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
Score a new job for LAUREN MELONE. Cheers are in order for her slot as VP of Public Relations at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Lauren comes over from Playboy Enterprises, where she was VP of PR. Before that she was at director of media relations at GemStar-TV Guide International. Ms. Lauren holds a BA from Georgetown and a Masters in public communications from American Univ. Well Dunne! Lauren. Put Well Dunne! on your media list for updates on MSG.
Very cool alert. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has a new website. Bookmark www.virtualtvacademy.org for “state of the art” discussions with leading entertainment industry professionals. I’m sure your phone will ring any minute now…
Yeah, it’s over 12 hours old, but here’s the list of finalists for the PROMAX/bda Awards. Congrats and best to each and every.
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Think About This: “Charity begins today. Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. Our work is for today, yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come.” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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
Busy busy busy time at stations. Thank goodness there’s more hands to do all the work at Sinclair’s WSYX in Columbus, Ohio. On the job now is new Sr. Producer ERIC SNELL. He was with Sinclair before, so it was a family hire of sorts. Well Dunne! Eric!
What is the future of TV? Business Week takes a look.
Sure I like CSI. The one set in Vegas. But it was a bit of a surprise to find it was SO popular. Read about it here.
For those headed to PROMAX in NYC this June, Fodor’s was kind enough to come up with 10 very cool, very fun and very FREE things to do in The Big Apple. Click here
For those of you who are now in control of ALL the media outlets and need help keeping things straight, like who ways what about you, DNA13 might be the right move for you. Check out Spring ’09, dna13’s on-demand software for real-time reputation management. Yeah, that’s what they’re calling it now…reputation management.
Don’t forget to check out the new talent additions at Well Dunne! Talent site. Great pipes, great prices and honest folks. How refreshing!
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Graphics folks – circle Dec 15 as the deadline for the COMMUNICATIONS ARTS interactive contest. Any project—interface design, educational and entertainment programs, interactive product display, self-promotion—created for digital distribution is eligible, and that includes Web Sites, Interactive Kiosks, Handheld Devices, Online Services, CD-ROMs. Enter here
The one and only OPRAH, who btw was a huge hit at the Women in Entertainment luncheon last week in LA and is much taller than one would imagine, is on the hunt for a writer producer for promos. Sounds like a great slot for the right person. Get details by contacting me or go to the PROMAX job board.
Time to get serious and look at the NYT’s take on the Tribune Co’s financial problems. The “B” word is being tossed about – bankruptcy. Click here.
Think About This: “During times of stress and difficulty, what are you doing to maximize your potential for peaceful living in this world? It is your own energy field that will make a difference. You decide for yourself whether you experience the dynamic, transformative power of peace or a just the muddled energy of conflicted emotion. Choose peace! Choose to be a transformer of negativity by lifting up your heart space, clearing your negative emotions and grasping the star of intuitive awareness. You are an energy field—full of life and peace!” ~ Greg Barrette
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
Today marks the beginning of the PROMAX award period. Lots of changes in this years categories, like the ability to upload your entry instead of send it via land-based delivery system. That is a GREAT change. Good luck on all the amazing work that’s going to be entered. PROMAX’s 54th annual get together is set for June 17-19 in NYC. For details about the awards, better check it out yourself at www.promaxbda.tv/awards_pro08.asp
Yep, you got to go over the changes.
Think about this: ‘Change is in all things sweet.’ ~ Aristotle