The American Southwest is a one-of-a-kind place that fascinates. There are desserts around the globe, but the US Southwest is a lifestyle, a geography, a history and a myth all rolled together. So is the lower part of Louisiana. Bayous, language, history and humidity meld to imprint the people and form the basis of a unique locale. Some of us are lucky enough to experience one or the other in our creative odyssey. BEN BATES, on the other hand, is experiencing both. All the more material to pull from when the creative juices need oil. Ben is a Baton Rouge native who has just been tapped by the amazing DEILIA WILLIANS (admittedly top of the favorite list) to be her Assistant Creative Services Director of Hearst’s ABC affil in Albuquerque, New Mexico, KOAT. Ben began his TV journey at WVLA in Louisiana’s capital city where he was a Promo Producer. From there he headed west to Denver’s KDVR’s where he forged more promo chops. Like a lot of promo folks, he felt the need for a ‘news break’ and joined Denver-based Craftsy editing long form educational videos about…Crafts. See, the name says it all. Then, like promo folks do, TV called and Deilia was on the other end. He and his wife will be settling down in The Duke City right before Christmas, and they both promise to go to Santa Fe and see the farolitos, which give The City Different a feel akin to pure magic. Looking forward to getting to know him even better…as should you. Well Dunne! Ben!
Think About This: "What’s in greatest demand today isn’t analysis, but synthesis, seeing the big picture and combining disparate pieces into an arresting new whole." ~ Daniel H. Pink
From the ‘an oldie but a goodie’ file is MALLORY CONNELLY. Not that she’s old – definitely not…but she has been heading up Promotion for CBS affil KOLN in Lincoln Nebraska for the last year, so it’s not brand new news at this point. She’s Marketing Director of the Gray-owned operation who comes from the newsroom, having been a content producer for them at one time. Always good to have someone who knows what it takes to get a cast on the air…really knows what it takes. Mallory has a degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a fabulous Irish name. Well Dunne! Ms. Connelly.
Job Alert – Assistant Creative Services Director KOAT Albuquerque (work with DEILIA WILLIAMS!!)
Think About This: "It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." ~ Henry David Thoreau
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Austin and Albuquerque have more in common than both starting with the letter ‘A’. Both cool places to live, filled with artists and university students. Both named after historical figures, namely Stephen F Austin and the 8th Duke of Albuquerque, a Spanish nobleman. Both hosting Must-See events like Austin’s SXSW and Albuqueque’s balloon festival. Now we must add another similarity to the list: home to DOUG DONAHOO. Mr. D is leaving Hearst’s KOAT in Albuquerque where he’s been for the last several years and heading to FOX in Austin. Doug’s a Kansas guy and a Jayhawk through and through, so it will be an adventure living where Longhorns rule. Big Well Dunne! to you Doug.
Kudos to SHANNON DRIVER who is now Senior Vice President of Network Marketing and Creative Services for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. Well Dunne!
A bit of confusion on what day precisely is International Coffee Day. Google and its many sources have it listed as today (if you read this the last day of September 2015) or October 1. Of course it’s a PR move – this one by the London-based International Coffee Organization, a UN entity – but a very nice one indeed – especially if they can nail down the date. On tap for the day is a focus on international fair trade coffee as well as discounts and perhaps even free cups. Plan accordingly and celebrate coffee both days.
Job Alert – Work with the one and only DEILIA WILLIAMS at KOAT in Albuquerque!
KOAT-TV/ABC/Estrella-TV New Mexico, in Albuquerque, seeks a motivated, high-energy, creative Commercial Writer/Producer in our Creative Services Department. Join Hearst Television, one of the largest and most respected media groups in America. Conceive, write, shoot, edit, and succeed in a fast paced, high energy media environment. We are seeking a Writer/Producer who can demonstrate polished, precise writing; an impeccable visual and graphic aesthetic, and advanced conceptual skills. Break Bad and join us in the beautiful Land of Enchantment!
Think About This: "May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night.. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life.” ~ Apache blessing
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