It’s a promotion that’s also an addition. Multi-tasking in progress. BECKY HENDERSON has a new title at The Inspirtion Networks – EVP of Marketing. This is in addition to her current role of GM at Halogen TV, which is part of the Inspiration channels. The others are La Familia Cosmovision and INSP. The Oral Roberts U and UNC Charlotte alum has been at the Charlotte-based operation for eight years. Well Dunne! Becky.
Job Alert – Kansas City’s KMBC needs a Writer/Producer of the creative kind
Job Alert – NBC in Miami needs a Creative Services Coordinator
Job Alert – Social Media Manager for NBCU (Universal Studios) in Orlando Job 4698BR
Job Alert – Manager Online Media and Promotions NBCU (Universal Studios) Orlando Job 6414BR
Job Alert – Avid Editor at the Golf Channel in Orlando
Well Dunne! Talent’s own BILL HARWELL is headed to Monterrey, CA for some well deserved R&R. Lucky man.
Think About This: "We are beings that were destined to know great movement or motion. Our energy was meant to be transformed into experiences. If you have not yet chosen to use the energy of life, and the energy of the universe, to reform and reshape your world, you are in a state of stagnation." ~ Jack Boland
USC grad ALEX ROZIS came over from ESPN to take on a cool job – NBC Sports Group’s Director of Communications. He was Associate Director, Communications at ESPN, where he also worked as Sr. Manager Publicity and Communications and Marketing Manager. It’s all east coast NYC based. Well Dunne! Alex.
Job Alert – Marketing Director for WCTI/WFXI in New Bern, NC
Want to do something really wonderful? Send a message of encouragement to JAMES PIERCE, who is my son’s college roommate and who was severely injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan when 14 were killed in a NATO Patrol. James could use some cheering up while he recovers, so click here and let him know he’s not alone.
The BBC reports on a study finding creativity is a mental illness. !!??
Think About This: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien from The Fellowship of the Ring
Living the Aloha life is KELLY DONNELL, who will probably not miss the snowy Portland, Maine winters he experienced while heading up the creative team at WGME. Not that Portland isn’t a very cool spot – it is. It’s just that comparing Honolulu and Portland is a tad bit unfair. Kelly is now in the islands, under the palms, not all that far from Waikiki. Ahhhh – paradise. He’s taken the reigns at Raycom’s duop, KGMB/CBS and KHNL/NBC, which is what the islanders call Hawaii News Now. Kelly has his degree from University of Florida and has worked in some amazing markets, like New Orleans, Seattle, Philly and Chicago. Mahalo for the picture, Kelly and a big Well Dunne! to you.
Congrats to all the wonderful CTAM Mark Award winners, announced at the CTAM Summit in Orlando on the 14th. Check it out by clicking here.
Job Alert – Promotion Producer, WOFL Fox35 – Orlando
Write, produce and edit promos, including daily topicals, station and news image spots, POP’s, network prime, and program spots for the FOX Triopoly in Central Florida. Must have a proven track record of producing conversational yet compelling promotional spots that take a different approach, connect emotionally with viewers and give clear reasons to tune-in. Requires top-notch writing skills and a desire to win every day. Good understanding of how to sell news stories and station programming to target demographics. Must have the ability to execute distinct aand ways to increase traffic. Flexibility and ability to meet tight deadlines is a key. Ability to work flexible hours and shifts, including weekends and holidays is required. A minimum of two years television promotion experience, a degree in communications or related field, a good understanding of graphics and visual effects along with proficiency with Microsoft Office, basic non-linear editing skills and AVSTAR news computer knowledge is preferred. AVID Adrenaline and After Effects experience is a plus.
Get hold of Chris Friedrichs.
Think About This: "A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all — she’s walking on them." ~ Leonard Louis Levinson
Hard work that garners attention…it does make a difference. Career promotions result and one such example is no further away than San Diego, where HEATHER BOHN has been named Brand Director of NBC’s KNSD. Heather, a Cal State Fullerton grad, has a fascinating background. At one time she worked with The Osbornes. Yes, THOSE Osbornes. For nearly 2 years, Heather was in charge of the O’s PR, events and all the like. How cool is that? Will make dealing with news room craziness seem like a garden party at the palace. Heather has a worked with famous authors, musicians and kept everybody on schedule, on time, and on the right path before she went into TV fulltime, where she produced news segments before heading over to promotion. The perfect blend of all her background is in marketing and brand management, so Heather is going to shine even brighter. Well Dunne! Ms. Bohn.
Job Alert – Speaking on NBC, there’s a fab slot open at NBC in the San Francisco Bay area. So if you like doing cutting edge creative, working for a cool boss and sour dough bread, well…you better get on it.
Think About This: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” ~ Gandhi
CSD JEFF ZELLMER has a full creative house now. He found not one but two talented promo writer producers who are now hard at work at FOX Atlanta (WAGA for those still into calls). Coming over from Macon’s NewsCentral operation, which is the FOX and ABC affils, is ALLAN HUTCHINSON. Allan was Promotion Director. Macon is just south of Big A and is practically a suburb – one with the most gorgeous historic old mansions you can imagine.
IKE ANYACHONKEYA (pictured) joins Jeff’s crew from WEHT/WTVW in Evansville, IN where he was a News Producer and Promo Producer. Ike has a degree from UNC Charlotte and he’s worked at WCNC as well as NBC News Channel.
Well Dunne! to both Allan and Ike!
Job Alert – Affiliate Marketing Manager for Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas (TV job…really)
Job Alert – Hot Shot Editor for The Game Show Network in Santa Monica. Work with CHAD MALLAM and get great benefits. What’s not to like?
The one…the only…the best of the best CHUCK BLORE has written….a book. Yes, the man who can put words together so beautifully, you want to cry…Chuck has a book and you should ALL to a person order it and read it. Savor it. Love it. As we love Chuck. Click here and don’t delay. My copy is on the way.
Think About This: "When we find ourselves looking at the world and saying, ‘There’s nothing out there for me,’ we should probably also look into our hearts and ask, ‘If there’s nothing out there, is there anything in here?’ We need to examine our inner dialogue to discover where we might be blocking the conscious energy flow, then remove the ego, step out of the way, and let the fire of the soul shine through us." ~ Deepak Chopra
NAOMI BULOCHNIKOV is the newly named Director of Corporate Communications for Current TV. Of course, her old title was pretty cool…Head of Public Relations and Development at Wikked TV and was a Senior Publicist for VH1. She’s a Hofsta alum. Well Dunne! Naomi.
Job Alert – KSEE in Fresno is looking for a Marketing and Promotion Manager
Job Alert – Promo Producer at WGHP in Greensboro NC market
Think About This: "…live for a great purpose, and hold the central idea of that purpose constantly before mind. Do not live for the mere sake of prolonging existence; live for something that magnifies, on the largest possible scale, all of the elements of existence… Do not work for yourself; work for the great idea that stands at the apex of your greatest purpose." ~ Christian D. Larson
Family first…it’s one of the most cited reason for job changes. With the real estate market rather iffy, with children wanting to stay in their classes, with elderly parents needing more and more help, family reasons are behind more and more job switches. Such is the case with CHUCK SPRUILL who is leaving Belo’s WVEC in the Norfolk VA market and joining WPDE down in the Florence – Myrtle Beach, SC market. Yep, his family is there and he’s been seeing them only on weekends. Not to mention taking that 300 mile trip on weekends. No fun. Now Mr. Chuck is going to be a much happier guy. And he deserves it. He does great creative work, too. Win-win. Well Dunne! Chuck.
Taking Chuck’s place at WVEC is ED TUDOR, who has experience running creative departments and has been at WVEC for the last year or so. Ed’s one of the good guys and he’ll no doubt take everything up a notch in Norfolk. Well Dunne! Ed.
Are you peanut butter or are you jelly? Not only do great sandwiches require the right balance of both, but so do creative projects. Great article on finding more time for creativity, and sandwiches…
Think About This: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” ~ Irish proverb
Hope you are, like the bankers and post office, enjoying an extra day off.
See you tomorrow.
After quite a few months sitting in the CSD chair of CBS affil WUSA as a consultant, SANDY GEHRING is going to become the fulltime occupant of said chair. The Gannett owned flagship has been splitting Ms. Sandy’s time between DC and Orlando. Ms. G started her career in Sioux City, Iowa with a degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She’s worked in promo for NBC and served as GM at WTKR TV in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia as well as GM of The Daily Buzz program. I know she’s busy already. Well Dunne Sandy.
One of the super ladies in TV promo is MARTHA PELL STANVILLE. That’s her pictured with Warner Bros’ JAMES PETTIT. She’s done it all, so to speak. What a fab lady she is and the stories…oh what fantastic stories. Martha probably worked with you in recent years – she had Enerigizer Bunny vitality. Martha is entering assisted living and would love to hear from everybody….so please take a moment and drop her a card or note at 2236 Merton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90041 It would be a very good thing to do.
Can it be that Apple has lost its way? Read about it here.
Job Alert – Social Media Manager, X Games at ESPN Job 67980BR-1 location CT or LA
Think About This: “To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first green to the remote and unknown future.” ~ Bertrand Russell
Austin, Texas is one of those ideal towns (traffic not included, of course) and people really hate to leave once they arrive. That made it easier for MARK WILLENBORG, Director of Creative Services and Marketing at Belo’s ABC affil KVUE when he was looking for an editor and a graphics pro. He didn’t have to look far. KASEY LANSANGAN is his new artist and he comes over from a slot at KXAN. He’s also worked at WDTN and he did freelance work under the cool name Flying Tricycle. Sitting in the editing seat doing post production work is TYLER WIETHORN, who’s a Longhorn UT grad. He’d been at KEYE doing promo as well as doing animated textbooks (!) for Powerhouse Animation Studios. A double Well Dunne! to Kasey and Tyler.
Promo pro CHRIS SLOAN turned his marketing talents honed at NBC into a successful Miami-based company, 2C Media that produces dynamite promos for lots of other networks. Well Chris has also stepped it up and is producing shows as well. His newest effort premieres Tuesday night at 9 on the Travel Channel. Check it out, and check out the USA Today story as well. Very exciting and Well Dunne! Chris.
Think About This: “There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.” ~ Antisthenes
It took a long time, but CSD SHELLY LESLIE at Raleigh’s WRAL has finally found her Senior Writer Producer and he’s very, very talented. And from St. Louis and a Cardinals fan. Downright perfect. BRIAN SPENCER begins next week. He’s been at KSDK in St. Louis honing his creative juices for the last 8 years, and he knows how to do Topicals as only one who has spent time in a newsroom can boast. The Lindenwood grad (he went to CBC High School…always an important thing for St. Louis people to know) has outside TV interests as well…he’s the President of the St. Louis Hurling Club. No, not THAT kind of hurling – it’s Gaelic football. He’s going to love Raleigh and I predict an insurgence of hurling in the NC capital. Well Dunne! Brian.
You have until November 15 to come up with a new Simpson’s couch gag. Come on people – you are the most creative of all, so go for it and submit your ideas here. Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie will be at your command.
Think About This: “The next time you find yourself stuck in a long line at an ATM machine, traffic jam, or supermarket checkout counter, resist your urge to react. Do not get frustrated. Do not become impatient. Do not get angry. The line is there to test you, and to give you an opportunity not to react. But if you do react, the situation controls you. The situation becomes the cause and you the effect.” ~ Yehuda Berg
Being a southern gentleman by birth, MATT LAWS is right at home in Atlanta, where he is now at Gannett’s WXIA, the NBC affiliate. His new title is the Creative Services Director. Matt is originally from South Carolina, so he’s definitely closer to home and family. He makes the transition from KIRO in Seattle (that job is open – consider this another Job Alert). Matt also headed up creative at WOAI in San Antonio and WLWT Cincinnati, KOCO in OKC and WUPW in Toledo. A big mint julep inspired Well Dunne! Matt.
ERIN FELENTZER is the new VP of PR at TNT. Lots of initials there, but I know you followed that. She’s departing ABC Entertainment Group in LA where she was VP of Communications. She’s a Florida Gator in case you were wondering.
Think About This: "Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future." ~ Deepak Chopra
The lovely MELISSE MARKS is now at home in Cincinnati, where she is heading up the creative marketing efforts for Scripps’ WCPO, the ABC affiliate. The Fairfield, IL native knows her way around the ABC network…she was chairman and member of the network Marketing Advisory Board. The last few months, she’s been spending time on the west coast with her dad down La Jolla way (love that town!). Her new, official title is Director, Marketing and Creative Services. And she’s working for a former promo pro who’s now GM…no need to go into major explanations about why an Image campaign is important. Melisse, an SIU-Carbondale grad, was at Evanston’s WEHT and started in the biz via radio. A great big Well Dunne! Melisse.
CHRISTINA ROMENTO has a lot on her list, namely The List. It’s the syndicated show produced by Scripps in Phoenix. She’ll be leaving the wonderful DON SMITH behind at KOVR and Ms. heading to the Valley of the Sun. That makes about the fifth person to take the highway out of Sacramento to Phoenix (down the 5 to the 10). Ms. Christina has a cool resume that includes promo work in Austin and even working for Bunim Murray Productions. Well Dunne! Christina.
Job Alert – Manager of Creative Services for Shop NBC in Eden Prairie, MN
Think About This: "…Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." ~ Frank Herbert
Not only is DREW FOWLER building a new pool in his backyard, he’s got a new job in the same town that nearly finished pool is in. Staying in Sacramento, Drew has made the switch from the CBS owned station, KOVR, to the Gannett ABC station, KXTV where he’s the Director of Marketing and Community Relations. Drew is going to love working with DAVE MONTGOMERY, Promo Manager and former Scripps creative. Drew is a fave, and has the cutest little boy (who is growing up way too fast…). Well Dunne! Drew.
Taking the Creative Director slot at Big2 in Midland, TX is ROBBY PROPP. Big2 from the Big Sky country…and if you’ve ever been in the Permian Basin, you know the sky is indeed big. Gorgeous. Robby was born in Odessa and spent time growing up in Denver. He even knows that the best shrimp tostados are in Midland, TX, despite the fact it’s a few miles from a coast. Well Dunne! Robby.
Job Alert – Sr. Promo Writer Producer KHOU in Houston
Job Alert – Promo Writer/Producer at FOX in DC
Think About This: "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." ~ Albert Einstein
Some news from the VP club, this time from down Atlanta way and GMC. Adding Senior to her VP title is WENDY McCOY who was VP of Marketing. Wendy is an Arizona State alum (rah!) and came over to GMC from Versus. In addition to ordering those new business cards, Wendy is going to be overseeing marketing for ASPiRE, the new cable network from Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Joining the VP club is ANGELA CANNON (pictured), who is now VP of Affiliate Marketing….she had been Director. Angela graduated from U of New Mexico (I bet she misses the Sandias) and has a Masters from Keller Graduate School of Management. She came to GMC from Buena Vista TV in Burbank.
Great big Well Dunne! to both Wendy and Angela!
Love ice cream? Then head over to your Stone Cold Creamery and indulge. You’ll also be helping out Make-A-Wish and all the excellent work they do. It’s the 11th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social and it’s on Sept 27th.
Think About This: "Many of us think that happiness is not possible in the present moment. Most of us believe that there are a few more conditions that need to be met before we can be happy. This is why we are sucked into the future and are not capable of being present in the here and now. This is why we step over many of the wonders of life. If we keep running away into the future, we cannot be in touch with the many wonders of life-we cannot be in the present moment where there is healing, transformation, and joy." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
What is it about driving across the country that always captures our imagination? The idea of wheeling down Route 66 from Chicago to LA…seeing the Atlantic and then Pacific with all that’s in between….well, it’s part of the American psyche. JIM GRAVINA is going to enmesh himself in the open road when he departs Fresno, CA and ambles across the country to his new job in Miami. Jim has been CSD at Granite’s KSEE and has decided that what he really loves is the hands-on creative process itself, and is going to work for NBC in South Florida, where he’ll be editing and making creative gold for CSD and Programming head JOSE SUAREZ. Stops on the trip will be Indiana, where he once worked in Ft Wayne. Jim is a professional magician (this is his YouTube post), so he’ll no doubt be finding out how magic his new city will be. Well Dunne! Jim.
Think About This: "Reality is not that you are weak, and dream of becoming strong – Poor, and dream of becoming rich – Alone, and dream of having friends. But that you’re already strong, rich, and among friends…yet, at times, dream that you’re not.” ~ Notes from the Universe
It’s really the American Dream personified. From intern to President of a huge company in eight years. Sounds like a movie script, but it’s the real life of JOE TAMANINI, recently promoted to President of Studio City, the branding marketing company, in Studio City, the town in the LA Valley. The small town Pennsylvania kid was first Intern, then Production Editor, then Head of Creative Department, then VP and now, the big chair. Joe studied Broadcasting at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Obviously, he paid attention. A great big Well Dunne! Joe.
Friday was a busy one for Well Dunne!’s KELLY PIDGEON, who had to bug out of the KDKA Spaghetti Breakfast to cover the hostage situation in Pittsburgh. The same one that kept the folks at KDKA-TV holed up in their station. TINA VEON, CSD of the TV side, was Facebooking the day, proving that social media is indeed changing how a story unfolds. Kelly was the first on the scene and kept the info coming, even with spaghetti sauce on his hands. Can you imagine what people thought of that – the spaghetti sauce, not the info.
Job Alert – Creative Director AMC Networks Job 10800873
Job Alert – Marketing and Promotion Manager at KSEE Fresno
Think About This: "When your tasks seem a little heavy and over-whelming remember just to do one thing at a time quietly, and leave the rest because the rest is not your job. What you cannot get through you must hand back to God, and God will work it out for you." ~ White Eagle
Back home again in Indiana. It’s a song sung before the start of the Indy 500 race…and it’s also the theme for LINDSAY BLEDSOE’s latest career move. She’s returning to her home state after a job sojourn in Milwaukee, where she did cool TV promo work for WTMJ, the Journal station in The Cream City (has to do with brick color, not cows or cheese). She’ll be hitting the Indianapolis scene where she’ll be taking on the promo topical duties at FOX for CSD MICHAEL BROUDER. The Valpariso U grad will no doubt love being in the Crossroads of America. Well Dunne! Lindsay.
Job Alert – Promotion Graphic Designer MLB Network in Secaucus
Job Alert – Promotion Editor/Producer for CBS 58 in Milwaukee
Job Alert – Topical Producer at WTMJ Milwaukee
Job Alert – Writer Producer for on-air promos at GSN in Santa Monica
Think About This: "If we all tried to make other people’s paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on." ~ Myrtle Reed
Yes, I missed you too. The site was down – server issues. The one and only BRANDON got it fixed so fast – well, it was a sight to see. And now, of course, you can. One should really ‘think Brandon’ when they think websites. Just sayin’.
The Scripps Cincinnati CSD slot has been filled. Info on that coming first of next week. A change on the west coast is going to be announced but again, gotta wait. You are not the only ones who roll their eyes at waiting.
Job Alert – Art Director at KOVR in Sacramento
Job Alert – Broadcast Production Director for Disney Theme Parks…Glendale CA
Job Alert – Promo Writer Producer at FOX in Indianapolis
Play a Pivotal Role in Building the FOX59 Brand.
You’re insanely creative and realize that every great edit hangs on the way you tell the story. WXIN-TV, home to the top-rated FOX59 News and one of the leading FOX affiliates in the country is looking for an Indianapolis-based writer/producer/editor to develop and execute high impact on-air promos for our award-winning newscasts. Creativity, spirit of innovation and ability to cut together powerful edits with a cinematic flair will make you an excellent fit for our in-house team. We are a Mac-based work environment.
You should have 3-5 years of experience within the creative services environment in cable or broadcast television. Proficiency with Final Cut Pro and strong writing skills are required. Candidates with working knowledge of After Effects and DSLR videography move to the front of the line.
Job Description: The Creative Services Writer/Producer/Editor (WPE) will write, edit, and produce image & sweeps tune-in promos for Fox59 News. Excellent writing & Final Cut skills required. Able to work independently, take direction and meet tight deadlines. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications Necessary: Proficiency in Final Cut nonlinear editing software, plus outstanding conception and creative writing skills. Experience with After Effects, DSLR videography, and basic lighting a plus. Organizational skills a must.
Send resume and cover letter, plus link to current work examples to Human Resources, WXIN, 6910 Network Place, Indianapolis, IN 46278. EOE.
Comedian, actress and favorite CAROL BURNETT is going to be making the talk show rounds starting September 24. She’s definitely worth watching for.
Think About This: “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
Heading north out of Miami (which is geographically the easiest route) is ROBIN GEDDIE, the new Executive Producer of Promotions at Cox’s WFTV in Orlando. Robin’s been Sr. Creative Producer at Sunbeam’s WSVN in South Florida. The San Antonio-born Robin has gotten to live in places where the snowfall is pretty much non-existent, the lucky girl. After being a military brat and living in Texas, she then lived in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia. Robin worked at WHDH in Boston as well. She sounds like a doll. And I know she’ll love working with CSD BOB ST. CHARLES beginning October 1. Well Dunne! Robin.
Rebranding? Then you need to read about how to access the change here, complete with a checklist and suitable for sharing with your GM, corporate heads and News people. AFTER READING, call Well Dunne! Talent for a new voice (shameless plug alert) since all those changes need to be considered in your sound.
Job Alert – Director of Consumer and Brand Marketing for WEtv NYC job 18646BR
Job Alert – Communications and Marketing Specialist WCCO in Minneapolis Job 12756BR
Job Alert – Promo Producer at WSVN in Miami
Job Alert – Promo Writer Producer at Oxygen NYC
Job Alert – VP Creative Services TruTV in NYC Job 132334BR
Think About This: "You live too much in your physical consciousness and your material world. You have to learn to balance these two lives, the life of the spirit and the life of the body. Now, if you will imagine in your heart this shining Star, this blazing jewel, we think it will help you to attain and maintain that balance between your inner and your outer life." ~ White Eagle
Tests are no fun and leave you pretty worn out. So instead of news of people and new jobs, etc…here’s a pretty up-to-date list of all the station-side creative head slots that are open:
CSD at KIRO in Seattle
CSD at WVIT in Hartford
CSD at WXIA/WATL in Atlanta
CSD at KFMB in San Diego
CSD at KMOV in St. Louis
CSD at WUCW in Minneapolis/St Paul
Director of Local Branding at KNSD in San Diego
Director of Marketing at KHNL/KGMB in Honolulu
Director of Marketing at WTLV in Jacksonville, FL
Director of Marketing and Community Service at WBIR in Knoxville
Director of Marketing and Community Relations at KXTV in Sacramento
Marketing Director at WCBD in Charleston, SC
Marketing Director at WVNS in Charleston, WV
Marketing Director at WFLA in Tampa
Marketing Manager at WJAR in Providence
Promotion Manager at WFTV in Orlando
Promotion Manager at WANE in Ft. Wayne
Hey you DC area people. Looking for something really marvelous to do Friday night? Check out Think Fast Jak, featuring former promo pro ANTON KOZIKOWSKI and his amazing sister (talk about a lot of talent in one family…wow the Kozikowski’s nail that totally). Their group is going to perform at The Velvet Lounge on U Street NW in DC.
Think About This: “If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” ~ Will Rogers