Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Cynopsis: Classified Advantage

 

03.02.10

Good morning – it’s Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 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.

This is What I Want by Snarky McHeadhunter

Why do you want me?  Because I can get you a job, I can make you more money, I know of jobs that will never be advertised, anywhere.  And I don’t charge you a thing.    So when I tell you what I want, listen.

I want a chronological resume, anything else is tossed.  Why? Because I don’t have the time to figure out the dates and order of employment.  Plus, if I take you on as a client, I will need all the dates for our data base.  Functional resume equals an unread, trashed resume.  That doesn’t mean we won’t present companies with a functional resume, but when you send them to me, make it chronological.

A resume longer than two pages gets less than two seconds of my attention.  I know you are a big shot but so am I, and my time is my money.  I’ll hear all about your great accomplishments later in an interview.  Just give my the highlights Sparky.

I want to read about quantifiable achievements, items I can bullet point to my clients.  Their time is money too.  I will toss your resume before I spend time dressing it up.

Use keywords that resonate with the potential employers.  How can you determine these?  They’re in the employment notices.  They write them in their ads.  They tell you.

Here is another problem you may encounter.  Emails can sometimes change the format of attachments.  Here is a hint, place your resume in the body of the email as well as an attachment.  That way I can get to it as quickly as possible.  Don’t think those seconds matter, I get 200 emails a day with resumes.  Everything matters.

Why should I devote my time to make you more money?  You better answer that question quickly.

Hey Mac lovers, I get it, you love your computers while the rest of the world hates theirs.  But if you send me your resume in a Mac specific format, I’ll trash it.  Get over it. Get Word.

When I open my emails, and it says, Dear Recruiter or anything else other than my name, it’s tossed.  If you don’t have the time or the intelligence to find and then write my name in the salutation, I have no time for you.  And if I get a whiff that your email is part of a mass mailing, buh bye.

If you do send me your resume as an attachment but write nothing in the body of the email, how rude.  Talk to you, never.

We need some ground rules here, I am not your buddy, I am not your pal, I don’t want to hear your sob stories.  You are a potential commission to me, you are my business.  So listen to me as if I was your boss, and if you do, we can help each other.

Good Economic News

Managerial jobs got a boost this month with three out of four managerial levels showing significant increases.  The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index indicated that only Director Level jobs fell in February by a modest 3 points.  However, C-Level positions increased by 10 points to 70, Manager Level increased 16 points to 89 and VP Level jumped an incredible 29 points to 77. 

Geographically, the Northeast has shown the greatest recruitment activity while the West still lags behind the rest of the country.  The total index has improved by 33.8 points from February 2009. 

Many of the nation’s smaller cities had the most significant improvement, led by Cincinnati (+39%) and Cleveland (+37%).  Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com said, “The Index shows the beginning of a hiring rebound.”

Next week: Your Elevator Pitch

We are 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] .

~ ACTIONABLE EXPERT ADVICE ~
The Time to Start Networking is when you
Already have a Job
by Joel Garfinkle

How important is networking to finding a new job? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only five percent of people find jobs through the open market, usually through help wanted ads, internet job boards and so on. Another 24 percent find jobs by contacting companies directly while 23 percent are successful thanks to employment agencies, headhunters and college career-services offices. The remaining 48 percent — almost one of every two job-seekers — find employment through referrals from others.

That’s why networking should be your number one job-search strategy. This article about career planning provides you with the key networking tips while you are currently working.

But, even if you have a job, I encourage you to develop your personal networks and networking skills. In today’s troubling economy, no one’s job is totally secure. If you should suddenly find yourself unemployed, having a well-established network will give you a distinct advantage over your competitors.

Here are five easy ways to jumpstart your networking efforts:

Join professional organizations.
According to Katharine Hansen, author of the book “A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market,” professional organizations are the number one venue for networking.

Volunteer.
Hansen says volunteer work is the second most effective way to expand your network. Plus, you’ll gain the satisfaction from helping those in need in your community

Be active in other organizations or activities that expose you to new people.
This could be your church, your school’s alumni association, local chamber of commerce, service clubs like Rotary or Kiwanis, Toastmasters, a book club, bowling league or bridge club. Avoid only socializing with people you work with. Constantly strive to expand your circle of friends and acquaintances.

Religiously keep names, titles and contact numbers of people you meet.
Even if it’s a one-time phone conversation with a vendor, that person might someday provide you with a valuable job lead. So keep track of contact and other information that may help you reconnect with the person in the future. For example, make a note on his/her business card that reminds you that he/she is “active in animal rights work, daughter JoAnne attending Harvard Law, etc.”

Look for ways to keep in touch and to build a positive impression with people you meet.
For example, when an acquaintance wins an award or is mentioned favorably in an industry trade journal, send him/her a note or email of congratulations. Or forward a sales lead, news article or web site that you think would be of interest to that person. He or she will be more inclined to help you if you have gone out of your way to help them.

Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in America and is the author of 5 books. He has over 17 years experience in the job search and career transition field. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Cisco, Oracle, Bank of America, Starbucks and Visa. http://www.DreamJobCoaching.com

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
Answered by Joel Garfinkle

I’ve been with a media company for a little less than a year, and had a very positive performance review last month. During the review, I said I felt I could handle more workload, and my boss seemed to agree. Yesterday I found out that a co-worker (with the same job title) had gotten promoted– only a year from her last promotion. She earned it, but I’m wondering how to ask for the a similar opportunity to prove myself. I feel I should have been more aggressive in my initial review. Her promotion is unrelated to my own performance, and I’d like to ask for larger-scale projects and work without seeming like I’m jealous. Any suggestions on how to handle this?

If you want to get promoted, you need to share your aspirations with your boss. You can start by discussing the “more workload” conversation you had previously and then make it clear that you want to get promoted. Don’t be shy. Ask your boss what it will take to get promoted. The more clarity you have on the specific steps to get promoted, the easier it will be for you to take action and achieve your goals. Over the next three to six months, schedule time (every 2-4 weeks) to discuss your progress. .

Here are some questions you should ask:

  • Why kind of data or information can I provide you to document my progress?
  • What do I need to be doing over the next 3-6 months to get the promotion?
  • What larger-scale projects can I own right now?
  • How does the promotion process work?
  • Do I need to increase my visibility with other decision-makers to improve my chances for promotion? 
  • Be aggressive in following-up.

A friend told me to buy an expensive looking watch for job interviews. I currently own an Ironman watch. Can a watch truly hurt my chances of getting hired? What about my belt or shoes?

The key issue here is how your appearance affects the job interview. The old cliche is true: first impressions are lasting ones. When the employer first meets you, they are judging the first thing they see  your personal appearance. It’s extremely important that you don’t do anything that would undermine how you are viewed.

Before a job interview, I advise my clients to write down three adjectives to describe how they want to be perceived. For example, one client listed “professional,” “experienced” and “energetic.”

Everything they say or do during the interview should reinforce these adjectives, INCLUDING every aspect of their appearance. From their shoes to their belt to their haircut. And, yes, even their watch. (A “Mickey Mouse” watch doesn’t exactly say “professional,” does it?)

Here are some other things to consider:

  • Dress appropriately for the type of company and position you are interviewing with.
  • Firm handshake.
  • Avoid anything that brings too much attention to your outfit.
  • Clean shaven face.
  • Minimize the amount of skin showing.
  • Eliminate unusual hairstyles.
  • Tattoos and body piercings covered or removed. 

Regarding the Ironman watch, I doubt it’s a “show-stopper.” It’s not unusual for someone to wear that type, unless, of course, you’re interviewing for chairman of the board. But, if you have any doubts, borrow another watch from a friend or relative.

Joel Garfinkle is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is regularly featured in the national media, including ABC News, NPR, New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Fast Company. www.JoelInspirationalSpeaker.com

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

JOB OF THE WEEK …

oversight and execution of multi-phase strategy process and consumer promotions in support of
NBC Entertainment show launches

Director, Brand Strategy & Promotion   1155127
NBC Universal
Universal City CA

http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

OTHER INDUSTRY JOBS OF INTEREST …

make sure every session booked has a creative team assigned
Producer, VFX   10-0027
Ascent Media Group
NYC, NY
https://www2.ultirecruit.com/ASC1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*CE5F9E2CABD15D8B

work closely with Account Managers, Management, Production, to create timely, creative and highly impactful sales materials
Senior Marketing Manager
Atlantic Media
NYC, NY
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=ATLANTICMEDIA&cws=1

working with publishers, sales and marketing to facilitate regular reviews of the brands with authors, illustrators, agents and estates
Director of Brand Management
Penguin Group
NYC, NY
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/employment/index.html

develops publicity campaigns, creates press materials, and coordinates multi-city author tours and special events
Senior Publicist-Plume
Penguin Group
NYC, NY
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/employment/index.html

building relationships with existing customers and identifying new customers
Associate Sales manager-Special markets
Penguin Group
NYC, NY
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/employment/index.html

help build a newly created inside sales organization
Inside Sales Rep, Time Inc. Media Group   116823BR
Time Inc
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

conceptualize, communicate and fulfill added value programs
Integrated Marketing Associate – Real Simple   116878BR
Time Inc.
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

day-to-day operations as well as developing strategies to improve campaign performance
Manager, Marketing, iVillage   1154769
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

plan and implement advertiser initiatives and campaigns across Bravo Media
Coordinator, Ad Sales Marketing – Bravo   1140618
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

manage and organize online public relations across all properties
Publicist/Online Media Associate   116697BR
Time Inc
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

support Integrated Marketing in development of pre-sale pitches and proposals within assigned categories
Integrated Marketing Manager – People en Espanol   116819BR
Time Inc
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

responsible for HBO-led strategic sourcing projects and will be involved in cross-divisional projects, as needed
HBO Manager, Strategic Sourcing
HBO
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

responsible for the creative vision, strategy, operations, and P&L of the NickJr.com online businesses.
Director NickJr.com
MTV Networks
NYC, NY
http://www.mtvnetworkscareers.com /

improve search engine marketing efficiency by analyzing and maximizing source mix and cost per acquisition on an on-going basis
Senior Marketing Manager/Audience Development   116468BR
Time Inc
NYC, NY
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

tracks and monitors deliveries of advertising commitments, including stewardship and make-goods
Sales Planner   230555
ESPN
NYC, NY
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

sales prospecting, presenting, negotiating, closing and managing of online advertising and revenue for Disney Online sites and the additional online brands sold by Disney Online
Senior Account Executive    230454
DIMG
NYC, NY
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

responsible for selling all local avails and all open national avails at maximized unit rates
Account Executive Direct Response   230248
ESPN
NYC, NY
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

build advanced financial models for valuation and prepare board presentations
Senior Analyst, CBS Corporate Development   4799BR
CBS Corporate
NYC, NY
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

responsible for creating and producing segments for Countdown
Producer, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”   1140536
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

manage team of planners as part of a larger marketing team
Senior Director, Media   1143599
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

lead brand strategies and marketing communications for one or more shows on the network
Director Brand Marketing   1121136
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

responsible for creating, producing and supervising the “The Dylan Ratigan Show”
Senior Producer News Segment   1122561
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

generating insights about MSNBC’s consumer segments, programming categories and markets through the coordinated analysis of proprietary and syndicated data sources
Director, Consumer Insights   1120978
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

manage trafficking and distribution of all off-air and online marketing materials
Associate Producer – Syfy Channel   1151465
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

lead business development discussions with potential content providers and strategic partners
Director / Senior Manager, Corporate Business Development   1151457
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

talent management, assigning and developing daily show ideas, overseeing booking, editing scripts, long-range planning, overseeing live shots, creating innovative programming stunts and managing a production budget
Executive Producer, LX-TV   1136428
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

take the lead to create and package ideas that meet the needs of our core advertiser categories: Entertainment (Movies, TV, Video Games), Consumer Electronics, Packaged Goods (Food, Drink, Personal Care), Alcohol, and Automotive
Account Executive   1131766
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

overall strategic research plan supporting multi-platform sales and audience development across our Owned & Operated markets
Functional Leader Research   1149257
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

responsible for overall project delivery and on-going support of our Business Intelligence (BI) solutions
Director, Business Intelligence   1149407
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

drive the E-Commerce strategy for the NBC Universal online store through implementing growth initiatives, enhancing marketing efforts, website analysis, etc.
Director, Merchandise and E-Commerce Development   1129905
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

work on business process improvement and strategic initiatives to transform business practices within NBC Universal
Manager Quality   1136991
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

develop marketing strategies and plans to define the brand, build awareness and drive consumption of the NBCLM properties
Manager Marketing Digital   1125786
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

execute marketing strategies and plans that define the brand, build awareness and drive consumption of NBCLM properties
Marketing Coordinator   1077846
NBC Universal
NYC, NY
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

deliver sales growth for our partners Sony and Universal, across a defined portfolio
Key Account Manager – UCA   1154234
NBC Universal
London England
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

monitor and interpret market and consumer data for the UK market, and communicate it to the business in reports and presentations
Research Analyst   1154217
NBC Universal
London England
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

oversee all of the company’s production output, forming a creative and production team tasked with the creation of new original series, and the revamping and acquisition of original concepts and franchises
President, TVP Production – NBC Universal International   1153654
NBC Universal
London England
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

prospecting and generating sales revenue from locally based corporations and company’s from non-traditional and competitive media sources
Account Manager   1154649
NBC Universal
Hartford CT
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

developing communications strategies and plans for multiple digital properties, including mobile
Director, Digital Communications    230407
ESPN
Bristol CT
http://jobs.espncareers.com/connecticut/director/director-digital-communications-jobs

advanced knowledge of broadcast methods of measuring audio and video signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations
Technical Director I    229771
ESPN
Bristol CT
http://jobs.espncareers.com/connecticut/director/technical-director-i-jobs

serve as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate new requirement changes to business processes, policies and information systems
Business Analyst    115690BR
Time Inc
Stamford CT
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

cultivate and shape alliances and partnerships including concept, deal structure, and financials
Manager, Strategic Partnerships   1153012
NBC Universal
Englewood Cliffs NJ
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

relationship building with client organizations
Account Director
Atlantic Media
Washington DC
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=ATLANTICMEDIA&cws=1

through inside sales, sell new subscriptions to the following sectors: government, non-profit, corporate, law/lobby, and public relations
Account Executive
Atlantic Media
Washington DC
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=ATLANTICMEDIA&cws=1

create and drive National Journal Group advertising marketing strategies
Director of Marketing
Atlantic Media
Washington DC
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=ATLANTICMEDIA&cws=1

makes service calls on existing clients to achieve customer satisfaction and develop new business opportunities
Account Executive   4701BR
CBS Outdoor
Charlotte NC
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

responsible for the management and growth of NASCAR.COM’s Social Media initiatives
Product Manager   115492BR
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta GA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

responsible for implementation of integrated ad sales marketing strategies for advertisers across Telemundo’s multi-channel and multi-platform initiatives
VP, Branded Entertainment – Telemundo Network   1105479
NBC Universal
Hialeah FL
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

take the lead to create and package ideas that meet the needs of our core advertiser categories: Entertainment (Movies, TV, Video Games), Consumer Electronics, Packaged Goods (Food, Drink, Personal Care), Alcohol, and Automotive
Account Executive   1134275
NBC Universal
Chicago IL
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

working with established accounts to drive rates and share
Account Executive   229854
ESPN
Chicago IL
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

Seek out and identify projects to develop into series
Director of Animation Development
MTV Networks
Burbank, CA
http://www.mtvnetworkscareers.com /

works in partnership with internal and external developers and any third parties to ensure each project’s timely, high quality delivery
Producer   115541BR
Warner Bros. Entertainment Group
Burbank CA
http://www.timewarner.com/corp/careers/

provide analytical support to Global Account Management team and recommend approaches for improving performance at key accounts
Business Analyst- Media   10-0023
Ascent Media Group
Burbank CA
https://www2.ultirecruit.com/ASC1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*734B013857987266

create and execute a sales plan for Ascent Media’ Blink Digital business unit with responsibility for defining and delivering against forecast commitments
V.P., Sales & Business Development- Media   10-0019
Ascent Media Group
Burbank CA
https://www2.ultirecruit.com/ASC1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*F52CC40CBC267DC0

develop all Network scripted short and long form programming
Vice President, Drama Programming   1154009
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

responsible for leading NBC Universal’s technical and operations teams that are the frontline of the company’s antipiracy activities
Vice President, Antipiracy   1137911
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

provides in-house project support for the Creative Services Department for both domestic theatrical and home entertainment
Creative Producer   1154743
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

generate maximum, positive press for Syfy’s programming
Director Publicity – Syfy Channel   1154157
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

independently manage research projects from inception to completion, including the interpretation of data and writing of internal reports and external sales materials
Manager, International Research & Analysis   1149227
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

providing business and legal support for the Universal Partnerships & Licensing Group
Director, Business and Legal Affairs   1154764
NBC Universal
Universal City CA
http://www.nbcunicareers.com /

maintaining and building advertising revenue with a named list of running accounts (in addition to prospecting for new business)
Account Executive   4633BR
CBS Interactive
San Francisco  CA
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

act as a liaison between creative/development, sales, and marketing in managing projects for the Creative Services team
Project Manager, Creative Services   4481BR
CBS Interactive
San Francisco  CA
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

coordinate deal strategies and execution with senior executive key stakeholders
Director, Business Development for CBS News and Business   4595BR
CBS Interactive
San Francisco  CA
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

coordinate deal strategies and execution with senior executive key stakeholders
Director, Business Development for CBS News and Business   4595BR
CBS Interactive
San Francisco  CA
https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=25084&siteid=5129

oversight of all traffic and revenue forecasting for the portfolio (10 year strategic plans and the annual operating plans)
Senior Manager, Reporting & Analytics   225353
DIMG
North Hollywood CA
http://corporate.disney.go.com/careers/index.html

~ RECAP: THIS WEEK’S CYNOPSIS CLASSIFIEDS & INTERNSHIPS ~

Cynopsis CLASSIFIEDSFor More classifieds, visit the Cynopsis.com classifieds page herealso check out our Facebook page where our classifieds are listed the night before the editions are published!

JOB OPENING: CROSS MEDIA PROJECT MANAGER/(Syfy)/NBCU/NY: Oversees the production of all marketing materials associated with launch and continuity of original programming, Please apply at www.nbcunicareers.com , Job # 1117560 (3/6)

JOB OPENING: SERIES PROD REALITY/DC: Avail asap. 7 month role overseeing shoot & post of 6 -1 hr factual ent series for major cable brdcst. 2 yrs+ exp as w/ reality genre. Prod team of approx 12. Res: [email protected] (3/6)

JOB OPENING:  DIRECTOR RESEARCH TV RATINGS & DIGITAL METRICS/OWN (LOS ANGELES): Oversee Ratings and Digital reporting and analysis. Expert in TV ratings systems. Digital experience a huge +. Apply @ http://careers.own.tv (3/5)

JOB OPENING:  DIR PRGRMNG/HGTV/NY: Mng all aspects of commiss’d shows. Maintain/evolve ongoing series. Showrunning exp req’d along w/ 6yrs cable nets exp in prgrm prod or mngmnt w/sig creative input. www.scrippsnetworks.com #1403 (3/5)

JOB OPENING: CREATIVE DIR/FOX Sports MKTG. Lead/manage LA based creative promo campaigns for multi-sports networks. Strong VFX; 5+ yrs on-air promo exp-related commercial/agency/trailer exp. Resumes to www.foxcareers.com FNG18628 (3/3)

JOB OPENING: INTERNATIONAL TV PRGRM SALES EXEC/LA:5+ yrs min w/reality,specials, series, formats. Team player, major mkt exp, salary plus incent. Send industry ref, salary to: [email protected] (3/3)

JOB OPENING: LINE PROD/ Silver Spring: Contract thru agency mng major new series. Sprvs budget, sched, legal req’s, & deliverables. Seeking a career prod mgr, pref exp at DIR/EIC level.  [email protected]    (3/2)

~ RECAP: THIS WEEK IN EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

Transit advertising company, Titan elevated Scott Goldsmith to President/Transit up from General Counsel/EVP. Based at company headquarters in New York, Scott will work with Titan’s 25 Transit Authority partners to establish new advertising opportunities for clients in addition to securing new business nationwide. Titan additionally promoted Craig Abolt to the role of EVP/CFO and Chief Administrative Officer. Craig will now oversee all financial and administrative activities for Titan including IT, HR and the company’s Digital OOH network.

Chris Linn advanced to EVP/MTV Production with MTV based in New York City. Chris will be in charge of the strategic oversight and implementation of production and MTV initiatives across departments such as development, talent, production and programming. Chris will also manage the development and production of original movies for television. Chris reports to Tony DiSanto, President/Programming, MTV.

Brad Navin, who has been the interim CEO with The Orchard, has been named CEO as well as a Director of the company. Brad was selected for this position following a search that commenced in October 2009.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting named Jason Viso as Director/Programming. Most recently, Jason was Director/Programming and Scheduling with the CW and WB networks in Burbank, CA.

N.J. Pesci joins Scripps Networks as SVP/Human Resources, working with Scripps Networks’ top operating categories within the company and heading the company’s talent management, learning and development areas. N.J. hails from The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati. He will be based at Scripps Networks’ headquarters in Knoxville.

MediaCom hired Suhaila Suhimi as Senior Partner/Digital Strategy Director to spearhead the agency’s digital operations in the West Coast and Chicago offices. Suhaila will supervise the company’s digital strategy and operations on behalf of clients based from these offices including Warner Bros. Home Video, Discover and ConAgra. Members of the digital teams in both locations will now report to her.

Katz Media Group bumped Joe Brewer to SVP/CIO up from SVP/IT Services to head the company’s goals to develop new technology solutions, increase revenues and enhance current support services for Katz and the industry. Joe will lead the development and implementation of IT efforts for Katz employees, client stations and agency clients in addition to managing daily operations of the IT Services division.

Greg Harrigan was advanced to EVP/Advertising Sales by Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., parent company of Outdoor Channel, effective immediately. Greg will now supervise national advertising sales efforts and operations.

Heather Auer was promoted to Manager/Corporate Community Affairs with NBC Universal where she will oversee the creation and execution of the NBCU’s community affairs initiatives including the internal and external public affairs sector for the network. Heather will continue to be associate producer for NBCU’s “The More You Know” public service campaign as well as handle NBCU Foundation’s $1.5 million annual charitable portfolio and grant functions. Heather reports to Susan Haspel, VP/Corporate Community Affairs.

Towers Productions, LLC, the TV production subsidiary of Towers Holdings, Inc., appointed David Padrusch to the position of VP/Development and Executive Producer. David will take charge of creating and developing series and specials, being involved with all areas of production. David reports to Jonathan Towers, CCO, Towers Productions, LLC. Most recently, David was President/Founder of Mad Rush Pictures, Inc., based in Boston. With his new position at Towers Productions, David will remain in Boston as the company’s East Coast liaison working with New York and Washington, D.C.-based clients and partners.

Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) upped Duccio Donati as EVP to supervise CIMG’s daily operations, encompassing direct reports and oversight of the unit’s brands including E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network, Versus Golf Channel and G4.

Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., parent company of the Outdoor Channel promoted Randy Brown to EVP/Affiliate Sales and Marketing up from SVP.

Sara Viard was named Director/Key Accounts with WFN: World Fishing Network. In her new role, Sara will concentrate on enhancing the network’s relationships with its varied list of distribution partners including DISH Network, AT&T U-verse and Comcast. Prior to this role, Sara was with Altitude Sports & Entertainment where she was Director/Sales and Marketing. At WFN, Sara will be based at the company’s US headquarters in Denver and reports to Sean Luxton, SVP/Affiliate and Content Distribution, WFN.

Matt Herrmann joins McCann Erickson West as EVP/Chief Strategy Officer, effective March 22. Matt will manage the agency’s strategic practice in both San Francisco and Los Angeles and will be based at the San Francisco office. Matt’s goal is to strengthen the company’s strategic practice which will shelter both brand strategy and communications planning.

Meredith Corporation appointed Frank Gallon as Chief Administrative Officer in charge of Meredith Integrated Marketing (MIM). Frank will oversee budget management, investments and business administration for the MIM portfolio. Based in New York, Frank reports to Martin Reidy, President, (MIM). In addition, Meredith announced three other promotions within the MIM division: David Brown to SVP/General Manager in charge of operations for MIM and integrated sales and marketing efforts, reporting to Martin Reidy; Keith Sedlak to CMO of MIM responsible for the division’s brand and its core areas and new practices, reporting to David Brown; and Georgine Anton to SVP of MIM where she will manage several of MIM’s largest accounts while reporting to Martin Reidy.

Turner Entertainment Ad Sales and Marketing tapped Dan Riess as SVP/Promotions and Marketing to spearhead a creative team based in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The team is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and promotional efforts for clients annually for TBS, TNT and truTV. Based in New York, Dan will report to Linda Yaccarino, EVP/COO, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales/Marketing and Acquisitions.

WNET.ORG named Shelley Lewis as Executive Producer for Need To Know, a new cross-media current affairs magazine produced by Creative News Group (CNG) for WNET.ORG. Need To Know is scheduled to premiere May 7 at 830p on PBS. In her new role, Shelley will supervise the production team to gather and develop original news content for the show and its web site.

Larry Mendte was hired by WPIX/New York, the CW affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting as a Contributing Commentator. Larry will offer commentary on current topics weeknights for PIX News at Ten starting next Monday. Most recently, Larry was lead anchor for KYW/Philadelphia.

Victor Kong was named VP with CNN Radio where he will oversee CNN Radio in the areas of engaging new audiences, partnerships and content for digital platforms along with the continuation of providing original audio news programming to CNN’s radio affiliates. Based at CNN’s Atlanta offices, Victor will report to Susan Grant, EVP/CNN News Service.

Nicole Smith joined PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as Partnership and Strategic Marketing Specialist for the organization’s Corporate Affairs Department. Nicole is charged with increasing PETA’s corporate partnerships and executing strategies for new marketing initiatives. Previously, Nicole worked for Omnicom’s Full Circle Entertainment where she was a Branded Entertainment Executive.

Madison Square Garden, Inc. appointed Joseph Yospe as CPA/SVP/Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. Joseph will have responsibility over external financial reporting, accounting activities and policies as well as compliance and making sure the company has the correct control environment in place. Joseph reports to Robert Pollichina, EVP/CFO.

Josefa Paganuzzi is now the new Director/PR with Music Choice.

Brooke Meredith advanced to Senior Director/Program and Talent Development with KPI, up from Development Manager. Brooke will be involved with developing the company’s programming and procurement of talent.

Lincoln Financial Media Company elevated three within the sales department of WSTR-FM: Nancy Barre is now GSM; Kim Willoughby becomes LSM; and Dave Morganlander was upped to NSM.

WPIX/New York, owned by Tribune Broadcasting hired Dave Manney in the newly created position of Managing Editor, starting today. Dave will have responsibility over all station news content across all WPIX platforms. He will additionally serve as chief news liaison to Tribune Interactive.

Later — John
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