• PTC Welcomes New Board Member Linsly Donnelly, CEO of The SmartFeed

    by  • August 13, 2018 • Press Release • 1 Comment

    Lindsly Donnelly

    The Board of Directors of the Parents Television Council has elected Linsly Donnelly of Mill Valley, Calif., to a three-year term as a new Member at Large.

    “We are delighted to welcome Linsly to the PTC’s leadership team. Her background is impressive, and her commitment to helping parents who are concerned about harmful media is inspiring. It is hard to imagine anyone more like-minded to the PTC’s cause. I look forward to working together with Linsly and the entire PTC Board of Directors in service to parents and families,” said Don Noblitt, Chairman of the PTC’s Board of Directors.

    Ms. Donnelly is committed to ensuring safe, healthy media and technology use for families. She currently leads the Consumer Business for the leading Student Online Safety platform, securly://. As the CEO and co-founder of The SmartFeed, she built the largest family media database filtered and curated to make finding good, healthy media family media titles easy for parents. She previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Wine.com; and she was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Joann.com and IdeaForest. She also was a manager at Bain & Company, where she was recruited to open and build the Bain Los Angeles office. Ms. Donnelly holds an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, and she earned her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin.

    “When I first met Linsly, I was immediately impressed and humbled by her commitment to providing a healthier media environment for children. Her passion for the PTC’s mission, coupled with her extraordinary career experience – especially in the digital marketing sphere – will help the PTC become an even more effective resource for parents,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    Ms. Donnelly said, “I am honored to join the Parents Television Council’s Board of Directors. Much of today’s mass media environment continues to create negative messaging and storylines that shape the mindsets of tomorrow’s leaders – our children today. Fortunately, there are many wonderful organizations working to help parents navigate this increasing challenge. PTC’s heritage around taking a stand on what’s helpful or harmful in our family media programming is unique in empowering parents – and advertisers – to make choices more in line with their own priorities and family aspirations. I look forward to helping the team continue its mission and advocacy to ensure kids’ media and messaging is positive and healthy – for kids.”

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    1. September 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

      I am commenting on this post to alert you about a new special on Food Network coming Thursday November 1 at 8:00 PM Eastern.

      Ever since 1985, People magazine releases an annual issue called “The Sexiest Man Alive”. The title should tell you what this is about. Winners of this title include Mel Gibson, Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Hemsworth.

      And now, Food Network and People are on a quest to prove that even culinary series can have raunchy content.

      Hosted by People editor-in-chief Jess Cagie, the special is intended to introduce a new category in the “Sexiest Man Alive” mix, cleverly called “Sexiest Chef”. It will take a look at 10 up-and-coming chefs across the nation, with only one being destined to earn the distinction of “Sexiest Chef”. As I mentioned before, the special will air at 8:00 PM Eastern-only 7:00 PM in the Central/Mountain time zone.

      Nor does the humiliation stop there. The winner of the “Sexiest Chef” title, along with the special, will be featured on the November 9 issue of People magazine. So yeah, 2 months from now, every newsstand in America will scream “Meet the Sexiest Chef Alive!” right in front of you.

      This is beyond outrageous. Food Network is one of the last remaining cable channels that can make programming without sticking to sleazy content. But now, they are turning their back on families with this horrendous special. What’s worse, the program has the potential to feature a huge wave of explicit sexual content, and yet Food Network will still rate this rubbish TV-14, knowing full well that younger children may be in the viewing audience!

      It’s time to take a stand! Let’s urge Food Network to either rate the program as suitable for adults only, move it to a later time, or scrap the special altogether. There is no other option!

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