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Fifteen-year career spanning all areas of television and video production. Wrote, produced, directed, videotaped, edited and promoted state and national award-winning series Adirondack Outdoors. Directed various program formats: sports, news, magazine, game shows, live performance, telethons, and public affairs, including nationally-distributed television program The Editors. Produced video projects for commercial clients, including an award-winning recruitment video for Plattsburgh State University. As Assistant General Manager of WBVT-TV, I supervised the Traffic, Marketing/Promotions, Operations, and Production departments as a cohesive working unit. Capable of producing video in all formats, including digital and non-linear. Proficient on many type of production systems including cameras, switchers, graphics platforms, still-stores, various editing controllers including A-B and digital, audio production, lighting, VTR operation, master control automation, systems routing, satellite distribution, and digital video effects.

Broadcasting

Graphic Design

On-air and print graphic designer, utilizing computer platforms and traditional broadcasting tools to create both still and animated images. Projects included commercial work for clients, image campaign elements, developing the "look" of locally-produced television programs, and integrating graphic elements with the production design of the project; web design and implementation; print work; large-scale design and product design; CD and DVD design. Proficient with Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks, Dreamweaver; familiar with both Mac and PC platforms. Art Director, managing a staff of graphic artists.

Managed four departments at WBVT-TV as an integrated whole: Marketing/Promotions, Operations, Production, and Traffic. As Assistant General Manager I brought together the divergent interests of these departments into a cohesive working unit. Developed and maintained six-figure budgets, product inventory, and facility supplies. Recruited, hired, fired, trained, and supervised employees at staff and middle management levels. Organized operating procedures, including shipping/receiving, inventory, accounts receivable and payable, personnel, technical infrastructure, and operations. Received recognition from International Who's Who of Professionals, Who's Who in Emerging Leaders, and Who's Who in Entertainment.

Management

Technical

Competent with a wide range of state of the art technologies: broadcast, graphics, and proprietary systems (including computer O/S & software, analog and digital broadcast, operations, and production); became the primary staff trainer. Literate on all computer systems and software (IBM PC and Mac platforms). Managed the technical operations of a commercial television station.

Working knowledge of many types of software applications: desktop publishing, graphic design, networks, desktop video, word processing, database management, spreadsheets, e-mail, Internet, web authorship and Internet publishing, proprietary systems and networks. Examples include Word, WordPerfect, Quicken, Peachtree, Quattro Pro, Excel, Access, Illustrator, Pagemaker, Photoshop, Ami Pro, Ventura Publisher, Paint Shop Pro, Avid and Media 100 systems, Frontpage, Macromedia, Novell, and Summit Cable Systems. Possess understanding of DOS, all current Windows variants, and MAC OS environments.

Computer

Supervision

Adept in the supervision of management, technical, production, operations, creative, and clerical staff. Able to mediate disputes and mete out discipline. Particularly skilled in discerning employee potential and managing the development of employee skills (including creative) through on-the-job training and regular performance reviews. Developed operational guidelines and job descriptions for WBVT-TV's entire employee structure.

Fully proficient with desktop publishing systems, including Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign, and publishing-capable word processing software; familiar with both Mac and PC platforms.

Desktop Publishing

Web Publishing

Designed, authored, and produced complete web sites. Thorough working knowledge of HTML, Javascript, ISP protocol, FTP and site maintenance. Familiar with cgi and java implementation. Capable of designing and producing integrated sites, including writing, layout, graphic design, HTML and Javascript coding, and cgi and java integration.

Managed Broadcast Traffic department. Duties included program scheduling, tape inventory management, employee supervision, development of traffic procedures, systems management and integration, distributor relations, billing, and affidavits.

Traffic

Marketing

Designed and executed marketing campaigns for public and commercial broadcast organizations, including media, print, co-op, and on-air. Helped develop image campaign and facilitated the on-air implementation of all phases of WCFE-TV's Station Image Campaign; received national award from PBS for overall campaign excellence.

International Who's Who of Professionals           1996
State University of New York/College and University           1995
Alumni and Development Association Award
Judges Citation - Award for Excellence
(NYSBA) Award
Best Single Children's Program
Who's Who in Emerging Leaders  1990  1992
Public Broadcasting Service National Award           1989
Best Image Campaign
NYSBA Award           1989
Best Children's Series
Who's Who in Entertainment  1988  1991
NYSBA Award           1986
Best Documentary
Corporation For Public Broadcasting           1985
National Award
Best Informational Program
NYSBA Award           1985
Best Promotional Announcement
American Cinema Editors National Student           1982
Film Editing Competition
Top Ten
Golden Key National Honor Society          1975

Recognition

Work History

  • 1997 -             Campus Crusade for Christ
        • Keynote Communications, Westfield, IN.
        • Drums, Percussion, Graphic Design, Operations, Web Design.
  • 1995 - 1998     WB/WWIN-TV, Burlington, VT
        • Assistant General Manager, Production Manager, Operations Manager.
  • 1993 - 1995     State University College at Plattsburgh
        • Teaching Assistant in Television Production.
  • 1984 - 1995     WCFE-TV, Plattsburgh, NY
        • Promotions Manager, Studio Control Manager, Computer Task Force Chair, Video Graphic Designer, Producer/Director.
  • 1982 - 1984     WLUC-TV, Marquette, MI
        • Director, Technical Director, News and Production Assistant, Master Control Operator.
  • 1982 - 1983     WHWL-FM, Marquette, MI
        • Operator, Announcer
  • 1979 - 1982     Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
        • Film Studio Supervisor.

Dale Carnegie Course, Burlington, VT1996
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI    1979 - 1982
BFA Cum Laude, Filmmaking
State University College at Potsdam, NY    1975 - 1977
General Studio Art

Education

Television Credits

  • 1995              WBVT-TV World Premiere
        • Directed live 2-hour remote station launch special.
  • 1994              The Ride Home
        • Produced, directed, and edited dramatic treatment of theatrical fiction.
  • 1993 - 1995    Your Backyard Garden
        • Directed live, interactive studio series; produced video segments.
  • 1993              In Between Stations
        • Produced, directed, and edited dramatic treatment of theatrical fiction.
  • 1992              Call Me Marah
        • Produced, directed, and edited dramatic treatment of theatrical fiction.
  • 1992              Musically Speaking...
        • Directed and edited musical performance programs.
  • 1991- 1995      Priorities
        • Directed, photographed, and edited field- and studio-based public affairs series.
  • 1991               Yellow Ribbon
        • Produced, directed, and edited dramatic reading/short-form documentary.
  • 1990 - 1995     Student Films From Concordia University
        • Produced and direct series of special one-hour documentaries.
  • 1989 - 1995     Student Films From McGill University
        • Produced and direct series of special one-hour documentaries.
  • 1989 - 1990     North Country Review
        • Directed local studio-based public affairs series; produced video segments.
  • 1989               Lake Placid: An Olympic Tradition
        • Edited half-hour documentary special.
  • 1989               Rubenstein on...Business
        • Directed half-hour studio-based magazine program.
  • 1988 - 1995     WCFE Kids Club Halloween Party
        • Produced and directd live half-hour entertainment series.
  • 1988 - 1995     WCFE Image Campaign
        • Produced and directed various station IDs, promotion elements, graphics, bumpers, opens, stingers, and billboards.
  • 1987 - 1995     Program Promotion
        • Produced various program and special event promotional spots.
  • 1987 - 1988     The Editors
        • Directed nationally-distributed weekly half-hour, remote public affairs series.
  • 1984 - 1995     WCFE Annual Report
        • Produced and directed live, studio-based interactive special reports.
  • 1984 - 1995     On-Air Fundraising
        • Produced and directed live fundraising programming: auctions, movie marathons, pledge drives, and special events.
  • 1984 - 1988     Adirondack Outdoors
        • Produced, directed, photographed, and edited 32 field-based half-hour documentaries in series format.
  • 1984 - 1988     Scholars For Dollars
        • Produced and directed weekly high school quiz game.
  • 1983 - 1984     TV6 News
        • Directed nightly live, half-hour newscasts.


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