PETE GEORGE has traded Chicago for Pittsburgh, where he’s now the Promotion Manager of Sinclair’s duop WPMY/WPGH – Fox and MyTV respectively. He’d been at FOX in Chicago, WFLD, as Promotion Manager and before that he was in Tampa as Promo Manager at WMOR, the Hearst station. He honed his promo-ness at WRDQ in Orlando. The Penn State grad is much closer to home turf in Pittsburgh. Well Dunne! Pete.
Job Alert – Promotions Coordinator KTXL Fox Sacramento Job 2013-25033
Think About This: “If you don’t like where you are in life, there comes a point when you must give up the part of you that’s keeping you back.” ~ Dr. Sonya Friedman
Down hard against the Mississippi in Memphis, the FOX OandO has a new Creative Services Director. WAHEED ALQAWASMI has been promoted from Promo Manager. But the real story is how the go-getter got from Amman, Jordan. For 13 years, Waheed called Amman home, then his whole family made the move, which according to the distance calculator on happyzebra.com is 6,634.4 miles, or 10,677 kilometers. Now THAT is a move people. Waheed arrived speaking English with a British accent, but that soon was replaced with “ya’ll” when he went to HS. And it was in high school that he won his first Emmy. He’s been writing, producing and filming/editing documentaries and music videos, earning a nice IMDB page as well as the slot at Fox. Watch for some very good work coming under his direction. Well Dunne! Waheed.
BRAD PITT’s Make It Right is working with Benjamin Moore, the paint people. The project is called Main Street Matters, and you can get involved by clicking here.
How much do words matter?
Think About This: . "Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." `~ St. Francis of Assisi
DAVID MAYS emailed this news to share of the passing of a very kind and talented member of the creative community: “Received some very sad news that LARRY RUBIN, an editor for 14 years at American Forces Radio and Television Services and the Pentagon Channel, passed away Tuesday at age 64. Larry was a gifted and passionate editor of promotional spots, news pieces, and documentaries. It was an privilege to work with him during my time at the Pentagon Channel and to have been honored with a Promax Silver award for one of the hundreds of spots we developed together over the years. Below follows the Washington Post obituary”:
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, LARRY RUBIN of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved son of Alberta Rubin; devoted brother of Nan Rubin and Steven Rubin (Melba); cherished uncle of Michael and Rebecca Rubin. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:30 p.m. at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA. Family will be receiving friends at the residence of Sperry Silverman immediately following services. Contributions may be made to Animal Allies, www.animalallies.com. Arrangements by HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL, HOME, INC. under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington Contract.
Think About This: “Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit. “ ~ Robert Furey
Don’t you just love it when an up-and-coming creative takes the next step and calls all happy about a new slot? It’s great. So when LAUREL PORTIE shared that she has a fabulous new job and she starts the end of June, it was indeed a happy share. Ms. Laurel loves her old job, working with AZALIA HOELTING down San Antonio way for Fox affil KABB where she’s a writer producer and social media manager. She’ll miss the River Walk, the Texas music scene and Fiesta, but she’s very pumped to head to the Pacific Northwest where she’ll be Sr. Writer Producer for Seattle’s KIRO. THAT will be a fun road trip! She’s a Louisiana lady by birth and has worked for uber-creative DAVID HERSHEY at CBS’ KTVT in DFW. She’s also learned her craft at Greenville NC’s WNCT. Best yet, she’s going to work for SUSAN CONNOR who is heading up the KIRO creative team. Very Well Dunne! Laurel.
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KIRO Seattle
June is National Adopt-A-Cat month. Have you visited your local animal shelter lately?
Don’t forget to enter the Win a copy of Promo Cowboy by Barry Fitzsimmons …send your name and email to Well Dunne! and we’ll pick a winner next week.
Think About This: “There was a time when people said, ‘Jim, if you keep on making faces, your face will freeze like that.’ Now they just say, ‘Pay him!’" ~ Jim Carrey
So, are you looking for a super Father’s Day present? Or the perfect book for the beach? How about a fun book about murder in the world of TV? (Come on…surely you can identify with wanting to murder someone you have worked with at one time….you have…I have…we ALL have) You need to check out the latest book by the amazing BARRY FITZSIMMONS. Barry is a major pro who has spun marketing magic for NBC, HBO and ESPN. He’s taken his writing talents and just published Promo Cowboy. It’s a Must Read. A Who Done It set in the world of 2000 NYC TV, Promo Cowboy is a satire, a thriller, an expose. What’s not to like? And, for one lucky reader, it can be yours for nothing less than an email. Win Promo Cowboy by emailing your name and phone to: kate at well dunne talent dot com (all one word – no spaces, but you knew that) and we’ll throw them all in a bowl and pick a winner. Let’s show support and actually buy it – Amazon has it in real book form or for Kindle. It’s terrific (only had time to read the first few pages, but love anybody who wears a Stetson…) Well Dunne! Barry.
Job Alert –Promo Producer KBAK Bakersfield
Remember yesterday when I sent a shout out to GENIA EDELMAN for her new slot at The Africa Channel? Well, she’s even got a better title than Director…she’s EVP of Sales and Marketing. Well Dunne! EVP Genia.
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
JOSH KERBAWY is really enjoying life. He’s in a gorgeous part of the country where he enjoys mountain biking while enjoying gorgeous scenery, especially this time of the year. When he got promoted to Promotions Manager of CBS affil WVNS in the Bluefield/Beckley West Virginia market, it was even better. Just talking to Josh was a pleasure…happy people are like that. Well Dunne! Josh.
Shout out to GENIA EDELMAN for her new slot of Director Sales and Marketing for The Africa Channe
Out San Francisco way…attention. Well Dunne! Talent’s JOEY VEE is hosting on KOFY TV all this week. Tune in between 10a and 1:30…isn’t he adorable? And he is a super voice talent…(giving you ideas…)
Think About This: “No one can give you wisdom. You must discover it for yourself, on the journey through life, which no one can take for you.” ~ Sun Bear
Bright and early Monday (or today if you are reading this June 3), WADE CAPPS starts his first day in charge of his own creative department. All riiiiiight. And to add icing to the cake, it’s in gorgeous Corpus Christi, a Gulf of Mexico market that has great beaches and super seafood. Wade is now the Marketing Director at KRIS Communications, which is the overall company for NBC affil KRIS and CBS affil KZTV. A Texas Longhorn who has been lucky enogh to have, to date, spent his career in The Lone Star State, he started out interning at the PBS outlet in Austin. Wade’s first paid gig was down in Laredo at CBS affil KVTV and from there he took I-35 north to San Antonio where he was AZALIA HOELTING’s Sr. Promo Producer at Sinclair’s KABB/KMYS, Fox and MyTV affils. A big Texas Well Dunne! Wade.
Job Alert – VP Creative Oxygen NYC 10370BR
Job Alert – motion Graphic Designer-Creative Services DISH Denver job 2013-21635
Job Alert – Sr. Promo Producer Aljazeera America NYC
Job Alert – Promotion Manager WKEF/WRGT Dayton
Well Dunne Talent’s NICK SANABRIA got a major kick out of the new book written by Richard Castle. What you say…that’s a fictional character? Indeed. And the book, actually there’s a whole series of them, is a cross media promotion…a real book written by a fictional character. Give that marketing person an award of some sort.
Think About This: “Aim with your heart and steer with your mind.” ~ Tut.com
He handled the May book but this is the first moment available to tell you about DAVID SHELLY the new CSD at KFSM, the Local TV-owned CBS affil in the Fort Smith market. Mr. S has a wonderful TV promo background, starting with WLAX in La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He’s one of the promo folks who has a lot of zip codes to his travels, but considers Wisconsin home. He’s a big Packers fan ( how many days till football season starts??) His promo career has taken him to Fresno (KMPH), Milwaukee (WITI and WVTV), Madison (WBUW), Greensboro/Winston-Salem (WCWG) and (KRBK Springfield MO). Ft. Smith is a gorgeous part of the country, David. Well Dunne!
This is just great…what the CEO if The Container Store says about the folks who work there: “We take seriously that our employees choose to spend much of their life’s journey with us” Well Dunne! Kip Tindell.
Think About This: “Be prepared for adversity…and determine in advance that hanging in there through thick and thin will reveal your character.” ~ Gary LaLonde
KEVIN VICKERS has been promoted to Design Director at FX Design Group, where he had been both a Designer and Sr. Designer. As a matter of fact, he was the driving visionary for Tulsa’s KJRH set, which I know made GM DONNA WILSON, CSD SAMANTHA KNOWLTON and Sr. Promo Producer BRANDT DOTSON happy. Kevin has a degree from the coolest art school – Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. Well Dunne! Kevin.
Also at FX comes word that AL LAGOR is now Managing Director of Motion Design. He has a station background that includes WHDH Boston and loves sports. Well Dunne! Al.
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KLAS Las Vegas
Job Alert – Digital and Social Media Marketig Specialist NatGeo Channel DC job NAT00000A
Job Alert – Promotions and marketing Specialist NESN Boston
Think About This: In the seamless stitching together of life, work and art, the thread of divine order is woven. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
JACK PARMETER has passed away. I met Jack back in the LA days and hadn’t crossed paths until several months ago when he sent the most upbeat, charming email. He was looking for a new job and wanted to know what was available. His background was very impressive: He had helped launch the Fox TV Network as Director of On-Air Promotions, handling such shows as The Simpsons and 90210. He worked for Fox as Executive Director of Creative Services and traveled internationally working on original material. He made the switch to CBS where he was first VP of On-Air Promotion then Senior VP of Marketing. He was involved in Parmeter Productions where clients included ABC, Cimarron and Fox. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture, Jack had an artists eye, a brilliant mind, a winning smile. He will be sincerely missed.
BRAD CRUM who worked with Jack, wrote the following in his honor. He has graciously allowed us to share:
"GUESS WHAT, WE ARE CONNECTED" I got this email a couple of months ago from an old friend. " Hi there…I’m an ex CBS/FOX promo/marketing guy looking for a full time job (remember me?). I figured I’d start with my Linkedin friends. Guess what? We are connected.
Hope all is well with you. Best Jack"
I got back to him but we didn’t get a chance to talk. Now, I hear of his untimely death.
If you’ll allow me, I’ve written something in honor of Jack Parmeter. But it’s really for all of us in the promo business. Because, as Jack so aptly said,
"Guess what–We are Connected".
To the tune of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,"
Once I built a network, from the ground, took it right to the top…
Once I took another, turned it around…Brother, can you spare a job?
Once my work earned jealous stares– lined their pockets with gold
Built a reputation—but hey, who cares?! Tell me am I just too old?
Say, don’t you remember, they called me Jack;
they called me John, Lew & Bob,
Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a job?
Which leads to today’s THINK ABOUT THIS: You get an email…a phone call…a FB message…a tweet…a LinkedIn message from someone in the business. You know the person, or their work, or you know of them. You know people who know them. The person reaching out doesn’t have a job at the moment, or is looking for a project. Sound familiar? Now to the heart of it….what do you do? The answer…the ONLY answer…is that you do something. You return the email…the call…answer the social media communiqué. You reach back and in doing so, you make that person feel so much better. Remind them they are not alone. They can be hopeful. In the best possible ways, you can even give them the key to a new job.
Think About This #2: “If doubt, despair, and denial threaten to dismantle your dreams today, let Love rear up in your defense.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Reuniting with a former co-worker is COUNCIL BRADSHAW, who has been named the VP of Creative Services at the soon-to-be FOX duop in Charlotte, WJZY-WMYT. Council at one time was with FOX affil WGHP in the High Point market (up the road from The Queen City) where he worked with the now-GM in Charlotte. What’s he been doing in between all this? He’s been a partner in Greensboro-based DejaView Media. He’s a major-good cameraman. Well Dunne! Council.
Job Alert – Art Director WRNN Port Chester NY (NYC market)
Think About This: “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” ~ Arundhati Roy
Change is all around. Always has been, but there are times when it seems to rush ahead more quickly, sweeping us breathlessly along with it. Found out there’s a big change happening out west, where KLAS’ LEE MINARD has announced he’s leaving the station the end of June. He and his lovely wife (and the family cats of course) will be heading to the Arizona desert to enjoy life lived to the max and not to the time clock. Lee’s career is amazing and he’s brought his magic to such places as Food Network and stations across the country. An award-winning pro, it seems his departure from active TV will leave a hollow spot. He loves jazz, photography and art, so he’ll be busy in between sunrise and sunset. A sincere and heartfelt Well Dunne! Lee.
More change. This coming Friday is going to be extra exciting for Well Dunne!’s RICH VANSLYKE. His daughter Ali is graduating high school. The lovely young lady is going to college and study jazz saxophone performance…making her my favorite Freshman. Well Dunne! VanSlykes.
My wonderful entertainment lawyer reminds me that ya’ll need reminding that all material on this site, including the daily Well Dunne! blog is under copyright and all that it implies. OK, carry on.
Think About This: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
JOHN KIM is not only an MFA film grad of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but he’s also the new Creative Services Manager for Nexstar’s WMBD/WYZZ/Bounce Central Illinois operation in Peoria. He knows the promo world pretty well, having worked as Promo Coordinator and writer/producer. He’s done a lot of freelance in NYC for music videos and commercials, as well as been Production Coordinator for Today’s Feature, a boutique ad agency, and Promo Producer for Music Choice. A big Well Dunne! John.
Job Alert – Creative Director On-Air Promotion Bravo NYC Job 1024BR
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KOFY San Francisco
Job Alert – VP Integrated and Strategic Marketing CBS TV Stations NYC Job 14984BR
No less a business leader than Forbes has an insightful look at how CEO’s are moving from consultants paid hourly to a results-based model. That might be a very good idea for broadcasters to think about….
Think About This: “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.”—Vincent van Gogh
There’s nothing like the flowering dogwoods down south in the spring. Even in a wonky season like this has been, when the trees do their blooming, they make any place seem like a painting. This information is not new to Mississippi native GARY WOLVERTON, who has been one lucky guy – his career has been in places where dogwoods are the norm. And his latest job fits right into the mold – he’s the new Creative Services Director of LIN’s WIAT in Birmingham, home of Southern Living magazine. Gary makes the transition from FOX Carolina in Greenville, upstate South Caroina. Other stops along Gary’s way include WHLT in Hattiesburg and WJTV in Jackson. Well Dunne! Gary.
Author and former Exeter instructor DAN BROWN has some interesting insights into the creative life.
Think About This: "If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The last picture posted of CORY McRAE here on the blog was when he was standing on the Great Wall of China. The real one – not a restaurant. Cory is a well traveled guy and his travels are about to take him from Jackson, Mississippi to Baltimore, Maryland. Charm City is where his next job is – he’s been named Promotion Manager of Hearst’s NBC affil, WBAL. Cory and his lovely wife will be leaving behind the Mississippi capital where he was CSD of Hearst’s WAPT. Other stops along the promo way for the Montana State U Bozeman grad were FOX affil WDAF in KC and heading up an international production entity in Saipan. THAT is so cool. A big Well Dunne! to Cory.
Job Alert – Promo Producer KGAN/KFXA Cedar Rapids, IA
Think About This: “Being realistic is the quickest path to mediocrity." ~ Will Smith (the author)
Hubbard’s NBC affiliate in the Duke City, KOB TV, has promoted KEVIN OLMSTEAD to Creative Services Director. He made the trek west to New Mexico from Louisville, KY about two year ago and he was so much closer to his family in El Paso. And he gets to drive through the most interesting landscape to get to his hometown. Bonus – he drives through Truth or Consequences, NM, a town named after the TV game show. Only in the USA. Well Dunne! Kevin.
Well Dunne! Talent’s KEN BURBANK (whose real name is Ken Eaken) got a wonderful write-up in the Detroit paper…check it out. And of course, check Ken’s voice out as well.
Hey you New Yorkers…if you’re on 6th Avenue between 49th and 50th , get a real live Bluth Frozen Banana at the Bluth Original Frozen Banana Stand. Arrested Development gets a gold star for marketing.
Think About This: “The most dependable quality in the universe is that of change. A willingness to change eliminates the word failure from our vocabulary.” ~ Tom Crum
ERIK SNELL is a Sinclair man – they keep promoting him. The Detroit native is now heading the creative team at Sinclair’s WGME in Portland, Maine (an absolutely gorgeous little city) having made the transition from Columbus, Ohio where he was On-Air Promotions Supervisor for Sinclair’s ABC/Fox combo. The Cedarville Univsersity grad began his TV career at Time Warner Cable where he produced commercials. He also was a producer at Dayton’s WKEF/WRGT duop and was Promotion Manager for WICD in Champaign, IL. Time to break out the champagne with a Well Dunne! to Erik.
Job Alert – Multimedia Graphic Designer for Right This Minute Phoenix AZ (work with my fave graphics guy CHRIS AYERS)
Job Alert – Topical producer for WXYZ Detroit (job 6374 – work with the amazing DAVE BAUMANN)
Job Alert – Sr. writer producer for Showtime in NYC job 83543476
Job Alert – Sr w/p for WSLS Roanke VA
Think About This: “The most important lesson that man can learn from his life is not that there is pain in this world, but that it depends upon him to turn it into good account, that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Up Chicago way comes word of two new network managers for Weigel Broadcasting’s operation. GARTH FRANKIN has been named Network Creative Leader for the MeTV Network and Movies!. The UC Santa Barbara grad hails from LA and began his TV promo career at KCAL where he was part of the Lakers Tonight show. His resume includes slots at Fox Cable Nets where he was Creative Director, CBC TV in Toronto, and even the Playboy Channel. He’s most recently been doing his creative thing for Magnolia Pictures. Let’s not forget he ran his own company called 36 Frames. Well Dunne! Garth.
WILLIAM M CRAIG is the Brand Director of Movies! Network coming over from WMAQ, NBC in Chicago where he was a Sr. Producer. He’s a Ball State grad who was lead producer for the Tribune Creative Group Central as well as put in creative efforts for WTSP in Tampa, WGN America and Towers Productions. Well Dunne! William.
Next time someone wants you to make a graphic in blue because they like blue, let them read about the science behind marketing color choices. Click here.
Think About This: “I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.” ~ Vincent van Gogh
Kudos to CORY BAYLE, who is already hard at work as the Promotion Manager at Nexstar’s Amarillo operation, KAMR. He’s been doing just about all one can do in the line of promotions for KAMR for the last few year, and he has a great eye. Let’s not forget his background in radio, where he was on-air talent and program director for stations in Houston, Corpus and Midland. Well Dunne! Cory.
Job Alert – WMC-TV 5 is looking for a full time Senior Commercial Producer to join our team. Three years experience as a Promotion Producer or Commercial Producer is preferred. Must have professional demeanor and work well with clients, account executives and Marketing staff. Must be able to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit commercials for local direct clients and add to the station’s Marketing effort when needed. Some evening or weekends may be required. Must be flexible and have a great attitude! Advanced knowledge of non-linear editing, Adobe Creative Suites, After Effects, social media and website content creation in a business environment is a plus. If you’re ready to join an award winning creative team, send your resume, references and reel to: Chris Conroy, Director of Marketing, WMC-TV 5, 1960 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. You can also email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V
Think About This: “Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping your fellow-man?” ~ Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Job roundup time. See of any of these are up your alley.
Creative Services Director slots open:
@WFFF – Burlington VT
@KOB – Albuquerque NM
@WUPA – Atlanta
@WPTZ – Burlington, VT
@KFSM – Ft. Smith
@WLTX – Columbia, SC
@WHNS – Greenville, SC
VP Brand Marketing @Comedy Central – NYC
VP Creative Director Brand Advertising @NBC Sports – NYC
Marketing & Promotions Director
@WGXA – Macon GA
@WVNS – Charleston WV
@WFXG – Augusta, GA
@KRIS – Corpus Christi
@MTV2 – NYC
Assistant Creative Services Director
@WAPT – Jackson, MS
@KNBC – Burbank
@WGME – Portland ME
@WBAL – Baltimore
@WCVB – Boston
@WPGH/WPMY – Pittsburgh
@WHBQ – Memphis
@WISN – Milwaukee
Promo Producer (& Editor)
@WPTY/WLMT – Memphis
@KVVU – Las Vegas
@KCRA – Sacramento
@KEYE – Austin
@KDVR – Denver
@WTVJ – Miami
Graphics and Art Designers
@KTVT – DFW
Sr. Director of Communications @NBC Sports Group – NYC
Sr. Marketing Manager @Turner Broadcasting – Atlanta
Publicist @ HBO – NYC
Graphic Designer @ Travel Channel – Chevy Chase MD
Graphic Artist @Scripps Graphics Hub – Tampa
Creative Services Production Director @AMC Networks – NYC
Copywriter @Fox Sports – LA
YES…read about how interruptions zap your brain power. They do…and work spaces today are full of unnecessary interruptions. Read it.
Think About This: "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." – William James
Sending out healing thoughts to InVinceable Marketing’s VINCE MANZE who is welcoming a new knee in LA.
Last day for getting pix in for the upcoming edition of PROMAX Brief’s Shuffle page. Yep it’s the one that will be available at the LA Conference and at the Station Summit. Sooooo….those of you who are involved…now is the time.
Milton Berle, TV’s first true star, was known far and wide for his huge…memorabilia collection. Which is now being auctioned off.
Need a stedicam for your iPhone? Yes, there is one.
Always good to have fun writing and grammer reminders, like ‘3 Common Language Mistakes That Drive Me Crazy’.
Think About This: "Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert." ~ Pat Conroy