Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

JOB OF THE WEEK


 

EXEC PROD, CREATIVE
Nat’l Geo Channels
LA

Resp for creating & producing mkt’g/promotional campaigns. 7-8 yrs brdcast/cable production exp. in mktg/promos.

www.foxcareers.com


Cynopsis: Classified Advantage
06.12.12

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 12, 2012, and this is your weekly issue of Cynopsis: Classified Advantage!

You are what you think you are…

I have a friend who is very depressed. We got together not too long ago and he told me about it. He is 32 years old, been laid off for two years, has worked in other industries since, but wants to get back to what he loves, working in the television industry.

I asked him why he was so depressed. He had a mental list, he said that, “I’m 32, they can get a recent grad for less, I’ve worked in other industries so all my experience isn’t with the television industry, and I took some time off to travel throughout South America and Africa, so they might not think I am that serious about getting a job.”

I said that is one way to look at it, but there is another way too.

“You’re 32 years old, you know what responsibility is, and you live up to it. What do you think the kid who just graduated did last week? Rejoiced he no longer had to work 5 hours a day and spend the rest of his time doing whatever he wanted? 

And you have worked in other industries, which give you a broader if not better perspective on how to get things done. No one industry has all the right answers, by working in other industries you have lost your tunnel vision as to how things are best accomplished.

And that goes for your traveling too. You have a greater knowledge of people and cultures, something that most people only read or watch on TV. But you’ve been there, you’ve seen it live, you lived it. We have the nickname the Ugly Americans not because of our looks, but because we believe and act like we are better than everyone. You know that’s not true, which makes you smarter than most. That’s what I see when I see you.”

Two weeks later, my friend got two interviews. I still don’t know if he will get the job, but I do know that his attitude had everything to do with getting the interviews. Choose to see yourself as not the best person for the job, you’ll be right 100% o f the time. Know that you are the best candidate for the job, you only need to be right once.

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~ ACTIONABLE EXPERT ADVICE ~
Don’t Just Talk to People Who Do What You Do
by Michael Pollock

I have been aware recently of a lot of thinking about the value of cross-fertilizing ideas and working across disciplines to gain smarter insights and achieve greater success.

It started with Eric Kandel, the Nobelist godfather of neuroscience (thanks to his long and intense focus on sea snails) who I heard speaking about the intellectual ferment that was Vienna around 1900. In this hothouse era, doctors became painters and writers; painters and writers hung out with biologists; playwrights and scientists all mixed their ideas together. From this came the work of Freud, Schiele and Schnitzler; Kokoschka’s paintings that revealed medical symptoms unnoticed by doctors, and Klimt’s sensuous art that is layered with references to biological science.

These artists and scientists were strongly influenced by anatomist Emil Zuckerkandl, who pointed out the absolute importance of looking beneath the surface of things to find out in depth what is really going on. Seems obvious, doesn’t it, but it was a revolutionary idea at the time.

Kandel’s new book the Age of Insight will likely turn out to be fundamental in helping us understand the young science of neuro-aesthetics  the study of how our body chemistry responds to the details, colors and textures in works of art. This exciting advance in understanding ourselves was made possible because Kandel turned away from his single-minded focus on the sea snails to bring science and art together.

Secondly, there’s Matt Ridley’s oft-quoted TED talk about how progress and prosperity are the children born when “ideas have sex” with each other. He emphasizes the importance of specialization in human development – and while in his TED talk he focuses on making objects, and how the coffee grower provides for the oil rigger who in turn supplies the plastics manufacturer and so on – Ridley’s catchy tag line “ideas have sex” takes us back to Kandel’s Vienna and how our progress and prosperity depend on us working together across disciplines.

And thirdly, an Internet entrepreneur told me that he has always gained enormous value in his career from asking questions of his friends who work in other fields. By asking filmmakers, musicians, photographers and writers how they solved problems, he has seen that each calling seems to have developed its own methodology for solving what are essentially the same problems of creating art and doing business. He has learnt something from each of them and brought together the best of the insights and techniques.

So it seems that this is the key: specialize, collaborate across disciplines, grant your ideas the freedom to mate and you will be smarter and achieve more.

Michael Pollock is President of Pollock Spark (www.pollockspark.com). He is an Executive Coach and Consultant to Creative and Media professionals.  He works with people in film, TV, journalism, advertising, design, marketing, music and the Internet, bringing them the experience, techniques and inspiration to take their businesses and careers to new levels of success.

~ ASK THE EXPERTS ~
Questions from our Readers
Answered by
Michael Pollock

I just received a negative performance review that I thought was undeserved.  What should I do?

 If you were not consulted as a part of the process, then you should ask for a meeting with your manager to discuss the review.  If your input was already included then this may be awkward but it still should be your approach.  At that meeting you should calmly present a reasoned and rational case that the review was undeserved. 

I suggest that you try and approach this as if it is the review document that is the problem, and that you and your manager together are going to try and get it to a place that is acceptable to you both.  Be ready to discuss the successes you had during the year, the volume of work you have completed, your pitching-in attitude – whatever it is that will counter the information in the review you received. 

Almost always there are sections of a review that address areas that even you agree are open for improvement: no-one is perfect and we should all strive to learn and grow.  So do acknowledge these areas and present your tactics for strengthening them.  

 

 What should I do when I know a co-worker is drinking during the work day?

 Is it affecting their work?  If so then I believe you should address it – but carefully.  If you have an HR department, go to them and ask them what they recommend.  There may well be a policy in place which will inform next steps.  If you don’t have this structure, then I suggest a quiet conversation with his/her immediate superior. 

I do think this should be addressed in order to provide the appropriate help for the person and also to prevent work from falling between the cracks or work relationships from becoming untenable.  And note that it will be better all around if this can be accomplished without the co-worker knowing that it was you who raised the issue.

 

Michael Pollock is President of Pollock Spark (www.pollockspark.com). He is an Executive Coach and Consultant to Creative and Media professionals.

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August 9, 2012 | 8:00 – 10:30a.m.

Harvard Club of NYC

Coming Soon: Award finalists will be announced mid-June


 

~ MORE CYNOPSIS CLASSIFIEDS ~

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL ANALYTICS MANAGER, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network/LA: Min 5 yrs exp in web analytics, expert in Omniture and Excel, strong analytical,written and verbal skills. Apply at: http://careers.own.tv/ (6/18)

JOB OPENING: FOCUS GROUP MODERATOR/LA-based research co: seeking LA-based moderator as in-house or indep. Contractor. TV research exp. a must. Apply: [email protected] (6/18)

JOB OPENING: SR ACCT EXEC./ACCT EXEC. AD SALES/NY: Expanding Ad Dept 70m+ Sports Net. 7+ yrs TV ad sales exp. Excellent agency relationships. Send resume and cov ltr Attn: Rose to [email protected] (6/18)

JOB OPENING: DESIGN MGR/HGTV & DIY/Knoxville: Manages a team of graphic designers/animators for Network visual elements. 5 years experience req at Design Firm or TV. Apply: http://www.scrippsnetworks.com/careers.aspx?code=careers (6/18)

JOB OPENING: VP, REALITY PRGMG/Lifetime/NY: Oversee the devel & prod of unscripted series & specials. 10+ yrs exp at a tv net, prod co or equiv. Full Info/Apply: www.aenetworks.com/career.html (6/18)

JOB OPENING: AE/ADSALES/TENNISCHANNEL/NYC: Sales pro, Cable TV bgrd, 5-7 exp; sell commercial inventory; negot. Spons’ship deals; sell a select, affluent audience to nat’nal adv. Res + sal.hist. to [email protected] (6/15)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR DIGITAL SALES/OUTDOOR CHANNEL/CHICAGO OR NY: Incrs digtl advtsg; create leads, qlfy prospects, genrt new biz, grow sls perfrmnc, close biz; media sls exp, degree prfd; Apply: www.outdoorchannel.com/Employment. (6/15)

JOB OPENING: COORD, AD SALES MKTG/MUSIC CHOICE/NYC: Support ad sales team w/mktg materials & development/execution of sponsorships. 3+ yrs exp in mktg/media w/strong writing & PowerPoint. http://musicchoicecareers.iapplicants.com (6/15)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER, DIRECT RESPONSE/The Weather Channel/NYC: The Sales Planner is accountable to the DR Account Managers servicing Cable and Cross-Platform business. BA Deg req’d. Resume: [email protected] (6/14)

JOB OPENING: SR. RESEARCH ANALYST  E! & G4/NBCUniversal/NY: Evaluate audience, ratings, market and sales data. Min 3 yrs exp in Media Research. Exp w/ Nielsen, Star Media, MRI preferred. www.nbcunicareers.com Job#5776BR (6/14)

JOB OPENING: DIG RSCH ANALYST-Freelance/A+E NETWORKS/NY: Use synd resources (Nielsen Online, comScore) for ad sales rsch reqs; analyze data for reports & sales presentations. 1+yr dig med. exp www.aetvn.com/careers/html #132996 (6/14)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, BUSINESS AFFAIRS/NBCUniversal/Universal City, CA: Please visit our career site for more information www.nbcunicareers.com job #5486BR. (6/14)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MARKETING AND AFFILIATE RELATIONS/NBCUniversal/NY: Please visit our career site www.nbcunicareers.com job #5354BR for additional info. (6/14)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ASSISTANT/Sportsman Channel/NY: Wkly reprts, analyses, research. 1 yr exp or internship w natl rated cable network. Full info/apply: www.thesportsmanchannel.com (6/13)

JOB OPENING: MGR, NETWORK NEWS PRICING & REV FORECASTING/NBC/NYC: Responsible for sales forecasting; analyzing pricing & efficiency trends. 5+ yrs exp. w/financial management/analysis required. Apply www.nbcunicareers.com, #5865 (6/13)

JOB OPENING: SR COORD, AD SALES MARKETING/NY: Provide strategic ad sales support, develop mktg programs, and execute corporate branding initiatives. 3-5 YRS exp pref’d. Apply at www.screenvision.com (6/13)

JOB OPENING: EXEC ASST/Lifetime/NY: Admin support to EVP, Prgmng. Calendar mgmt., coord travel, plan mtgs, track expense reports. 5+ yrs Sr level admin exp. exc comm, orgnztnl skills. Full Info/Apply: www.aenetworks.com/career.html (6/13)

JOB OPENING: MGR CONTENT DEVELOPMT, USA/NBCUNIVERAL/NYC: Responsible for all aspects of content creation for USANetwork.com. Min 3 yrs exp in interactive media req. Editing/writing exp desired. Apply: www.nbcunicareers.com (5731BR) (6/13)

JOB OPENING: MGR, PROD-INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS/NBC/NY: Responsible for creating content for company intranet & newly developed employee channel. Must know Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Apply www.nbcunicareers.com, #5760BR (6/13)
 
JOB OPENING: DIGITAL RESEARCH ANALYST/Scripps/Knoxville, TN: Analyze Home category web traffic trends and competitive activity. Min 3 yrs research exp.Omniture required. Info: http://www.scrippsnetworks.com & select req #3050 (6/13)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER/Ad Sales MKTG/HGTV/NY: Create custom sponsorship proposals, budget management, manage sweepstakes and sponsorship fulfillment.Full details, http://www.scrippsnetworks.com & select req 3073 (6/9)

JOB OPENING: KEY PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT/NYC: Daily, synd talk show seeking experienced Key Accountant. Must know Global Vista. Non-union position. Must work as a NYC local. Starts 6/18. Resume to: [email protected] (6/9)

JOB OPENING: IN-HOUSE COUNSEL/VP, LEGAL & BUS AFFAIRS/LA: Attorney for TV prod co to manage agreements, releases, employment, negotiations. JD + 5 yrs TV/film legal experience req’d. Apply: [email protected] (6/9)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL AD SLS RSCH STRATEGIST/DISCOVERY/OWN: Sprt Sr Dir w/digital ad sls rsch, cross platform & social anlys; BA Comm, Econ, Media pref; 4yr exp in data/media relatd field pref; http://careers.discovery.com/ #5737 (6/9)

JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR/PROG & PROMO SCHEDULING/Crown Media/Studio City: Key program & on-air promo support to the program and acquisitions team. More info & apply: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/jobs (6/9)

JOB OPENING: MGR CONSUMER MKTG/SYFY, NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Manage Syfy’s Off-Air, Brand, and Consumer Marketing efforts. Must have 3 yrs marketing exp in TV or entertainment. Media planning exp req. Apply: nbcunicareers.com (5747BR) (6/9)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA ASSIST/Beacon Media Grp/Mahwah NJ: Leading kid media buyg/plng agcy looking for media plng assist, inputer, & day-to-day maint of kid buys. EXCEL WIZ A MUST. Great bnfits. Send resumes to: [email protected] (6/9)

JOB OPENING: KEY PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT/NYC: Daily, synd talk show seeking experienced Key Accountant. Must know Global Vista. Non-union position. Must work as a NYC local. Starts 6/18. Resume to: [email protected] (6/9)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA ANLYST/MSG Ntwk/NY: Support Media & Spnsrship w/reprting & data anlysis Ntk ratings & varius primry/secndry reserch resorces (Scarborgh) Excl Skills Requ Nielsn systm exper pref Agncy exper welcm http://bit.ly/L4hDn6 (6/8)

JOB OPENING: DIR, PR/WEtv/NYC: Create publicity campaigns for WE tv series, specials, digital/social media content. Work w/prgrm’ng, marketing, digital, agents, talent etc. 8+ yrs exp. Submit res: http://tinyurl.com/6uqmcnv (6/8)

JOB OPENING: NEWS BOOKER/Los Angeles: Seeking deal-closer with competitive booking experience, familiarity with law enforcement and judicial system, and strong research skills. Apply: [email protected] (6/8)

JOB OPENING: DIR, CONSUMER MKTG/NatGeoChannels/NY: Drive viewership & build awareness for the U.S. based channels & support cross co. initiatives incl. Affil/Ad Sales activities. BA/BS req. 7+ yrs ent/media exp. [email protected] FNG1110 (6/8)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DISNEY/BURBANK: Sell advertising/sponsorships to Advertising Agencies on West Coast. 2 yrs exp required. Kids National Media exp pref. Please visit www.disneycareers.com REQ 44992 for more info. EEO (6/8)

JOB OPENING: IMA/SR DATA PLANNER/SFV: 4+ yrs TV Planning DR; Manage response data; provide analysis on media, performance, ROI; Knowledge of STRATA/Core/IMS/Excel/AdViews/Access & SQL Resume: [email protected] (6/8)

JOB OPENING: RSCH ANALYST/NCM MEDIA NETWORKS/NYC: Prepare sales materials using syndicated & primary rsrch based around ad effectiveness & audience positioning; 1 yr media/agency exp. a + Apply: www.ncm.com (6/8)

JOB OPENING: ACCT EXEC CLIENT ACTIVATION/bottlerocket mktg group/NY: Manage events/activations; Pitch/neg. partnerships; dvlp/execute promotions; full campaign delivery. 5+ yrs exp req’d Res: [email protected] (6/8)

JOB OPENING: EDITORS (2 Types) NYC: Exp with True Crime or similar genre. Also Reality TV specializing in Intervention. Familiar with AVID, AVID FX, Boris FX. Cover/resume to: [email protected] (6/8)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER/NYC: Experience in Reality television specializing in Intervention Reality, extensive experience in field and/or post.Cover/resume to: [email protected] (6/8)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL AE/Sony Pictures TV/NY: Strong dig. sales bckgrnd a must. Interest in entertainment, gaming, emerg. tech. Able to sell mult properties, incl: Crackle, PS Network, FEARnet & DrOz. Apply: www.sonypicscareers.com (6/7)

JOB OPENING: MGR-INTEGRATED AD SLS MKTG/DISCOVERY/NY: Resp for dvpmnt/execution of Advrtsr sponsorships, opps/integrations on Velocity; 5+ yrs relevant exp; auto/sports sponsorship a +. https://careers-discovery.icims.com/jobs/5847/job (6/7)

JOB OPENING: SR. MGR AD SLS MTKG/Discovery/NYC: Collaborate cross departments to create custom integrations & advance OWN brand/sales strategy/ on air exp. is a must. Apply: https://careers-discovery.icims.com/jobs/5459/job (6/7)

JOB OPENING: ASSISTANT, DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION/SABAN BRANDS/CENTURY CITY/LA: 1-3 yrs TV Animation, Family/Kids or Live Action administrative experience to support SVP. Apply: [email protected] (6/6)

JOB OPENING: VP OF PROD/LA: Vry strong mgmt skills, extrmly positive agncy/ntwk relationships a must. Strong undrstding of TV prod issues & prblm-solving skills needed. A true leader. Resume to: [email protected] (6/6)

JOB OPENING: Assoc. Dir., Media Operations & Client-Vendor Comm/Sherwood Trading Group/Ramsey NJ: Mng daily operat’l processes ntwrk TV & Radio clients. Proficient: MediaOcean and EXCEL. Resume: [email protected] (6/5)

JOB OPENING: MGR, BUS OPERATIONS/ESPN Inc/NYC: 4+ Yrs Exp; Manage ad sales support team handling acct. maint. Ad industry exp req’d. Must have exp. in TV. Analytical skills a +. Digital exp is a +. www.espncareers.com Job ID-45958 (6/5)

OTHER INDUSTRY JOBS OF INTEREST …

lead business development activity for iVillage-owned sites, including iVillage.com, iVillage.co.uk, GardenWeb.com, Astrology.com, Petside.com and Lifegoesstrong.com
VP Business Development, iVillage Network  5887BR
NYC NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

leading digital production, including both 1) scalable/innovative ad products (video, social, mobile/tablet, gaming) and 2) custom campaign production
VP, Digital Fusion Ad Sales
MTV
NYC NY
http://www.mtvnetworkscareers.com/jobs-at-mtv-networks/

structure, draft and negotiate, with minimal supervision, a high volume of development and production agreements, including production service agreements, executive producer agreements, writer agreements, co-production agreements, license agreements, rights acquisition agreements and talent agreements
Vice President, VMN Business & Legal Affairs
MTV
NYC NY
http://www.mtvnetworkscareers.com/jobs-at-mtv-networks/

responsible for managing the deal flow process  which, depending on the source, can run from initial pitch through contract signing  for complex relationships with various players in the marketplace
Business Development Director
Appnexus
NYC NY
http://www.appnexus.com/open-positions

establish and set up standards for project management methodology and best practices including implementation of an agile development process
Director, Project Management, Showtime Anytime  11922BR
CBS Corporation
NYC NY
http://diversity.cbscorporation.com/careers.php

oversees all efforts relating to what airs on BBC America
VP, Scheduling
BBC America
NYC NY
http://www.bbcamerica.com/jobs/

work with internal and external business partners to review ideas and concepts
Senior Financial Analyst  47156BR
ESPN
Bristol CT
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/who.html

produce all elements involved in a local morning show
Producer  5951BR
NBC Universal
Fort Lee NJ
http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

responsible for creating and producing marketing and promotional campaigns (or video presentation materials) for the highest level priorities for the National Geographic Channels
Executive Producer, Creative Promotions/Marketing  FNG0001190
Fox Networks
Washington DC
http://www.foxcareers.com/#/home

responsible for providing collaborative leadership on Discovery Education’s strategy to broaden and deepen support for academic standards implementation and best practices of assessment
Director of Standards & Assessment  6034
Discovery Communications
Silver Springs MD
https://careers-discovery.icims.com/jobs/6034/job

responsible for leading AMPT (Turner s Audience & Multiplatform Technologies)
Chief Emerging Tech Officer
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta GA
http://www.turner.com/careers/#/careers/job-details/131540BR

directs and performs financial analysis and reporting activities to support short-term and long-range strategic plans and operating budgets
Senior Financial Analyst  40600
Cox Communications
Atlanta GA
http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/careers.cox

conceiving and executing in a variety of media (interactive, TV, radio, promotions, product placement, branded entertainment, events) and invent new media
Art Director  LEO000277
Leo Burnett
Troy MI
http://www.leoburnett.com/

own marketing strategy and execution to secure and maintain position as the most recognizable and highly regarded mobile CRM provider in the industry
VP of Marketing
Vibes
Chicago IL
http://www.vibes.com/careers

serves as the primary user experience external spokesperson, responsible for developing and publicly communicating the agency’s point of view on all issues pertaining to the current or future state of digital experiences and user-centric design
VP, Experience  11317
Razorfish
Chicago IL
https://jobs-razorfish.icims.com/jobs/11317/job

develop the key insights that will drive smart interactive marketing campaigns through a deep understanding of the consumer and the client’s business
Senior Account Planner  11325
Razorfish
Chicago IL
https://jobs-razorfish.icims.com/jobs/11325/job

work closely with various clients to determine Production Control Room schedules, SAP and VO Booth usage and ensures that the required personnel are scheduled at the required time/place
Senior Resource Scheduler  FNG0001187
Fox Networks
Los Angeles CA
http://www.foxcareers.com/#/home

manages timely completion and accuracy of journal entries, reconciliations, and schedules related to fixed assets
Sr. Financial Analyst – Fixed Assets  FNG0001184
Fox Networks
Los Angeles CA
http://www.foxcareers.com/#/home

own project roadmaps and drive deliverables to completion
Senior Product Manager
Hulu
Los Angeles CA
http://www.hulu.com/jobs

play a key role in new business development; joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures; the development of the corporate strategic plan; and selected business unit strategies
Sr. Strategic Planning Analyst  27029BR
Walt Disney Corporation
Burbank CA
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/who.html

assessing the design and operational effectiveness of internal controls and processes, the efficiency of operations, and compliance with laws and regulations, including deterring and investigating fraud
Senior Consultant, Technology
Comcast
Universal City CA
www.comcast.com/careers

manage, grow, and engage with its growing fanbase that reaches millions of fans around the world
Community Manager
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Beverly Hills CA
http://www.oscars.org/about/employment/community-manager.html

act as primary contact for the College Sports business unit, which includes frequent interaction with unit Executives and Sales Staff
Senior Revenue Accountant  10595BR
CBS Corporation
San Francisco CA
http://diversity.cbscorporation.com/careers.php

responsible for executing solid designs that speak to the creative and art direction provided
Senior Designer
Organic
San Francisco CA
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA6/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ORGANIC&cws=1&rid=5398

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

Van Nuys, CA-based The Idea Factory welcomes Deanna Delshad as VP/Development.  Deanna has been an executive producer, TV executive, show-runner and producer on series for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, OWN, Style, E!, CMT and more.  The Idea Factory additionally promoted Andrew McCormick to Manager/Development.

Shine America elevated Lee Rierson to the position of COO, reporting to Carl Fennessy, CEO, Shine America.  Lee has been with the company since 2006 and will be in charge of all of Shine America’s corporate and strategic operations, oversee the production studios as well as business and legal affairs, human resources and labor relations across all labels and business departments. 

Sarah Weidman was promoted to the newly-minted role as SVP/Original Programming and Development with Style Media.  Sarah’s position has now been expanded to include oversight of all original programming and she will continue to manage development and new series for the network.  Sarah was involved with the launch of Style’s original series Tia & Tamera and Big Rich Texas along with the return of Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious.  Sarah also heads the network’s new original docu-series Chicagolicious and Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne set to premiere early this month.

Former Turner Sports VP/Brand Strategy Jennifer Anderson Gragg has joined The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) as VP/Brand Strategy and Marketing.  Jennifer will head the development of brand strategy and product marketing across all of TWCC’s platforms including the television network and digital properties.  She will report to Keith Pardy, CMO. 

Norwalk, CT-based market research consultancy, The Family Room selected three new senior research positions, effective immediately.  Those joining include Hillary Newton as VP/Research and Brand Strategy; Eric Wolfeiler as Director/Quantitative Research; and Michael Perri as Manager/Quantitative Research.  Hillary will report to Founder/CEO George Carey while Eric and Michael will report to Hillary Newton. 

Thomas (Thom) Draudt is the new Director for PBS’ home improvement series This Old House and Ask This Old House.  Thom has been involved with film and video production for more than 25 years and served as Executive Producer and Director of This New House. 

Anonymous Content and its roster of feature film and commercial directors have joined The Ashy Agency for representation in television promotion.  Anonymous Content’s directors include Mark Romanek, Will Gluck, David Slade, Cary Fukunaga, Daniel Benmayor, Brett Morgen and Chris Palmer among others. 

Effective this July, Margaret Brennan will become a Correspondent for CBS News.  Margaret will initially be assigned to the State Department and also be a general assignment correspondent based in Washington, D.C.

Effective this July, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution appointed Valerie Schaer as EVP/Creative Affairs.  Valerie will have oversight for the development of original programming for NBCU Domestic Television Distribution and will additionally manage the unit’s current first-run programming including the new fall daytime programs Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard.  Based in New York, Valerie will report to Barry Wallach, President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.

Former EVP/Scripted Programming executive at ABC Entertainment Group, Suzanne Patmore Gibbs was tapped by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as EVP/Drama Development, U.S. Programming and Production.  In her new position, Suzanne will oversee the studio’s development activities for scripted drama programming in the US and she will work with writers and producers on projects for both broadcast and cable.  Suzanne will further manage international co-production projects targeted for the US market. 

Effective immediately, Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., (SBS) named Alex Aleman to the role as SVP/Consolidated Operations.  Alex will report to Albert Rodriguez, COO at SBS.

Francis Kane joined Current TV as SVP/Ad Sales Marketing where she will lead the network’s brand across the advertising community.  Francis will report to Bill Hartnett, EVP/Marketing at Current TV.

Ocean Fine advances to Director/West Coast Mobile and Online Sales at AT&T AdWorks.  Previously, Ocean served as Senior AE with the company where she supervised agency relations with OMD, Saatchi & Saatchi, Conil among others.

Sean Cohan advances to EVP/International with A+E Networks.  Sean has oversight for the International Division of A+E Networks leading the company’s brands, content and services outside the US.  He further heads a staff located in New York, London and Singapore.  Sean will continue to report to Abbe Raven, President/CEO, A+E Networks and Steve Ronson, EVP/Enterprises.

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) named George Callard as General Counsel.  George has been with TWCC since 2011 as SVP/Legal and Business Affairs.  George heads the company’s legal team and reports to Chris Walters, COO.

Current TV appointed Francis Kane as SVP/Ad Sales Marketing reporting to Bill Hartnett, EVP/Marketing. 

Effective August 1, Ann Christin Siljan begins the newly-minted role as Director/Sales and Acquisitions at Nordic World where she will report to Jan Salling, COO.  Ann joins Nordic World from Norway’s Mastiff Television.

AKQA tagged Sung Chang to be Creative Lead for the agency’s Verizon Wireless account.  AKQA was name a strategic digital partner by Verizon.  Based in New York, Sung will report to Rei Inamoto, CCO. 

Karen Barroeta advances to the newly-created role of SVP/International Cable Operations at Telemundo International up from SVP/Marketing Creative.  Based in Miami, Karen reports to Marcos Santana, President, Telemundo International.

Lifestyle network Plum Media LLC bolstered its team by hiring Grace Kim as VP/Production and Programming in charge of production, programming and operations and Jaime Blanc as SVP/Integrated Marketing responsible for marketing, sales and implementation of sponsorships as well as marketing partnerships.  Both Grace and Jaime previously worked for NBC Local Media.

Alfredo Schwarz was named VP/Operations and Production of MegaTV by Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS).  Alfred’s appointment is effective immediately and he will be in charge of the operation and production of the television division.  He will report to Alex Aleman, SVP/Consolidated Operations, SBS.

Discovery Communications added George Sonoda as Regional Licensing Director/Latin America for Discovery Enterprises International (DEI).  George will be based on Sao Paulo, Brazil and will manage a newly-formed team consisting of recently appointed Marco Guzman, Licensing Manager for Mexico, Caribbean and Central America based in Mexico and the recently upped Giannina Vergara, Licensing Manager for South America based in Miami.  George reports to Nicolas Bonard, SVP of DEI. 

The Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA) appointed Catherine Houser and Jo O’Brien to its Board of Directors. Catherine is the EVP/Human Resources for Viacom Media Networks and Jo is the SVP/Human Resources for CNBC.

Aaron King joins company founder, Jeff Boortz of Be The Creative Source as Partner/Executive Producer.  Aaron will be based in New York and will represent the company’s client roster to networks, agencies and production companies.

Newly established Vancouver-based production company, Remedy Canada named veteran producer Toby Dormer as President.  Toby will manage development, production and all business operations.  In 2003, Toby founded Remedy Productions with his business partner Juliet Borges.  London-based media company, Argonon purchased Remedy Productions in May 2011.  Argonon is additionally making an investment in Remedy Canada.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association elected Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly as President for the 2012-2013 year at the organization’s annual election meeting held last Friday.   Also elected were Jorge Camara as Vice President; Serge Rakhlin as Executive Secretary; and Ali Star as Treasurer.  The new Board of Directors consists of Helen Hoehne, Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Ruben Nepales (Chairman) and Dierk Sinderman (alternate).

Later — John
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