• By jhrwebmaster / December 25, 2017

    This is a sample pitch deck for documentary series and brand-sponsored video. In TV terms, it’s interchangeable with the “treatment.”

  • By jhrwebmaster / November 25, 2017

    The project: Based on the success of this summer’s widely shared Potato experiment for Inc.com, I created a social influencer qualification workshop. The program is two parts. In the first, I teach brands the top tricks that today’s “sinfluencers” AKA fake influencers are using to inflate their numbers and engagement. In the second, I show how to screen potential influencers using several different metrics tools–most free. I also share leading-edge list-building platforms, data-scraping tools still in beta, and other tools that allow brands to quickly and definitively sift through the millions of fake influencers to find the few real ones.

  • By jhrwebmaster / October 25, 2017

    An old but great photo, from one of the all-time most relaxing work moments.

    This is a manatee trainer on Isla Mujeres. I spent an afternoon with her, feeding lettuce and melons to manatees. We created a fun little video which became my first Yahoo Travel feature. Amazing that it’s one of the only pieces still live after the Yahoo magazines shut down. (Albeit with broken images.)

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    PLAYBOY

    Created The Playboy Scout – the brand’s first mobile content product. Identified content pillars and modified Playboy editorial voice for mobile distribution. Worked with VP Digital and the mobile division director to develop the product and launch it. The launch was successful enough to merit doubling the volume/frequency of original content, and pushing to an online page as well.

    Created content for The Playboy Scout for three years – including sourcing photos and other assets.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    JUSTLUXE

    For three years, Lena Katz served as staff travel correspondent for JustLuxe.com and additionally oversaw strategic content partnerships for the company. Secured ongoing content syndication partnerships with ABCNews.com, HuffingtonPost, The Daily Meal and Yahoo—amplifying content reach by up to 2000% (depending whether articles hit home page on partner sites).

    Additionally, generated sponsor leads and collaborative partnerships with brands in travel, food and lifestyle verticals. Reworked Instagram feed and doubled followers/engagement in a 3-month stint of managing the channel.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    1800FLOWERS

    Hired as a travel expert for Celebrations, Lena Katz ended up as a recurring expert for 1800FLOWERS wedding show I Do Over. Secured wedding packages (fee-based tradeout) and set up content partnerships (Web and email-based) between 1800FLOWERS/Celebrations, WEtv and brand partners such as the Bahamas.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    ARTFINDER

    Brand positioning, strategic partnerships and commercial business development are the three priorities for Variable Content’s consulting work with London-based art platform Artfinder. This exciting startup is a leading online marketplace for original art, looking to establish a US base in Miami.

    In initial phase, introduced the brand to notable art community figures in the city, to hospitality and restaurant brands, national retailers and beverage partners.

    Created a full-season program of ancillary content for the full WEtv slate interactive. Wrote and produced features, galleries and social content for My Fair Wedding, Downsized, I Do Over, Amsale Girls, Big Easy Brides, Braxton Family Values and I Do Over

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    FEATURED IN

    Lena Katz has contributed to more than 20 national consumer publications including USA Today, Entrepreneur, South China Morning Post, Forbes, NBC News, Yahoo Travel, Monocle and Robb Report. She had a dating column in the LA Times, was a featured regular contributor to Brides Magazine and edited two LA books for Zagat. She contributes to travel trade publications for Northstar Media and travAlliancemedia.

     

  • AOL

    By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    AOL

    Launched new AOL destinations product in 12 markets, was a key contributor to AOL Los Angeles (dining, shopping, entertainment verticals) and edited “City’s Best” annual feature in LA. (Contributing Editor)

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    LAX MAGAZINE

    As the founding editor of LAX Magazine, the official custom magazine for Los Angeles World Airports, created the mission statement and editorial guidelines for the magazine, as well as the site architecture and vertical content mandates. Created the template for event guide, dining section and front-of-book. Secured and wrote celebrity profiles. Oversaw freelance writers and photographers locally nad nationally. Worked directly with leadership and board at LAWA to ensure content standards and brand messaging compliance.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    ORBITZ

    Worked with Orbitz internal marketing and content staff to launch the Orbitz travel blog. Wrote four regional sections of the blog for 2 ½ years – worked with a network of 500+ hotel communications teams, DMOs, airlines, trade professionals, tour operators and PR agencies to source industry news, trends, holiday specials, property opening and renovation news, and destination information.

    Also launched Trip.com sister site, working with 50 destinations locally and 50 globally to create original content for 100 destination guides. Was a frequent contributor to sister publication Away.com, including oversight of multiple Best Of rankings, including Best All-Inclusives and Best Overall Resorts.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    ABCNEWS.COM

    Worked with section editor and managing editor of ABCNews.com for three years as an ongoing content partner – delivering weekly slideshows and features for the Travel section and crossover lifestyle verticals. Much of this content but not all was originally housed on JustLuxe. During different points in the relationship, this content was also distributed onto GMA.com and Yahoo.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    BRAZIL TOURISM

    Crafted 50 original destination pieces for publication on Embratur’s official site and in branded content pieces for the North American markets. Was responsible for working with Embratur’s agency to pitch topics, locations in Brazil, and Brazilian products to feature. Pieces were written to be “evergreen” and able to post as blogs, in newsletters, or in destination content library.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    ONBOARD MEDIA

    Launched new core content section, Cruising 101, for an Onboard.com product rollout. Worked with internal editors to ideate sections and SEO questions. Researched, wrote copy, linked to external resources and sourced images for 8 sections. Reworked 20 port guides and all the cruise line information pages for Carnival, Holland America and Princess. Wrote corresponding features for Carnival’s in-room magazine Fun Ashore, liaising with executives in Carnival’s internal Retail, F+B and other divisions.

    Produced digital and social videos, supplementing original footage with destination stock footage and sourced assets. Video formats included Top 5, themed super-cuts, activity highlights.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    Volkswagen

    Created and executed a 12-part blog campaign showcasing the Volkswagen Toureg “clean diesel” SUV, which was just hitting the United States market. Secured Away.com as the media partner, with homepage every day and regular promotion on the Orbitz blog. Total views 2.75 MM + Twitter and Facebook promotion on Orbitz social channels.

     

    The theme was Finding Larry McMurtry (the iconic author of Lonesome Dove), and the roadtrip followed a route of locations mentioned in his books. Southwest roadside attractions, national parks and cities not traditionally thought of as “touristy”: Mesa, AZ; Abilene, TX; Las Cruces, NM.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    Whalerock

    Secured series talent, hosts and experts as casting consultant, and associate produced one series while this multimedia production company was under its former Berman-Braun shingle. (Shows/digital properties include Junk Gypsies, Purple Clover and the premium YouTube channel Tasted.)

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    Suzuki

    Created and produced a blog/content marketing campaign to support Suzuki Kizashi’s transcontinental road trip “The Hard Way” from Russia to LA, and on to the Detroit Auto Show. Wrote and photographed a 10-part blog series that was posted on Suzuki’s site and promoted daily on social channels, (11MM impressions). The trip was featured on MadeMan and Autobytel, as well as an ABC News segment on winter travel.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    HGTV

    Scouted and secured host talent for HGTV, working directly with internal programming executive team. Saw project through to pilot on HGTV and development on uLive – in partnership with Johlt Productions.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    DexYP

    The merger of two legacy local index sites created DexYP –a massive yet misunderstood platform on which hundreds of thousands of small businesses rely to create their footprint in the digital world. A revamped content mandate focused on creating optimized, keyword-rich content in 10 key cities.

    The goal is to become a resource for small businesses and potential customers alike – connecting them, answering questions too local for Wiki to address and too category-specific for Google. Across core verticals including home, auto, medical, pets and personal safety, Variable Content worked with DexYP to create a refreshed and relatable brand voice and build an incomparable local market intelligence resource.  More than 300 optimized Q+A documents and 1000 local information sub-pages supported the $600 million merger.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    SIP – ON GLOBE PEQUOT

    As the author of the original SIP guide to California wineries, author Lena Katz

    interviewed more than 70 wine industry experts including Thomas Keller, the

    Benziger brothers and Gina Gallo. The first book sold well enough to become a series

    of experiential travel guides published on Globe Pequot.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    FIJI WATER

    Worked with FIJI Water marketing team to produce and promote a pilot integrated

    marketing campaign with 20 participating venues, 12 prize sponsors and 50

    influencers in the first key market (San Diego) alone. 6.5 MM Twitter impressions in

    24 hours, with additional 12.8 MM Facebook reach. FIJI sales team signed 3 new

    accounts and reversed cancellations on 2 existing. Program was approved for 3

    more markets that fiscal year.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    JORDAN WINERY

    Produced art competition in New York City, and assisted with national multi-city

    competition, in an online-offline initiative celebrating the winery’s 40th anniversary,

    and awarding nearly $35,000 in cash prizes. Secured New York Foundation for the

    Arts as event host, and worked with Parsons, NYU, Columbia and other institutions

    to engage student and graduate entries. VIP reception for 150 industry elite, media

    and influencers held on the rooftop at Dream Downtown.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    WHOLLY GUACAMOLE

    Variable Content has created branded content pieces in print, online and video for

    popular condiment brand Wholly Guacamole.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    TASTEMADE FOR SNAPCHAT DISCOVER

    Work with Tastemade’s channel editor to establish a content mandate for the

    outlet’s new Snapchat Discover channel. Create feature content for the launch and

    first six months—using analytics and audience feedback to fine-tune a voice and

    aesthetic that engaged a Millennial audience at the intersection of food and pop

    culture. Wrote/produced two pieces a week—elements include text, photo, video,

    animation, and interactive features. Pieces were distributed on Snapchat, Facebook

    and online, consistently reaching 2-5 million views.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    FINLANDIA VODKA

    In partnership with Mistress Creative and HUCK magazine, this year-long campaign

    brought National Geographic ambassadors and world-class adventure athletes

    together to promote pure water. An influencer campaign distributed across

    Instagram and Facebook garnered 2.9 MM impressions and 82,300 engagements

    with 22 pieces of content. A 4-part digital documentary surpassed 3 million views

    on Facebook and 2 million on YouTube.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

     

    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATE PROGRAMS

    Variable Content is a trusted consultant for Hormel Foods, supporting creative

    strategy, culinary talent scouting and social media marketing for brands across the

    Hormel portfolio.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    WETV

    Consulted with WEtv directly in content creation and production for emerging

    media. Wrote SYNC overlay scripts for My Fair Wedding Season 5 and Bridezillas

    Season 8.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    ORA.TV | Stick Figure

    DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER Overall deal

    As development producer on an overall deal with this digital network– developed

    four concepts for TV and digital. Managed primary character casting, conducted

    interviews, wrote sizzle scripts, scouted locations for sizzle shoots, and produced

    sizzle shoots on location. One concept went to co-production at Original Media in

    January 2014. Another pivoted to become Queen Boss on Centric in 2016.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    BERMAN-BRAUN

    As associate producer working on the premium YouTube channel STUFFED, cast

    series leads, contestants and expert guests. Produced challenges and created

    “challenge checklist” to streamline process. Secured locations and tradeouts,

    assisted with location permit paperwork (LA County), in charge of logistics for all

    cast. Credited all 10 episodes.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    SMART DOG (NBCU)

    As casting producer and development partner, managed expert casting, celebrity

    negotiations and developed creative for three original concepts/casts with this

    NBCU-affiliated production company. Genres included action sports, women’s

    fashion, food series. Conducted talent interviews and casting sessions, did location

    scouting, wrote copy for pitch decks, sourced footage for sizzles, and created

    challenges.

    Also tapped to consult in develop and casting for competition show format pitch

    ordered by NBC, as well as multiple reality formats for NBC-owned cable channels.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    3-BALL ENTERTAINMENT

    As co-producer of project Huck-TV, developed 10 digital and television pitches and

    and three sizzles. Cast host talent, researched international stories and wrote

    treatment, bios and format breakdowns. Scouted locations and remote crew.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 4, 2017

    REVOLT

    As Producer, Non-Writing of Huck | Revolt — negotiated and secured licensing deal. Wrote

    and curated creative materials for network pitches, reviewed video catalogue, chose selects

    for network review, and secured a deal for 6 Huck shorts to appear on REVOLT cable

    television and website.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 3, 2017

    Visitors to the Caribbean are ever-eager to dive or snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and other famous sea life. Whether tiny or enormous, slow-moving or slick and predatory,  indigenous marine animals are fascinating to observe, especially in their own natural environment.

  • By jhrwebmaster / April 4, 2017

    LUCKY BRAND

    Worked with creative director and marketing manager on twice-weekly email campaigns, corresponding landing pages, product copy for website, promotional copy for banners and pop-ups.

  • By jhrwebmaster / December 25, 2016

    The official Brazil Tourism website has a new English-language blog, intended as a comprehensive resource for English-speaking travelers looking for Brazil travel information— beyond Rio de Janeiro. I developed the topic outline and wrote core content for this initiative.

  • By jhrwebmaster / September 25, 2015

    Get your smartphone shots published–and monetized.

    My top digital photo tips were included in a piece for Contently’s digital magazine “The Freelancer.” Reporter Tim Beyers shared my knowledge garnered from years of contributing to AOL, Yahoo, USA Today and more. The featured photos in the story were from multiple automotive and travel campaigns. Contently features work from a Suzuki influencer campaign. Photos there and on this page were published by Away.com for a Volkswagen campaign (then licensed later by USA Today). 

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