fine Living might be your ticket to this dream. They’re looking for possible hosts for shows. Only drawback is you have to be in the NYC area. If you’re an expert and enthusiastic, send all kinds of info about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org Yeah, they need a tape, too. But why not give it a try?
Making plans for the weekend? If you’re in the DC area, W*USA’s STEVE HOUK’s band has another gig you might want to catch. Yep, at their favorite watering hole, The Firehouse Grill in Fairfax. Tomorrow night about 9. Cool.
Think about this: “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” ~ Robert Frost