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Promo: Typical Morning Show

By October 20, 2011 Promos, The Daily Buzz

Here’s my latest promo joint, feeding out to stations this week:

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Promo: “News You Need To Know”

By April 26, 2011 Orlando, Promos

Here’s our latest Buzz promo, which feeds out to stations tomorrow. It’s a companion to the mock weather promo that was released in February. (This is the ‘tagged’ version – the endplate also changes, depending on station and their custom graphics).



We might have one more ‘news team’ promo like this, but my mind has already wandered to doing some really “out there” promos this summer.

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Video: Two Recent “Buzz Brands” promos

By November 19, 2010 Orlando, Promos, The Daily Buzz

I haven’t posted any of my promos/videos for a while, so here’s two recent items I produced for GalTime.com, and a customizable affiliate generic for The Daily Buzz. (Both were shot with the Canon 5D MarkII)

Galtime.com Image Generic from JL Watkins on Vimeo.



Daily Buzz “local’ generic -:30 combo from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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News at the Speed of Life (:30)

By February 15, 2010 Houston, Photography, Promos

Here’s the first spot in our new promo campaign that began Friday night during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. I shot about 95% of it with my 5D2, except for a few HD stock shots of people that I needed (so that it wasn’t all news people looking rad).

KPRC – 2010 Image Spot (#1 :30 version) from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

There’s an alternate (longer) version on our promo department’s YouTube channel, in case you want to see the same spot, but twice as long.

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Local 2 Mornings – Your Olympic Team

By December 18, 2009 KPRC, Promos

The morning team are quickly becoming my favorite people to shoot with. Here’s my latest fun promo, that’ll tie-in to the upcoming Olympic games.

Your Olympic Team from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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3 new weather image promos

By September 1, 2009 Houston, KPRC, Promos

It seems like I’m always working on some kind of weather promo. Here’s the latest batch that I just produced and set loose upon the digiwaves.

KPRC – Weather Image Promos from JL Watkins on Vimeo.



Note: This epic battle was won with Ginny Landers playing After Effects Yoda to my Final Cut Pro Mace Windu. The force is strong with these two.

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the lonely football field

By August 14, 2009 KPRC

While editing a promo for KPRC’s high school football show, I got the urge to make a little montage of only the cutaway shots that were devoid of people and action.

the lonely football field from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

It ended up being a weird, little promo in itself.

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Tuesday was Conan O’brien Day

By March 10, 2009 Houston, KPRC

This morning I rushed to work a little faster than usual (sorry traffic cops) becuase I just couldn’t wait to get there. And why is that? Well, because today Conan O’Brien was in town to check-in on his favorite Houston NBC affiliatte.

Conan and me

I was on-hand to witness all the action, and was lucky enough to produce some promos starring him and our anchors. Strictly from my point of view, here’s how the day went down:

8:30am – Got to work, and my boss updated me on some changes to our scripts, and we also added some copy for other affiliattes and a few other random ’shout outs’. Moments later I got to work making cue cards by printing out large-fonted scripts from MS Word. Feels like deja vous, after doing this just over a week ago with Mario Lopez.

9am – Half hour away from shooting, and I went with the photographer into the studio to get everything set up. I took over part of the Severe Weather center and made it home to my stacks of scripts and cue cards.

9:30-10am – During this period we all sorta waited around, and used the time to make minor script and lighting tweaks. Conan arrived in the building and did a newspaper interview. At one point, someone from our building ran up to me and asked if I had an electric razor and Splenda brand sweetener. I’ve learned from MacGuyver that these two elements, when combined, make a very powerful explosive.

10:05am – Went to my desk and emptied out my Splenda stash, so that Conan could have a sweet, delicious beverage to sip on.

10:30am – We got into the studio, and I snapped a few pics while one of the anchors did an interview with Conan. He’s really friendly and constantly cracks clever jokes as we maneuver through each new thing we have him do. He briefly talked about how the robotic newsroom cameras were “learning our ways and would someday rise up an murder us all’. With him today was also his show’s EP and a videographer (who was a really cool guy that works on his show, and may possibly be a producer on The Office and other way-too-cool stuff). Afterwards I quickly introduced myself, and then was told by the affiliatte relations person that I should calm down and talk slower – a difficult thing to do after drinking a venti Starbucks Cafe Americano.

The rest of my post got eaten in the database error…posting it soon…

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