Working somewhere for 40 years is an amazing achievement. Working for 40 years at the same TV station is a rarity indeed, but it happens. WFAA’s Production Manager JERRY CADIGAN has done it. And he deserves our kudos. But its our condolences that are needed now. Jerry’s son was one of the people killed in the helicopter crash this weekend in NYC. TREVOR CADIGAN had been a WFAA News Intern and had moved to NYC to take on the world of real journalism. His future was unlimited. Handsome, smart, enthusiastic….he had it all. The WFAA Family has a Go Fund Me campaign which in a few short hours has over achieved, which is exactly the kind of person Jerry is. The guy who always comes through for everybody. If you can, show Jerry that TV people stick together. There’s nothing well dunne about this….
Think About This: “If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to others, then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself.” ~ Nikita Gill
Kudos to the planning folks at PROMAX on the NY Conference. Seriously, it was clockwork. Ideas + perfect scheduling + excellent coffee = major hit. Especially fun was the SyFy futures area, where watching a 3-D printer at work was fascinating. All who did the virtual reality high wire walk loved it as well.
LEE HUNT, who looks a great deal like GRIFFIN DUNNE (!), told an SRO ballroom crowd about his latest Best Practices 2016. Netflix and the way they keep our eyeballs glued to their service was part of the presentation about why viewers really have stopped watching TV as we know it and are taking control of their viewing. So how can a marketer have impact on this disruptive movement? Lee had insight into what types of spots and promos work and don’t work, as well as how to improve commitment to shows via use of marketing tools. Don’t believe that once the show airs, the marketing for that show ends. Research proves it no longer works that way – viewers need post-show marketing pushes to commit to watching, and the post-debut spots are more effective than ever. Lee’s complete presentation is available here. Yes, it’s Must Download TV. And Lee has called for a moratorium on the word Disruptive.
They could have used a room twice the size for Going Off The Grid: TV Branding in a Future Without Channels. HBO’s SABRINA CALUORI (title: SVP Digital Media & Marketing) was charming and insightful sharing the growth of HBO’s digital performance. Facebook’s GWEN THROCKMORTON (title: Head of Industry, US Entertainment, Global Sales, Facebook) was roughly insistent (Only decaf for you from now on, Gwen) that innovative creative is obsolete and even showed a powerpoint slide of a tombstone. Hmm. Nobody else at the Conference held that view. Bottom line is that all new platforms call for creative to match each one. NO tombstones in the future of creative marketers and lots of new options.
New Technology of Storytelling was a major iPhone gold star, with panelists who have produced amazing shows and films using what is possibly in your possession right now. Sharing techniques and war stories from shoots they experienced, WFAA’s MIKE CASTELLUCCI and FILIPE DEANDRADE and a Photog/Director known as JOEY L made the audience want to immediately start their own iPhone productions. It was a highly entertaining session.
BEN SILVERMAN in a Keynote was very clear in differentiating how each platform is different but content always remains the reason for engagement. Content is king…some things never change. Ben’s Propagate Content, where he’s Co-CEO, has shows on traditional nets, streaming and OTTs.
Winners were announced. Were there any surprises. See for yourself.
Think About This: “You can fail at what you don’t want to do, so may as well get on with what you want to do." ~ John Taylor (thanks STEVE HOUCK)
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One of the most amazing discoveries about life is that there’s a synchronicity to events that defy explanation. Like when there’s a lot of news happening in one specific market at one time. Like today….that market is Raleigh, where two cool events are transpiring. First, there’s WTVD’s MARYANN BALBO. She’s a dynamo who has a real knack for marketing in the true sense of the word, always coming up with Win-Win situations for clients and the station needs. She’s been the Director of Marketing and Digital at the ABC owned station in North Carolina’s capital. She honed those chops at NBC affil WNCN where she held a series of increasing responsibility jobs. She even took a Florida slot at the Tampa Bay Times as Senior Digital Advertising Manager. Got tapped as finalist for Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year, too. Now Ms. Maryann is stepping up to a slot she’s long coveted – GM. She’s headed to Huntsville where she’ll be GM of CW affil WHDF. Adding to the patina of ‘dream job’ is Mr. Balbo who will be LSM at the station. Well Dunne! and never stop smiling Maryann!
Kudos to WNCN, NBC in Raleigh, and ROBBY THOMAS’ creative team for the recently bestowed Silver Telly for their PSA Brake For Buses. Sweet….Well Dunne!
BERT SHIPP has passed. He was the assignment editor at WFAA…more than that really. He was an amazing teacher and someone who made WFAA the best. He taught the following lesson, which is, to this day, the one that has left the biggest impression on this writer: Never spit in the wastebasket. What looks like a throwaway at 10 in the morning might be the story that saves the day at 5. Excellent advice, Bert. Condolences to Bart Shipp, his son, and the rest of the Shipp family.
Think About This: What if every wrinkle, scar, or gray hair only made you more beautiful? What if every tear you’ve shed, mistake you’ve made, and challenge you’ve faced, only drew you closer to the light? And what if, for every breath you’ve taken, every sentence you’ve spoken, and every path you’ve chosen, your fans in the unseen multiplied? Well, I’d say it’s about time you found out. ~ The Universe
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