The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

By Bob Goldberger

May 2007

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

By Keith Sanders, Emmy® Show Producer


Will Durst, one of America’s top political satirist, will host the 36th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards. It’s also possible that THE SHOW itself could become a casualty of his irreverent style of humor. Later Durst will be reunited with one of America’s most beloved politicians, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Will and Willie will present some major Emmy® award categories to close the event. Both men co-hosted the talk show “Keepin’ It Real with Will & Willie” on local AM station KQKE. Three additional presenters from smaller markets have been recruited to round out the field of 18. Dan Dennison is currently news director at KHNL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Honolulu. Previously he’s worked in the same position at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, California, KHON-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii, and KOAA-TV and KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to becoming a news director Dan was the long-time Western Slope Bureau Chief for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. He’s a 3time Emmy® winner in the Heartland chapter. Sarah Johns is News 4 Weekend Anchor and Reporter at KRNV in Reno, Nevada. She grew up in Auburn, California and originally moved to Truckee Meadows to attend the University of Nevada. She was “discovered” when she made an on-air appearance on News 4 Today as a journalism student. Sarah served as an anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate in Idaho Falls, Idaho from 2001 to 2004. She’s been recognized three times by the
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Fresno Nomination Party, April 12th at the Smokehouse, Gov. Samuel Belilty is ready to open the announcements.

It was a tough year for kangaroos and elephants— not a single Emmy® nomination between them. But the vulture made up for it, bagging two nominations on his own. Deciding the number of nominees and winners in each Emmy® category this year was a bit reminiscent of touring the zoo for your Northern California NATAS chapter’s awards committee. It’s all part of a process called “blind scoring,” and it may be the fairest system continued on page 3 around.




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Anne Makovec

Society of Professional Journalists with two awards in Business and Consumer news reporting and an award in Feature reporting. Anne Makovec anchors “The Morning News” on KION 46 in Salinas/Monterey. She came to the market in 2004 as a reporter, but was soon promoted to weekend anchor and then launched a new morning broadcast last fall. Before coming to California, Anne anchored a morning show in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and reported for a cable news program in the Atlanta, Georgia market. Her journalistic roots are in radio however. She reported for five years in the mid-west before making the jump to TV. The Emmy® event committee is busy making final preparations. A recent site survey at the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium was attended by over a dozen committee members and vendors with one purpose in mind: to create yet another great show. Governor Deanne Moenster-Poitras has designed the set and John Mayne Designs is building it. Governors Wayne Philippo and Gary Schultz are working with former governor John Murray to set up numerous technical details with the Palace of Fine Arts, the remote truck and the

video crew. Governors Wayne Freedman and Terry Lowry have worked with me to recruit an amazing lineup of presenters. Trustee Alison Gibson has organized and produced the vital scholarship presentation. Governor Terri Maria Amos is organizing the entertainment and dinner for our famous after-party. President Lynn Friedman leads the committee and helps us cut show time wherever possible. Terri Maria Amos declared “Emmy® Event 2007 is just a few days away, and we’re making the preparations so that it’s a night to remember. We’re taking care to make sure you can find your seat quickly once you arrive for dinner at the Exploratorium.” Lance LeDrew of Glow Lighting and his team are setting up the ambience and Maureen Kelly, Knight’s Catering will once again serve appetizers and dinner in elegant style. Former governor Adam Housley, Fox News Correspondent, will be providing his family’s Century Oak Wines for the dinner. Plus the band Masterpiece is ready to get you on your feet to dance. Best of luck for all the talented nominees! All Emmy® ticket information is available online by clicking the “2007 Emmy®” graphic at www.emmysf.tv.

as the primary anchor at KGO (ABC 7) in San Francisco, Jessica Aguirre is moving on. Both Aguirre and KGO declined to discuss the move, but Aguirre had been open about the station notifying her some weeks ago that it would not renew her contract when it expired at the end of the year. She would like to remain in the Bay Area. Aguirre joined KGO as weekend anchor in 1998, and quickly moved to the weeknight 6pm and 11pm newscasts in 1999 when the station failed to reach a contract agreement with then-anchor Terilyn Joe.

MEET THE GM’S JESSICA AGUIRRE JESSICA AGUIRRE WED. 5/16 ABC7 5/16 After more than seven years
Meet th GM’s I 2/8/06: Tim McVay, KTVU 2; Mark Antonitis, KRON 4; Valari Staab, ABC 7; Ron Longinotti, CBS 5; Valari Staab, ABC 7; Marcela Medina, KDTV 14; Doug Harvill, KCBS; Mickey Luckoff, KGO.

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Last year’s NorCal RTNDA event Meet the General Managers was so successful that they have invited them back for Take II. Find out what’s in and what’s out in Bay Area broadcasting, and how these leaders are planning to lead the market into the future. Ask your questions, and get the answers on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the ABC Broadcast Center. Light refreshments and networking at 7 pm with the panel starting at 7:30 pm. More information at www.norcalrtnda.com

since none of us ever finds out Here’s how blank scoring works. All which fictional category title of our entries are shipped to other represents which category, but I’d NATAS chapters around the country bet the committee nominated all where they are judged by a minimum of the entries from either 24, or of six outstanding peer television the 22’s and above. And since the professionals. As the score top two scores are so high, and so sheets from each category are reclose, both would be awarded an turned to the accounting firm of Emmy® statue. Spalding & Company in San FranThe accountants than merge in cisco, the accountants tally the the Spanish panels. i.e. if alligator scores and assign the highest ten and buffalo turned out to be the numbers in that category a generic, same category in English and meaningless title, based on the Spanish, each having two nominatheme chosen for the year. This tions and one winner. On nominayear’s theme: animals. tion night the category will show The first category named “ant,” four nominations and on Emmy® the second “bat,” and so on, through night the category will have two Page from Blind Scoring Session the alphabet until “zebra.” Then it winners. For that reason, don’t starts over again with “ape” and be surprised if there are more “bear” through “zygodactyl” (it’s dual winners this year than you’ve allegedly a breed of dinosaur). This seen in previous years. year for the first time the Spanish This year’s record entries, 930 language entries were judged sepayielded 257 nominations, 28%; rately by Spanish speaking peer 607 nomination certificates were judges. When you add the 30 panels presented to 406 individuals. of Spanish entries to the 63 categoThree of the 63 categories did not ries you have a total of 93 blind San Francisco Nomination Party at the received nominations. scores, so some of the category Museum of Craft and Folk Art We’ll all have to wait until names became pretty obscure, such Saturday May 12th to learn the as “quahog,” ”ibex,” and “nilgai.” names of the winners, but there You’ll have to Google them on your are some clear leaders already as own to verify they’re real animals. far as the number of nominations When the awards committee met goes. In San Francisco, in early April to rank the scores, all KNTV (NBC 11) received 38 they ever saw were sheets of paper nominations, the most of any with an animal name at the top and a station in our region. KPIX (CBS column of numbers in descending Sacramento VP, Thomas Drayton 5) isn’t far behind, with 30. In order beneath. Committee members hands out certificates at the River City Sacramento, KUVS (Univision Brewing Company look at the numbers in each category, 19) leads the pack with 11 nomihaving no idea what category it really is, and nations, followed by KXTV (ABC 10) with nine. In decide if any of the scores is high enough to warrant a nomination, and if so, how many. In several Fresno, KFSN (ABC 30) and KSEE (NBC 24) tied with six each. In Hawaii, KGMB 9 scored well with categories, the committee’s answer was ”no.” A seven nominations. FSN Bay Area lead all cable score of 15 or 17 out of a possible 30 wouldn’t with six. do. In most categories, the grouping of high Remember, though, the Emmy® award goes to scores warranted anywhere from one to seven individuals, not stations, so it’s worth pointing out nominations. A “grouping” is a number of a few individuals. Mark Oltz with NBC 11, scores bunched at the top of a given category. For Alforde Joaquin with KICU 36 and Anna Werner example, the category “lion.” The two top scores with CBS 5 earned the most nominations with 6 are 28.63 and 28.25, followed by 26.29, two in the each. Scott Budman with NBC 11, Jonathan 25’s, a 24, two in the 22’s, a 20, and so on. The Drum with NBC 11, Jeff Harris with CBS 5 and committee reaches a concensus on where Michael Krajac with KTVU 2 each received five. the break should be in this category for The complete list of nominations by category nominations. I have no idea what they decided are available at www.emmysf.tv.
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By Alison Gibson

Amidst the crowd of people who will be celebrating winning Emmy® statues on May 12, four students will be counting the $3,000 college scholarships they just received. Our chapter is proud to award scholarships this year for television production, videography, reporting and the Thomas F. Drayton Minority Scholarship. The students will be honored during the Emmy® Ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. Peter Jordan, a Masters candidate from Stanford University, successfully competed for the Peter J. Marino Production award. Jordan’s provocative documentary and human rights work throughout the African continent is impressive. “The greatest gift one can give to another is to acknowledge and celebrate that person’s dignity,” he writes. “I believe in the extraordinary power of image to accomplish this – to transcend our differences and appeal to a humanity greater than each of us…. and it is my passion to share this life with others through filmmaking – wherever that may take me.” Alan Ransil, a freshman at Stanford University, took the Shelly Fay Videography award. How can someone so young be so talented? Ransil’s skillful shooting and editing has both a playful and thoughtprovoking side, which makes this engaging young student a rising star in the field. The Abrazos & Books/Rigo Chacon Reporting award went to Brian Pollack, a grad student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of

Journalism. Pollack has a particular interest in science and submitted a compelling investigation of biofuels and genetic engineering. “I am striving to create television pieces that report news with clarity, integrity and imagery that stimulate the mind,” he writes. ”I hope my work will help the viewer pull back to a larger perspective and recognize that the tiny moments and decisions of our lives reflect a larger cosmological clock.” We need reporters with such aspirations. Oyundary (Daria) Tsagaan, also a grad student at UC Berkeley, garnered the Thomas Drayton Scholarship, offered to minority students whose career intent is in the field of broadcasting/journalism. Tsagaan, originally from Mongolia, wore many professional hats before coming to the US to work on her Masters degree in Journalism. “You may find eyebrows rising over the job titles that you see in my resume,” she writes. “Do they reveal all the effort I put into learning a new language while I was struggling to rebuild my life all by myself with my two little sons?” Her determination to succeed is very much evident in the high caliber work she submitted. “I like to imagine what my life might be like 10 years from now,” she says. In all likelihood, she will achieve the success she seeks. The scholarships are funded in part by local Academy members, whose aim is to foster excellence in television programming. The awards are named after individuals who have contributed greatly to the Television Academy.

What do early morning and late night have in common? In San Francisco now, the answer is “Sarah and No Name.” The CW Bay Area, KBCW 44, is now broadcasting an HD TV version of the popular DJ’s morning radio show at 11:30 pm, calling it “Sarah and No Name After Dark.” The actual radio show on Alice @ 97.3 runs three and a half hours, from 5:30am to 10am. The “After Dark” television version contains 30 minutes of highlights from that morning, The DJ’s have jokingly complained on the air that they no longer can see what’s happening outside their


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studio now that the windows are covered to accomodate the lighting needed for a five HD camera shoot. But both say they’re excited about expanding their audience through another medium. “I can’t believe we have a nightly TV show,” says Sarah. “Now all we have to do is be funny.” Executive producer Jan Landis mixes in video clips, graphics, news, interviews, games, and of course, highlights to help translate the radio show into television. Both Alice @ 97.3 and KBCW TV are owned by CBS.

By David Mills A small academy in Mill Valley dominated this year’s regional competition in the National Student Television competition. The Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media at Tamalpais High School, captured four first place awards and two honorable mentions. High school students from throughout NATAS’ Northern California chapter competed in six categories. Students in all 20 NATAS chapters submitted their video entries on-line and were judged by industry professionals. The regional winners were pitted against each other in a national competition. In the regional arts and entertainment category, the Academy’s Lucas Guilkey won for his entry titled “Oranges.” Honorable mention went to Max Sokoloff of The Film Workshop of San Francisco Art and Film for his entry, “Voyage In My Mind.” In the documentary category, the Academy’s Aaron Wasserman picked up first place with his entry, “Benchmark.” Guilkey received an honorable mention for his entry, “What If Jesus Were Gay?” In the writing category, “What If Jesus Were Gay?” won first place for the Academy’s Wells Caitlin. No honorable mention was given. In technical achievement, Chelsea Walsh of the Academy picked up both awards. Her entry, “Born To Will” earned first place while her entry, “Eat,” received honorable mention. In the community service category, students at Hawaii Student Television were awarded first place and honorable mention. The entry “Therapeutic Foster Parent 30-Second PSA” came out on top while “Daughters of Hawaii’s Hulihee’e Palace Earthquake Fundraising Video” was also recognized. In the sports category, Jonalyn Arao of Waianae High School in Hawaii won for the entry, “About The Ride.” No honorable mention was given. The NSTV awards are held every year. Students submit entries during January for work done during the previous calendar year.

In the continuing saga of Hawaii’s CBS affiliate, KGMB has now lifted a hiring freeze in its quest to launch a morning news program. The station is actively recruiting both on-air talent and behind the scenes staff. KGMB is still owned by Emmis Communications, but not for long. The station’s sale to HITV Operating Co. Inc. closes this summer. No word yet on whether the new morning show will debut before the sale is completed. KGMB Senior V.P. and General Manager Rick Blangiardi says internally they’ve set a timetable for launch, but they’re not making it public due to some wildcards beyond their control, such as shipping schedules for newly purchased equipment needed for the new show. “We’ve been working on it for months.. we’re gonna go after this,” says Blangiardi The station plans to hire two new anchors, a weather anchor, a reporter and producers for its morning news. This is quite a shift for a station that cancelled its last morning news show in 1996. “This is a great indication of what’s ahead for us. We’re hiring, we’re expanding and we’re buying,” says News Director Chris Archer. “Here we come.” If you watch the 6pm or 11pm news on KHNL News 8 in Hawaii, you won’t see something you’ll see on almost every other local newscast— a sports segment. News 8 cancelled its sportscast on April 26th, the first day of May Sweeps. But the news director insists you’ll still see as much coverage of sports as before. It just won’t be segregated to its own segment. “For the 40 or 50 years that people have been doing local television news, sports has been sort of the afterthought, at the end,” says Dan Dennison, news director. “We are elevating sports into the body of the newscast.” Dennison insists nobody will be let go, that the only thing he’s eliminated is the time wasted giving national sports scores and highlights, something only hard-core sports fans are interested in, which they’re already getting from ESPN and the internet well before his newscasts air. “What we’re really challenging our guys to do is to tell sports stories that have broader appeal to an audience,” Dennison says. The strategy, he says, is to be “hyper-local” with sports. Ironically, KHNL’s sister station, KFVE-TV, televises University of Hawaii games. The change in News 8’s sports strategy won’t affect that contract. “We have 22 minutes to tell all the news of the day and we need to do it as wisely and richly as we can,” Dennison says.

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By Harry Fuller, CNET There was an obscure, little item in the tech news world last month. Some geeky computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon and Purdue Universities released a new software system they’d developed. Boring. Worse yet, they named it SET. Match point for attention grabbing, you might say. In our TV-sensitized world, three or four words is a tease. Then we pay attention or zap away, depending on whether the tease grabs us. Sometimes that means changing TV channels; more often, it just means we turn our attention elsewhere. SET means “Similarity-Enhanced Transfer.” And it was released at the 4th Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, in Cambridge, Mass. Might as well have been Cambridge, U.K., for all the mainstream media attention. Now I know you’re on the edge of your ability to focus. Enhanced? Symposium? You ask. Sit back and listen. Pay attention and set yourself down. This could be important if you plan to work in the video world for longer than another 32 nanoseconds. In the digital world we now measure everything in nanos, of course. SET could completely alter your already fragile, shaky TV reality. SET will make it even faster to move music and video files across the Internet. Maybe even five times faster. Copyrighted and purchased? Stolen and released without permission? SET won’t care. It will just work to make any peer-to-peer file sharing faster and more efficient. One scientist who built SET said, quite honestly, “This is a technique that I would like people to steal…it would make P2P transfers faster and more efficient, and developers should just take the idea and use it in their own systems.” what Hollywood studios became for TV. A broadcast transmitter or a satellite repeater is not a business model, any more than phonograph records were a business model for the music industry. TV companies need to become the suppliers of some of the most liked and profitable content online. That’s not a foregone conclusion. If video use continues to grow on the Internet (wired or wireless), advertisers’ dollars will necessarily follow. Check out Bud TV https:// www.bud.tv/public/ Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/secure/ Player/default.aspx. If this works for Budweiser, will they stop sponsoring all those weekend sports shows, or simply cut a deal with, say, Major League Baseball? What if the NFL decides to deliver all their games directly to the viewers and sell their own ads? Professional wrestling has moved far down this road already and has found it profitable. Right now, TV’s still a more efficient and better quality delivery system for video than most Internet services. Yet, there will be further software developments, further innovations to make moving video files even faster and cheaper and easier. Watch for Pet 2.0. Eventually entire movies, or sports events, will move across the Internet like e-mail attachments. Or, shudder, LIVE! So if SET helps turn the laptop into a portable TV set, the next phase of the revolution in media use is all set.



Developers will not need to be coaxed. Check out Bit Torrent http://www.bittorrent.com/. Or Joost http://www.joost.com/. Already the movement of audio and video across the global Internet consumes most of the world’s bandwidth. Anything that works to speed up the process & lower user frustration will just increase the amount of video zapped around between users. The best hope for TV networks (cable or broadcast ceases to matter in a digital universe) is for them to become for the Internet

Harry Fuller is the executive editor of cnet.com. He is a former network bureau chief, general manager and news director. Harry is a member of the NATAS Silver Circle.

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In the end, it wasn’t the lure of a larger market that sent KSEE, Channel 24 News Director Michael Espinoza to Los Angeles. And he wasn’t chased out of town by low ratings or a new General Manager. Espinoza left Fresno to run his own internetrelated business. “All my family is still there,” Espinoza says. “I have been commuting for two years. Now that I have major investors on board for the business, I am leaving.” He’s going out on top, at least as far as awards go. KSEE just won a 2007 Radio-Television News Directors Association regional Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence in news. This is the third year in a row KSEE has won the regional Murrow, and now the station is automatically entered into the national Murrow Award competition to compete against 13 other regional winners from across the nation for the big national honor. Ratings-wise, the February book showed KFSN still the commanding number one news station in the market, but Espinoza leaves with his former station in a strong number two spot. Espinoza says it was a difficult decision to leave, but one he knew he had to make. “I have jumped in and out of the television business several times,” Espinoza says. “I admit that this is the first time I feel like I am truly going to miss this place. It is a great station, with talented people. I have never really felt this way about working at a place.”

What do you do when your station is going HD (16 x 9 aspect ratio), but your news set was built for standard definition (4 x 3 aspect ratio)? KFSN, Channel 30, in Fresno’s answer was simple. Build a new set. A really nice new set. A $250,000 new set. News Director Tracey Watkowski says plans for the new set were already in place before she took over in September. It just took another six months to get the set built and installed. The new set features warm wood tones and light blues. Behind the anchors is a large photo of the Fresno skyline. But most dramatic is the large video screen in the “StormWarn 30 Center.” There’s also a small interview set next to the anchors. “We can use the small set to do interviews, pet segments or other stories. It just gives us more options for doing the news,” Watkowski says. “We wanted to make the change because you don’t want to start looking old. We designed the new set with HD in mind because we knew we were going to make the switch.” The switch to HD is not as simple as pointing new cameras. Every detail on the set, from the new lighting to how the on-air personalities wear their makeup, has had to be tested and refined. Audrey Mansfield, a visual stylist who does the makeup for Al Michaels and John Madden, says that with HD cameras, it is important to use less makeup. The consultant has been working with the entire staff to make adjustments to makeup and hair color to best fit the images being caught by the cameras.

Governor Alberto Garcia (KUVS) is chair of the nominating committee. His team has put together a great slate of candidates to run for the Board of Governors. Thirteen Governor seats will be elected for the 2007-2009 term. Members will be receiving biographies and a ballot in the mail shortly.


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Esmerelda Montenegro left her anchor job at KSMS 67 in Monterey, saying she was leaving the business. Esmerelda says, while she is now working at UC Santa Cruz as a Family Involvement Coordinator for the schools in North Monterey County, she has not given up journalism. “I will continue working, freelancing in Central and Northern California as a news reporter,” she told Off Camera.

CLARIFICATION CLARIFIC ARIFICA In our April Off Camera, we reported

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Photos by: Martin Christian Lynn Friedman Richard Harmelink Cynthia Zeiden

OFFICERS: Lynn R Friedman, ABC 7, President Javier Valencia, KRON 4, VP, SF (Awards) Thomas Drayton, Fox 40, VP, Sacramento Nancy Osborne, ABC 30, VP, Fresno Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP, Reno SAN FRANCISCO Duncan Armstrong, NBC 8, VP, Hawaii CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Tamar Sarkissian, KRON 4, VP, Sm. Mkts. Keith Sanders, SJ State University, Secretary 4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2, Treasurer David Mills, CBS 5, Past President (Alt. Trustee) NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Kym McNicholas, Freelance Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU 2 Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Jeanette Pavini, CBS 5 Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Wayne Philippo, CBS 5 GOVERNORS: Sheraz Sadiq, KQED 9 Dan Adams, KXTV 10 Tamar Sarkissian, KRON 4 Terri Maria Amos, Independent Gary Schultz, ABC 7 Brian Avery, Avery Media (Membership) Annika Wood, Independent Samuel Belilty, Univision 21 Pamela Young, KITV 4 John Burgess, KFTY 50 COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Joe Cherubini, KRON 4 John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc.(Museum) Martin Christian, KVIE 6 Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Christopher Conybeare, Univ. of Hawaii David Perry, David Perry & Assoc. (Marketing) Janice Edwards, NBC 11 James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance) Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Alberto Garcia, Univision 19 Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, ABC 7 Justin Kanno, KOLO 8 Off Camera Ronald Louie, KTVU 2 Bob Goldberger, Editor Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions Darryl R. Compton, Publisher Danny McGuire, Spirit Productions

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