AMC Networks Ad Sales, a division of Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, announced today the promotion of KIM WOODS to Vice President, Western Region Ad Sales. In her new role, Ms. Woods will be responsible for expansion of the West Coast sales markets for AMC Networks, which includes AMC and WE: Women's Entertainment. She will be based in Los Angeles and continue to report to Liz Koman, Senior Vice President, AMC Networks Ad Sales. Woods joined AMC Networks as Director, Western Region Ad Sales, in June 2002. Previously, Woods was Director, Integrated Sales & Marketing for Gemstar-TV Guide, where she was responsible for the management of integrated sales and marketing programs incorporating TV Guide Channel, Magazines, Online, and Interactive Program Guide.
BOBBIE HUNNICUTT has been named Vice President/Brand Licensing for the Meredith Publishing Group, effective August 18. In this position, Hunnicutt’s primary responsibility will be to evaluate and execute opportunities for brand extensions for Better Homes and Gardens through domestic and international merchandising and licensing activities. Prior to joining Meredith, Hunnicutt served as a Vice President of Stanley Logistics, a subsidiary of The Stanley Works tool company. At Stanley, Hunnicutt initiated the company’s first licensing program and was nominated for Corporate Licensee of the Year in 1999 and 2000. She also spent three years as Director/General Merchandise for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she played an instrumental role in achieving double-digit increases in royalty revenues.
Hearst Interactive Media has poached MICHAEL DUNN away from Encoda Systems to serve as a vice president. In his new job, Dunn will support and lead tech-driven initiatives, as well as identify new investment opportunities. Prior to his tenure as Encoda's chief technology officer and executive vice president, Dunn was corporate chief technology officer at Time Warner and the lead technologist of TW Digital Media's Investment Fund. He sits on the advisory boards of the Internet Capital Group and Advisen, and was one of the founding members of InfoWorld's CTO Advisory Council.
NEREYDA LAGO has been appointed Media Director for BVK/Meka in Miami. She will be overseeing all the media planning and buying for the general and .S. Hispanic markets. In addition, Ms. Lago will also be responsible for tracking and maintaining client budgets and media reconciliation. Lago brings over 28 years of advertising and marketing professional experience within the US General/Hispanic, Latin America and the Caribbean markets. Most recently she was the Senior Media Planner/Buyer ad BBDO Miami where she was responsible for all media planning, buying, development, implementation and supervision of the regional media strategies for Visa, Discovery Channel, FedEx, with a budget of $47 Million. She was previously the Advertising Director at TransAmerica Media Group, Inc. where she was responsible for annual billing in excess of $21 Million. She implemented effective multimedia plans for national and multinational such as US Hispanic Market-Bellsouth Corporation, Siemens-Latin America, Heineken, ESPN Network, and Alberto Culver Corp.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry and Viacom executive MEL KARMAZIN are among the nominees for the Radio Hall of Fame's class of 2003, the hall of fame said Monday. Others to be inducted later this year are network talk show host Jim Bohannon, Los Angeles talk show host Michael Jackson and farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson of WGN in Chicago. The induction ceremony will be broadcast nationally on Saturday, Nov. 8, from the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. The one-hour special will be hosted by Radio Hall of Fame inductee Larry King and the Westwood One Radio Network.
The Advertising Council announced this week that TIM DAVIS has joined the organization as Executive Vice President, Media. As head of the Ad Councils media outreach department, Davis will be responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of all of the Ad Council’s efforts to develop and increase donated media support - among all media - for the organization’s 50 public service advertising (PSA) campaigns. Davis will also develop and implement initiatives that will engage the Ad Council’ s media staff, pro-bono agency media departments and other media experts to create media plans for each PSA campaign in an effort to better reach their target audiences. Most recently, Davis was co-founder and managing partner of an independent program development and marketing company, which for six years generated animated television series for children including Generation O! on Kids WB, and Randy Newman's Amazing, The Dancing Bear. He has also served as Director of Advertiser Sales for Tribune Entertainment Company and as an Account Executive, Advertiser Sales at Worldvision Enterprises.
Men's Fitness has hired publishing veteran WARREN CHRISTOPHER as its fashion director. Christopher, previously fashion director of Yahoo! Internet Life, will lead the mag's fashion, grooming, footwear and accessory coverage. Prior to his Yahoo! tenure, Christopher served as the style editor of Men's Health, a post in which he helped build the title's biannual Men's Health Guide to Style. Before that, he held posts at Esquire and M.
Kathy Delaney, Managing Partner and Executive Creative Director of Deutsch NY, announced last week that BRYAN BLACK has re-joined Deutsch as Senior Vice President, Group Creative Director. Over the past nine years, Black has worked in several capacities at Deutsch, most recently as a freelancer and now re-joins to work on the Agency's newly won Monster business. In addition, Delaney announced that SCOTT BASSEN and DAVID ROSEN have been promoted to Senior Vice Presidents, Group Creative Directors. The creative team has been with Deutsch since 1999 and both previously held the title of Vice President, Associate Creative Director.
MPG (Media Planning Group), Havas' media agency, has announced the appointment of former Ambassador CARL SPIELVOGEL to the MPG USA Advisory Board. Spielvogel -- an advertising pioneer, who in 1979 founded Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide -- will assist MPG in formulating strategic and tactical decisions for the development and growth of the company and its clients. Ambassador Spielvogel began his career as a journalist with The New York Times and was its first daily advertising columnist. After 10 years at the Times, in 1960, he joined McCann-Erickson. There, he became EVP and general manager, before joining the Interpublic Group in 1972, where he eventually rose to become Chairman of the Executive Committee and Vice-chairman. He left Interpublic in 1979 to form Backer & Spielvogel. The agency - which he headed as Chairman and CEO - later merged with Bates Worldwide Inc.. After leaving the advertising industry, Spielvogel founded the United Auto Group, Inc., which he built into a chain of 65 auto dealers, with sales of $4 billion. United Auto was one of the first auto dealerships groups to be publicly owned. Spielvogel's government service began in 1995, when he was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Government Board of Broadcasting. In 2000, he was named U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, and served in Bratislava, the Capital of the Slovak Republic. At a municipal level in NYC, he also served as Chairman of the Mayor's Committee in the Public Interest, and later Chairman of the Mayor's Committee for Public-Private Partnership. As well, he is the former Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Financial Times.
Meredith Corporation has announced that BRENDA SAGET DARLING will become Publisher of Traditional Home magazine, effective August 4. Saget Darling most recently held the position of Vice President/Publisher of Conde Nast Publications' House & Garden where she was responsible for sales and marketing of the magazine during her four year tenure. During that time the magazine saw significant growth in non-endemic categories such as fashion, beauty, retail and financial services. Saget Darling's broad publishing experience includes positions at several Conde Nast, Fairchild and Hachette Filipacchi titles. She served as Associate Publisher at The New Yorker and Elle Decor magazines as well as at House & Garden prior to her promotion to VP/Publisher.