Response Magazine asks the industry to line up behind the work of Samia Solah of TVentas to help the people of Ecuador recover from last month’s disastrous earthquake. Samia and TVentas have been working feverishly, admirably, and ambitiously to drive donations to help those affected. With the help of a friend of Samia who now resides in the U.K., a GoFundMe has been set up to drive donations to Samia and TVentas’ efforts. Please, take the time to visit the GoFundMe site linked below and — if you’re able — give to the cause: https://www.gofundme.com/donations4Ecuador
Phil Kives, a 2015 Direct Response Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on April 27. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada businessman founded K-Tel, which not only marketed its line of music collections but also household items such as the Veg-o-matic and the Miracle Brush. He was 87.
Fitness icon and DR Hall of Famer Tony Little kicked off MTV’s upfront presentation in New York on April 21, helping announce the station’s return to its 1980s music roots.
TV and innovation advertising agency Atomic Direct wins two 2016 Telly Awards for its latest Mission Athletecare Enduracool cooling towel spot.
Cannella Response Television announces the following members of its team have been appointed vice president: Christi Anderson, performance-based media client services; Maureen Gabriel, long-form media, national networks; Caitlin Haire, new business development; Molly Kolton, controller; Patty Mertes, group director, short-form; Jim Radmann, network operations center; Carol Reda, performance-based media operations; and Ankeet Shah, information technology.
AVC Corp. appoints Sharon Van Roo as vice president of merchandising. She was formerly vice president of division merchandise for seasonal merchandise and senior director of jewelry and accessories at Sam’s Club.
a2b Fulfillment, a leading provider of business support services including order fulfillment, customer care, and value-added services, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Ernst & Young announces that Jeff Coats, president and CEO of Autobytel Inc., is a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Orange County Region Award.
Tech platform Canvs, a company that analyzes social media responses to understand emotional reactions, partners with global media giant Turner. The move allows Turner’s new social insights tool Launchpad to use Canvs’ analytics capabilities on social media.
MDC’s Assembly names Jeff Liang chief digital officer. He’ll oversee digital client programs, tools, and platforms.
Kinetic Worldwide promotes Cedric Bernard to chief operating officer and announces that Carrie Thompson will oversee human resources.
Comcast says first-quarter profits rose 3.6 percent as the company increased the number of subscribers to its video and high-speed internet offerings and its large NBCUniversal entertainment unit notched increases in fees from affiliates. NBCUniversal also announced a deal to purchase DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion last week.
Alliance Media announces an agreement with Cuatro Television Entertainment for exclusive media representation of their direct response inventory. Alliance has also redesigned its logo and website, www.alliancemediainc.com.