The American southwest is one of a kind. There’s nothing exactly like it, even though there are deserts that dwarf it in size and scope. But here in the states, our desert has brought forth art and history and mythology…mesas and vistas….saguaro cacti. Cowboys and westerns. The one thing missing (ok, there’s a few, but work with me here) is green. It’s pretty sparse and far between. Trees, flowers, grass…not so much. And rain. Well, you guys east of the Mississippi have had more than your fair share, while the west side of the river has been pretty dry. When BEN BATES takes the Multimedia Marketing Producer slot at Atlanta’s WXIA, he’ll be returning to the green that’s he’s missed while in Albuquerque as Assistant CSD for Hearst’s KOAT. Ben’s first TV job was at WVLA in Baton Rouge before he made the jump to KDVR in Denver. Both green. He then did a turn at Craftsy Network in the Mile High City before heading to DEILIA WILLIAMS’ creative team in The Q. A big thanks to him for pointing out that southern sweet tea is available at Chick-fil-A for those who crave it and are not in areas where it’s served most anywhere. Big Well Dunne! Ben.
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Think About This: “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
The American Southwest is a one-of-a-kind place that fascinates. There are desserts around the globe, but the US Southwest is a lifestyle, a geography, a history and a myth all rolled together. So is the lower part of Louisiana. Bayous, language, history and humidity meld to imprint the people and form the basis of a unique locale. Some of us are lucky enough to experience one or the other in our creative odyssey. BEN BATES, on the other hand, is experiencing both. All the more material to pull from when the creative juices need oil. Ben is a Baton Rouge native who has just been tapped by the amazing DEILIA WILLIANS (admittedly top of the favorite list) to be her Assistant Creative Services Director of Hearst’s ABC affil in Albuquerque, New Mexico, KOAT. Ben began his TV journey at WVLA in Louisiana’s capital city where he was a Promo Producer. From there he headed west to Denver’s KDVR’s where he forged more promo chops. Like a lot of promo folks, he felt the need for a ‘news break’ and joined Denver-based Craftsy editing long form educational videos about…Crafts. See, the name says it all. Then, like promo folks do, TV called and Deilia was on the other end. He and his wife will be settling down in The Duke City right before Christmas, and they both promise to go to Santa Fe and see the farolitos, which give The City Different a feel akin to pure magic. Looking forward to getting to know him even better…as should you. Well Dunne! Ben!
Think About This: "What’s in greatest demand today isn’t analysis, but synthesis, seeing the big picture and combining disparate pieces into an arresting new whole." ~ Daniel H. Pink
Talk about a change of place. BEN BATES has been in Baton Rouge, where the humidity is as thick as a Morton’s steak and the temps linger in the 90’s for months on end. He’s now a member of MAIA BRUSSEAU’s creative team at KDVR, Fox in Denver, the mile high city noted for snow and low humidity. This is definitely a 180 for young Ben. He learned the promo game at WVLA, NBC down in Baton Rouge. Enjoy your new locale and have a blast with your new collegues. Well Dunne! Ben.
Job Alert – Creative Services Producer / Editor FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 in Denver, Colorado have an immediate opening for a Creative Services Producer/Editor.
We are seeking a flexible and creative producer who can do it all: write, edit, shoot, direct – in a fast-paced news promotions environment. In this position you’ll work with our talented team of producers and designers to create daily topicals, image promos, special report promos, and everything in between.
Required skills: Strong Writing Skills, Final Cut Pro Studio and Camera skills (Canon 5D & Sony EX3)
Preferred skills: After Effects and Photoshop.
A successful candidate must enjoy working in a collaborative environment, be able to meet tight deadlines, and be willing to work a flexible schedule if/when needed. College degree or equivalent experience is essential. Previous television promotions experience will help you stand out.
Send a resume and non-returnable DVD or link to demo reel: Maia Brusseau Promotions Manager
KDVR / KWGN 100 E Speer Blvd Denver, CO 80203 Maia.firstname.lastname@example.org
NO PHONE CALLS. EOE/M/F/D/V
Think About This: “It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it’s harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.” – Unknown