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Career Advice to Graduates: ‘Never Give Up!’

By Andrea Tarrab With 25 years of TV sales experience, Heather Aucoin was the perfect speaker for the Media Management Association to invite to provide career advice to students and identify current trends in the television business. Aucoin has worked for NBCUniversal since 2005, including as an account executive, a Southeast sales leader, and a national sales manager. She has collaborated with a wide range of advertisers, from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses, and managed accounts for big sports events, such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the [...]

2022-11-21T13:11:42-05:00November 21, 2022|Media Management|

MMA Meeting: “The Sports Industry is the Intersection Between Law and Business”

By Andrea Tarrab In Oct. 2022, Ivan Parron joined the members of the Media Management Association on Zoom to discuss current issues in sports media law. Born in Miami and raised in a family of Cuban immigrants, he shared with members anecdotes about growing up in his household, his upbringing, and what led him to cultivate a great work ethic. Parron acknowledged that he was already interested in television technology at an early age. As part of his 25-year professional career, Parron worked in TV sales for Paxson Broadcasting, founded [...]

2022-11-01T13:17:49-04:00November 1, 2022|Media Management|

MMA Meeting: “Careers are not linear”

By Lee Shlomo Allison Blumenfeld, an alumna of the University of Miami and the first president of the Media Management Association (MMA), recently spoke to members of the MMA about her professional growth and transition since graduation, including her current position at Meta. In fact, learning and growth was a significant theme behind this meeting. Blumenfeld graduated from the University in 2014 with a B.S. in Media Management and History. During her time at the University, she first interned in a marketing role at TuneUp Media, a digital music company. [...]

2022-10-18T10:39:25-04:00October 18, 2022|Media Management|

Q&A Session About ‘Second Life’ and the Metaverse

By Ally Polner On April 11, Wagner James Au, the author of The Making of Second Life (available in the Richter Library) and The Metaverse Blog New World Notes (https://nwn.blogs.com) responded to questions about Second Life and the metaverse from members of the Media Management Association. Below is a summary of these conversation exchanges, with slight editing for clarity. For recall, Second Life was created by Linden Lab in 2003 (nearly 20 years ago) and is described as an online community of avatars--a second life for its residents. Your book, [...]

2022-04-18T16:00:17-04:00April 18, 2022|Media Management|

MMA Meeting: How to Gain Access in the Media Business

By Vivianne Martell In Feb. 2022, Brian Norris, senior vice president, direct to scale & commerce partnerships at NBCUniversal’s Advertising and Partnerships division and a frequent Media Management Association speaker, shared his advice with students for entering the media business. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in advertising and sales, including nearly 15 years in leadership positions. Norris began the presentation by retracing his own professional journey, which started at Lifetime Television as a sales assistant. A key trigger for his interest in advertising sales occurred when, [...]

2022-03-11T16:03:38-05:00March 11, 2022|Media Management|

There Are Many Layers in Intellectual Property Protection, Expert Says

By Ally Polner Intellectual property (IP) lawyer, Allison Lovelady, shared many insights with aspiring media professionals at the virtual Feb. 2022 meeting of the Media Management Association. As a partner at Shullman Fugate PLLC, Lovelady primarily litigates and counsels clients on copyright, trademark, defamation, and related privacy disputes. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Business Administration and earned her JD from Nova Southeastern University where she was an editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law. Lovelady started off her [...]

2022-02-09T14:41:49-05:00February 9, 2022|Media Management|

The New Standard for TV Ad Measurement

By Micaela Wenger In November, Brett Jensen, director of solutions at iSpot (or iSpot.tv) joined the members of the Media Management Association over Zoom to discuss the company's approach to measuring TV ads. After earning a degree in electronic journalism from Kansas State University, he decided to orient himself toward the media business, including radio sales, interactive advertising, and consulting, and never looked back. In 2017, he began to work at iSpot, an 8-year-old U.S. measurement company with more than 200 employees. Unlike other measurement firms, iSpot specializes itself in [...]

2021-11-30T10:47:57-05:00November 30, 2021|Uncategorized|

Alumna Shares Career Journey in Programmatic Advertising

By Jalyn Hamilton At the October meeting of the Media Management Association, Rachel Blank, a UM media management alumna from Long Island, New York, and presently a senior programmatic account manager with ShareThis, shared her insights, knowledge, and advice about her journey through the media industry and how she got to where she is now. In 2014, Blank graduated from the University of Miami where she used her network and experience through internships to secure her first job as an assistant media buyer at Horizon Media. There, she helped strategize [...]

2021-11-15T17:20:52-05:00November 15, 2021|Media Management|

SyFy Founder Shares Entrepreneurial Insights with MMA Members

By Micaela Wenger In October, Laurie Silvers, who earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees at the University of Miami, shared her expertise about her career as a serial media entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Florida. As a UM student, she had big dreams and always knew she wanted to achieve great things. Every time she was told “you won’t,” she responded with a positive “I will.” In 1989, Silvers and her husband created Syfy (originally called the Sci-Fi Channel) before selling it four years later to USA Network, which was owned [...]

2021-10-18T10:58:48-04:00October 18, 2021|Media Management|

Introduction to Data Science for Communication Students

By: Raul Cruz Dr. Vladimir Bugera, founder of Big Data Realty and adjunct faculty in the Department of Journalism and Media Management, previewed his fall course, Applied Data Analytics for Journalism and Media Management, for the members of the Media Management Association. Between 2004 and 2020, he worked as an algorithm developer for American Express and then as a data scientist for BankUnited. Bugera began his presentation by defining what data analytics is--the process of analyzing raw data to find trends and answer questions. "The techniques and processes of data [...]

2021-04-21T11:47:06-04:00April 21, 2021|Media Management|