Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Google 2017 Year in Review

Google always does a nice job with their year in review spots.  Good inspiration for news stations.

Monday, December 11, 2017


WTHR-TV, the top-rated legacy station in Indianapolis, has a unique opportunity for an experienced marketing/promo producer responsible for writing, producing, shooting and editing compelling messages, and generating marketable content for air and across our digital properties. Across the board, we are taking the “image promo producer” role and evolving it into a multi-platform marketing content producer. Join a team with a proven brand legacy, great resources, and a forward-leaning focus on taking broadcast television promotion to a new level.
Qualified candidates must possess the following for further consideration:  
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience using writing, shooting and editing skills to produce compelling promos and other video content across multi-platforms. Experience obtained through formal education, professional work experience, freelance work or similar endeavors will all be considered;
  • Excellent writing, producing, shooting and editing skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and meet daily/hourly deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude under stressful conditions;
  • Must be able to build rapport and direct talent and studio crew;
  • Must demonstrate a keen eye for graphics and ability to apply graphics into
    compelling promos;
  • Proficiency in various products within Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
 Additional preferred qualifications include:  
  • Experience in producing promos for a broadcast TV station;
  • Knowledge of web and mobile advertising techniques and success monitoring;
  • Bachelor’s degree in TCOM, journalism, advertising, digital media production or related disciplines; or
  • More than two years of experience in television promotion/advertising

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Spots

KOVR in Sacramento has just finished up this terrific holiday spot.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Welcome "the new guy"

The description on this spot says "Promo to drive interest / anticipation for new anchor joining our morning team"

I'm assuming it may be someone already known to the market? Maybe an anchor waiting out a non-compete?

Fox 61 Welcomes The New Guy :30 from Henry Vazquez on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Anti-Bullying Campaign

I know its strange to have two burger restaurant posts in a row... but this is worth sharing.

Check out this powerful anti-bullying spot from Burger King:

Friday, October 20, 2017

McDonalds Signs

I saw this ad for the first time today.  Its a couple of years old -- but I really think its one of the best I've seen. 

Simple.  That always works when done right.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

10 Years?!!!!! Thank You!!!

10 years ago today I started I/DO/PROMOZ.

It is hard to believe - but here we are!  I am older, greyer and balder... but still love this business!

It began as a way to meet people in the industry and hopefully further my career.

10 years later, I'm with the one of the best companies I've ever worked for(TEGNA) and I am lucky to know so many terrific promo pros out there!

I have contemplated for many months if I should give it up after 10 years. But I'm not quite ready to do that. I'm happy to hear from people who enjoy the blog -- and since there isn't something else quite like it(even after 10 years) -- I've decided to keep on going!

I follow a ton of stations on Youtube and Vimeo - yet always seem to find it difficult to find work to feature. I'll try and update more often!

Some of you send me spots - which is much appreciated! is the address.
I've never made a dime off the site(never figured that part out... doh!) -- so feel free to send one of the 3 Cs.... cash, check or chotchkies!  I mean, hey, my kids have to eat/play with useless crap!  :)

Thank you to everyone who has supported the site over the years. I really enjoy sharing great work.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From WACH in Columbia,SC -- two fun spots for their sports show 5th Quarter:

Friday, September 29, 2017


WTAT-TV FOX 24 in Charleston, SC is currently seeking an experienced Producer within the Creative Services department. The successful candidate must be able to create, conceptualize, script, shoot and edit cutting edge promos and commercials while also managing deadlines.
At least two years of professional shooting experience is required, as well as proficiency with After Effects, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop programs. Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills are a must.
Job Functions
• Shoot raw footage with various cameras for production spots
• Production of commercial spots to meet client specifications.
• Coordinate various production techniques in the field and in studio.
• Shoot and edit segments for locally produced business spotlights.
• Monitor project due dates, and overall completion by deadlines set by Creative Services Director.
• Write and produce creative promotional campaigns and contest spots
• Produce and edit special projects i.e. sales presentations, launch campaigns, etc.
• Participate in off-site promotions
• Maintain on-air look of the station concerning graphics, voiceovers, and tags
• College degree and two years of Production experience is preferred
• Proficient with Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop a must.
• Professional shooting skills and good understanding of graphics and visual effects
• Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills
• Strong writing, editing and producing skills
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Creative mind and a unique and fresh artistic perspective
If you have the required experience and skills, we want to hear from you! Please email your resume to, please include your salary requirements and a link to your latest work. Work examples should showcase strong editing and writing skills.

Monday, September 18, 2017

WFTV Post-Irma Promos

WFTV in Orlando has put out these spots for Hurricane Irma:



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

KTRK Compliation

I ran across this compilation of spots from the ABC station in Houston:

ABC13 On-air and social promos from ABC13 on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

CNN History of Comedy

A few months ago, CNN launched a cool program called "The History of Comedy."

And then it was preempted over and over and over again by breaking news.

It was annoying - and I'm glad they're finally getting back to airing it.

Here are two clever promos announcing the return:

CNN HOC ReLaunch Inturrupting from CNN Creative Mktg on Vimeo.

CNN HOC ReLaunch Breaking News from CNN Creative Mktg on Vimeo.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Promax Anyone?

Will any of you be at Promax next week?

Be sure to say hello if you see me.

I always enjoy meeting new people at this event!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WBTV: You're After the Truth

As we all look to find ways to fight back against "FAKE NEWS" - here is a spot that features conversational writing to make their point:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sweeps Promos

Feel free to send me your favorite sweeps promos - and I'll put them up on the blog!

From WXIA in Atlanta, here are two spots. The second features a jail cell that they made themselves for the highly stylized shoot.

For Fake's Sake from PileofPixels on Vimeo.

Shadow Of Doubt from PileofPixels on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Anchor Introduction

A fun spot from KSDK in St. Louis that introduces a terrific new anchor to their morning show.

If only every anchor came across this genuine in promos!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweeps Are Here!

It is that time of year... May sweeps is upon us!

Here is a nicely produced spot from WRAL that uses some clever graphics to get your attention:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WSB Technology

This spot from Atlanta does a nice job of letting viewers know WSB has all of the latest technology to bring you closer to a story.

Monday, April 10, 2017


WLWT, the Hearst Television NBC affiliate in Cincinnati is now interviewing Promotions Writer/Producer candidates. If you are a media professional with exceptional writing, producing and social skills, we want to talk to you!

This is a night-side position in the Creative Services Department responsible for bringing the WLWT News brand to life through compelling topical writing, editing and strategic conceptualization. You must be able to identify the most promotable stories within a newscast and write effective topical messages to connect with viewers on multiple platforms. This team member recognizes the importance of social media and can effectively communicate to and engage audiences. The Writer/Producer will also participate in social media marketing and sweeps promotions. The ideal candidate is highly innovative, a self-starter and can change creative direction easily. Come work for Hearst Television, one of America’s most respected multimedia companies.

Job Responsibilities:
•Write, shoot, produce and edit attention grabbing topical promotions.
•Use the station’s social media and digital platforms to drive awareness, viewing and audience engagement.
•Produce promotion for targeted sweeps stories and digital platforms.
•Edit using Adobe Creative Suite, including Premiere.
•Deal with the challenges of time-sensitive deadlines without compromising.
•Communicate effectively with reporters, photographers, and managers.
•Take a proactive approach to problem solving, and freely contribute to the creative process.
•Be a strong communicator with effective time management skills and attention for detail.
•Make strategic, clear, and timely decisions when a manager is not available.
•Work flexible hours and occasional weekends. Required Skills
•Excellent writing, shooting, and non-linear editing ability.
•Experience with ENPS and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite.
•Advanced knowledge of social media platforms, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
•Drive company vehicles if necessary (Valid Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle Record Check required) Education:
•College degree preferred or equivalent work experience.

Required Experience
•Media professionals only.
•Minimum two years’ experience at a broadcast TV station or cable network in a similar role.
•Proven writing, shooting and editing skills in the development of original marketing with a focus on news topical promotion.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

From KJRH in Tulsa, a fun/creative way to promote a station shredding event:

Operation: Shredding :30 from Jeramy Pappas on Vimeo.

Friday, April 7, 2017

WKMG AM Energy

I ran across this spot from WKMG in Orlando that showcases the energy behind their morning show:

AM Energy from Nick Jossendal on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


KCTV/KSMO in Fairway, KS is seeking candidates for an Assistant Creative Services Director. We are looking for an experienced, innovative and highly creative person to partner with the Creative Services team to create amazing on-air, off-air and digital strategies that motivate viewers to watch the station and visit the station website.

Qualified candidates must have a BA/BS in Advertising, Marketing or Broadcasting. Must have at least two years’ experience in a marketing or promotions lead role at a television station. Skills in graphic design, editing, shooting, writing, etc. are required. The selected candidate will have strong leadership skills, problem solving skills, communication skills and be a self-motivated/strategy oriented individual.

A CBS affiliate, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, WeatherRate Certified Most Accurate, and over 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week are just a few of the reasons that KCTV/KSMO is where you should be! Qualified candidates, please apply at

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ABC7: Our Helicopter is Way Cooler Than Yours

A few spots from LA - that showcase some distinct advantages to their breaking news coverage.

The first spot is kinda quirky:

KABC-TV AIR7HD with XTREME VISION Powered by the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE from Shotover Camera Systems on Vimeo.

KABC-TV AIR7HD with SKYMAP7 and XTREME VISION Powered by the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE from Shotover Camera Systems on Vimeo.

KABC-TV AIR7HD with XTREME VISION and SKYMAP7 Speed Track Powered by the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE from Shotover Camera Systems on Vimeo.



KMBC and KCWE, owned and operated by Hearst Television, are looking for a highly-creative Senior Producer to write, shoot, edit and design promotion for all media platforms. This position is responsible for producing station image promotion that advances our brand and gets noticed in a competitive market. This person will write, produce and creatively execute daily news promos, station campaigns, and marketing projects. This person will also assist the promotions department in other duties, as assigned. If you demand excellence in yourself, inspire others, think outside the box and are motivated with a great attitude, this job could be ideal for you! Send resume and demo reel to Paul Tranisi, c/o KMBC-TV, 6455 Winchester Ave., Kansas City, MO, 64133 Contact: EOE M/F/D/V

Job Responsibilities:
* Produce, write, shoot and edit compelling on-air promos and image campaigns from start to finish. Generate viewer interest to increase brand awareness and ratings for all platforms.
* Organize, oversee and execute projects from concept through delivery. Direct and supervise video editors, sound editors and talent.
* Demonstrate advanced proficiency shooting HD and 4K video with a variety of different cameras including DSLR and Canon’s C300.
* Create, update and enhance station on-air image, entertainment promos and graphics.
* Hands-on editing and online editing supervision.
* Contribute to brainstorm sessions across all departments.

Qualifications Requirements:
* Advanced skills and experience working with Adobe Premiere.
* Must have experience with the Magic Bullet Suite, the Trapcode Suite, Video Copilot Optical Flares and Video Copilot Element 3D and Cinema 4D Studio.
* Must possess outstanding skills in videography and studio/field lighting.
* Demonstrate ability to write compelling, conversational copy. Strong image and promotion writing skills.
* Must work well under tight deadlines.
* Must be a team player and think outside the box.
* Television Writer/Producer experience preferred.

* Bachelor’s Degree or some college preferred or equivalent work experience.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fox5 Welcomes the Raiders

Big news in Las Vegas -- they are finally getting their own NFL team. (Bad news for the folks in Oakland.) Here are two spots Fox 5 put together:

Friday, March 24, 2017

WBZ This Morning

Check out this new spot from Boston, that highlights the local roots of their team.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Back Ernie

KWGN in Denver is welcoming back former anchor Ernie Bjorkman. Here's the spot:

Ernie Welcome Back from KDVR/KWGN Promotions on Vimeo.

Friday, March 17, 2017

WFTV Coverage Area IDs

The Orlando market is huge... spread over a rather large section of Central Florida. These simple IDs are effective in showing WFTV is covering the entire viewing area:

Eyewitness News 2017 Locator IDs from WFTV/WRDQ Creative on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness Promos

From my old station in Sacramento -- two clever basketball-themed spots for their two stations:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

WXIA Storm Trackers

A nicely edited spot out of Atlanta - that doesn't feel like a typical "scary weather promo"


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Holy _ _ _ _ Fox 5!

Two new spots from FOX 5 in DC that are definitely NOT your topical weather spot.

I'd love to hear your comments on these!

Friday, March 10, 2017

From WLWT:

Cincinnati was hit with some servere weather last week ( a few tornadoes touched down as well). We went out with our reporters and got some broll of some of the areas hit the hardest. With all the damage we saw, we saw a community coming together and helping each other. We took a sound bite from an interview one of our reporters got and put together a little spot to tie in with our brand. 

Coming Together - WLWT Weather from christina rule on Vimeo.

Friday, February 24, 2017

ABC10 Morning Blend

From Sacramento -- a highly creative spot that will be featured in the Oscars this weekend.

They are playing off "La La Land" with their spot "Blah Blah Land":

Kudos to Drew and his entire crew for pulling this off.  NOT your typical morning news promo.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

WFAA Ride Share

This is a web version of a spot from WFAA in Dallas. 

It features actors - something you don't see very often in a news promo!  Nice work, FAA.

TONIGHT WEB REV from WFAA Marketing on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

KTVU Super Bowl Ref Campaign

UPDATE:  This has been taken down.  If they put it back up, I'll repost.

From Oakland:

KTVU - Super Bowl - Ref Campaign - Feb 2017 from KTVU Marketing on Vimeo.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


CBS North Carolina in Raleigh has an opening for a Marketing Producer position. This creative individual will be responsible for writing and producing station image, news image, daily news topicals and sales projects as well as anything else we throw your way. If you’re a team player and like to produce, this is the job for you. In addition to your creativity, you’ll need excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to work with multiple departments on multiple assignments in a fast paced environment. Applicants must be an Adobe After Effects pro and a hands-on non-linear editing wizard, preferably on Premiere. Candidate must know how to shoot (DSLR cameras) with understanding of lighting/cinema lenses. You must be able to see projects through from start to finish and feel comfortable working within a team. Must have at least 3 years of editing and shooting, whether that is within news or promotions. Experience within promotions preferred. Applicant needs to be proficient on the Adobe Platform.