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October 27, 2016

Oct 26, 2016 by     Comments Off on October 27, 2016    Posted under: Featured

Today, we talk politics. STOP…do not go avert your eyes or hit Delete…this is about politics and it’s all interesting, and not in the ‘politics kind of way’ you’re used to this election season. First, let’s shine a light on Raycom Media who has wrangled (and that is meant in the most cowboy of ways) the six (count ‘em six) Senate candidates in Louisiana and gotten their promise to show up in one place (Dillard University in The Big Easy) on November 2 from 7 to 8 pm Central. What will ensue will be a debate and can be viewed on WAFB, WVUE, KPLC, KSLA, KALB CW/Alexandria and C-Span plus streamed. Well Dunne! Raycom.

Next, we move to the best political commercial seen this season (and, frankly the best for LOTS of political seasons.)  The story behind it is the stuff of Hollywood writers’ dreams. Austin-ites know about Gerald Daugherty and his wife. The spot is here. So what agency put this gem together? What NYC or LA director made this a masterpiece? The answer is a lesson. Enter KC Strategies, the literal Austin mom and pop shop run by CHAD CROW and his wife. They do political campaigns and have known the Daugherty’s for over 15 years. When Chad proposed doing something other than the same ol’ same ol’, the reaction from his clients was a definite no. But Chad persuaded them, first by assuring them if they didn’t like it, it would never see the light of day. No voters would ever see this different idea. If they kinda liked it when done, but weren’t crazy happy, it would go up on the website and let it just live in cyberspace. Reluctantly, the Daugherty’s agreed, but were VERY uncomfortable during production. After all, a production is a very messy affair, and their house was the set. The production team was…wait for it…in-house. Director Steve Mims and the crew have been working with Chad for quite some time. They put the spot together in record time (or in the amount of time a TV promo person would take) and up it went on the net. Enter the Austin newspaper, and their story. Enter Star Trek’s George Takei who posted it on Facebook and his million and a half plus followers super-charged getting eyeballs to the spot. Chad said the secret to the spot was that the Daugherty’s trusted him and that they had a long relationship. Amen. Today, the TODAY Show featured them. Since this is the last campaign Gerald is going to run, he’s going out with a bang and the hope that Trump doesn’t poison the voting pool against sane Republicans. As Gerald himself describes Austin: “a blueberry in a bowl of strawberries.” Chad was very reluctant to talk about KC Strategies role…he wants all the attention to be on his client. This is a super guy…and he talked because you’re all pros and this is a professional to professional story. Big fan of Chad and KC Strategy. Let’s give the wonderful creative a huge Well Dunne! and let’s point out how an in-house effort can run the table from the pros from Dover. 

Think About This: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.”  ~ Henry Ford

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


September 8, 2016

Sep 7, 2016 by     Comments Off on September 8, 2016    Posted under: Featured

Love is an amazing thing. One of the many attributes is the way it has of drawing us to places that are quite different than what we are familiar with. Like enticing a south Texas lady to move to Portland, Maine. Now before we go any further, Portland is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. Art, the ocean, lighthouses, golden trees in the fall, lilacs in the spring, smart people (the current Governor being the exception of course) but come February and March, it’s not Texas-like. That didn’t deter NIKI TURNER from making the move from San Antonio to Portland, following her heart and her hubby to a new city. That was six years ago when she arrived, just two weeks after CSD MATT EARL began at Hearst’s ABC affil WMTW. So, fresh as he was himself, he knew a good thing when he saw it and Matt snapped up the freshly arrived Niki, who had honed her promo chops at KSAT in the Alamo City. A grad of Trinity in SA, Niki was just upped to Assistant Creative Services Director from writer producer…and the story has a happy ending. She sounds so delighted – it makes your day! Well Dunne! Niki.

Bravo and Well Dunne! to everybody at Raycom Media and their fabulous live show benefitting the Louisiana flood victims. The money keeps coming in and it’s past the $800,000 mark. Harry Connick Jr and Randy Jackson hosted and the one and only Aaron Neville sang, among other great acts. Everybody take a bow and don’t forget to keep supporting the good folks who were actually washed away. 

Job Alert – Topical Producer WSOC Charlotte https://jobs.coxmediagroup.com/job/charlotte/writer-producer/1646/2852206

Job Alert – Creative Services Producer/Editor WSOC Charlotte

WSOC/WAXN TV Charlotte, NC has an opening for a Creative Services Producer/Editor. Applicants must be an Adobe After Effects pro and a hands-on non-linear editing wizard, preferably AVID and Premiere.  Candidate must know how to shoot (cinema cameras) with understanding of lighting/cinema lenses. This creative individual will be responsible for writing, shooting & editing hard-hitting, investigative news promos; station image campaigns; syndicated and entertainment driven spots and client commercials. In addition to your creativity, you’ll need excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to work with multiple departments on multiple assignments in a fast paced environment. You must be able to see projects through from start to finish and feel comfortable working within a team. Minimum three years’ experience in news promotion broadcasting/media is required and applicant needs to be proficient on the Mac platform along with having a college degree.  

Job Alert– Senior Graphic Designer KTVU/KICU San Francisco/Oakland (Erik Candiani!!)
KTVU & KICU are looking for an experienced hands-on Senior Graphic Designer.  The ideal candidate has a trained artist’s eye for bold yet uncluttered layout, color and typography, and is not only professionally skilled in the Adobe Creative Suite, but has some experience with Cinema 4D.  Produce designs and graphics for merchandising material, posters, banners, flyers, brochures, letterhead, business cards etc.  Support the graphical needs of the station and team with inspiration, encouragement and assistance.  Work collaboratively, creatively and efficiently to yield eye-catching results. Design still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts. Other duties assigned as deemed appropriate and necessary.
Heavy experience in motion design and video post-production in a professional non-educational environment. High School diploma or GED required.  Two-year degree preferred with an accent in commercial, graphic or animated area of design.  Equivalent professional experience in television/broadcast is also acceptable.  Technical knowledge of broadcast systems and environment preferred. Minimum of 4 years related experience. Must have an online reel or portfolio with roles clearly listed.

Wow… Designer Tom Ford’s NYC Fashion Week runway show was live streamed Wednesday night. Ask yourself…do your newscasts have this kind of accessibility? Looking at lots of station websites and live streaming isn’t as widespread as one would expect. Tom’s people are available for questions if needs must.

Think About This:  “It’s not a lie. It’s a gift for fiction.”  ~ David Mamet, State and Main

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


February 16, 2016

Feb 15, 2016 by     Comments Off on February 16, 2016    Posted under: Featured

While many of us were celebrating Presidents Day in our own way, Raycom Media was adding to LEC COBLE’s tltle, making him one of the newest members of the VP Club. Lec is now Vice President of Broadcast Marketing, growing out of his old title of Corporate Director of Marketing. So glad to hear – he’s one of the people who ‘get it’ and there’s no praise higher. Based in Montgomery at Raycom’s headquarters, Lec travels a lot, via plane on weekdays and via two-wheeled favorites, sometimes a motorcycle sometimes a bike, on weekends. Along the way, he’s lived and worked in Tucson, Raleigh-Durham and the Greensboro market of NC. Kickin’ off Monday with a smile. Well Dunne! Lec.

Think About This: “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”  ~ George Washington

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent