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September 14, 2017

Sep 13, 2017 by     Comments Off on September 14, 2017    Posted under: Featured

More and more TV marketing people are taking their talents and decamping the frenzied station-side gigs and finding new ways to make money and still be creative. Yes, it not only can be done, it IS being done. Take LOWELL BRIGGS for instance. Lowell has an amazing and impressive background in TV. He’s been a Video Journalist for CNN, worked in news in Portland, Maine, Boston, Providence and Raleigh before discovering his creative side (which was always there) and moving to marketing for stations in Birmingham, Alabama, Hartford and Fox in Boston. He’s now pivoting and will be Senior Marketing Manage for Avid. And he won’t have to move…they’re in the Boston area. Great to see talent find new ways to bloom. Well Dunne! Lowell.

 

Job Alert – Commercial Production Manager  WEWS  Cleveland

Job Alert – Supervising Producer/Creative Services KTLA LA

 

Think About This:  “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”  ~  Alexander Den Heijer

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September 13, 2017

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Anybody remember blow up toys that were punching bags? They looked like a clown, right down to the punchable red rubber nose and when you punched them, they’d rock back and then go forward at an unbelievably fast rate, usually hitting you in the face. Did I mention they were kid size? It seems that life has been that blow up clown in recent weeks. One thing after the other…pow, pow, pow. So if you haven’t yet been written up, take some deep breaths. You will be. Unless the clown bops us in the face again.

 

Tomorrow more about how Florida is doing…How Houston is doing…and we catch up with a lot that’s been simmering.

 

The good folks at Stephen Arnold Music wanted me to pass along the fact the WJLA campaign using their Waking Up My Day music (shout out to Promo Manager BONNIE WOOD) is not part of their brand new campaign called Ready. Just know all their music is Well Dunne! (and more).

 

Think About This:  “How Not to Respond to a Flood” by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Don’t respond with theology.
God isn’t angry, and God doesn’t want devastation.
Your sin didn’t cause the flood
that swept away your home, your town.
God doesn’t punish Houston, and
didn’t punish Miami or San Francisco, or New Orleans,
because God isn’t in the storm.
God weeps at our suffering. God loves.

Don’t respond with politics.
Hate government assistance later;
dismantle welfare tomorrow.
This is a time for us all to unite
to offer assistance,
to protect the weak and endangered.
Remember to feed the hungry
and clothe the naked.
The Bible and the government both agree on that.

Don’t respond with gree
Raise prices later,
on something else.
Not on housing or food, or medicine.
Not when people are soaked, tired, and terrified.
Do you rob the poor to line your pockets?
God cherishes the poor and the needy.

Don’t close your doors.
The point of your great big building is the people it can shelter.
You can always redo the floors
or get another carpet.
The time to shelter the homeless is now.
God wants to send an Ark.
Be that Ark.

As you treat the least of them …

Respond with compassion,
Respond with deeds of kindness,
Respond with open hands,
Respond with love,

… so shall you be treated.

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September 12, 2017

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As was the case with the amazing TV people in Houston, the Florida TV pros stepped up and did epic work covering Irma. They still are. The internet allows us to see their news on-air, which is a modern miracle imo. The Florida, Georgia, South Carolina markets all shone. So many stories…so many deserving our attention and applause. So let’s start and keep adding to the honor role. And interest role, since we’re starting with blatant WDT promotion.

 

Well Dunne! Talent’s DARYN JOHNSON is a TV director for Fox’s WTVT in Tampa and was making it all happen on the air while sleeping in an office at the station on West Kennedy. Well Dunne! Talent’s SEAN CALDWELL headed to Atlanta and Irma followed him up I-75. An Atlanta resident already, RICH VANSLYKE read copy for Florida markets while preparing to have the hurricane mess with his town. Big-voiced MITCH PHILLIPS kept his sense of humor from the Fort Lauderdale area. All are safe.

 

In Jacksonville, WJXT’s Meteorologist JOHN GAUGHAN (pronounced Gone) did an A+ job on Irma in the Jax market. Promo that man with “GAUGHAN WITH THE WIND”. (Sorry SHERRY CARPENTER…had to use that.)

 

Creative “architect” STAN MELTON heads up DC’s ABC affil WJLA…and he recently teamed up with STEPHEN ARNOLD and his music, using the SAM cut “Waking Up My Day” for the station’s American Idol Front of the Line contest. The cut is part of the new “Ready” promo package. Well Dunne! Stan Stephen and CHAD COOK, VP of Creative for SAM.

 

Think About This:  What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?”  ~  Karen Salmansohn

 

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September 11, 2017

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Here it is September 11th again. We’ve got an ongoing deadly hurricane going on in the south, fires out west, flooding in the desert (Palm Springs), Texans cleaning up, and a lot of professionals doing their all to get vital information to people and tell the myriad of stories involved. In TV, in medicine, in utilities, in fire and police… amazing people doing a job that defines the best in humanity in both grand and mundane ways.

September 11th 2001 was not just an attack, but a milestone for most of us. In these sixteen years since the towers fell and we let fear be part of our daily thought process, we have learned so much… how to persevere…how to keep going…how to remember those around us and offer helping hands…how to dust ourselves off and move forward no matter what…how to find what our souls demand and follow that…how to make changes and be brave…how to eliminate the non-essential things from life…how to stand up against nature’s worst and men’s most evil. And we’re here. Still here. Making our way on step at a time.

Here’s to you all. A heartfelt Well Dunne!

Tomorrow we’ll talk of TV and jobs and people again. Thanks for your time. Namaste.

Think About This:  “Courage is looking fear in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way. I have things to do.”  ~  Unknown

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September 8, 2017

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With all eyes on Florida and Irma, it seems a little shallow to talk about people with new jobs in TV marketing. But in reality, it’s not. A job is crucial…even though one is cautioned not to let it be part of ‘who you are – it is. A good job can make life better. A bad job can make even the happiest individual miserable. So while we watch the hurricane and send wishes and prayers to all the Floridians…to the friends and colleagues who are helping by broadcasting much needed information…we’ll carry on. Turn the spotlight on those whose smiles and hopes are fresh and whose future is rainbow hued.

 

KENNY LAWRENCE is now President and GM of Nexstar’s WJHL, in Johnson City, Tennessee. At one time, he was a marketing pro with CBS TV Distribution and at CBS Atlanta. He announced that he’s hired STEVEN WALLACE as his new CSD, so one surmises Steve must have a killer reel and all. Mr. W will be coming to WJHL from ABC affil WTVQ in lovely Lexington, Kentucky. Steven got his promo chops at WFAA in Big D…one of the best. He’s done work with agencies, etc. Well Dunne! Steven. Thanks Kenny.

 

Job Alert – Supervising Producer Creative Services KTLA LA

 

Zello is an app that let’s you use your cell as a walkie-talkie. It was indispensible during Harvey in Houston so you Florida peeps might want to consider downloading it now. Well Dunne! Talent’s MITCH PHILLIPS, who is in the Fort Lauderdale area, is mpvoice for those who want to connect.

 

Going to be a long weekend…no matter where you are. Fires all over the west…dust storm in Phoenix, Houston still reeling, and there are 2 Atlantic Ocean hurricanes. God bless each and every…xo

 

Think About This:  And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through – how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ~ Haruki Murakami

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September 6, 2017

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40 years. Some of you aren’t even that old. But 40 years is how long MARK OLIVER worked in Wausau, Wisconsin at ABC affil WAOW. Note the past tense, because last Friday was his last day. Mark had been Marketing and Promotion Manager.  Imagine retiring. Ah…retiring. Like working for yourself without the guilt and no need to keep answering your cell. So let’s have a big Well Dunne! for him on his amazing stay at the Quincy Media station. Tomorrow, we focus on the lovely lady who has taken his place.

 

Job Alert – Broadcast Designer WPVI Philadelphia

Job Alert – Director of Social Media and Content FX Los Angeles #FNG0006851

 

Florida people…helpful hint. Fill ziplock bags with water and throw them in the freezer. They’ll keep food colder longer when power goes and you can use the clean water if needs must. And anybody using the word ‘irmageddon’ in relation to this hurricane, whether for promo, news or to assuage your GM or ND…you will be hunted down and made to pay.

 

Think About This:  A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.”  ~  Robert Reich

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September 5, 2017

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Did you spend Labor Day putting away summer clothes…or vowing to buckle down and help the children do their best in school this year…or did you help neighbors stack their household goods in their front yard…or help those in shelters as they tried to find their way to a different life? Perhaps you prayed for rain in Burbank and prayed for no rain via Irma in Florida. The last week has seemed like a year’s worth of events…of disbelief, of empathetic suffering, of unsure futures and anger at it all. Or did it leave you with that numbness that comes with overload? Whatever this last week brought you, perhaps it let you understand the deep kindness and care that is at your core…at all our cores.

 

Cincinnati is where JEFF PAULUS now calls home, and he’s using his creative talents for the folks at FOX affil WXIX in the city where they claim the best ice cream in the country. Jeff is a man who knows how to do so many things, which means he’ll be having fun in promotion. He’s handled promo and even run the department in Lima, Ohio at WLIO…and the man knows how to punch a newscast. Do we say that now…punch a newscast? Or is that like tape..we know what it means but it isn’t really what happens. Perhaps it needs to be changed to ‘did you get those pixels’ instead of tape. Jeff wrote and produced for legendary WBNS in Columbus. Glad to see his gifts being put to good use. Well Dunne! Jeff.

 

Are you an ambitious young promo pro who wants to run their own department but needs some solid work on their reel and a mentor that will guide? BTW, this is one amazing mentor. There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a non-crazy station in the upper Midwest where you would not only be appreciated, but groomed to be an excellent CSD. Contact me for details.

 

Saw the most interesting promo on Free Form…a promo that is a text on screen. With their target demo, it seems a terrific idea. Well Dunne! Free Form.

 

Think About This:  “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”  ~  Joseph Campbell

 

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August 29, 2017

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There is absolutely no reason to be miserable in your job. Life is too short – things change in an instant. If you aren’t appreciated – if you feel ill Sunday evening because you have to get up on Monday morning, then CHANGE IT. Maybe one of these is for you.

Let’s start with the wonderful SHERRY CARPENTER, who has a rare opening at #1 rated WJXT in Jacksonville. TOPICAL PRODUCER.  #1 rated WJXT, the Graham Media Group-owned station in Jacksonville, one of Florida’s best kept secrets, seeks a motivated, high-energy Creative Services Topical Writer-Producer to join our award winning team.  Candidate will be responsible for bringing our brand to life through compelling writing, break through editing and strategic concepts.  The qualified candidate must be able to conceive, write, edit and succeed in a fast paced, results-oriented media environment.  Ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker and a self-motivator with the ability to contribute ideas and learn from those around them. More here.

 

VP Creative & Programming

WLS – Chicago

 

CSD

WYMT – Hazard KY

KMBC – Kansas City

KTNV – Las Vegas

KDAF – Kansas City

WAVE – Louisville

WRAL – Raleigh

KDAF – Dallas

WSYX/WTTE/WWHO – Columbus

WSVN – Miami

 

Marketing Director

WECT – Wilmington NC

WAVE – Louisville

KSDK – St Louis

WUSA – Washington DC

 

Assistant Creative Services Director

WLKY – Louisville

KSBW – Salinas

 

Promo Manager

KIVI – Boise

WPEC – Palm Beach

 

News Promo Manager

KSWB – San Diego

 

Digital Manager

KMTV – Omaha

 

Think About This:  “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.”  ~  Paulo Coelho

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August 28, 2017

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The word devastating is defined as destroyed or ruined. The pictures from Texas are riveting and unbelievable. Devastating is the right word to describe it. The miracle of live broadcasts from the stations there allows us all to see the power of television; the bravery and grit of those who are not just getting a paycheck and showing up but are following their need to be of service. Making a difference, informing those in need, serving as the source of what can be lifesaving information. There just aren’t enough adjectives for the efforts put out by all these people, working together. KHOU, which sits nearly on top of Buffalo Bayou, flooded then had to evacuate, so TEGNA sister station WFAA in Dallas is broadcasting for them. : KPRC, KHOU, KRIV, KTRK…all amazing. Flooding waters may go down, but the damage done lingers in insidious ways. We count our blessings and we reach out to help.

 

One of the good guys in the biz is CHRIS SLOAN. His 2C Media is matching donations to the Red Cross made by his staff, clients, freelancers, vendors and alumni. Well Dunne, Chris.

 

Think About This:  “I loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”  ~  Galileo

 

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August 24, 2017

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CSD JAMES GRIFFEL just loves living in Palm Beach. And why wouldn’t he? Palm trees, white sand beaches, his family is happy and now, he has a new Promotion Manager, so it’s all very good. Welcome (back) to Florida STEVE TUBBS. He worked early in his career in Panama Beach up in the Pahandle after getting his degree from the University of Colorado and breaking into the TV biz in Dodge City, Kansas at KBSD as a Photog. The TV promo game took him to Spartanburg (WSPA) and Phoenix (KTVK) Root Sports in Denver, and to Colorado Springs. He comes to Scripps’ WPTV in the Palm Beaches from Scripps sister station in Boise, Idaho, KIVI. Everybody seems very happy. The way it should be. Well Dunne! Steve.

 

Job Alert – Dayside Promo Producer WTIC Hartford

Link    You get to work with HENRY VAZQUEZ…that would be great!

Think About This:  “Don’t become preoccupied with your chlid’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone.  Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. THIS Is how they will change the world.”  ~ somewhere on the internet

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August 22, 2017

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SAMANTHA KNOWLTON, who sat in the CSD chair for Scripps’ KJRH in Tulsa, wants you all to think of her next time you order chotskes. Whether you are ordering for your market, your region or nationally, she will take SUCH good care of you. She’s been working with PC-Promotions and she knows the budet, time, and quality pressures involved. Hit her up at Samantha.Knowlton@pc-Promotions.com and she’ll do you right. Well Dunne! Samantha.

Info Moment. So, let’s say you live in a state where marijuana is legal, either recreationally or medically. You want to take a job in a state where it’s still a major no-no in any form. A drug test is requested. What do you do? Well, ya gotta clean up because nationally it’s still not bueno. It might swing that way, but currently, it’s not happening. So, to recap…if you’re in a state where it’s good but wanting to work in a state where it isn’t, behave appropriately. Even with a doctor’s note…

Job Alert – Senior Marketing Producer/Editor Newsy Chicago

Think About This:  “In separateness lies the world’s great misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”  ~  Buddha

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August 16, 2017

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The yin and yang of life…balance always seeking to right itself. Up-down. High-low. Hot-cold. One talented writer producer is doing the yin and yang to perfection, and it’s a wonderful thing. KRISTEN TWELE is heading to Orlando where she’ll be adding her talent to the creative services pool headed by CSD KYM PEOPLES at WKMG, the Graham CBS in the Big O. That’s the hot part. The cold part is Denver, where she has been promoting at KDVR, the Fox affil. The Memphis bred Kristen has worked in the south before – at Fox affil WBRC in Birmingham. She interned at WMC in her hometown. Best of luck to Kristen on her new adventure. Let’s all give her a Well Dunne!

 

STEPHEN ARNOLD not only has the best hair in the business (he’s been told that in person – he shyly smiles…) but now the music man working with his CSD CHAD COOK has a new campaign called Ready. Pictures are worth a thousand words….check it out yourself.

 

Tuesday was a great day for KTVU’s ERIK CANDIANI. He loves films…loves writing even more. And Tuesday his screenplay Tribal got not one but two kudos…it was just named a Quarterfinalist in the 2017 BlueCat Screenplay contest and a Semifinalist in the PAGE Awards. Well Dunne! Erik. You can ask him about the script…it sounds very exciting. And we thought Tuesday was only exciting because of the tacos…

 

Think About This: “A well developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”  ~  William Arthur Ward

 

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August 15, 2017

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Death is a part of life. We all know that. But when someone dies…the feelings we experience are as different as our fingerprints – all the same but all different. In the last few days, the Pearly Gates have swung wide open, as my cousin used to say. On Monday, the lovely SYDNEY RUBIN lost her dad, who passed away in Florida. Ms. Syd has been flying from Seattle, where she works for Tribune’s Q13, to south Florida to do her best to sort out all the is involved with aging parents. Kudos to the fine folks at Tribune (yes, talking about you GM PAM PEARSON and CSD BRENT AYRES) for being supportive and understanding. Please include Syd, her mom and sister and her father in your thoughts.

Think About This: ““I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”   ~ Umberto Eco from Foucault’s Pendulum

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August 14, 2017

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Monday morning. Wouldn’t you have loved to have slept in? Or gone to a favorite coffee shop and sit while savoring your latte? Maybe you would have wanted to do yoga…or a thousand other possibilities that only you control. Well, that’s what STU BROWER is doing this morning…because Friday was his last day at ABC. He’s retired, and the TV biz has had to say goodbye to one of the really great guys. After 36 years, Stu and his mega-watt smile isn’t going to be in the office. Yes, 36 years of great ideas, great people skills and great mentoring. He’s leaving behind big shoes and a title that reads Vice President On-Air Promotion at ABC Television. Anybody who’s ever worked for Stu will miss him…from coast to coast. Retirement is just another chapter and we’ll all be sending our energy to make his chapter the best ever! Well Dunne! Stu.

Please send your comforting thoughts to Well Dunne! Talent’s JEFF O’NEIL, whose father passed away Sunday morning. God bless the O’Neil family.

Job Alert – Marketing Director WAVE Louisville

WAVE 3 News, the Raycom Media NBC affiliate in Louisville, seeks a strategic, creative, and innovative Marketing Director with brand building skills for all screens. Candidate will effectively utilize social media and grow engagement on web and mobile, communicate with exceptional interpersonal skills, create image and topical promotion, develop and execute revenue-generating projects, and develop strong relationships and outreach in the community.

Candidate will be a leader, coach, and trainer with a proven track record for growing audiences on all screens, strong attention to detail, and effectively executing research-based action plans and budgets.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Level Degree. Minimum Experience: 5-7 years of experience of television marketing management. Qualified applicants complete online application and attach resume with cover letter.  No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V  https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/7118/marketing-director/job

Job Alert – WECT Wilmington NC

Marketing Director This is a rare opportunity for the right marketing professional…a rewarding job, an exciting work environment and a wonderful place to live.   WECT-TV (NBC), the Raycom Media station in Wilmington, North Carolina is looking for a talented Marketing Director to lead our marketing efforts as well as those for Fox Wilmington, our sister station.

We are seeking a hands-on Marketing Director to lead a dedicated team to plan and execute the stations’ multi-platform marketing strategies, award-worthy commercial production and community relations activities.  This individual is expected to have excellent leadership, organizational, strategic and communications skills.

This is a senior leadership position that collaborates with other department leaders to effectively implement content and revenue initiatives across the stations’ broadcast and digital platforms.

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Film/Video or other related field preferred.  Must demonstrate an understanding of research and an advanced knowledge of digital and broadcast marketing and video production. Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach resume with cover letter, and a link to supporting material.  No phone calls please.  EOE-M/F/D/V  https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/7141/marketing-director/job

Think About This: “Sometimes I wish that I could go into a time machine right now and just look at my self and say, ‘Calm down. Things are gonna be fine. Things are gonna be all great. Just relax.’  ~  Justin Wilds

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August 11, 2017

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Can you believe how long some of these slots have been open? See if something is what you’re looking for:

Creative Services Director

WSVN – Miami

WRAL – Raleigh

WJHL – Johnson City

KDAF – Dallas

KGRV – Harlingen

KAKE – Wichita

KMGH – Denver

WSYX/WTTE/WWHO – Columbus

Director of Marketing

KSDK – St. Louis

WUSA – DC

Promotion Director

WFRV – Green Bay

Promotion Manager

WPEC – Palm Beach

WXIN – Indianapolis

KIVI – Boise

Assistant CSD

WLKY – Louisville

KFDX – Wichita Falls

WXII – Winston-Salem

Creative Services Supervisor

WKBT – LaCrosse

News Promotion Manager

KSWB – San Diego

 

Think About This: “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”  ~  Dave Willis

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August 10, 2017

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Just because one isn’t involved in TV marketing daily doesn’t mean their talents go to waste. Take KATHRYN BURROW COLLETT, who tore things up when she headed the creative marketing for KTVI and KPLR in St. Louis. (Pause a moment to say Rah!) She’s an author now having written Phoebe’s Journey, available via Amazon as an eBook. If you want the paperback, got to wait a bit. Well Dunne!

Job Alert – Creative Services Director WSYX/WTTE/WWHO Columbus, Ohio

Job Alert – Creative Services Director KDAF Dallas

What a response to the graph on Monday about creative ‘try out’ assignments. So, with that in mind, passing along some of the input from you: 1-Do GM’s ask possible News Directors to produce a half hour newscast? 2-Do GM’s ask possible Engineers to rewire or design a new electrical grid? 3-Do GM’s ask possible Business Managers to do an end of year audit? Yeah…no. No they do not. When does a job interview become a request for a whole marketing plan? For  free. SOooo – why are creative professionals asked to do a ‘try out’ assignment? You know you can respectfully decline.

Think About This: “The problem with the world today is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”  ~  Charles Bukowski

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August 7, 2017

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It was nearly a year ago that BEN READ was written up as the new CSD at KBJR, the Quincy Newspaper-owned NBC affil in Duluth, Minnesota. And yet…it didn’t hit the blog. No doubt it was before the Word Press classes and all. So let’s play Catchup Monday and give out a shout to Ben, who’s been doing a great job in what might be the coolest place in the US at the moment. Mid to low 70’s this week. Ben brought tons of talent to the job, as well as a stint being Assistant CSD at one time. Sorry for the delay Ben, but please accept a hearty Well Dunne!

 

What’s with some employers (stations, networks, cable nets, agencies, etc) who are creative in scope…what’s with them asking for a TON of work, input, ideas even scripts (!) as a requisite for getting a job? Do they really want all that FREE creative just handed to them? Can they not read a resume and look at former work to determine whether you are their cup of tea? Should you ‘bend the knee’ and do it then submit an invoice for consulting? Seems to me an entity that does this is NOT one that any real creative would want to work for. If the employer is this insipid as to creative people, imagine how awful it would be to try to deal with them daily. This paragraph is entirely the thoughts of this writer and is not intended to portray any known entity, blah blah blah…

 

Think About This: Thanks BONNIE BARCLAY of The Branding Iron for this one.  “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating homegrown tomatoes.”  ~  Lewis Grizzard (a favorite author…and he is sorely missed)

 

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August 3, 2017

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Austin, Texas is about to welcome back the 50,950 students (!) who attend the University there. Yeah, a lot of students, surpassed only the University of Central Florida in Orlando. But we digress. Back to Austin, the city of Longhorns, SXSW, and the one and only Willie Nelson. It’s also home to DAX DOBBS, who’s been named Director of Marketing at Nexstar’s NBC affil there, KXAN. Dax has a sheepskin from University of Southern California in LA….in Film of course. He has some interesting gigs in the film world, including working with the coolest producer, Lynda Obst.  He produced for Pilgrim Films and then went to Austin to produce for the Sinclair station there. He held down the Brand Manager then the Creative Director slot at Tegna’s KVUE before joining KXAN. Sounds like the creativity will keep bubbling in the Texas state capital. Well Dunne! Dax.

 

Think About This: “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”  ~ Erol Ozan

 

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August 3, 2017

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Don’t kid yourself…getting a promotion is a big deal.  It’s cause for fireworks, celebratory toasts and, at the very least, a cake. I hope ALL of these were part of JAROD KERFOOT’s way to mark his promotion to Promotion Manager at Tribune’s FOX/CBS affils in Indianapolis, WXIN/WTTV. Jarod has been at the station working as a producer with CSD BOB ST CHARLES for a few years, so he’s been working with the best. He’s been a freelance videographer for ESPN, WWE and NFL Films (to name a few) and has put time in as a promo pro for Indy’s WISH. I wonder if he had cake (and what kind if he did…) Well Dunne! Jarod.

 

Fashion is a fabulous and logical step when one decides entertainment marketing has run its course. Taking that pretty step is DANIELLA CRACKNELL, who at one time was Director, Brand Partnerships, Press and Talent Relations for the now-sold Scripps Networks, Fine Living Network TV. The lady knows marketing, so that’s going to be a plus for her new venture – inventor and CEO of The Spa Dress, for women who travel. Check it out yourself at www.TheSpaDress.com

 

Job Alert – Promo Producer WXIN/WTTV Indianapolis

 

Think About This:  “The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”  ~  Alek Wek

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August 1, 2017

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A new month – the perfect time to consider something afresh. How about the concept of paying it forward. The marvelously talented GM MARYANN BALBO of WHDF in Huntsville recently did a LinkedIn post asking who in your past gave you a break, citing that none of us are born into the jobs we do to bring home the bacon (so to speak). Apologies to any royalty reading this. Once in LA, a producer was challenged on this point, not wanting to give a writer a project. The writer snapped “Tell me how to spell your name again…Oprah might want you on the show, seeing as you’re the only producer ever born to the role.” The concept of seeing something in someone, sensing that they have abilities and talents they aren’t currently using is one of the marks of a leader. MIKE STEWART, CSD of KFMB in San Diego just sent his, as if on cue: “I love giving opportunities to people who have that “something” inside of them that transcends a résumé. Trust me, I’ve been there… time to pay it forward!” Since there are no mistakes – it’s pretty obvious that paying it forward is the theme of August. Mike has hired CASEY NAKAMURA. If you read this on Tuesday, it’s his first as producer at the CBS affil. More from Mike: “He’s a really bright, multi-talented producer who was recently freelancing for corporate videos. He had produced for KUSI a few years ago and he does a lot of work editing videos for competitive video game tournaments.” I sense that it’s all good from here on our for Casey, and Mike, and KFMB…Well Dunne! Casey.

Are you paying it forward?

 

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July 31, 2017

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This and That Monday. After a full weekend, of course. Let’s start with…SHERIE SMALL traded OTA for Cable in her new job as Field Marketing Manager at Spectum Reach. She has been Promotion Manager at Meredith’s KCTV in KC….Another OTA trade is BRAD RILEY, who is now a Phoenix pro as Director of Marketing for the Arizona Partnership for Economic Innovation. He has been CSD at Hearst’s KCCI in Des Moines and before that Director of Promotion and Creative Services at Omaha’s WOWT. And lovey SAMANTHA KNOWLTON is now with Pc Promotions in Tulsa. She’s the former CSD at KJRH there and she’s the best. Well Dunne! all of you.

 

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Think About This: “How would you live if you felt you could trust life fully? If you believed you were totally protected and secure, that forevermore your life would be filled with love and prosperity? Think of how your fears would dissolve, of how totally accepting of yourself and others you would be—it wouldn’t matter if they met your expectations or not. Think of how you would venture forth knowing you would succeed. Think of how your heart would open, of how free you would feel. How free you would be to love. All of this is the treasure that life offers us. We just lack the consciousness to experience it.”  ~  Susan L. Taylor

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