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Cynopsis: Classified Advantage

06.16.09

Good morning – it’s Tuesday, June 16 2009, and this is your weekly issue of Cyn opsis: Classified Advantage!  This edition includes the top job listings in the Television, Media and Ad Agency markets, professional development advice from national experts, your Q & A’s with our experts, and a summary of executive moves among top companies.

LinkedIn

Looking for a job? It might be good to know, that according to a Jump Start Social Media poll, “three-quarters of hiring managers check LinkedIn to research the credentials of job candidates.” The poll also indicates that almost half of those surveyed check Facebook accounts. Though one would assume that since Facebook is considered more social of the two, hiring managers use the Facebook accounts more as a weeding out tool. So those photos of you doing a keg stand at your neighbor’s Memorial Day picnic should be deleted.

It is increasingly important to become accustom to these services and to understand that they are highly accessible to viewers, so make sure that you are projecting the image you want potential bosses to see. Or in 2009 talk, that you are putting forth the brand you wish to be associated with your name.

The best way to become quickly known and respected within the LinkedIn community, is found within their Answers section. If you can market yourself as a expert in a particular field, answering questions with good, sound advice, many people will ask to be connected to you, increasing your networking ability. This, of course, will pay dividends when you need assistance in looking for a job and you will be helping people by sharing your knowledge.

LinkedIn is a tool that can be used to your benefit. If you are not using it, you can be sure that others are, putting you at a disadvantage.

How about some good economic news?

The Labor Department reported that the amount of people applying for jobless benefits dropped by 24,000, a number considered more optimistic than expected. Adding to this, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose by .5% in May. While that may not sound significant, it does mark the end of a two month decline and represents the largest gain since January.

Furthermore, USA Today reports that there is, “increasing evidence that the recession is likely to end in September, with a mild recovery starting in October.” The paper bases their observation on the USA TODAY/IHS Global Insight Economic Outlook Index, an impressive collection of economic data, including eleven “forward-looking economic and financial indicators that predicts future GDP growth, adjusted for inflation. ” The USA TODAY/IHS Global Insight Economic Outlook Index can be viewed at www.usatoday.com .

Next week- Has The Economy Hit Rock Bottom?

Cyn opsis: Classified Advantage is a work in progress, designed with our readers in mind. We welcome your feedback and will try to incorporate any suggestions into our weekly coverage.  And if you have any specific questions or topics of particular interest you’d like our Experts to address, please let me know!  You can reach me – John Cox – directly at [email protected].

We are also always on the look out for more Experts to advise our readers – if you’re a headhunter, job coach, career advisor, etc., and may be interested in contributing to this edition from time to time, please contact me at [email protected].


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~ ACTIONABLE EXPERT ADVICE ~

GOING, GOING, GONE

For the financially savvy job hunter, relocation has gone from the worst case to best case scenario. Moving to another area for a new job is perhaps the best way to find a job quickly. It now provides perhaps the only way for someone who has been terminated to maintain or even improve their lifestyle.

Relocation has long been seen as a hardship for families. Families are spread thin, children are uprooted from school, community ties are torn, and reputations must be remade. But none of those are necessarily true. Family proximity is just as apt to create conflict as closeness. Sometimes a little distance can be the best thing. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Children are far more resilient than we realize, and relocation can lead to increased self confidence. Army brats are disproportionately represented among high achievers. And in the information age, reputations are entirely portable. You can bring yours with you to another city or even another continent.

At a time when cities are flooded with similarly skilled and experienced job hunters, a change in location can be a godsend. Rather than being one of a thousand, you can be one of a kind. And your “foreignness” can add a hint of the exotic that helps you stand out from every other candidate.

Moving to an area with a lower cost of living results in an automatic pay raise. Add to that the lifestyle advantages that could come from living in a more pleasant climate, more vibrant culture, more enlightened community, or more beautiful environment. This is one case when less really could mean more.

There’s also an inherent benefit that comes from change, particularly if it comes at a time of life when you might otherwise be sedentary. New experiences, new places, and new people can keep your mind and spirit young, open minded, and optimistic.

Stephen M. Pollan is one of America’s most trusted and admired career and financial advisors and is the author of more than a dozen books including the national bestsellers Die Broke and Second Acts. Information about his practice and writing can be found at stephenpollan.com. Mark Levine (gostryter.com) has been Pollan’s collaborator for more than 20 years.

Next week: So You Have Made it to an Interview – Now What?

If you have any specific questions you’d like our Experts to address, please email them to me, John Cox at [email protected].

~ ASK THE EXPERTS ~
Questions from our Readers

I am a Television Executive with a production company. I’ve have been with the company for 10 years and I’m ready for a change of scenery. I have many contacts at networks but I don’t feel it’s appropriate to let them know I’m looking since we pitch shows and work on projects together. I was thinking of using a head hunter but I’m not sure how to find the best one for my field. Any advice would be appreciated.

I’m sure you’re capable of doing your current job while looking for another. Your contacts are likely just as professional in their ability to separate the present from the future, so don’t self sabotage networking efforts. That said, if there’s a specific situation in which you feel being candid might not be appropriate, make a more subtle approach and ask for an update on “what’s going on” in the industry. They’ll get the message. In fact, these are the people from whom you can get headhunter suggestions. Say that you’ve been contacted by a number of headhunters and are curious about their experience working with such firms.

I am currently a floor supervisor for a company. I’m interested in increasing my salary, but don’t know how to bring it up with my boss. The only “promotion” I can receive is that of president or vice president, since those are the only positions above mine. Do you have any advice as to how I can promote myself or ways to approach my employers?

It sounds like you’ve reached the end of the line with this company. You could push for a seniority increase, but that’s apt to put a target on your back. You could try expanding your responsibilities, perhaps even creating new ones. A savvy executive will read between the lines and understand what you’re trying to do. In any case, don’t waste time waiting for an “inheritance.” By all means renew your job vows, but also launch a job search.

Stephen M. Pollan is one of America’s most trusted and admired career and financial advisors. Mark Levine has been Pollan’s collaborator for more than 20 years.

Have a question for our experts? Send it to [email protected]


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JOB OF THE WEEK …

establishing and developing the comprehensive strategic brand position for Sundance Channel to all constituencies
SVP, Marketing, Sundance Channel
Cablevision
NYC, NY
[email protected]

OTHER INDUSTRY JOBS OF INTEREST …

deliver budgets and work effectively across all platforms – TV, Web and digital properties
Account Manager   112920BR
Turner Broadcasting
London England
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

selling event sponsorship opportunities to asset management companies and managing a number of events across the portfolio
Event Sales Manager
Incisive Media
London England
http://fsr.cvmailuk.com/incisivemedia/main.cfm

responsible for day-to-day administration and management of marketing and publicity efforts for Hachette’s UK based companies
Marketing & Publishing Manager   09-0047
Hachette Book Group
Toronto Ontario
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/about_careers.aspx

coordinate HBG Canada’s marketing and publicity department’s seasonal schedules, promotional materials, and industry mailings
Marketing & Publicity Coordinator   09-0046
Hachette Book Group
Toronto Ontario
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/about_careers.aspx

a MySpace user with a proven track record in online advertising sales
Sales Executive   FIM16117
Fox Interactive Media (International)
Toronto Ontario
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

profitable growth based on leading and developing a high performance sales team
Executive Director National Account DVD Sales   FFE14533
Fox Filmed Entertainment
Toronto Ontario
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

lead a team of marketing professionals to successfully implement direct response campaigns
Marketing Director
NextWeb Media
NYC, NY
http://www.nextwebmedia.com/careers

building distribution for our products including Mobile SMS Services and Subscription Based Membership Clubs
Online Media Buyer
NextWeb Media
NYC, NY
http://www.nextwebmedia.com/careers

expand our company’s product reach and profit revenues by identifying new markets and attracting new clients through strategic partnerships and channel sales
Business Development Manager
NextWeb Media
NYC, NY
http://www.nextwebmedia.com/careers

lead the expansion of our company’s product reach and profit revenues by identifying new markets and attracting new clients through strategic partnerships and channel sales
Vice President of Business Development
NextWeb Media
NYC, NY
http://www.nextwebmedia.com/careers

developing new products that support Showtime’s digital strategies on both web and mobile platforms
Online Producer   1938BR
Showtime Networks
NYC, NY
http://www.cbscorporation.com/careers/index.php

develop coverage guidelines for breaking news and sweeps planning, Olympic, political and day-to-day coverage with an eye towards promotion, marketing and demographic development
Vice President, News
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

prospects and develops working relationships in the ad buying community
Account Executive (Fox Sports Net – Home Team Sports)   FNG16332
Fox Sports
NYC, NY
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

creative thinker who can generate and launch numerous story ideas each day and oversee their execution
Senior Producer   112936BR
Turner Broadcasting
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

developing and executing appropriate web campaigns for all GCP titles; pitching book centric sites and blogs
Online Publicity Specialist   09-0041
Hachette Book Group
NYC, NY
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/about_careers.aspx

strong feature and segment producing, strong writing skills and a thorough understanding of the news business
Producer, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell   112904BR
Turner Broadcasting
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

researches internet trends and stays on top of the next “big thing” on the web
Online & Consumer Marketing Associate
Penguin.com
NYC, NY
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/employment/jobopportunities.html

develop a strategy to deliver annual budgeted sales results for the five UK companies
Sales & Product Director   09-0048
Hachette Book Group
NYC, NY
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/about_careers.aspx

create and maintain customer profiles and be well versed on assigned national accounts
Customer Relations Representative, National Accounts
Penguin.com
East Rutherford NY
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/employment/jobopportunities.html

accountable for all aspects of the production for The Jerry Springer Show, including show topics, the format and focus of the show, and the selection of appropriate guests for the show
Producer – Jerry Springer Show   1059230
NBC Universal
Stamford CT
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

developing business plans for PGA.com consumer products
Senior Product Manager, PGA – Business Operations   112913BR
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta GA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

responsible for editorial content of assigned shows or segments
Producer, HLN Prime News   112901BR
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta GA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

work with project team, customers, and management to prioritize requirements and develop and maintain detailed project plans using standard tools
Project Manager – SAS Mobile, SAS – Executive Management   112841BR
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta GA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

develop strong relationships with existing station clients and maximize share of business from them and develop new revenue for the station
Account Executive   1943BR
CBS Television Stations
St. Petersburg FL
http://www.cbscorporation.com/careers/index.php

implementing confirmed media plans, making sure the ordered campaigns are booked correctly
Sales Coordinator, Miami Ad Sales   112927BR 
Turner Broadcasting
Miami FL
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

communicates and remains proactive in the day-to-day sales process. Handles issues regarding inventory, pricing, stewardship, errors, strategies, targets and budgets
Vice President, FSN Ad Sales – Dallas   FNG16073
Fox Sports
Irving TX
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

responsible for all ad sales for the region
Account Executive (FOX Sports Arizona)   FNG16352
Fox Sports
Phoenix AZ
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

development of Annual Business plans to achieve company goals/objectives
Senior Account Executive   1061876
NBC Universal
Washington
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

conceiver, write and produce daily, topical on-air promos for LKL
Writer/Producer, On-Air Promotion   112946BR
Turner Broadcasting
Los Angeles CA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

conceptualize, write and produce breakthrough radio promos, live read copy, podcasts and other audio promotional content
Manager, Radio Promos   FNG16211
Fox Broadcasting Company
Los Angeles CA
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

utilizing PRISM (internal database; training will be available) to apply traffic coding to programs
Programming Coordinator (Fox Soccer Channel)
Fox Sports
Los Angeles CA
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

develop and implement the licensing strategies, creative direction, business development and meeting goal expectations
SVP, Licensing Film   FFE16127
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Los Angeles CA
http://www.foxcareers.com/jobSearch.html

responsible for all aspects of development of new animation properties from concept
to pilot, including all creative and production matters
Vice President – Original Series, Television Animation   193042
ABC
Burbank CA
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

Sources:  MediaPost, Time Warner, iMedia Connection, Variety, NBCU Careers, Walt Disney, Fox Careers


A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM TV LAND


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JOB OPENING: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ Nickelodeon Creative Adv/NYC: 7+yrs exp. Prod&Shooting in OnAirPromo/Adv, Strng Creat/Concept, Prod Sense/Aesth, Strng Org/Mgmt Skills, A+ EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com

JOB OPENING: MANAGER PROGRAM SCHEDULING/EPIX Studio 3/NYC: 3-4 years exp; prefer previous movie channel exp.; program planning/sched, strategy, competitive tracking; Email [email protected] use manager in subject line.

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/ Screenvision Cinema/NYC: 2-4 yrs exp; proficient w/Nielsen & Research systems. Ability to analyze data & execute for sales in fast pace environ. Apply at: www.screenvision.com

JOB OPENING: SUPERVISOR/Univision NAT’L TV Sales /NY: Prior Brdcst exp req’d, Exe Asst exp pref’d. Detail-oriented, strong comm & orgnztnal skills, fluency in MS Office. 4 yr BA degree pref’d. Email: [email protected] EOE

JOB OPENING: SHOW RUNNER/DOCU-SOAP: Est NY prod co seeks highly exp’d docu-soap whiz to produce, work w/talent, craft storylines, oversee staff, create a hit show. Previous docu-soap series an absolute must. Res: [email protected]


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~ RECAP: THIS WEEK IN EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. appointed Mike Pavone as EVP/WWE Studios to oversee theatrical releases, direct-to-DVD films, series and reality programming. Mike will report to Vince McMahon, Chairman, WWE.

Howard Burkat left his position at Odyssey Networks after five-and-a-half plus years as Marketing Director. Howard will rejoin Burkat Company based in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, a company he operated for many years with Iris Burkat. There are no plans thus far at Odyssey Networks to replace Howard.

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) named Roger James as SVP/General Counsel for MTVNI and MTVN UK and Ireland. Roger’s role will now include overseeing all of MTVNI’s business and legal affairs as he replaces Sofia Ioannou who was recently appointed Managing Director of MTVN Latin America. Based in London, Roger will jointly report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, COO, MTVNI and Andra Shapiro, EVP/Business Affairs Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family group and MTVN Co-General Counsel. Additionally, Roger will continue to report to David Lynn, EVP/Managing Director, MTV Networks UK and Ireland.

Russell Arons joins Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) as SVP/Worldwide Marketing where she will be in charge of brand marketing, product marketing, product public relations and consumer research for all WBIE franchises and brands. Russell will report to Martin Tremblay, President, WBIE.

Cory Shields takes on responsibility in the newly created position as EVP/Global Policy Strategies and Alliances with NBC Universal. Cory will work to expand and strengthen the company’s IP protection for its content worldwide and continue to build relationships with other IP-related industries, labor unions and other organizations whose goal it is to protect jobs and grow the US economy. Cory will report to Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBCU and Rick Cotton, EVP/General Counsel, NBCU.

New York-based The Strand Creative Group promoted Todd Lichten as VP/Program Development and Production up from Director/Development. Todd will manage the company’s new syndicated daytime court show Street Court which debuts this fall as Co-Executive Producer in addition to supervising all series development for the production company.

Frank Sandusky was tapped by Titan Worldwide as VP/GM of its Southern California region based in Los Angeles. Frank will manage all facets of the company’s Orange County Transportation Authority and Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bus business as well as other ship out sales from this area to other Titan markets.

Jonathan Axelrod becomes COO of AECG to supervise the integration of all AECG divisions covering services and content to the film, TV and other media communities. Jonathan will report to Peter Isacksen, AECG Entertainment.

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), a unit of Viacom Inc. and a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation, tagged Keith Quinn as SVP/Creative Development and Production. Keith will manage the development and production of original digital content, reporting to Thomas Lesinski, President, PDE.

Anne Corsak was elevated to VP/Sales and Marketing with Global Telemedia, Inc. 

Discovery Communications appointed Jackie Tajada as VP/Operations for Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic. Jackie will head the Media Asset Management and Broadcast Operations groups in addition to being involved with the division’s integrated technology activities. Based in Miami, Jackie will report to John Honeycutt, Chief Media Technology Officer and Enrique Martinez, EVP/Managing Director, Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic.

Richard Foster advanced to Managing Director of GroupM Entertainment UK and Director/Strategy and Distribution of GroupM Entertainment Worldwide. Richard will lead the development and implementation of the company’s business in the UK and initiate a global strategy for the company’s content-focused efforts. Richard will report to Nick Theakstone, CEO, GroupM UK and Peter Tortorici, CEO, GroupM Entertainment Worldwide.

National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced three staffing changes:

  • Kiera Hynninen was upped to EVP/Marketing in charge of the network’s marketing activities encompassing consumer and digital marketing, media strategy, ad sales, partnership marketing efforts, creative and branding. Kiera continues to report to Steve Schiffman, NGC’s GM/EVP.
  • Dawn Rodney was elevated to SVP/Strategic Marketing and Creative, reporting to Kiera Hynninen.
  • Josh King was added as VP/Ad Sales Marketing and Partnership Marketing, also reporting to Kiera Hynninen.

Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) hired Erin Gough Wehrenberg as SVP/Comedy Development. In her position, Erin with oversee daily operations of WBTV’s primetime comedy series development team where she will work closely with WBTV writers and producers as well as lead the company’s search for new talent and material. Erin will report to Len Goldstein, EVP/Creative Affairs, WBTV.

Hilary Vlachos was named Executive Director/Community Relations at WNET.ORG, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW/New York. Hilary will be responsible for the organization’s Community Relations Team and will present THIRTEEN’s programs and educational outreach to the local community in addition to major arts and cultural organizations in the New York City area. Hilary will report to Michael Cunningham, Assistant to the President, Strategic Planning.

The Hotel Networks, a unit of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, appointed Jeff Stettin as SVP/Business Development. Prior to joining The Hotel Networks, Jeff worked with TiVo Interactive Advertising where he served as VP/Interactive Ad Sales, Eastern Region.

Henry Schleiff joins Discovery Communications starting August 1 as the new President/GM of Investigation Discovery. Most recently, Henry was President/CEO of Crown Media Holdings, owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. In his new position, Henry will lead development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications and online activities for Investigation Discovery. Based in New York, Henry will report to Clark Bunting, President/GM, Discovery Emerging Networks.   Well done Henry!  Well done!

Mindshare established a new business unit in London with SocialMeida8, a social media marketing company owned by Mindshare’s holding company WPP and newly dubbed Mindshare SocialMedia8. Ciaran Norris was recruited as Head/Social Marketing to lead the new unit, joining from Altogether Digital where he served as Head/Search and Social Marketing. In his new position, Ciaran will report to Norm Johnston, Global Digital Leader also based in London.

Cookie Jar Entertainment added Gwen McCauley as VP/Distribution and Sales Operations for Canada. Gwen will be in charge of developing and distributing programming that reflects Cookie Jar’s brand in addition to leading all sales initiatives throughout Canada. Based in Toronto, Gwen will report to Tom Mazza, EVP/Head of Worldwide TV.

Julio Marenghi was named EVP/Sales and Distribution for WGN America where he will manage the network’s top line sales, work to increase distribution and supervise the cable channel’s daily operations. Prior to this appointment, Julio was with CBS Television Stations as President/Advertising Sales.

Wilson Surratt returns to WPIX/New York as Senior Executive Producer of PM News Programming where he will supervise the station’s PIX News at Ten which airs nightly at 10p. In 2000, Wilson began The PIX Morning News and served as the program’s Executive Producer until 2002.

Kathy Timko became COO of Canoe Ventures as of June 1, reporting to David Verklin, CEO. Prior to joining Canoe, Kathy spent the last 10 years at IDT where she most recently served as COO of Carrier Services.

Fathom Communications established a new core practice area centered on entertainment marketing platforms, partnering with film, music, television and gaming properties. In so doing, Fathom Communications hired Marcus Peterzell as Managing Director/Engagement and Entertainment Marketing. Marcus joins from AWE (which merged with GMR Entertainment in 2007) where he served as co-president.

VIBE Media Group, a unit of the Wicks Group of Companies, LLC, upped Editor-in-Chief Danyel Smith to Chief Content Office as well as Senior Editor Benjamin Meadows-Ingram to Executive Editor of VIBE content. These promotions come as VIBE Media Group launches its new tabloid, THE MOST!, published twice yearly beginning June 16 along with THEMOSTmag.com on June 15. 

Mike Lu is now the National Sales Manager at National Television Sales (NTS). Previously, Mike was with Petry Media Television.

Osiris Entertainment, Inc., an independent film and DVD distributor, named Doug Dohmen as its new VP/Sales and Marketing joining from Porchlight Home Entertainment where he served as Director/Sales. In his new role, Doug will be in charge of the television, home entertainment and digital distribution of the company’s film library. Doug will report to Evan Crooke, CEO.

TV One added Maureen Guthman as SVP/Programming Strategy and Acquisitions and promoted Toni Judkins to SVP/Original Programming. TV One also tapped Jubba Seyyid as Director/Programming and Production. Maureen will head planning, packaging and scheduling for the network and will also manage content acquisition strategy, acquisition negotiations among other duties. Toni oversees the network’s original programming, where she is responsible for development and production of all original programs. Both Maureen and Toni report to Johnathan Rodgers, President/CEO. Jubba will report to Toni Judkins and all three are based at TV One headquarters in Silver Spring.

Later — John
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