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BuddyTV Awards Top Publicists for 2008


Seattle – September 22, 2008 – BuddyTV has announced the eleven recipients of the BuddyTV 2008 Top Publicist Award. The BuddyTV Top Publicist Award recognizes publicists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in generating crucial online awareness and exposure for their shows and talent. BuddyTV President, David Niu, remarks, "We had a particularly challenging time this year narrowing down from a large field of talented nominees, but we really feel that the eleven publicists who were selected this year pushed the envelope and generated a tremendous amount of online buzz that was critical to the success of their shows."

The following, in alphabetical order, are this year’s winners of the BuddyTV 2008 Top Publicist Award:

Todd Adair – Director, Publicity – FOX
My-Lan Beauford – Manager Publicity & Promotions – Fanscape, Inc.
Jeff Fordis – Media Relations – ABC
Suzanne Gomez – Director, Primetime Publicity – CW
Mitch Graham – Director, Publicity – CBS
Cindy Guagenti – Managing Director – BWR
Cait Hood – Manager, New Media – FOX
Holly Ollis – Senior Publicist – Warner Bros. Television
Joanne Park – Senior Press Manager – NBC
Colleen Sullivan – Vice President, Publicity – CBS
Jeff Tobler – Publicist – CW


"As the importance of the internet as a marketing, advertising, and consumption channel continues to grow, there is no doubt that publicists who know how to grow and leverage this medium provide incredible value to their show and fans everywhere," says Royce Yuen, Manager at BuddyTV. This trend only seems to be picking up steam as websites become part of a healthy ecosystem to nurture and grow viewership for shows. For example, "fans who love a particular show, like Supernatural, don't just go to one website for Supernatural news but instead scour the internet for all websites, from the official site to smaller blogs, for all things Supernatural that contribute to a healthy ecosystem for fans," adds David Niu. On BuddyTV.com, the typical trend is that the show-specific traffic begins to spike the day before a new episode airs, the day of the airing, and the day after. As online marketing and publicity become increasingly important to a TV show's success so will the innovation and the leadership from publicists, such as the recipients of the BuddyTV 2008 Top Publicists Award.



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