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Things move so fast today. Well, some much more than others. Working at CBS affil KENS5 in San Antonio is definitely in the Fast column, where CSD (and fave) DON SMITH has named a new Art Director, having lost one to Austin’s Fox in a manager slot. In Don’s utterly creative style, he sent out a welcome for DERRICK BARRIOS that is too good not to share.
Derrick has spent the last few years at WOAI/KABB as their Art Director and has worked at the station for 10 years. He also spent time doing graphics at KIRO in Seattle. A native of San Antonio, Derrick has been recognized for his work with multiple Emmy nominations and one win, two silver Promax Awards and he was recognized by the San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission for his graphical work on their latest documentary. Fun facts: WAY better dresser than me His family owns legendary SA restaurant Los Barrios He’s an avid car enthusiast and loves doing his own small maintenance on vehicle Loves to sing karaoke (at least every other weekend) and go out dancing Well Dunne! Derrick~
JOB ALERT – Marketing Producer WIAT Birmingham (work with ANDY SCHWABE!)
Think About This: “Bravery is not a quality of the body. It is of the soul.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The eyes of Texas…you know the song. And it’s the theme for today’s post. Beginning in the heart of Texas (another song), namely Austin. FOX’s KTBC has a new Promotion Manager who’s a Texan through and through and has even worked at the station before. Welcome GENO GARZA to the new title. He came up I-35 from San Antonio, where he was Art Director for the CBS affil under the fab DON SMITH. Of course, his new CSD is fab as well (shout out to DAVID SQUIRES). Back in the day, Geno worked at KTBC as a graphic designer before teaching it at Austin Community College. Then he went over to KVUE and added Video Editor to his talents. He ran his own creative shop and added motion graphics as well. KTBC has landed a whale, as they say in Vegas (and always as a big ol’ compliment). Well Dunne! Geno.
What’s he going to miss is the big debate at KENS. Big Senate race in the Lone Star State between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. They’ve agreed to do three (and only three) debates, and KENS landed one. The last one. Set for October 16, details will be coming along. Hoping they stream it. The candidates will also debate at my alma mater SMU, so there’s that. Well Dunne! everyone.
Think About This: “Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.” ~ John Lennon
CHRIS and CARLA SLOAN have built an amazing operation in Miami with their 2C Media. Now they’ve added three, including the very talented LARRY WIENER. The UMass Amherst grad got his start in Boston doing a variety of TV jobs at Cablevision then jumped into promo for New England Cable News. He learned promo by writing and producing at WKRN in Nashville, WSVN in Miami (where he got promoted to Promo Manager) before jumping to LA for Fox Broadcasting as Sr. Writer/Producer On-Air Promos. He took the VP/Creative Director position at ION Media Networks and was Director Creative Services for CBS in Miami and VP Marketing and Creative Services at Tribune in Ft Lauderdale. He’s worked for Discovery and most recently was VP Creative for Eclipse Creative. His title with 2C is Creative Director. Very exciting for all involved. Well Dunne! Larry.
But wait – there’s more! BEN FRANK and MARNI WAGNER, who have both worked at 2C, were promoted. Both are now Creative Directors. Ben has a station-side background having done news and topical promos. He was a promo producer for WPLG and was at WTVJ when Chris discovered him, and the rest is, as they say, history. Ben’s work for 2C is on display for promos for CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown as well as the NBC Olympics Opening ceremony promo. MARNI has worked in LA and NYC, as well as traveling as producer for long form network shows. Her latest work is the launch on CMT on Nashville. Yes, she has a lot of awards – all deserved. Ben and Marni….VERY Well Dunne!
Job Alert – Topical Writer Producer KENS San Antonio (work with DON SMITH and a super newsroom!)
Job Alert – Writer Producer Weigel Broadcasting Chicago
General Job Description:
This isn’t your typical “News Promotion Producer” position, because our priorities are Comedy & Entertainment! This job is for someone who wants to take the next creative step in their career.
Weigel Broadcasting Co. has an immediate opening for a skilled writer/producer/editor to join our promotion department. You will be responsible for creating on-air promos for a variety of entertainment, sports and syndicated programming. Our company continues to grow and we need talented people who can accept a creative challenge, and produce innovative and unique promotional content
Write, produce, direct and edit various on-air promotional material
Work with various departments to guide projects through the entire production process
Create unique & clever ways to promote our content digitally
Other duties, as assigned
The ideal candidate is a seasoned creative professional with outstanding writing, producing and editing skills as well as strong visual and graphic sense
Previous experience writing, producing and editing promos for television is required
Self-starter who is assertive, enthusiastic and highly motivated
Proficient in Adobe Premiere and additional experience in Adobe Creative Suite is preferred
This is a high quality, deadline driven environment
We need professional promotion creatives with demonstrated experience in producing great content from conception through completion
Our Perks & Benefits:
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance package
Long Term Disability Insurance
401k and Profit Sharing Plans
Discounted Parking Access
Gym Membership Discount
Convenient access to highways and public transportation
One block from the aptly named “Restaurant Row”
Think About This: “Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice have prevented me from feelings of isolation.” ~ Albert Einstein
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A Texas lady always feels at home and ready to take on the world no matter where she is. But when she’s in the South, it’s even better. Such is the case with MICHELLE BEECH who is a TCU grad (that’s Texas Christian in Fort Worth for you Google-shy folks). Michelle is now Creative Services Director in Spartanburg heading up the creative efforts of Media General’s WSPA and WYCW, the CBS and CW affiliates in Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market in the upstate of South Carolina and western North Carolina. Beautiful territory, and there’s a Pottery Barn outlet, too. Back to Michelle, who names America as her hometown, seeing as she was a military child and she moved all over. She has a most interesting background and was most recently at AR&D as Marketing Strategist and Station Marketing Consultant. She has led departments at KKCO and KKTV as well as produced promos for WJTV and WAPT. She’s a major win for WSPA…let’s all chime in and send her a big Well Dunne!
Speaking of Texas…down San Antonio way, Tuesday a very special little someone made his debut and the reviews are all raves! KENS CSD DON SMITH and his beautiful wife have a new baby boy who has a very adorable and proud big brother. Can’t wait to see more pictures…you should send Don a big congrats. No word on whether there are cigars on the horizon, but there is definitely a major spike in the cuteness factor in SA today.
Job Alert – Sr. Graphic Artist FOX TV LA (work with JEREMY CLAYPOOL – he’s an all-star)
Think About This: “Fear less and hope more. Eat less; chew more. Whine less; breathe more. Talk less; say more. Love more and all good things will come to you.” ~ Swedish proverb
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San Antonio is a lovely city….they like to enjoy life there. They celebrate and dance and sing…all to the background of color and greenery and friendly people. When DON SMITH emailed about his new Marketing Manager, it was another happy moment for the South Texas branch of TV. With all the craziness happening, to hear happy news is a tonic. Former digital team member ANDREW DELGADO is the new Marketing Manager for KENS5, CBS in SA. With his degree in English and Communication Arts from St. Mary’s (were during Fiesta they have an amazing oyster roast!), Andrew has been producing promos and the like for a bit…and now he’s gonna be Don’s wing man. When he was doing digital, Mr D got awarded a Texas AP Broadcasters Award as well as a Murrow. Impressive. OK, everybody, let’s hear a big Well Dunne! Andrew.
Job Alert – Marketing writer/producer KENS San Antonio
Think About This: "Each lifetime we will return to walk in the shoes of a different culture until we understand our Oneness." ~ Anita
Yes, this is copyrighted….
About half way between San Antonio and Corpus on I-37 is Three Rivers, which is west of Beeville. Thought I knew all the Texas towns but Three Rivers is a new one and we thank TYLER GARCIA for bringing it to our attention. Tyler is from there and he’ll be pretty close to home now that he’s gotten a job with KENS 5, CBS in The Alamo City. CSD DON SMITH has grabbed him to be the new Topical writer producer, a very important slot indeed. Tyler will be heading down to SA from Austin where he’s been writing and producing for KVUE. Tyler graduated from Texas State at San Marcus and is a major sports fan, as are many Texas men. While in the Navy, he was a hospital corpsman…very interesting. A big Texas size Well Dunne! for Tyler.
Did anybody think Jimmy Kimmel was funny at all as host of the Emmys? Yeah, no….
Think About This: “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.” ~ Robert Heinlein
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So much going on…so little desire to do anything that isn’t “summer-related.” Luckily, AARON BEVILL doesn’t feel that way. He’s the new Creative Services Manager for WNCT and ENCT, the CBS and CW affils in eastern Carolina, namely Greenville. It’s a promotion…love hearing about promotions. Before he was tapped for CSM, Aaron was working nights as writer producer, which he did so well he won an Emmy for his work…only the fifth golden statue in the history of Greenville TV which led to the stations winning their first CBS Eye on Excellence Award for promotion. Aaron is a grad of Eastern Carolina U and loves basketball and his new baby. He also knows how to fix yachts. Yes, he can fix yachts. Now how many can list that on a resume? Sounds like this is a great year for Aaron and the stations. CSD MARC MORRISTON is very proud of the whole thing. Well Dunne! Aaron.
Job Alert – Writer Producer KENS San Antonio (not only work with DON SMITH, but you’ll get to do high end work, not the run of the mill stuff…this is a really great slot – details tomorrow)
Very good article about what makes a Company a good one to work for (proper English aside)
Think About This: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
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Would one of you wonderfully talented and creative people please come up with a new word other than blog. The word itself sounds as if there’s a digestive problem happening…not good. But while we’re on the subject, there’s some very nice postings (anybody want to vote for that?) being done by creatives…worthy our time to check out. KEVIN KOLBE, who is CSD at Capital Broadcasting’s WRAZ in Raleigh, has expanded his KevinKolbe.com site to Facebook. And it’s very uplifting. We need uplifting. about faith, family and fun. Kevin says he hopes to inspire, challenge, motivate and share. Check it out. DON SMITH, now heading up KENS creative down San Antonio way, has long been posting with his http://idopromoz.blogspot.com and it’s terrific. All about, the name says it all…promos. Effervescent DANI DUDEK, creative wrangler of Charleston’s WSCS, has a blast with her blog ATXGOSSIP.COM, which chronicles the celeb and pop culture scene…lots of lists and Ms. Dani says ‘a side of snark’. Of course, it’s also Facebookable. Promo Cowboy and amazingly talented BARRY FITZSIMMONS has taken the blog to a more media-heightened plane with his podcast, which grew out of his wordpress blog of the same name. It’s great…interviews with some industry folks. Blatant self promotion time…download the conversation the two of us had. Go on…find out why you should not spit in your wastebasket. It’s not just a good manners thing. Anybody else have a blog (that word…augh) they want to share?
Better hurry up and book for your Topical Bootcamp…I mean, only if you want more eyeballs on your newscasts. SYDNEY RUBIN is in charge of details. Topicals aren’t born.,.they’re trained!
Think About This: "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." ~ Kahlil Gibran
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As a most lovely June winds down and we’re all poised to kick off the July 4th festivities and holiday, had to interrupt some time away with news of one of the best. You can take the boy out of Texas but there’s always a hankering – yes, hankering – to get back to the Lone Star State, politics aside. You don’t have to be born in Texas to be a Texan (but you do have to have a Texas locale on your birth certificate if you want a Native Texan car plate, which you can actually purchase), but you have to have been a resident and loved it and want to return. That’s what Lake Charles, LA native DON SMITH is doing…he’s setting free his Inner Texan and returning to San Antonio and the Tegna CBS affil there, KENS. He’ll be top wrangler for the creative, the official title being Marketing Director. He’s no stranger to SA, having worked at KENS once before when it was a Belo station. Don and his lovely family (his little boy is the cutest thing you can imagine!) will love living there. Confession – my son was born there and it’s a great place for little ones. Mr. Smith is departing his current role as Director of Creative Services at CBS’ KOVR/KMAX in California’s capital, Sacramento. Along the way, Don’s done promo for KHOU in Houston and his first job was at KBMT in Beaumont. Let’s not forget a stop in Salt Lake City and Stun Creative in NYC. So very excited to hear about a very happy creative talent and a city most loved. Get a big place..need a bedroom for next year’s Fiesta! Well Dunne! Don.
Job Alert – Executive Producer 12 Creative (WKRC) Cincinnati (work with SHEILA OBERMEYER!)
Make your mark in Broadcasting. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the nation, programming 162 stations located in 79 geographically diverse markets after pending transactions. Our success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believes in a vision and is dedicated to making Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. a communications powerhouse. We are advancing the world of Broadcasting and we want YOU to join our winning team!
Local 12/WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, OH is currently seeking an Executive Producer/Creative Services.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Shooting, producing and potentially editing station news and entertainment promotion including, in addition to, long form programming and commercials.
- Special focus on being a team player, who is attentive to deadlines, thrives in a fast paced work environment and is inspired to bring creative visions to life.
- Handling multiple projects from concept to completion, both daily & on an ongoing basis for each of the three television stations as needed.
- Responsible for creating, writing & producing on-air promos for the station that fit within & echo the Local 12 News brand as required.
This position reports directly to the Creative Services Director.
- Familiar with ENG style video cameras (JVC 850, Sony FS7, Canon C300 and Canon 5D Mark II)
- Still photography experience
- Superior Lighting skills, both in-studio and on location
- Field audio experience
- Ability to lift 40-50lbs on a regular basis
- Ability to communicate/work in a team environment
- Excellent verbal & written communication skills
- Valid Driver license
- The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two to five years of videography and or producer experience.
- Non-Linear editing experience a plus (Premier Pro; Avid).
- A college degree is preferred.
- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!
Job Alert – Promotions Producer WOAI San Antonio (with with TERRY MCFARLANE)
WOAI – NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO has an immediate opening for a Promotions Producer. The News 4 San Antonio creative team has a great opportunity for an exceptional promotion producer who loves marketing news. This is not an entry level position. We need a pro who can engage with the news department, write copy that sells, and has production skills to turn the finished product into great nightly spots. The ability to write, shoot and edit are essential. Must love a fast paced environment, and work with nightly deadlines.
- Producing nightly news topical promos and targeted special report promos
- Assisting with station sponsored events
- Contributing ideas and concepts as part of our team
If you have the required experience and skills, please apply below or visit www.sbgi.net and include your salary requirements while completing our on-line application. In addition, include a link to your latest work. Work examples should showcase strong editing and writing skills. If you do not have a link to your work, apply on-line and then send your non-returnable DVD to: WOAI-TV, Attn: Terry McFarlane, 4335 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229
Think About This: “There was never a good war or a bad peace.” ~ Ben Franklin
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If KOVR/KMAX – CBS/CW in Sacramento – is looking even better than normal this week, it’s due to a change in the Art Department. Let’s start with brand new Art Director MIKE WIEBE, who was promoted after 8 very imaginative years doing all kinds of eye-catching things, including reinventing the Good Day look. Joining Mike as of this last Monday was BRIAN WHEATLEY whose title is News Graphics Manager. Yep, that means he’s fast, good and doesn’t let stress get to him. Brian comes to California’s capital from Great Falls, Montana (gorgeous gorgeous) where he worked at KRTV in a number of jobs, each more important, etc. He was tasked with the graphics look of 7 CBS stations. Lookin’ good you guys. Their boss DON SMITH is one happy guy. Well Dunne! KOVRers and KMAXers.
Job Alert – Producer KVOR Sacramento – work with DON SMITH! http://idopromoz.blogspot.com/2014/05/hey-creative-people-we-want-you.html
Job Alert – Nighside Brand Producer WKMG Orlando
WKMG, Local 6 in sunny Orlando Florida, has an immediate opening for a Night side News Brand Producer. If you have an innate marketing instinct and are a news junkie–we want to talk to you! The News Brand Producer is a night side position in the Creative Services Department responsible for bringing the Local 6 news brand to life through compelling topical writing, editing and strategic conceptualization. Candidate must be able to target the most promotable stories within a newscast and write effective topicals to connect with our viewers. The ideal candidate is a skilled tease writer, and editor as well as a savvy producer. This role will also participate in social media marketing, station image and sweeps promotions. The News Brand Producer is a team-player, a self starter and can change creative direction easily.
- Write, produce, edit compelling spots that connect with Local 6 viewers
- Strong copy writing skills with an understanding of how to sell news stories
- Develop social marketing strategies to promote news brand
- Assist in all areas of station promotions, marketing, community events and more
- Participate fully in daily news meetings
- Produce image, web videos, and other promotions as assigned
- Ability to work flexible hours including nights, weekends
- Reports to Creative Services Director
- Two years + topical news promotion experience
- Knowledge of Premier or Final cut experience and After Effects a plus
- Ability to change directions on projects easily and quickly
- Work well with news producers, photographers and reporters in the field
- Ability to problem-solve, find positive solutions to challenges
- Both a team player and a solo act rolled into one
- Must be well organized and highly motivated
- Be able to thrive under pressure
To Apply If you are creative, love to write news promotion and would like to work in one of America’s most exciting cities, email your reel and resume to: Kymberli Peoples -Creative Services Director firstname.lastname@example.org WKMG-Local 6 4466 N. JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY ORLANDO, FL 32804 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Think About This: “I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.” ~ Dele Olanubi
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Getting around Hot-lanta is not going to be any trouble at all for LARRY WATZMAN. Of course, traffic is going to be worse than he remembers it. He’s going back to the Georgia capital as the Director of Marketing and Creative Services at Gannett’s WXIA. The move is actually a promotion from within the Gannett family, since he has been the head creative at their Buffalo, NY NBC affil, WGRZ. Larry and family are going to love the hub of the South and he’ll be returning to a city he knows from the days of working for CNN. He’ll be back in Dixie by the middle of September. Well Dunne! Larry.
Job Alert – Promo Producer at Palm Beach for WPEC and TERRY MCFARLANE
CBS 12 in West Palm Beach is looking for the next news topical star. What’s it take to land this job? It all starts with great copy. Taking news stories and developing compelling, tightly written copy to sell them. The words come first. FCP skills and the ability to think beyond a topical news template are essential. Spreading the message via social media is also part of the job. Shooting skills are a plus.
As a bonus, you’ll have warm weather, beautiful beaches and an outstanding team to work with. Sound like you? Let us hear from you! email@example.com
Job Alert – Senior Graphic Designer KOVR Sacramento and DON SMITH
Smart? Talented? A little “off-center”? Read on! 1331Creative, the marketing team at KOVR/KMAX in Sacramento, CA is looking for a highly creative artist to join our award-winning group. This CBS-owned duopoly is not your typical(boring) TV station. Nope. We have fun. We take chances. We even make a few misatkes. We do it all in the spirit of creativity. Our goal is to produce smart work, exceed client/viewer expectations and have a blast doing it.
This position will work on high-end projects with the station’s commercial production team as well as the promotion and art peeps. We’re a little weird. A lot geeky. And we love to laugh… often. Sounds like your kind of place? Before you march into your boss’s office and quit… here’s what we need from you:
- A killer reel! (you’d be surprised how many resumes we get without a reel… we need to see what you can do!)
- Expert knowledge of After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro and Star Wars
- A passion for producing motion graphics that break through the clutter
- You MUST be a team player who enjoys collaborating and brainstorming while discussing Sharknado
- C4D & compositing experience bumps you to the top of the list
- Ability to shoot video and still photography along with experience directing talent is a huge plus
- Sharp attention to detail and accuracy; ability to make tight deadlines
- Agency or post house experience preferred
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On behalf of SHORTY BACON and the latest edition to the family PATCH, hope you had fun with your pup on NATIONAL DOG DAY!
Think About This: "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel." ~ Steve Furtick
While the folks are convocatin’ in Vegas at the Station Summit, let’s turn our eyes east for some great news from one of the most talented guys around. BARRY FITZSIMMONS has a new gig and it’s awesome…he’s now the Global Creative Director of ONE World Sports. Added bonus – it’s in Connecticut, where Barry and family live. Barry’s accomplishments are so varied and impressive, it’s hard to start, but let’s just list a few: Creative Director On-Air for Katie, ESPN campaigns, HBO, MSNBC, Creative Director On-Air for Anderson and the list goes on. He’s not limited to TV….he’s a published author and just recently his PROMO COWBOY came out. Lovin’ it myself….you should pick it up, especially if you’re headed to the beach over the 4th. A great big Well Dunne! Barry.
Speaking of PROMO COWBOY, the winner (drum roll please) of their very own copy is DON SMITH, who is CSD at KOVR in Sacramento. Mailing it tomorrow Don. Well Dunne!
Posting pix from Vegas thanks to the best of the best: BONNIE BARCLAY. If you read this as a feed, you might have to go to the site itself to check them out, which won’t hurt you one little bit. Just click. And make sure you get to the FX Design’s suite at Planet Hollywood and bend your elbow.
Job Alert – Writer Producer KOCO Oklahoma City
Job Alert – Director Sponsorships CBS Sports Network NYC
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KARD West Monroe, LA
Job Alert – Creative Services Director WGCL Atlanta
Job Alert – Sr. Art Director QVC West Chester PA Job 14489
Think About This: “"You’ll encounter many obstacles along the road to living your dreams. Some obstacles may be real, some imagined, some may be tangible, and some may be intangible. Some of those obstacles will be created by others, and some will be self-imposed. However they manifest, you will always be given the choice as to whether you give them power." ~ Francine Ward
There’s a brand new little boy starting off life out in Sacramento. Everybody welcome Master Henry Colton Smith, son of KOVR’s Creative Services Director DON SMITH and his lovely wife Nicole. He showed up a tiny bit early, but is absolutely perfect in every way. Yes, there should be cigars all around and happy people to welcome him. Now this is what we mean by Well Dunne!
The new Esquire Network has a new VP of Brand and Creative. PATRICK CONDO is that man and he comes over from TBWA/Chiat/Day where he was officially the Group Creative Director.The University of Pittsburgh and Creative Circus grad has some mighty impressive ad agencies on his resume…including Oglivie and Mather as well as Publicus & Hal Riney. That is a total of two agencies with four names. OK…whatever. Well Dunne Patrick.
Healing thoughts to the dad of Well Dunne! Talent’s ANDY SAFNAUER (he’s new…check him out) who had open heart surgery last week.
Five social media lessions from Roger Ebert. Worth the click people.
Think About This: “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” ~ Marc Chagall
‘The Hat’ is back. If you got that email and work at CBS’ KOVR in Sacramento, then you know it’s the way the station welcomed back PAUL KRAMER, now Promotion Manager under CSD DON SMITH. Paul wrote and produced at KOVR before heading across town to be Creative Services Production Manager at FOX affil KTXL. The San Francisco State University grad also worked at American Zoetrope – yep the Coppola and Lucas film studio. What did he do there in his seven years? He did just about everything. And how did he get the moniker ‘The Hat’? By wearing the same one. Easy question. A big Well Dunne to you Paul.
Abilene, Texas is just down the Interstate from Sweetwater, home of the big rattlesnake roundup. Yeah, not on the Bucket List, but interesting nonetheless. When the brave and bold KAREN YARBROUGH (KTAB’s Creative leader) showed up at said event, just this last Friday, she showed more chutzpah than anyone else I know in TV when she skinned a rattlesnake…yes, she really skilled a rattlesnake. Perhaps a belt or the start of a great purse? Amazingly Well Dunne! Karen.
Job Alert – VP Creative Services at Madison Square Garden Entertainment Job 13-3963
Job Alert – Writer/Producer/Videographer WLUK Green Bay
Think About This: “I suppose, in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” ~ Irrfan Khan as the older Pi from Life of Pi
I write about lots of great, creative people. But when you write about someone special, it’s the most fun. Today, it’s fun to tell you about DON SMITH. Mr. Don isn’t just muy creative, he’s also one of the good guys. And he’s been offered…and he accepted…the Creative Services Director job at CBS’ KOVR in Sacramento. He’s been there for a few years as Promo Manager, and this step into the “big chair” is going to be a real plus for the Sacto market. The station is very special to me…it was once owned by a friend’s father and was where a dear, departed colleague worked magic. Don fits into the KOVR family like a glove. He’s a southern gentlemen hailing from Lake Charles, LA and has worked for Belo at their San Antonio and Houston operations, KENS and KHOU respectively. He did a super job at Hearst’s WESH in Orlando and went west to Salt Lake City’s KTVX. Many of you know Don as the guy who puts together that super blog, Idopromoz. So I know you’ll join me in sending out a great big Well Dunne! Don. So happy and proud.
It’s a girl for Mama CANDACE HIRLEMAN ARCHER. Making her absolutely beautiful debut is Ella Kaliani Archer. Gorgeous Hawaiian middle name which mean Heaven. And she is one bit of heaven here on this planet. Candace is the VP of Creative Services at KGO in San Francisco. Wonderful news.
Job Alert – Manager, Affiliate Relations and Promotion for The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show, both through NBC in Stamford, CT job 8455BR
Finally – you can now multitask breakfast thanks to Wired Waffles. What is a wired waffle? It’s a delicious breakfast treat that has caffeine in the waffle! Flavors include the ever popular Bacon Maple. Who could ask for anything more?
Think About This: "Sometimes, anywhere else but here seems to be the place we need to be in order to stand a chance of finding real peace and inner stillness." ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Well, here it is 12-12-12…the last time in a long time when we can have this kind of fun with the date’s numbers. So write a check, or sign a contract…something fun.
This time of year, companies announce promotions and it’s so much fun to write about. One such promotion comes out of FOX in Atlanta, where JEFF ZELLMER is the newest member of the VP club. Excellent news and Well Dunne! Jeff.
Job Alert – CSD at WPEC in West Palm Beach FL
Job Alert – Programming and Promotion Coordinator KNSD San Diego
Out in Sacramento, KOVR Promo Manager DON SMITH had an interesting event the other night at dinner. A phalanx of police greeted him when he went out the door for dinner…seems there was a shoplifter who had mistakenly chosen the station parking lot as an escape route, and, well, after punching a cop, it all ended up being a very different dinner break for Don. BTW, he didn’t hit the cop – the shoplifter on the run did….but you knew that, right?
Think About This: “Our life is so short that every time I see my children, I enjoy them as much as I can. Whenever I can, I enjoy my beloved, my family, my friends, my apprentices. But mainly I enjoy myself, because I am with myself all the time. Why should I spend my precious time with myself judging myself, rejecting myself, creating guilt and shame? Why should I push myself to be angry or jealous? If I don’t feel good emotionally, I find out what is causing it and I fix it. Then I can recover my happiness and keep going with my story.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
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
How can one find a great creative promo producer? Just the other day, DON SMITH of the Idopromoz site (and Promo Manager at KOVR) posted about the many, many openings for writers and producers. They’re getting to be scarce – very scarce – and the competition to hire them is strong. Even in an economy that tilts the balance toward employers, producers are in the drivers seat due to supply and demand. Here are some steps to make finding that perfect person a reality.
1 BE SPECIFIC ABOUT EXPECTATIONS
Think about what you want and then, think about what you need. Everybody wants a young Spielberg, but be reasonable. You might have to walk down your original specifics, especially if the producer slot opening will have a station-wide impact. Be specific and upfront. The candidates read job descriptions closely. An accurate picture of what you need will attract people who can do the job you describe.
“Target your most pressing need,” advises WNCN Creative Services Director STEVE PATRICK. “Right off the bat, narrow your search to the candidates who can fill that need. Then hire the one with the best attitude. Attitude trumps all.”
Ask fellow promo people if they know of anyone available. Your buddy in Fresno might have heard about someone that would be ideal for your opening on the east coast. Email and then phone (yes, the phone). It would be great if the right candidate just showed up on your doorstep in response to ads, but take a more proactive stance. Producers are hard to find and a little work will pay off in the end.
3 SOCIAL NETWORK
LinkedIn is perhaps the best social network site for finding a pro. If you aren’t on LinkedIn yet, you’re missing out.
JEFF FUNK, Creative Director, Innovation and Imagination at WGNO and NOLA38 states, “In this stage of the game, if you aren’t on LinkedIn, it’s a red flag to me. Like life, everything evolves. The marriage of social media and traditional media is the perfect example. LinkedIn is not only the largest electronic rolodex online, but also a valuable source of opportunity and creativity. Active participation in sites like LinkedIn and Slideshare not only highlights one’s ability to network on different levels regardless of industry, but it showcases one’s ability to actively push their own personal brands forward. There’s something to be said for engagers!”
4 PRODUCERS NETWORK
Producers know other producers. Ask your team if they can help. See NETWORK above.
5 LOOK INWARD
“Grow your own,” advises 602 Communications’ GREG DERKOWSKI, himself a former CSD who has found himself in need of creative talent. “When you have someone on staff who you know — their work ethic, attitude, ambition, attendance, curiosity to learn more and contribute more — and that person shows a sincere interest in getting in the promotion game and has a good foundation to build on, that may be the way to go. Plenty of stations are doing this. And it’s a great reward for employees and it speaks well of your company when you promote from within.”
Corporate matching funds might be available to train your nearly-perfect pick. Or offer to pick up the tab for outside classes.
6 OFFER A CONTRACT
“If you find someone good, and train them to be just the way you want, then don’t let them go anywhere. Sign them to a personal services contract so that all that time, training and mentoring doesn’t go across the street and work against you.”
7 SOMEONE ALREADY IN TRAINING
Media savvy students are everywhere. Check out the colleges, universities, art schools, and performing arts academies in the area. What can begin as an enthusiastic intern can turn into an amazing find.
8 THE HR CONNECTION
HR people are as busy as promo people, so don’t expect them to focus on your opening alone. Every ownership group has their own procedures, so work with HR to help move the process along. Suggest to them a simple software program generating an email thanking candidates for contacting you (which should be mandatory). Your IT guy can make it happen for you.
9 MAKE THE HIRING PROCESS PERSONAL
By and large, communication is not happening in the communication business when it comes to the hiring process. Producers, communicators at heart, feel rejected if their emails, submissions or phone calls aren’t acknowledged. Take a moment and, let’s reiterate, at the least, send a return email thanking them for sending their info. It doesn’t take much time and makes a world of difference to the candidates.
10 LOCK DOWN YOUR CHOICE FAST
Several CSD’s are still smarting from going through the hiring process and losing their choice at the last minute – the choice took another job. Don’t let things drag out. Clear the hurdles and make sure your paperwork is all done before you even run an ad.
It was a red letter Thursday for JAY YOVANOVICH. He’s been named Promotion Manager at WRAL in the Raleigh-Durham market. Yep, THE WRAL. Jay’s exchanging his Sr. Promo Writer Producer title for this new one. Jay’s been at the Capital Broadcasting-owned CBS affil since 2006. Shout out to CSD SHELLY LESLIE for the heads up. Well Dunne! Jay.
And another boost at WRAL comes to former Promo Pro JIM ROTHSCHILD, who is now Station Manager. Jim worked his way up the ladder at KMOV in St. Louis before joining WRAL as Stations Ops Manager. Well Dunne! Jim.
Out west, PAUL KRAMER moves to the Fox station in Sacramento as Creative Services Production Manager. The San Francisco State U grad was at CBS’ KOVR in the Cali capital. Well Dunne! Paul.
Job Alert: Work with DON SMITH and DREW FOWLER! Two faves…you’ll love them. Here’s their ad:
Watch this first: http://youtu.be/OI3V927T0sw
Want to be a part of the fun?
KOVR/KMAX is the CBS O&O duopoly in Sacramento, CA. We made our reputation as a creative, collaborative team who invest in marketing initiatives with strong strategy, audience focus, and high expectations. Our former team members have gone on to thrive at bigger jobs in bigger markets, but always mention how much they loved the atmosphere here.
We are looking for a seasoned Creative Promotions Producer to join our talented team. ?Our Producers are integral to the brand and communications messaging. They develop concepts to meet the strategy, and then execute the entire production workflow.
This is an exceptional opportunity is for someone that thrives on conceptualizing, writing, directing, editing, collaborating with other creative people and overseeing the process of their work. You need to have a exceptional Final Cut skills, and be able to write, conceptualize and shoot. You also need a killer reel.
If you are ready to break out of the rut at your current station and join a creative team, work in a great facility and spend your weekends in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, or Napa, we want to hear from you!
Please visit our website at CBSSacramento.com
Think About This: "This is the first step toward understanding the process of real, lasting change: simply knowing with certainty that you can do whatever you need to do. This understanding has a dual edge: On the one hand it increases your confidence and dignity. On the other hand, it places full responsibility on you if you fail to make the change you set out to make. But this is a good thing, not a guilt trip." ~ Bo Lozoff
What a lucky lady CHRISTINA ROMENTO Is….she gets to work with DON SMITH and DREW FOWLER at Sacramento’s KOVR. Christina is making the switch from being at FOX in Austin (shout out to DANI DUDEK). Christina is a writer producer of the promo variety and has worked at FOX Chicago and FOX Portland as well as KGMB in Hawaii. She’s a Washington State U grad who is going to be much closer to her family in California’s capital. Well Dunne! Christina.
Down Tampa way, CSD DENNIS ELSBURY at ABC affil WFTS has found a new Promotion Manager. He’ll have details next time.
Former ABC Toledo CSD TERRY KOWALSKI is on the lookout for jobs that would bring him further East…closer to his children. New York is the aim. So all you folks about to make a hire…give Terry the first shot.
Anybody want to move to Bhutan? This is the best thing ever – it’s a country where they have not a gross domestic product but a Gross National Happiness Index which measures the population’s well-being, the community ties and environmental harmony. Shangra-La. Who’s with me?
Think About This: If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~ Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker
How busy is the new WTAE Pittsburgh Promotion Manager? SO busy she’s had to postpone one of those great phone conversations full of exciting quotes for this blog. And the reason she’s so busy is that she’s doing two jobs at once. It’s just while they find a new creative to take her old slot. So while TRACY OLIVER, who sounds like a dynamo, toils doing Topicals, we’ll have to just take it from her boss, CSD ED EVEREST, that she’s gotten a well-deserved bump. We’ll check back with Tracy later, but are sending the Hearst CBS PM a big ol’ Well Dunne!
Let’s hear it for DON SMITH. He’s the Promo Manager out at KOVR in Sacramento, working with CSD DREW FOWLER. Don is a major fave and one great guy, who today is celebrating the 4th anniversary of his amazing blog, IDOPROMOZ. Definitely check it out daily. Well Dunne! Don.
Happy birthday to Well Dunne! Talent’s KEVIN MACHADO who’s making LA even hotter than Mother Nature!
Want to help Tracy out? Then let’s get an ace Topical Producer into WTAE. Details follow:
If you have fire in the belly, a monster demo reel and a winning attitude then pack your bags and head to the most livable city in America.
Pittsburgh is vibrant broadcast mecca thriving in culture and opportunity. “The Burgh” has a unique blend of big city living with a hometown heart. The market has over 90 distinct neighborhoods and four distinct seasons to support all lifestyles. The City of Champions has a neighborhood you’ll love calling home!
If you are ready to earn your keep and propel your career in a real market – and we mean REAL competitive market – Pittsburgh is THE place to be! In this city the difference between #1 and #3 can come down to a tenth of a point. We are hunting for a highly competitive producer with the desire to contribute terrific work and execute great ideas.
This is not an entry level position. Experienced applicants should be proven in writing, shooting and editing of original marketing with a focus on primetime news topical promotion. Producing duties will also include station positioning, news image, sports themed and digital platform branding spots. We are looking for someone who can create value and deliver the goods.
This position requires the ability to shoot, experience with ENPS, and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite 5. Resume’s submitted without demo reels will be used to light the grill at our station tailgate parties. We like to have fun and we have a lot to advance. If you are motivated to succeed and ready to take your life’s work to new levels then Pittsburgh is your next target.
WTAE has an award winning news staff that values talented people and positive attitudes. WTAE is staffed by some of the industry’s most respected and critically acclaimed television news journalists delivering insightful, thought-provoking and essential news coverage to Pittsburgh. Our leadership extends to coverage of local news, weather and sports, on-air, on-line, and on mobile. We report local stories with national impact. This could be a defining moment in your career.
Send cover letter, resume and demo reel to: WTAE-TV 400 Ardmore Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Applicants must include source of referral No phone calls, please. WTAE is a Hearst station.
Think About This: (This was used by Nelson Mandela in his Inaugural Speech 1994) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people will feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson