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January 2007

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By Bob Goldberger I had a dream the other night that all the producers, reporters, photographers and directors at my station brought in their Emmy® entries three days before the deadline, asking if I could save them the postage by shipping the entire station’s entries in one box. We had already dubbed over our best newscasts and compiled the assortment of stories and other work needed to compete in the “Outstanding Television Station” category. Then I woke up. After more than 25 years in the news business, I know from experience there will be a mad scramble the final day before the deadline to track down and dub over Emmy® entries. Always has been, always will be. The only difference this year is that all entries must be submitted on DVD-R. In this digital age of serverbased playback (are you the only one on your block without a TiVo?), NATAS national decided it was time to dump videotape and require every region to submit entries on DVD-R. As we’ve discussed in previous Off Cameras, this will inevitably create some technical problems for those of you who don’t prepare. But there’s still time for you and your colleagues to get with the new program, even
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Robert Mohr ©2006 By Keith Sanders Analog television will suffer a mass extinction in two years. This shutdown marks the end of a broadcasting system called NTSC that dates back to 1941. Congress has mandated on Tuesday February 17, 2009, the spectrum that carried analog television will be repurposed for other uses. Once analog television disappears, only digital televisions and analog TVs with digital converters will operate. The majority of televisions sold from now on will be digital. Most take advantage of high-definition (HD) formats that digital TV allows. But now that a growing number of us have an HDTV, the natural question to ask is “when can we see local programming in HD?”
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Now that it’s 2007, tax day is just around the corner. If you contract out your services or in some other way operate your own media business, NATAS and the Bay Area Video Coalition are offering you a chance to get some expert advice on preparing your return. The Small Media Business tax seminar is taught by Jim Spalding, CPA and Chair of the NATAS Finance Committee. The media business tax seminar is for professionals in the broadcast, film and video business. Whether you own your business or freelance, even a little, this tax seminar will give you many tax tips that can help you know what to expect this year while preparing your returns. The seminar is at the BAVC offices in San Francisco on 2727 Mariposa, Thursday February 15th from 7-9 p.m. Topics will range from new tax deductions and restrictions for 2006 returns to benefits and liabilities of incorporating. Of course, Jim will take questions at the end. The admission charge is $10 for NATAS and BAVC members, $25 for non-members. There is limited seating available for this event, so please RSVP ASAP to tax@emmysf.tv or call (650) 341-7786.

if your station does not have a DVD dubbing station already set up. Recordable DVD players have dropped in price so much, some models now cost less than $100. There’s a wide selection at Fry’s, Best Buy, Circuit City, or any other electronics store. An engineer can hook it up to one of your Beta or DVC Pro playback machines so all you have to do is push Play and Record to make your dubs. It’s actually quite simple, but you’ll have a rush hour-type of gridlock next week if you only have one DVD dubber, and everybody at your station waits until the final day to get their entries together. Also remember, you cannot put any type of label— not even a piece of tape— on your DVD entry. Any foreign object on the DVD itself will make it unbalanced and unplayable. Label your entries using only a Sharpie or some other permanent marker. Any entry that is unplayable cannot be judged and will be disqualified. You also must use a clear case. On the flip side, filling out your paperwork this year is easier than ever. Entry forms are posted online, so you can enter and even pay (using a credit card) via email. If you are paying by check you should still fill in the form on-line. If you haven’t started working on your Emmy® entries yet, consider this your wakeup call. You still have plenty of time, but not time to waste. Deadline for Entries: 5pm, Friday, January 12. Entries Must be on DVD- R No Paper Labels on DVD A full list of categories as well as entry forms are on our NATAS website, www.emmysf.tv Nominations will be announced Thursday, April 12, at nomination parties within each television market in the Northern California Region. Emmy® 2007 Awards Program & Party is Saturday, May 12, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We hope to see you all there, and as always, remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Julie Haener has been named coanchor of The Ten o’Clock News on KTVU Channel 2 replacing Leslie Griffith. The veteran KTVU anchor/reporter will coanchor the Bay Area’s top-rated newscast alongside Dennis Richmond. The two will also continue to co-anchor the award-winning KTVU Channel 2 News at 6. “We’re very excited about having Julie join Dennis Richmond as co-anchor of the award-winning Ten o’Clock News. In addition to her anchoring skills, Julie has reported on many of the Bay Area’s most important news events over the past decade. This experience along with her strong journalistic background will benefit the KTVU news team and Bay Area television viewers,” said, KTVU GM, Tim McVay. “This is a wonderful opportunity and a position that doesn’t come along too often. I couldn’t be more


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thrilled about expanding my anchor duties and continuing to be working for one of the most respected TV stations in the country. KTVU is a terrific place to work and I’m blessed to have the support of my family,” said Haener. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her excellence in broadcasting. She has received three Emmy® awards while at KTVU including one in 2004 for Best On-Camera News Anchor. In that same year, the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) named her as the Best TV On-Air Reporter. In 2002, the Radio Television News Directors Association of Northern California honored the KTVU Channel 2 News at 6, co-anchored by Haener and Dennis Richmond as the Best 30 Minute Newscast. Haener joined the KTVU team in 1997 and became co-anchor of the KTVU Channel 2 News at 6 in 2000.


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Last year, many TV stations in the San Francisco market began to produce regularly scheduled HD programming. This transition from standard definition to HD was usually expensive, sometimes painful, and always took a lot of work. Each TV station solved the conversion problem its own way with a variety of successful results. You can get a better appreciation of the quality, variety and costs of high-definition TV production solutions at the 6th Annual NATAS HD Seminar on Wednesday January 31st from 6 to 9 pm. This year, on one stage you’ll see all the Bay Area’s HD movers and shakers. They’re responsible for the production and broadcast of HD newscasts, weekly shows and longform programming: Jim Haman is an Emmy Award winning Director of Broadcast Operations from KTVU. He directed KTVU’s transition to HD news. Last October, KTVU became the first Bay Area TV station to air local news in HD. “Overall, this was one of the biggest projects that KTVU has embarked on since moving into our current location 20+ years ago,” says Ed Chapuis, KTVU News Director. “The accelerated time frame and shear volume of the equipment and workflow changes has been enormous.” Janice Reyes is the Vice President of Engineering for KGO 7. HD news on KGO is expected to premiere early this year using an automated production system called Ignite HD. “Ignite was designed, developed and tested (by Grass Valley) with the help and input of ABC Owned Television Station Engineers from KABC (in L.A.) and KGO” remarks KGO GM Valari Staab. Jim Swanson is Executive Producer at KRON 4. He led KRON’s migration to HD production. Last year, the TV station created 80 locally produced shows in HD, including “Bay Area Back Roads,” “Henry’s Garden,” “Bay Café” and half a dozen documentaries. “Each HD edit station cost no more than $6,000,” Swanson says. “It gives us most of the post-production firepower of an Avid HD workstation with five times the capacity.” Steve Welch is the Vice President of Television Engineering & Operations for Northern California Public Broadcasting at KQED, KTEH and KCAH. Over the past several years, KQED 9 has spent $28 million for their conversion to HD broadcasting and production. The

public television station will be the first in the Bay Area to create all local production in HD. Last fall, KQED premiered three weekly shows in HD. The new science, nature and environment series “Quest” will go HD early this year. The station is hoping to launch the fifth season of the weekly arts series “Spark” in HD this spring. Kim Salyer is the Co-Founder and President of Video Arts, Inc., Northern California’s leading independent High Definition postproduction studio. His company has provided HD post-production strategies and services for longform broadcast content. Video Arts has also provided finishing services for nine films nominated for Academy Awards. The 6th Annual NATAS HD Seminar will be held at the Snader Visual Solutions Expo at the South San Francisco Convention Center from 6 – 9pm, Wednesday, January 31st. You can network with your peers from 6pm – 7pm, and listen to our panel of experts from 7pm – 9pm. This seminal event features clips of local programming in high-definition. Panelists talk about their areas of specialty and answer audience questions. Seminar snacks are generously sponsored by Snader & Associates. Admission and parking are free. Only 50 seats are available so RSVP early to hdtv@emmysf.tv or call 650-341-7786.

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Also arrive early to see HD hardware demos at the Snader Visual Solutions Expo. Compare and contrast HD camcorders in the camera corral. You can connect with over 80 manufacturer representatives and product specialists. It’s a hands-on opportunity to evaluate cutting-edge equipment and technology. The Snader Visual Solutions Expo is open Wednesday January 31st from 10am-7pm, and Thursday February 1st, from 9am – 4pm. This expo is like a mini-NAB convenient to anyone in the Bay Area. Expo attendees should register at events@snader.com, or visit www.snader.com.


By Lynn R Friedman I had the wonderful opportunity to visit four different markets within our region during one long road trip in December. The first stop was Univision, KSMS-TV 67 in Monterey. If only all television stations looked like KSMS. We’re talking ski lodge beautiful complete with rustic wooded grounds. General Manager Aaron Scuby gave me great background information on the Monterey market. News Director Fidel Soto was very supportive, attending the entire winner’s reel screening. Everyone loved Andres Pruna’s Emmy®-winning “Monterey Aquarium” story from his Latin Eyes entry. The surprise of the evening was seeing their public affairs producer being interviewed in her role as an Aquarium guide.

for those mid-career grants next year. Fresno Cinema Club chair Richard Harmelink was in attendance to explain how the screenings work. We now have Cinema Clubs in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and Fresno. Enrollment is free with NATAS membership but you need to sign up separately. One camera person suggested we put on a seminar with an editor and videographer. Enough of the “How to be a good reporter classes,” he says. What about the crafts?

There was a lot of discussion about Spanish language judging. The NATAS board has taken this matter quite seriously. Governor Samuel Belilty of Univision, Fresno, has spent considerable time and effort researching the Spanish language judging procedures of other chapters. A frequent concern we hear from smaller markets is the fear that they may not be able to compete with larger markets because they don’t have the same resources to, for instance, fly off to Mexico to cover a murder investigation. While that’s a legitimate concern, in my opinion most categories honor content, skill and creativity, and not budget. Everyone now knows the contact names for Emmy® entry placement assistance, listed on our website, www.emmysf.tv. Next was Fresno, which justified my GPS purchase. Fresno is one huge city. NATAS vice president, Nancy Osborne and governor, Samuel Belilty hosted the road trip at the local Univision, KFTV-21. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to view the Emmy® entries. An additional Winner’s Reel viewing will be planned for 2007. There was a lot of interest in Emmy® entry category placement assistance. And I expect more competition

Word is, KFTV-21 is planning to relocate and build a brand new facility in a much nicer area. Once again, everyone was so friendly I can’t wait to return. Then it was time to hit the road again, this time to Sacramento. Did I mention how much I love my GPS? At Fox40/KTXL, vice president Thomas Drayton arranged for my 3:00pm visit in the middle of the newsroom and even ran out for pizza. We set up the Emmy® statues and NATAS brochures on his desk. Great turnout. continued on page 5

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The biggest surprise for me was seeing Greg Saunders, former Promotions Director at KGO, now the Creative Services Director at KTXL. The News Director and General Manager showed up in the middle of their busy days to say hi. NATAS clearly has a good reputation there, probably thanks to President Dave’s visit last year. The specifics of the new DVD rules were discussed, as well as the numerous other benefits of NATAS membership, such as grants, scholarships, cinema club, medical/ dental, etc. Of course the newsroom already knew about the Thomas F. Drayton Minority Scholarship. Onward to Univision 19- KUVS, hosted by Governor Alberto Garcia. We spent a lot of time discussing the specifics of Emmy® entries, strategies, category placements, rules and regulations. There is a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation at Ch. 19 for this year’s Emmys®. (Look out everyone!). Some of you may not know that English translation dubs are no longer needed for Spanish language entries. They are now judged by Spanish speaking judges. As with the other Univision stations, they all said they would like to help judge Spanish language entries from other regions. Another successful evening, but I never want to see pizza again.

The adventure continues with the 11:00am Amtrak train to Reno. Everyone was right, it’s a beautiful way to travel, and this must be one of the most scenic routes. Of course, as everyone also warned me, the train was late. Vice President Terri Russell picked me up and off we went to Sparks for the final stop of the road trip. It was a small but enthusiastic group who asked a lot of questions about the Emmy® process. Again, there was a request from a camera person for a panel on upgrading videography and editing. We viewed and critiqued several stories from the Winner’s Reel and went over the various NATAS benefits. Special thanks to KRNV 4’s weekend anchor/reporter Sarah Johns for hosting the gathering at her apartment complex.

Photos Lynn R Friedman

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So the bottom line people, check out www.emmysf.tv in greater detail for everything Emmy® Awards. We have a vibrant, active television community from Visalia to the Oregon border, Hawaii to Reno. I’ve got the photos and business cards to prove it. And the bonus surprise, an afternoon in Reno thanks to the Amtrak train’s 10 hour delay. I can’t wait to hit the road again. In the meantime, I recommend the allyou-can-eat sushi bar at Harrahs.

Pappas Broadcasting’s two Reno stations, KREN-TV 27 and KAZR-TV 46 are already broadcasting in HD, utilitizing seven HD cameras that cost less than $15,000 each. Their new studio complex at a local shopping mall includes a 120 foot glass window that lets the public watch their live broadcasts. Inside, three Canon XL H1 HD cameras have been configured as studio cameras. In the field, three more XL H1s are used to shoot news stories, with the seventh serving as a hand-held camcorder for interviews at the mall.

KREN is a CW affiliate, and KAZR carries Azteca America programming. Both stations went live from the new mall studios in early September and are now delivering a 1080i HD signal through local cable to about 50 percent of the Reno market. Pappas is preparing for daily production of two separate one-hour HD newscasts for both KREN and KAZR seven days a week. All video capture, field and studio, will be shot and edited in HD. KREN and KAZR’s HD set up is serving as a beta test site for the rest of the group’s stations.

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By Adam Housley, Fox News Correspondent and former NATAS Governor At attention they stood. The morning I am told was not much different than today. Puffy clouds provide dramatic breaks from the searing sun. The whites of the Navy faces, the tans and blues of the Marines, all saluting heroes who survived “A Day to Live in Infamy.” Every five years the surivors and their families make the pilgramidge. Events last nearly a week leading up to December 7th and on this morning the men who somehow survived the sinking of the Arizona have come to pay what is likely their last respects to these now tranquil and brilliant turqouise waters. As one survivor tells me, “I am getting too old, the trip from the mainland now physically too tough, I don’t expect to come back.” There are 11 this time, members of a dying club. Glenn tells me the blast that destroyed the USS Arizona launched him into the water. He would surface for air in burning oil and then swim to the nearby Nevada which was trying to escape the Japanese attack. Glenn would somehow get pulled onboard. His arms and ears burned, he would man a fire hose and help keep the Nevada afloat. That battleship would later beach itself so as not to block the harbor’s entrance. The stories are mesmerizing and I could stay here for days listening and imagining each and every one. As the men make their way around the memorial visitors center and prepare for the boat ride to the actual memorial itself, I walk into the little book store. Here a sight that would bring even the stone cold to tears. A TV in the corner plays a documentary of the attack, and its picture has drawn a vet and his daughter. As I catch a glimpse, I see the tears. They stream down his cheeks and his daughter pats his shoulder. I didn’t have the heart to interrupt and I have no idea, no way to imagine his loss, his heartache 65 years after more than 2000 souls were lost here. Men and women, sailors, marines and civilians. Innocent all and forgotten none. 11:45 am. The first wave of survivors sit down in the theater for a short film recounting the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. As the film plays I can hear the quiet crying. Explosions rock the screen, black and white photos are at times a bit graphic and the film from both the American and Japanese reports at the time is remarkable. Outside, people who have come to pay their respects treat the veterans like rock stars. They pose for pictures, ask for autographs and, in some cases, stand atop planters to catch a glimpse of these men. At one point I interview a veteran who corrects me a bit. He says this club founded on sorrow will not die. Children of survivors carry on the memories and a young girl chirps next to me, “So will the grandchildren!” 12:10 pm We arrive at the memorial, built above the sunken USS Arizona. It has been 15 years since my parents
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brought me here and the images, the tingling I felt as a kid, return. We stand back and watch as the vets and their families peer over the rails, point to the places they escaped and the areas from which they were, in some cases, blown clear. Tears are shed, stories told, and through it all, those of us fortunate enough to witness these moments stand back in awe. 12:24 pm The men and their families continue to reminisce, the wall of names has been read and names of friends still entombed in this ship have been pointed out. I glance back down the rectangular-shaped memorial and notice a woman. She has stood from her wheelchair and the golden Hawaii sun shoots through the open roof, lighting her weathered but welcoming face. Her gray hair appears a brilliant silver, as if her brother has shone a light from heaven on her face. I can’t ask her name. I can’t spoil her moment. She holds a lei, slowly pulling each pink flower pedal and watching them gently land on the turqouise waters that provide a clear view of the rusted wreckage below. I am told she has come here again to visit her brother. She has come to remember one of the more than 1,000 that for 65 years

have remained in a grave they never imagined. The sister finishes her tribute. The flower pedals sweeten the sight and she sits back in her chair to be wheeled back to the boat. I wonder if this will be her last trip here. 12:35 pm We are back on the boat and head across the shallow harbor to the visitors center. Sons and daughters approach us and tell us the stories they’ve heard. One man says his father, now 87, didn’t talk about Pearl Harbor, never spoke of the attack and the horror until he was 59 years old. Apparently one day he surprised them and opened up. 12:45pm We arrive back at the visitors center dock. Tourists have lined the path, digital camera’s pointed and ready as we leave the boat. We say our goodbye’s and look forward to seeing everyone at the 65th commemoration. As we walk ahead, I look back to see heroes, in some cases defying age to walk up the ramp. Flashes bounce off the walls and light up faces. Waves are exchanged, people applaud and I feel lucky to be a witness. Photos Adam Housley © 2006

Granite Broadcasting, the parent company of KBWB Your TV20 in San Francisco, voluntarily filed petitions to reorganize under the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code. The company continues to operate its eleven television stations (broadcasting on 23 channels) while it reorganizes its debt, which Granite officials say had been prenegotiated with the company’s secured debt holders. W. Don Cornwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, says, “We operate competitive and profitable television stations, and despite our need to restructure our corporate balance sheet, we have continued to successfully grow the business.” Cornwell confirms the company’s inability to sell KBWB (TV 20 in San Francisco) after the WB network merged with UPN played a major role in the bankruptcy filing, saying, “We have been candid about the Company’s need to restructure its corporate balance sheet. In that regard, we explored a wide range of alternatives, including the sale of stations formerly affiliated with The WB Network in San Francisco and Detroit. Our ability to sell those stations on an acceptable basis was directly impacted in January 2006 by The WB Network’s announcement that it would cease operations. This unexpected and damaging decision forced us to seek other alternatives.” Cornwell says Chapter 11 protection and negotiations will allow the company to reduce its corporate debt from approximately $505 million, down to $230 million. In the meantime, there is no immediate impact on TV 20’s operations. The station is still launching a primetime 9:00pm newscast, produced by ABC 7 (KGOTV) on January 8th (see December Off Camera).

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Thanks to all who attended our annual; Holiday Party on December 15th. Special thanks to our hosts Eric Hayashi and Eric Henry of the Film Arts Foundation, and our Trivia contest prize sponsors: Olivia Stewart, HBO; Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2; Lynn Friedman, ABC 7; Pamela Young, KITV 4; and David Perry, David Perry and Associates. Photos Lynn R Friedman © 2006

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 Duncan Armstrong, NBC 8, VP, Hawaii SAN FRANCISCO Tamar Sarkissian, Freelance, VP, Sm. Mkts. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Keith Sanders, SJ State University, Secretary 4317 Camden Avenue Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2, Treasurer San Mateo, CA 94403 David Mills, CBS 5, Past President (Alt. Trustee) NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Kym McNicholas, KFTY 50 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, Freelance Terri 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: Albert 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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