Los Angeles has so many amazing opportunities for creatives (most of the time)…which led ANDREW BIDWELL to return to LaLa Land to be a Digital Strategist and Associate Producer for Jukin Media. Jukin is a cutting edge licensing firm that helps user-generated video make some money. They produce original content as well. Andrew has a most interesting background…he was smart enough wear a lot of hats in different areas of entertainment before settling on promo. For instance, he interned at KNBC, NBC in San Diego and E! Networks before taking his first longer term gig doing talent relations at Oprah in LA. He then became a production assistant at E! (see how the internship worked…they remembered him and he returned) and was a PA at TMZ. After tackling news topical down in SD, his hometown, he landed back in LA. So let’s hear a big Well Dunne! for Andrew.
Calling all Finance, Legal, HR, Marketing and Corporate Strategy professionals in Miami… NBCUniversal’s Talent Acquisition team in partnership with Prospanica, is hosting a networking event in Miami on Tuesday, November 7th. We are recruiting for current openings with both Telemundo and NBCU International. If interested, please provide your information by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2xtpcV0 RSVP by Monday, October 30th to be considered as space is limited. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Think About This: “Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” ~ Byron Katie
There’s no place like home…and with the holidays coming up, that sentiment is all the more real. And it’s the reason that MIKE STEWART is going to Kansas City as the new CSD of the Meredith CBS affil KCTV. He’ll be decamping the CSD slot in San Diego at another CBS affil KFMB. Mike and his wife are going to be way closer to family. Mike’s a grad of Kansas University (go Jayhawks) who got his start in TV at KJRH in Tulsa, where he manned the Assignment Desk before jumping to their promotion department. He then went to do promo in Houston at KPRC before heading up I-45 to be Promo Manager for DAVID HERSHEY at CBS’ KTVT. Gonna love having the seasons again and paved roads that aren’t so bumpy they’re nearly undrivable. (Yes, talking to you San Diego Street Department!). A great big Midwest Well Dunne! to Mike!
Job Alert – CSD WUCW The Twin Cities
Think About This: “A worried mother is a better researcher than the FBI” ~ sign in a friend’s kitchen
Joining the what appears to be a growing list of TV creative who are getting into the medical field is the muy talented LAUREL PORTIE. She’s been at Scripps’ The List, handling social marketing for that show as well as the Pickler & Ben syndie. Oh, she even shot and produced segments as well. Official title Social Media Strategist and Content Producer. Lots of hats on one head. She’ll be handling social media for the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, which is so close to where she lives, it’s a perk. Ms. Laurel is a Louisiana lady who started in TV at KLAX, Alexandria. Started in the promo world early. Next stop was as Sr. Writer Producer at WNCT in North Carolina then on to Big D as Brand Manager of KTVT, CBS in Dallas-Ft. Worth. She went down I-35 to San Antonio and the Sinclair stations where she jumped on the social media bus and has now gotten behind the drivers seat. She was in Seattle before heading to The List. Besides being part of the Topical Boot Camp group (more news on that to come) she’s planning a March wedding. TV is losing a gem in this busy wonderful lady. A big Well Dunne!
Think About This: “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ~ Brian Tracy
Listen up everybody! The one and only BOBBY RIGG is now freelancing, and you all need to not only put him in your rolodex/contacts/database/Siri thingie….but if you want great work, then you have to call and make him your production guy. He writes. He shoots. He edits. He knows how to get along with news people! Bobby has recently been Creative Manager in Houston at KHOU – yes, the station that the Buffalo Bayou flooded. During the hurricane. I’m sure you heard about it. Bobby is a Texan…Houston guy with a degree from UH to boot. He started his career in Corpus at KZTV producing promos, then headed west to KCRA in the Cali capital . He returned to Houston as Sr. Promo producer before getting the Creative Manager slot there. So, let’s repeat, hire Bobby Rigg. Carry on…and Well Dunne! Bobby.
For those of you not connected on Facebook, let me copy what was posted yesterday in the wake of the FCC’s ruling about local stations and brick and mortor locations: Wow…the FCC today eliminated the rule that meant local radio had to be, well, local. Watch for a lot of layoffs in your town…a lot of vapid and waste-of-time radio coming from elsewhere…and iHeart saving itself so the banks are happy while everyone else isn’t. Progress?
Think About This: “Probably the greatest achievement you can reach is when you’re able to forgive the most heinous thing in your life.” ~ Tom Petty (thanks GREG DERKOWSKI)
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The following has nothing whatsoever to do with Harvey Weinstein. Let’s talk size. Market size. And the bottom line is, in today’s world, most people don’t really care anymore. Once upon a time the larger the market, the larger the salary. The more toys available to make spots. Largest budgets. Even more prime slots for promos. And the prestige – there was indeed a patina to the market size. Anybody read Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thom Friedman? It sums up the fact that our technology has made those editing and graphics toys available to all. Ownership consolidation has pretty much wiped out the huge market salaries (as a rule) and outside media budgets that were awesome. Today, CSDs, producers, marketing pros – most everyone is looking for an open slot that fits into THEIR lifestyle…closer to family, closer to the mountains/ocean/desert – markets that are more than just a place to live and work. Housing that might be affordable. Culture. Or solitude. Let’s refrain from thinking market size is an indication of talent. Seen spots in NYC that make you drool and seen spots from small markets that do the same. The days of market size are over…it’s all about lifestyle. Carry on.
Job Alert – Director of Marketing and Audience Development KALB Albany GA
WALB, a leading content brand in Albany, Ga, is seeking a Director of Marketing and Audience Development. The Director of Marketing and Audience Development is the leader of the station’s marketing department and top brand authority. This role provides expertise and support to News, Digital, and all other local content efforts in the form of multiplatform creative strategies, as well as commercial production services and creative direction to support the Sales mission. The Director of Marketing and Audience Development is responsible for both audience development and revenue generation.
This individual is a hands-on leader, who is expertly skilled in multi-platform marketing, outside media delivery, client creative services projects, communications and community relations activities. Exceptional organization and strategic thinking is required to implement market research recommendations and achieve goals in audience development and revenue growth.
This is a leadership role, managing a creative team in the production of top-quality creative for every screen and coaching with expertise on the latest production technology available to the department. The Director of Marketing and Audience Development develops the station’s overall marketing strategy, including outside media planning and buying, budgets and employee training modules and is responsible for leading a creative team to produce award-worthy and audience-motivating promotion that will expand the station’s rapidly-growing broadcast and digital media presence.
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Film/Video or other related field preferred.
2-3 years experience in a creative leadership position implementing strategic priorities required. Must provide creative reel demonstrating advanced knowledge of video production, especially Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects and DSLR cinematography. Candidate must successfully complete pre-employment drug screen. Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach resume with cover letter, and link to your most recent work. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V
Think About This: “No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don’t have.” ~ Michael Bassey Johnson
It’s no secret that 2C Media has worked near-miracles for the people of Puerto Rico. CHRIS SLOAN and his wife CARLA KAUFMAN SLOAN are real heroes, fundraisers, do gooders…people who make a positive difference on the planet. Which brings the point that MARK S. CLARK is one lucky son-of-a-gun because Mark just got named the new Head of Development for 2C Originals, an arm of Chris and Carla’s company. Mark is a do-it-all creative who has written, edited, produced and directed more than 100 short- and long-form projects plus has been integral for promos for CNN, ABC Family, Comedy Central…you get the idea. He’s pretty amazing. He’s a Miami native who started at 2C as a freelancer. Cool. Let’s hear a hearty Well Dunne! Mark!
Job Alert – Marketing Director KVUE Austin
Think About This: “Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I’ve found. I found it is the small things. Every day deeds by ordinary folks that keeps the darkness at bay.” ~ Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien)
still copyrighted but too lazy to use the mark…2017…Well!Dunne
As November officially fast approaches, let’s take a moment and round up two loose ends when it comes to creative wranglership. That, btw, is a new word – quite fetching, n’est-ce pas? Got a returnee to Scripps going into the CSD slot at their ABC affil in Las Vegas. Details to come. Let’s hear a Well Dunne! for JOHN SCHMIDT who has taken the CSD slot at WKBT, CBS in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
On an entirely different note, let’s take a quick turn to something very important. Just like Harvey Weinstein, the TV world has it fair share of sexually aggressive predators. Some of these ‘people’ are unpunished, unapologetic and still acting in ways that are unforgivable. We know who you are. We know where you work. We even own stock in your companies. So should there be any question about those who have people joining the #metoo group, your secret is no longer safe. There will be repercussions. And you will read about those repercussions right here. Why? Because it’s important. BTW, my lawyer approved this paragraph.
Think About This: “But sometimes, unexpectedly, a quiet moment finds us and we drop down into the life we have beneath all the rushing and the trying and the endless daily details, sinking into the fertile soil of the sometimes neglected inner life, where the seeds of remembering what matters are planted. What comes from that place when we give it half a chance flowers in our lives and the world, creating unexpected changes in the direction of our journey and offering unanticipated blessings to us and those around us.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I said my lawyer saw this so obviously it’s copyrighted…
When one pivots and tries new things, great things happen. And with that in mind, let’s hear it for DAMON BRYANT, late of the VP CSD slot at Tribune’s FOX affil in Kansas City, WDAF who is now the VP GM and Director of Biz Development for Devlin Design Group. Yep, the set folks. Damon is a grad of UMKC and kicked off his TV marketing career at CBS in KC where he was On-Air Promo Manager. He transitioned with the same title to WTMJ in Miami then took the CSD slot at WXYZ in Detroit. He then took on Market #3 Chicago as Director of Advertising and Promotion at WBBM/CBS and from there went to VP of Creative Services for Fox Television Stations. He’ll be a real asset for Devlin and you should take his call when he dials you. Well Dunne! Damon!
Did you know that curling is a high school sport in some parts of the country? I just found out and I want to thank former CSD now GM CURTIS MILES for the insight. Very cool, in more ways than one.
Think About This: “I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be – boundless and infinite.” ~ Word Porn
Dare we call it the best TV job in the country? Yes let’s. And that job, the Creative Services Director slot at Capital Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, goes to …. Drum roll….HEATHER GRAY. The California girl will be heading east from her current slot in Phoenix at the NBC affil. Interesting background…she started as a newscast puncher after getting a degree from Cal State Chico. How cool is that. She worked directing newscasts in Sacramento before heading to Jacksonville’s Gannett operation where she got upped from newscast director to Production Manager. From there she took the job in Phoenix, official title – Director of Programming and Marketing. Her new job puts her on staff with some of the greatest folks in the biz (shout out to SHELLY LESLIE and JAY Y), and in a setting that is gorgeous and unique. What will she do with all those gorgeous trees in the Triangle after a drought of vegetation from the desert? Hopefully enjoy them all. Well Dunne! Heather.
Stephen Arnold and his music are now even more places than ever. Besides doing work with China Global Television Network, listen for their work on HLN’s Something’s Killing Me hosted by actor BD Wong. Nice work guys…Well Dunne!
Think About This: “I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious; you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older – it’s a privilege.” ~ Richard Gere
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It was a short week but just horrid. And now it’s Friday the 13th. Oy. Despite it all, the spirit and strength of the human race never fails to leave one breathless. The fires in California are beyond description. We are still reeling from hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Houston and all of Florida. The earthquake in Mexico City will be hampering life there for quite some time..schools are still closed, buildings are tagged to come down before they fall down… This time might be unparalleled…and yet, with no place to park in California (not kidding), with people being murdered, with greed taking the lead in the horserace of life, and with a station doing a promo about a dead baby that sounded more like a cutesy come on (shame on you and you know who you are), we still respond to the creative spark that drives us make the world prettier, funner, better. Creative people deserve far more than they’re granted. And the decision to find a creative should be made by a creative, not someone who believes in only numbers. And with that, take a gander at the jobs that are open…perhaps one is just right for your creative spark.
VP Creative & Programming
WLS – Chicago
WYMT – Hazard KY
KMBC – Kansas City
KTNV – Las Vegas
KDAF – Kansas City
WAVE – Louisville
WRAL – Raleigh
KDAF – Dallas
WSYX/WTTE/WWHO – Columbus
WSVN – Miami
WECT – Wilmington NC
WAVE – Louisville
KSDK – St Louis
WUSA – Washington DC
KING – Seattle
Assistant Creative Services Director
WLKY – Louisville
KSBW – Salinas
WCNC – Charlotte
KIVI – Boise
WPEC – Palm Beach
WOFL – Orlando
News Promo Manager
KSWB – San Diego
Director of Digital
KMTV – Omaha
KMTV – Omaha
WPVI – Philadelphia
Think About This: “When we feel a sense of belonging, it is not because we are the same as everyone else, but because we have been accepted as we are.” ~ somewhere on the Internet
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Was your Tuesday good? Was it? God bless ya. Some of us had the opposite kind of Tuesday, but it was made much better by some news about CBS’s MICHAEL CHARACH. His new title is now Vice President, Marketing and Affiliate Relations / Entertainment Tonight at CBS Television Distribution. Michael is aces – the newest member of the VP Club. He had been Director Marketing and Affiliate Relations / Entertainment Tonight and The Insider at the Tiffany Net. Before that, the Oakland University grad was a Producer for Storm Studios and Telepictures. Yes, he was station-side at KTTV Fox in LA doing his promo thing. This brightened the day and I know it did his as well. Join in giving him a big Well Dunne! Michael.
Think About This: “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ~ L.R. Knost
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Always love and respect a man who understands the important things in life, and KEVIN KALVITIS is one such man. Father to two daughters (one a teen and one a pre-teen…bless his heart!) Mr. K is the new Creative Services Director for Hubbard’s NBC affil WHEC in his hometown of Rochester, NY. This time of year, Rochester is particularly gorgeous…fall colors painted on every tree leaf. He’s been lucky enough not to have to fill boxes and move, so you know he must be happy (and lucky in this biz…) A grad of the noted media department at Syracuse University, Kevin hit the ground running in the marketing and promo area at Hubbard’s WHEC, where he now returns. He began doing writing and producing and was named Director of Marketing and Promotion. He then went over to WHAM, the ABC station in the market to head up their creative efforts before doing his creative thing (with many aspects and titles) for Mason Marketing. He’s now back ‘home’ and enjoying life and the challenge of a new opportunity. Well Dunne! Kevin.
Job Alert – Creative Services Writer/Producer KERO Bakersfield
Think About This: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that this impact lasts in your absence.” ~ Harvard Business School
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It’s a Two-fer Friday. Two new CSD announcements, all focusing at one place. Like the chess game that TV marketing sometimes becomes, which isn’t really a bad thing for change to fall into place like dominoes . Fresh ideas, fresh energy always energizes any slot at any company; all the more for creatives. So let’s start out with the newest member of the CSD brigade, NATE TODD. Nate’s the new creative leader at Hearst’s WTVM in Birmingham, Alabama. Nate’s promotion is well deserved; he’s been the Assistant CSD at the NBC affil, so he’s all ready to roll. A grad of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Nate’s first TV job was as a Topical Producer for WCCB FOX in Charlotte. He then headed a bit north to Winston-Salem’s WXII where he was ASD before heading to Birmingham. A big Well Dunne! to Nate.
Meanwhile, his former boss JASON HOLLOWAY is headed to Hearst in Kansas City, KMBC, where he’ll wrangle the CSD department. Jason began his broadcast career in Abilene, Texas and then headed to KTUL in Tulsa doing Special Projects. He took on the promo world at KMOV in St. Louis (horray hometown and Cardinals!) as Promotion Manager, Special Projects Producer and Photog. The man can do it all! He then went on to Boston’s WCVB as Assistant CSD under RUSS NELLIGAN before getting his first CSD slot in B’ham. Big Well Dunne Jason!
Job Alert – Sr. Writer/Producer/Editor Syfy/USANet NYC
Job Alert – Marketing Director KHOU Houston
Job Alert – Marketing Director KING Seattle
Job Alert – Marketing Director KPNX Phoenix
Job Alert – Brand Manager WCNC Charlotte
Think About This: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~ Fred Rogers
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While we are assailed yet again by massive, senseless violence…the desire to run away to Magical Thinking World is so strong and so enticing, it seems the only rational decision in light of the pain and exhaustion of emotions which Real World grips us. Some of us ate desert for dinner in hopes the sugar high would please (which it always does) as well as numb a crass Monday. But the creatives on the planet can’t do that. It’s only going to be the thoughts, ideas and illuminations of the creatives that will solve things…find ways to make life better…lighten the burdens. So keep your ideas sharp…we need them more than ever.
The most lovely GINA OLIVA PINTO has a new job and it’s a big fish job. She’s been named Senior Director of Marketing for the NBCU owned TV station group, reporting to THERESE GAMBA, who is SVP of Marketing and Acquired Programming. Gina comes over from WABC marketing. Stops along the way for Gina include Warner Bros TV Distribution, Fox 5 in NYC and CBS4 in Miami. She’s going to get to do it all and call on many of her talents in the new role. A hearty Well Dunne! Gina.
Think About This: “When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.” ~ Simon Sinek
Turning this over to KPRC Promotion Manager MARIAH GARDNER, who is one of the best writers in the biz…she writes about the CW in August, GA: A few days ago, we found out my friend and former co-worker, BRENT HLAVATY, passed away after a prolonged illness. This picture is how I remember him, a strong towering pillar of a man who smiled with his eyes and who really loved making people happy. Brent had a lot of big ideas. I rolled my eyes more times than I can count at this master showman, but he always came through with concepts that made his viewers and his clients happy. One of his favorite things to do was to make food for his co-workers, clients and friends…and man, was he good at it. He enjoyed trying out vegetarian recipes on me (or as he called it, “veggin”) and they were always home runs. I will really, really miss him. Please keep his wife, son and teenage daughter in your thoughts and prayers. After I moved to Houston, I communicated with Brent a few times through LinkedIn (he wasn’t a Facebook kind of guy). One of his last messages to me just happens to be a great bit of advice. After reminding me that he very wisely predicted I’d meet a great guy when I moved to Houston (he was very sure of it), Brent said, “Take care of yourself, and live life to its fullest.” And that is advice I’m happy to take in his honor. Goodbye for now, dear friend.
Job Alert – Creative Writer Producer WKMG Orlando
WKMG-TV News has an immediate opening in our Creative Services Department for a Writer/Producer. This creative genius will be responsible for writing, producing and editing original image, targeted special report promotion, proof of brand, sports, public service announcements, and marketing messages for other platforms. Producer should be skilled in creating and managing original production shoots, as well as, working with vendors and clients. The position requires a self-motivated producer that is a strategic thinker. An experienced producer able to work tight deadlines and meet them with minimal direction. You must write and edit content that pushes tune in and cuts through the clutter. You will produce marketing for all platforms including outside media. This is not an entry-level position.
Think About This: “The only true magic in this world is Love. Everything else is just smoke” ~ Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse
The Lion King explains it all. It’s a circle of life. Back in the early days of TV, Ben Casey started with a simple chalkboard graphic of man, woman, birth, death, infinity. That’s it. All the rest are details. All the changes, the heartbreak, the love and tears…all the saying goodbye and saying hello, starting fresh and going into pre-programmed mode. It’s all the circle of life. This blog (someone get a new name puhLEASE) is about that, and you need to know that you are thanked, valued and even cherished for any time and or attention spent here.
Now a few quick catch-ups: Well Dunne! to RILEY SEXTON who traded her Manager, Platform and Affiliate Marketing slot for Associate Director of Affiliate Marketing for Fox Broadcasting Company in LA. The SMU grad did some great stuff for KMSP in Minneapolis before heading west.
Condolences to Well Dunne! Talent’s DENA YASNER and her significant other LOREN. Loren’s mother passed this week. Loren is the kind of son we all hope our sons will be.
GM CURTIS MILES at WAOW in Wausau has a new CSD, namely KRISTI SCHREIBER, a native Wausan (is that correct…Wausan?) who is totally slammed with the new job. But Well Dunne! Kristi.
Think About This: “Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better
and happier. Be a loving expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. To children, to the poor, to all who suffer and are lonely, give always a happy smile. Give them not only your care, but your heart.” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
So there you are, sitting on the fender of a water logged Toyota Yaris, in the sun because so many trees were blown down and away. It’s hot…you’re hungry and would give a prize body part to have a Diet Pepsi. With ice….oh yeah, baby. Ice. You wonder how your cousin is – he and his kids live about 50 miles west. There was no answer when you called him, but that was before Maria. Your cell doesn’t work, so maybe he would answer if he could. You hope he’s OK. His family could stay with you, your dad, your mom and the Lopez family. They used to live across the street. Your roof isn’t there any more, but there’s blankets that have finally dried out. It’s hot but they make a passable pillow on the floor. You’re lucky because your mom and dad and you made it through. Your sister had flown to Mexico City and you knew she was going to come through. One day she’ll come back…when they fix the airport; when they fix the road TO the airport. You think it’s ironic that one of the things that made it through the water and wind is the American flag that you had in the storage area above the hallway.
Puerto Rico needs our help. This is what life is like on the island just a little more than 1,000 away and is, let me repeat IS, part of the US. These are our fellow citizens suffering. Three media executives have personally launched Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift, an effort that – as of Monday morning – has already generated more than $30K in cash and supplies, as well as a charter plane generously donated by CargoNationExpress. The effort will involve sending supplies Friday and eventually a “go team” to the island. Behind this boots-on-the-ground mission are Discovery’s LARA RICHARDSON, who grew up in Puerto Rico, and 2C Creative’s CHRIS SLOAN and CARLA KAUFMAN SLOAN, whose non-profit Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation supports many efforts benefitting children and families. Thank you press release for that info…and now here’s deets:
So come on people…we are SO blessed and lucky, even after our battering at the hands of Mother Nature. Most urgently needed items are Pedialyte, personal care kits (toothpaste, tooth brushes, tampons, soap, shampoo), water purification tablets, diapers, flashlights, small radios (solar/battery operated), small tents, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent/bug spray, canned non-perishable foods, first aid kits, baby formula, gloves, hand sanitizer, trash bags and towels.
Donations Needed By Thursday, September 28, 2017 for Next-Day Departure to Puerto Rico
THREE WAYS TO HELP:
1. You can bring supplies to 2C: 12550 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 700 North Miami, FL 33181 Attn: Nikki Coloma 305-672-8229
2. Send supplies to 2C via an e-tailer like Walmart.com or Amazon.com. View a pre-set Amazon Wishlist at this URL. http://a.co/5FrJgbW
3. Donate Funds to GoFundMe, and Lara, Chris and Carla will purchase supplies: https://www.gofundme.com/operationPRCareLift
Think About This: ““A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli
So many slots are finally being filled. So many need to be written about and given the chance for us to share their excitement (and new title). But there are other things afoot in the world and it’s difficult to not focus on the news.
The stories coming from Mexico City…from Florida…from Houston…amazing. Harrowing. Uplifting. When a good friend called to catch up on what has happened (for instance, who knew that the earthquake was responsible for the eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano and that eruption killed 217!) she stood in awe of the young people of the Districto Federal. They formed human chains to uncover those trapped in rubble and street by street, they made a difference. She honestly thought she was going to die.
All this in way of saying that the ‘normal’ way of doing marketing might need to be examined with the eyes of people who have suffered and seen suffering. Experiences – loss – fear – persistence – they all seem to shrink and even denigrate the marketing done for news and entertainment. Just a thought…perhaps it will spark reexaminations and perhaps new directions. How exciting.
Job Alert – Director of Digital KMTV Omaha
Think About This: “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” ~ Isael Allende
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They’re all safe….the Well Dunne! Talent voices that live and work in Mexico City. LILIANA DE MIGUEL, who not only announces but also translates (take note you NBC folks who have the Spanish side to deal with) had to walk 6 miles home, but her place was OK, if not glass-less. The windows in DF were major victims. CHRIS SMITH had a duble whammy….the quake shook things up but didn’t do major damage in Mexico. However, he lives part time in Houston, and there was flooding. When the quake hit, he reported the very first piece on CNN out of Mexico in English that day… in front of the fallen General Hospital. Both are very grateful. Well Dunne!
Talk about a perfect day. Take picture perfect LA weather…mix in the amazing GEORGIA SCOTT and DENNIS FITCH of The Agency…add a lunch of great food but better conversation and ideas…and that, my friends, is why one of us is very happy.
Think About This: “Friends … they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every time one is lucky to stumble upon someone who is delightful, it feels like a present. I mean someone who shares something that makes you go…’whoa…I so get it”. Had that happen with JOHN GILLIAM, who is heading to Palm Beach to be Promo Manager for Sinclair’s WPEC. CSD ALEX SHAW picked John from under the tutelage of CSD PETE FERRARO at Sinclair’s flagship WBFF in Baltimore. He’ll be down amongst the palms in early October and will be bringing with him a background that is ideal for a creative – diverse adventures and life experiences. Take note HR folks – creative are not quite like the other little mushrooms that work at a TV station. Creatives draw from their life and outlook to be able to bring forth the ideas that make up their job. John does that and this is what he had to share about himself.. As a kid, I had the world’s coolest older brother. I remember being six or seven and my brother sat me down one Saturday and said, “Let’s build a speaker”. He tried (emphasis on tried) to show me how to construct a speaker from wood, paper, and magnets. I may not have fully understood the concepts he taught me that day, but nevertheless it ignited a spark in me. He went on to talk about how expression through media was the answer to his inner calling. One of my first jobs out of high school was teaching kindergarten. Even then I had the urge to produce something media related. In class, my students would put on historical reenactments. We would shoot them with a little Sony Handy Cam and turn them into short documentaries. The kids really enjoyed it and it gave me the opportunity to teach in a way that I loved—through film. When I went back to college, I took a one credit university seminar where we were asked to give a presentation about our first semester college experience. So I took my Handy Cam and made a 10 minute highlight reel about my experiences. At the conclusion of my presentation, my adviser stopped me and asked if I knew there was an entire department at the school dedicated to multi-media production. It had never dawned on me that I could make a living making videos. John has a Masters degree and kicked off his TV career at KFSM in Fort Smith. A hearty Well Dunne! to a man who values tea parties with his daughter.
Think About This: “For bees, the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” ~ Kahil Gibran
Ah, 30 Rock. Home of NBC and WNBC, the NYC iconic Christmas tree, the winter skating rink and the site where the lobby holds a spot in art history (google Rockefeller, Diego Rivera and Lenin). Love the place. I bet JACK POORMAN loves it as well, especially now that he’s the Manager, News and Digital Promotion at WNBC as of yesterday, if you’re reading this on Tuesday the 19th. Jack’s no stranger to the Peacock Net…he’s been freelancing with MELISSA CRAWFORD’s Creative Team since June. He’s produced and directed a number of outstanding spots for WNBC including our StormRanger launch spots that ran in the Rio Summer Olympics; the TV Everywhere spots that are currently on-air; and he created New York Live’s new brand spots with Sara Gore and Jacque Reid. Before coming to New York, Jack was the coordinating producer for The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ with Sam Champion.” He also was the production manager for the Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles, as well as, a marketing writer/producer/editor for both Cozi TV and KNBC. Well Dunne! Jack!
Think About This: “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem
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