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October 10, 2016

Oct 9, 2016 by     Comments Off on October 10, 2016    Posted under: Featured

The last few days have certainly been, uh, interesting. There was joy and gratitude and the sharing of feelings that bind us as humans. For instance, former promo pro JIM GRAVINA, who is now tearing it up at the DC Agency Shine Creative got married. He and his gorgeous bride are actually on their way to Niagara Falls. Love it! 

Up in Raleigh, where the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew raged, WRAL’s SHELLY LESLIE has quite the story regarding a huge heavy tree that fell…right on the car she was in. The tree fell perfectly between her house, not hitting anything. It fell on the car, but didn’t hurt her or her passenger. It’s angelic.

Bright days ahead for WJLA’s ZOHRA ALNOOR got engaged! The lady with the great smile now has the greatest smile. Yes, happiness in spades for this wonderfully talented young lady. 

Come back tomorrow when we’ll have people news from Portland, Maine..and…



Job Alert – Marketing Producer WLBT Jackson, MS

Job Alert – Creative Services Director KVII Amarillo

Interesting article from The Guardian about how decisions today – decisions that effect every one of our lives – are being made today, and it’s not like in the past.  Read the article and think about how this impacts creatives.

Think About This: “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were thankful for today?”  ~ an internet posting




Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


September 1, 2016

Aug 31, 2016 by     Comments Off on September 1, 2016    Posted under: Featured

Talent doesn’t usually constrict itself to just one area. Being multi-talented is quite normal, yet we usually think of someone as having one outstanding talent while not knowing of others. Pity. We miss out on recognizing some amazing expressions. Or perhaps the ‘must live the job til you drop” demands leave people too drained to do more than sleep. In any event, let’s direct our attention to former promo pro JIM GRAVINA, who has tapped his inner Picasso, letting his painter muse take him to action. You can see all his latest works on GravinArt’s facebook page. Since Jim said adios to the everyday TV world and took a slot in DC at Shine, he’s been blossoming. Even got engaged. So he is a motions graphic artist, a painter, a magician, a video whiz…Well Dunne! Jim!

Hunker down for a bumpy Labor Day weekend everybody on the east coast and in Hawaii. And don’t forget to tune in to the Raycom Media Flood Relief Concert Friday. Do it. Help out. See ya next Tuesday.

Think About This:  ‘I don’t want to kill myself, I want to see what happens.’ ~ Patti Smith

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


February 23, 2016

Feb 22, 2016 by     Comments Off on February 23, 2016    Posted under: Featured

JIM GRAVINA is taking an exciting step on his life adventure. Closing the door (reluctantly) on NBC in Miami, Jim is headed north to begin a new creative life at an ad agency in Washington, DC.  He’s a native New Yorker, so this is closer to fam. Jim’s a most interesting man of many talents, his work being motion graphics and his passion being magic. He’s a very cool magician and he really should perform at PROMAX (Buehler? Buehler?) he’s THAT good. Hate to see such talent depart the TV world, but so happy for Jim. Breaking the ad agency barrier is not easy, for some reason. What reason would that be? Buehler? Buehler? All together now…Well Dunne! Jim. 

Job Alert – CSD KCTV Kansas City 

Job Alert – Writer Producer Editor WGNO New Orleans (work with Jeff Funk!!)

It’s 2016  And Big Time Creative Writer/Producer/Editor Wanted In The Big Easy! WGNO-TV (ABC) / NOLA 38 (CW) Tribune – New Orleans, LA 

Kick start 2016 with the perfect opportunity! Are you a gifted storyteller ready to showcase your best stories? Are you inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of a city unlike anything else in the country?  The Tribune Broadcasting duopoly in New Orleans is on the lookout for a dynamic Promotions Writer/Producer/Editor. Not only will you have the lofty task of elevating the station’s reputation for delivering nationally award winning image promos, but you must have the ability to produce compelling long format content supporting its one of a kind News With A Twist news program. Yes, our newscast is set in a funky bar. The ideal candidate must have experience in all aspects of current promo production processes, including shooting, lighting, motion graphics, videography, non-linear editing and post production. A boutique agency, post-production, broadcast television or cable background is ideal. Take a sneak peek into what we do https://vimeo.com/97536543

Must Have:

 Appetite for Cajun food and drinks without those silly little umbrellas

 Minimum of 2 years Creative Services experience in on-air cable or broadcast environment, boutique agency, or post-production house

 2 years’ experience in Adobe Creative Suite (especially After Fx)

 2 years’ experience in Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premiere

 2 years’ experience in sales driven video writing, editing and production

 Consistent use DSLR technology and digital video cameras

 Proficiency with Mac OS and file base management

 Strong aptitude for new technology, WordPress and social media

 A sense of humor and authentic, conversational writing style

 Self-directing, self-motivating attitude, with ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment

 Competitive spirit, strong team collaborator and an open mind

Email your resume w/online link to your demo reel* to: jfunk@wgno.com


Think About This:One kind word can turn over heaven and earth.”  ~  Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


September 16, 2015

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Who’s the new kid on the block at WMC in Memphis? None other than TERRYE BAKER, the new Marketing Manager for Raycom’s NBC affiliate in the city Elvis called home. Terrye has been in Chicago at NBC’s WMAQ writing and producing. Now she’s moving to a management slot under CSD JENNY SMITH, who is thrilled to have her as part of the marketing squad. Big Well Dunne! to Terrye.

All the best wishes to Miami’s NBC6 Promo Producer and Motion Graphic whiz JIM GRAVINA, who is a magician when he’s not doing TV marketing. It was indeed a magical moment when he asked his lovely girlfriend to be his wife. Yes, everybody was all smiles at the engagement. 


Think About This: "… Do not be discouraged because the "means whereby" to bring about the accomplishment of your dreams may not be apparent. In other words, you do not have to know how this will happen. You only have to know that it will happen."  ~ Jack Boland


Copyright 2015 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent

August 7, 2015

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We all live 365 days year after year, and yet there are some days that, by their events, stand out in our memories. Days marked by weddings, births, new jobs, travel destinations… This August 24th, WNCN’s new CSD KRISTEN BYRUM will experience a double memory day; she begins at the Media General station in Raleigh and her only child starts kindergarten. THAT is a big day. Kristen’s slot at WNCN brings her back to the station where she once interned…this time to lead the creative for the NBC affil. She’s been down in lovely Charleston as CSD for Media General’s CBS affil WCBD. Kristen’s promo development took her from Columbia SC’s WACH/WZRB to Greenville, SC’s WHNS to Raleigh’s FOX 50. Fear not that she’ll run out of energy…she’s a runner who has completed 7 half marathons and is working on her 8th. Must ask her if she’s taking vitamins. A big Well Dunne! to Kristen. Hope she shares pictures of that first day at school.


Start saving up your rose petals…WTVJ (NBC Miami)’s JIM GRAVINA has placed a gorgeous sparkler on the hand of his now fiancé. Happened just a moment ago….send them your best. Love love….

Job Alert – Multimedia Marketing Producer WEWS Cleveland

"Cleveland Rocks!" and you will too as part of our dynamic Creative Services team.
WEWS NewsChannel 5,an ABC affiliate, is seeking a seasoned Multimedia Marketing Producer to further elevate our brand on all platforms. Yes, that means our ideal candidate will tackle diverse promotional projects, helping us continue to grow audiences on broadcast, mobile, and social platforms. The best person for the job will bring energy, enthusiasm, and engaging ideas to the table day in and day out. Oh, and since NewsChannel 5 is the official partner of the Cleveland Browns, you’ll have a hand in producing assets which showcase that synergy year-round too. Lots of creative opportunity and fun work!

 So does this sound like you?
•Great collaborator
•Strong creative and strategic thinker
•Passion for news and the media
•Proven Final Cut Pro, AfterEffects, and Photoshop skills
•Keen eye for integrating graphics to enhance engagement/visual appeal
•Experience shooting
•Excited about the social media world with engaging ideas up your sleeve
•3-5 years related experience

 Can you kick tail with these primary duties and responsibilities?
•Conceptualize, produce, and edit promos to enhance news/station image and build brand
•Strategize and create custom marketing messages for different platforms – – broadcast, mobile, digital ads, social media posts/showcasing
•Produce news topical and special report spots as needed
•Apply your skills to commercial production projects as warranted
•Ability to lift objects up to 50lbs

If this sounds like a great step in your career, we want to see your resume and link to your spot reel right away!  Visit http://scripps.com/careers/find-a-job to apply.


Think About This: "Looking upon the loss of anything as though it means the end of it, is the same as believing falling leaves mark the end of the trees." ~ Guy Finley


Copyright 2015 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


September 25, 2012

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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

June 6, 2011

Jun 5, 2011 by     Comments Off on June 6, 2011    Posted under: Uncategorized

Promo magic. It’s what everybody does, right? True. But out in California, one promo pro really DOES magic. JIM GRAVINA is, by day, the CSD at NBC affil KSEE in Fresno. But by night, he turns into a magician. One that not only does his own card tricks but has a fascinating side business that helps other magicians and their branding. Check out the website
motionmagician.com  Jim and his magic are headed to Vegas for the PROMAX station summit, so keep your eye out for him and enjoy his slight of hand. He’s been perfecting this for 15 years and I would definitely want to sit next to him at the Black Jack tables. Standing out in Vegas takes someone extra special, and Mr. G is it. Click here a preview

Speaking of PROMAX in Vegas, be on the lookout for Sin City’s own JIM KOONCE. He’s the CSD at ABC affil KNTV out there. He’ll be in and out of the gathering plus he’ll be armed with a camera to take pictures for this very blog. Say ‘cheese’ and check back to see what comes through. Well Dunne! ya’ll.

Tomorrow we have news from the Bay Area and upstate NY…don’t miss it.

BONNIE BARCLAY sent along this posting for a Digital Marketing Director at Chyron.  And the best part is you’d have Bonnie herself as a boss. Doesn’t get better than that.
Chyron is looking for a Digital Marketing Director with a strong understanding of the television broadcast industry and can translate that into effective advertising strategies and marketing campaigns.
Responsibilities will include the following:
♣    Create multi-media projects and assets to promote product, brand, web, digital and video.
♣    Ensure strong collaboration with International sales teams, customers and dealers.  
♣    Oversee website and various social media venues.
♣    Responsible for media buying, including radio, outdoor and online creative.
♣    Develop effective process for production, budgeting and financial controls for all projects, building a strong foundation for today’s needs, but able to expand for controlled growth.
♣    Manage internal and external advertising and image assets.
♣    Keep up-to-date on new products, promotional and launch activities, the industry and business environment, and company focus in order to write customer communications materials such as newsletters, brochures, direct mail, web content, press releases and articles that are effective, accurate, and compelling.
♣    Ability to travel both domestic and internationally is required.
Required Knowledge and Experience:
♣    BA/BS degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing or related field.
♣    5-7 years experience in a similar role.
♣    Outstanding creative and innovation skills and an entrepreneurial personality.
♣    Multi Media skills desired including html, CS5, Writing, Producing, Editing and creating concepts in support of marketing goals and objectives.
♣    Successful track record for managing and optimizing digital marketing campaigns.
♣    Must be a creative problem-solver with strong organizational skills.  
♣    An experienced and multi-tasking manager/communicator who is skilled in building consensus and creating teamwork.
♣    Must understand company business strategies and the role product marketing and media branding play within that structure.
Desirable Skills
♣    Experience with Chyron in a broadcast atmosphere.
♣    Television Experience or TV Technology experience is a plus.
Why work for Chyron?
In our organization, you will work for the industry leader, in a growing market place with the smartest minds in the business. If you consider yourself a thought leader and want to be a part of the company who is delivering solutions for successful businesses today, we invite you to take the next step in your career and join us in leading the future by applying online today www.chyron.com     
Plus we have an excellent benefits package including:
•    3 weeks vacation (4 weeks after 5 years)
•    12 Company paid holidays including 3 floating holidays
•    10 sick days per year (they don’t expire)
•    Medical/Prescription & Dental coverage
•    Flex Spending (dependent care and health care)
•    Wellness Benefits (including health club membership reimbursement)
•    Life Insurance
•    Long Term Disability
•    AFLAC Cancer, Accident & Sickness Plans
•    401(k) Plan with company match
•    Long Term Incentive Plan (stock options)

Job Alert: Executive Creative Director wanted at Discovery Channel

Job Alert: CSD wanted at Gas Station TV. Interesting way to use talents but not be station-side.

Think About This: “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” ~ Tennessee Williams

March 15, 2011

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It’s a big job for MARYAM BANKIARIM, who is Gannett Co’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, which comes with a seat at the Gannett Management Committee table. Maryam makes the switch from being SVP Integrated Sales at NBCUniversal.  Among the Barnard College grad’s stops along her career track have been CMO at Univision, running her own consulting firm, CitySearch, Turner and Young & Rubicam. Well Dunne! Maryam.
New CSD out in Fresno. The Newport station has tapped JIM GRAVINA to head up the efforts of the Newport-owned NBC affil, KSEE. Jim has been hard at work after making the move west from Indiana, where he directed and produced for Granite’s Indiana News Center. He’s an artist at the core with a degree from Art Institute of Pittsburgh and knows his way around the high tech world thanks to his degree from Alfred State College –SUNY College of Technology. He’s also been Art Director of WTVH in Syracuse. Well Dunne! Jim. 

God Bless Well Dunne! Talent’s BILL HARWELL on his medical procedure down in Austin. Sending best wishes for a great outcome is encouraged.

Job Alert – CSD needed at WCAX in Burlington, VT. A family owned CBS affil…     

For those who have asked about the question “Is any job better than no job”, we have the answer. (To quote Nikki Finke – toldja)

If you woke up in a bed this morning, used an indoor bathroom, had a good cup of coffee, and drove on a road that was navigable, then in celebration of your good fortune, donate your lunch money to the Japanese relief effort. Where to help – an indispensable list.  Japan’s relief efforts

Think About This: "Never let your good get in the way of your better."  ~ Jack Boland