Thursday Apr 19

B&DG Key Players

The Broadcast & Design Group is made up of ordinary people who happen to have extraordinary talent, drive and creative ability. 

Steve Seifert

Creative Director / Writer / Co-Owner

"We need to elevate the brand beyond the noise and clutter of other advertising.”  Steve oversees concepting and writing services for the Broadcast & Design Group.  With over 30 years of major advertising agency experience, Steve specializes in writing, producing, strategic planning, branding and directing regional, national and international campaigns for radio, television, print, catalog/brochure, web and direct mail.  Steve’s creative approach to client’s needs is strategically driven based on brand development and positioning with ideas that break through the clutter and hit their target.

John Empson

Senior Producer/ Writer / Co-Owner

"Creative starts with the ability to visualize a brand’s true growth potential.”   John has worked with clients all across the country and around the world to help them deliver their message in a clean and concise manner.  over 25 years of radio, television, print, outdoor, direct mail, website and commercial production experience. He has the ability to coordinate multiple phases of production while maintaining time lines, quality control and account management.  He is an experienced writer and producer focused on designing, creating and producing extraordinarily effective advertising and communication strategies that build brands.  

Bo Kaprall

Creative Director / Writer

"Grab ‘em by their attitudes!”  has been a television show creator, agency creative director, writer, producer, and executive producer for thirty years.  Starting in Chicago as a writer/ producer in the advertising business (Post, Keyes, & Gardner) and as an actor at Second City. Most recently Bo has created, written & produced two 30 minute web series and accompanying webisodes for General Mills.  He just completed a 3 month assignment at Fast Horse Inc, a Minneapolis marketing and PR firm where he created branded entertainment projects for Marvin Windows, Creative Memories, & Northcott Corp.  He also has experience writing and performing for the Minnesota State Lottery.

Bo is currently writing for Saturday Night Live & Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (from here in Minneapolis) and has, written, & produced over 1,500 radio & TV commercials, winning several Cleo & Radio Best Awards.

Past clients include:  FTD Florists, General Mills Cereals, Rubbermaid, McDonalds, Minnesota State Lottery, Miller Beer, Glad Bags, Target, Northwest Airlines, Pizza Hut, Maytag Washers & Dryers, Best Buy, U.S. Banks and Pep Boys.

Tim Atkinson

Web Designer  / Programmer

"Websites need to do more than look pretty.  They need to perform to help a business grow." Tim has over twelve years of professional experience in the web design and programming industry. He is a versatile web designer, able to adapt to a client’s web-marketing and interactive needs in a wide range of industries, including: service, law, entertainment, and retail. He creates designs that capture the client’s audience, goals and strategies.

Over the course of his career Tim has created information architecture, user interface, digital asset management and search engine optimization (SEO) for a diverse range of clients, including: Carlson Companies, Target, BUCA, Famous Dave's and Cargill.

Tim is very organized and spends a lot of time during the planning phase to ensure understanding of exactly what the client wants and needs. He makes sure that his clients are always satisfied.

Elton Seifert

Art Director, Designer, Animator

"Sure, we can do that.”  Elton has over ten years experience in art direction with a consistent track record of completing projects ahead of schedule and under budget for print, broadcast film and video, Internet and interactive media.

Skills include the design and creation of graphics for advertising, print, direct mail, video and web development. Elton has created art for industries including: hospitality, gaming, travel, health care, entertainment, business, publishing, finance, insurance, construction, military, computer software, Internet, and eLearning. Additional experience includes: interactive media, DVD, print ads, web development, corporate identity, illustration and storyboarding.

Elton specializes in 2D and 3D modeling and is considered and industry expert on Maya 6 animation software.  He is also skilled in illustration, storyboarding, 4-color process, graphic design and web development.

Elton’s design work is clean, crisp, intelligent and compelling.

Nicole Nelson

Graphic Designer

“Artistry in design commands attention.”  Nicole brings an element of style and sophistication to our group.  (We need it.)  She’s been designing for commercial and non-profits for over 10 years and is a skilled educator in Photoshop.  Nicole has created logos and brand identity packages for clients with appeal toward the female audience.  She is an accomplished brand builder and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). 

Christopher Whur

Graphic Artist

(Bio coming soon.  He's in high demand!)

Brian Duncan

Music and Jingle Producer and Composer

“Music gets attention, makes a statement and sets the mood for your product and brand.”  Brian began his career in 1980, composing his first jingle campaign for Sonic Drive-ins.  This regional campaign won multiple awards and aired in 27 states.

From 1987 to 1990 he was Chief Engineer at Omega Audio Productions, located in Denver, CO where he
did production work for 2 TV shows, Father Dowling's Mysteries and The New Perry Mason.   While there he recorded and edited a number of national radio broadcast for Westwood One.  From 1990 to 1997, Brian was a staff composer for a production music library, Production Garden in San Antonio, TX.   

Today, Brian is a key element of the Broadcast & Design Group, producing composing and producing for client’s all over the country.

Clients include: NBC, CBS, UPN, TBN, “The Pretender” on NBC, “Public Eye with Bryant Gumble” on CBS, “Providence” on NBC, Cherrios, The Denver Post, Malt-o-Meal, Sky-Latin America, Dallas Morning News, Dillards, National Public Radio, Time-Warner, Pro-Activ, Fed Ex,  Aliaska,  Bush Beans, Taco Bell,  Pizza Hut,  Sonic Drive-Ins,  Dilliards,  Discovery Channel,  A&E,  Hills Bros.,  Animal Planet,  AWAAZ Beijing China,  STV New Dehlia India,  ABC,  KCBS, Road Runner,  MSNBC,  The John Walsh Show,  Tyvek Home Wrap,  Purina Pro Plan,  McDonalds,  Disneyland,  SeaWorld San Antonio,  615 Music, Production Garden Music,  TBN,  ESPN,  St. Jude Hospital,  Daywind Records, Spring Hill Records,  Brentwood Benson Pub.,  Universal,  Sony Playstation,  Tuesday Productions,  Paulina Rubio,  Fonavisa,  EMI Capital,  Fuel Industries,  The Loyalty Compnay,  Patterson Walz Fox,  Apple Productions,  First Com,  Prism Music, Arkansas State Fair,  BF Goodrich,  Hallmark,  Cravings to Go.Com, Jingle That.Com,  Schlitterbahn Water Park,  Flooring America,  GLTV & HEB Supermarkets.

Mike Kurtz


“We’ve got this job.  Let’s impress them enough to get the next one!”  Michael Kurtz is a director / director of photography with more than 30 years of award winning 16mm, 35mm and video production experience that includes: commercials, corporate videos, feature films, television, public service announcements and training. He brings to every project his expertise and enthusiasm that keeps clients coming back year after year.

He directs award ceremonies, company meetings, conventions, corporate business theater and live events with worldwide experience in Award Ceremonies for Fortune 500 Companies, Company Meetings, Conventions, Corporate Business Theater, Corporate Events and Live Events.

Awards and Recognition:  Aegis Awards (5), Aurora Awards (3), Cindy Awards (6), Cine Golden Eagles, Awards (4), Emmy Awards (4) Nominations (10), Telly Awards (40+), New York Film Festival Awards (8),
Questar Awards (4), World Fest Awards (8)

Partial Client List:  American Airlines, Armed Forces Radio & Television Service , AT&T, Barona Valley Ranch & Casino, Building Industry of San Diego, Callaway Golf, California Commission on Peace, DirecTV, Dixieline Home Centers, Galaxy Aerospace , Gateway Computers, General Atomics, Jenny Craig , LEGOLAND California, 3M, MADD, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Royal Caribbean International , Scripps Hospital, Sripps Research Institute, Sony, Target, TaylorMade Golf , U.S. Airways, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Forest Service, Wells Fargo

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"John & Steve, are a pleasure to work with, they have done a great job with our new Logo and overall re-branding. They developed our new Website, Yellow Page ads and many print items. It's all beautiful to look at, but most importantly they have been very effective!”

Jim Randall
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Farmington Hills, MI

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