February 27, 2007
Ted Utz Joins WorldNow’s Local Media Network (LMN) As Vice President, National Sales
NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldNow announced today that broadcast industry veteran Ted Utz has joined its Local Media Network (LMN) division as Vice President, National Sales. In his new position, Utz is responsible for managing a national sales team and building new sales channels for the network and station affiliates.
"From local and cable television to radio management, from new media production to sales, Utz knows first-hand the challenges facing advertisers in this ever-evolving digital world," says Allison Bodenmann, Executive Vice President, WorldNow/Local Media Network. "His impressive background makes him ideally suited to advise the Local Media Network clients on the best convergence ad programs for their overall marketing campaigns. In addition, his long-standing relationships with the advertising community will no doubt bring new clients and partners to the growing Local Media Network roster."Most recently, Utz spent five years as CEO and President of Cross-Media Entertainment, a producer and aggregator of online and traditional media programming. In this position, he was responsible for building content and sponsorship channels for a wide array of partners including Comcast Online, Village Voice Media and Global Media Services.
"I've always enjoyed collaborating with creative executives who are blazing trails in the media industry," says Utz. "In my new position at WorldNow, I'm charged with bringing Local Media Network's unique, national online advertising model to interactive ad professionals around the country. I'm delighted to be working with such an innovative, forward-thinking group of people-both inside and outside the company!"
Prior to CrossMedia, Utz served as executive vice president of Clear Channel Interactive / SFX Entertainment, where he spent five years managing the network radio division and building the New York-based online sales team. He was also Vice President and General Manager of CBS affiliate KCOY in Santa Barbara during the mid-1990's, where he rebuilt the station's dominance around local news, community affairs and the newly energized CBS Television Network. He began his career in radio on a path that took him through WMMR in Philadelphia and at WNEW-FM in New York where he rose to become Vice President and General Manager. Over the course of his radio broadcast career, he has worked with such superstars as Howard Stern, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, N'Sync, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, among many others.
A native New Yorker, Utz has a bachelor's degree from Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He will be based at WorldNow's headquarters in Manhattan.
WorldNow (http://www.worldnow.com/) provides a comprehensive suite of online products, consulting services and revenue programs that enable local media companies to build new businesses on the Internet. Specifically, the company provides five customizable business solutions to more than 270 local media sites, including proprietary broadband-video and Web site publishing tools; a local ad sales consultancy service; an online auto classified program; and Local Media Network (LMN) ( http://www.localmedianetwork.com/ )
LMN, the largest online advertising network of local TV stations today, offers advertisers the reach of multiple media properties with the convenience of a single ad buy. WorldNow counts many leading media brands among its customers, including Belo, Cox, Dispatch, Gray, Landmark, Lin, Media General, Meredith, The New York Times, Raycom, Scripps, Time Warner Cable, Tribune and Young.
CONTACT: Amy Dowden, Director of Marketing of WorldNow,+1-212-931-1221, [email protected]
Web site: http://www.worldnow.com/http://www.localmedianetwork.com/