National Television Academy



February 2004

San Francisco/Northern California

A busy news year has produced the highest number of Emmy entries in two decades. As of Jan. 31, 702 entries for the Emmy 2003 competition had reached the Television Academy’s Northern California office. Even with the usual number of disqualifications for duplication and other problems, the entries will be the most since the hey-days of the early 1980s. The number is 80 more than last year’s 622 entries and higher than the 643 entries in 200 and 649 entries in 1999. “We’re pleased,” said chapter president David Mills. “It shows the Emmys are an exciting and viable competition.” Mills credited the increase to a stronger economy and a busy news year that included presidential politics, the war in Iraq and the California recall election. The most competitive category is “light news feature” with 43 entries. It’s followed by “serious news feature” with 41. Tied for third are “general news reporting,” “specialized reporting,” “cultural affairs segment” and “camera news” with 24 each. “Breaking news” brought in a healthy 23 continued on page 2 entries.

MEDIA BUSINESS TAX SEMINAR THU. FEB. 19th tax A media business
seminar for professionals in the broadcast, film and video business is on tap this month. Whether you own a business or freelance, even a little, this tax seminar will give you many tax tips that can help you while preparing your returns. The seminar will also offer tips on how to run your business more efficiently. Jim Spalding will set you straight in the Media Business Tax Seminar, which is being held at the Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa St., San Francisco, on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spalding (CPA & MS tax, principal of Spalding & Company) is the treasurer of the National Television Academy’s Northern California Chapter. Spalding is also a BAVC-recommended accountant. There will be media networking with light refreshments to kick off the seminar. At 7:30 p.m., Spalding will lead a discussion on media business taxes for company owners and workers, broadcast professionals, film and video freelancers and independent filmmakers. Topics will include: When do you have to declare income? When do you have to register as a business? How do you write off equipment? What are 2003 tax return filing requirements and options? Questions will also be taken. The admission charge is $10 for NATAS, BAVC and BAWIFT members, $20 for non-members. There is a limited seating capacity for this event, so please RSVP ASAP to or call (650) 341-7786.

Due to the technical difficulties people have encountered, the National Television Academy will be extending the deadline for entries for the National Student Television Awards to Saturday, February 14, 2004. The awards are for high school media students, complete information available at

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continued from page 1 Eleven television stations entered the “best newscast, large market.” The newly created “best newscast, medium market” for Fresno, Hawaii and Reno garnered seven entries. The one disappointment was the “best newscast, small market” for SalinasMonterey, Chico-Redding and Eureka. That has only two entries. “Daytime newscast” received eight entries. No new entries will be accepted, but changes (such as adding or deleting a name) can be made until March 31. Those requests will incur a $25 processing fee. The complete list of Emmy entries is posted at You should check your entries for completeness, spelling errors, fees paid, etc. Nominations will be announced on April 22. The 2004 Emmy show will be held on Saturday, May 22, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Awards chairman Javier Valencia reminded t-v industry employees there is still work ahead. “This year’s increase in Emmy entries shows people continue to trust the Television Academy to judge their work fairly,” Valencia said. “But, in order for the process to work well, we must all be willing to serve as peer judges for the record number of entries that will be coming into our chapter from stations throughout the country.”

The National Television Academy is looking for nominations for this year’s Governors’ Award. The Northern California Board of Governors will review the nominations at its Feb. 14 meeting. The board will vote on finalists for the award at its March meeting, then take a final ballot at its April meeting. The Governors’ Award is presented at the chapter’s annual Emmy awards ceremony in May. The award honors t-v industry employees for a lifetime of work in the business. Last year’s recipient was ABC-7 reporter Rigo Chacon. The chapter is also looking for people to serve as officers on the board. These positions will be selected by the board at its April meeting. The positions include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. To nominate someone for the Governors’ Award or for a board position, contact the Academy office at (650) 3417786.

The Northern California Board of Governors this month will consider starting a mentoring program for its members. The board will vote at its Feb. 21 meeting on the proposal to hook up less experienced television professionals with more experienced ones within the chapter. If approved, the project would start April 1. For the first year, it will connect t-v industry employees in Reno with mentors in Sacramento and the Bay Area. The mentors and mentorees would exchange emails, videos and other communications through the end of this year. If the program is successful, it will be expanded to other regions next year. Board member Heather Searles and Reno representative Terri Russell are co-ordinating the effort. Russell will identify chapter

Television Academy members in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii have until March 1 to apply for the chapter’s mid-career grants. The NATAS Northern California chapter is awarding four $500 grants to members, one for each of four geographical areas. The regions are San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento-Fresno-Modesto, San Jose-Salinas-Monterey, and Hawaii-Reno-Chico-Redding-Eureka. Grant recipients must live or work in one of those regions and must have worked full-time in the television industry for at least five years, including the past year. The grants are paid directly to an educational institution for courses designed to upgrade the skills of television professionals. Classes such as those teaching Avid editing, Pro Tools, or After Effects are eligible for the grants. Applications are available online at or by calling the NATAS offices at (650) 341-7786.

Gina Martini has been promoted from Assistant ND to News Director for KTVN Reno (CBS). Gina replaces Michelle Loftin, who was named Promotion Manager at KTVN.

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He said there are 350 hours of “High definition” has arrived original programs being broadcast and there’s no turning back. on television in high definition That’s the message a packed every week now. house heard at a forum on “h-d” “We are at the precipice. We sponsored by The Television have no place to go but up,” Academy and the Film Arts Walker said. Foundation. Walker said it’s a “digital jungle” More than 50 people packed in the broadcasting world right now the FAF’s new offices in San because there are so many Francisco on Jan. 29 to hear three choices and so many formats. speakers talk about current However, he told the audience technology and where “h-d” is Photos © Robert Mohr 2004 to stay with the h-d wave because headed. (415-647-6647) “change favors the astute mind.” “How exciting it is for us to see h-d finally start to happen,” said Kim Salyer of Video Arts, Gary Meyer of Industrial a post-production house in San Francisco. Light and Magic finished off Salyer kicked off the twothe session by talking about hour seminar by telling the the h-d technology used on audience he first saw high the past three “Star Wars” definition technology a movies. decade ago. He has watched Meyer said “Episode 1” as cameras, editing decks had only one shot with high and other equipment have definition technology. slowly, and sometimes “Episode 2” was filled with h-d production as Meyer and painfully, made the switch. other ILM technicians dealt with different h-d prototype “We’ve been like the guys in the tower,” Salyer said. equipment thrown their way. Meyer said “Episode 2” “We could see the forest fire, see it coming, but we didn’t contained 1,700 source tapes, 9,800 elements loaded to know what to do.” computer graphics and 1.3 million frames of imagery. He said his office is seeing all sorts of technology and “Episode 3,” which is still in production, is even more hsometimes trying to convert video or other sources into h-d d intensive. formats can be difficult. “We are always pushing the envelope,” Meyer said. “It’s “Right now, it’s a little weird,” he said. part of being on the fire line.” Salyer added h-d photography is “rich” and “beautiful.” Meyer ended his segment by aweing the crowd with an He backed it up by showing h-d clips and a music video 8-minute presentation of scenes from “Episode 2.” converted into high definition. Some Thank You’s: Russ Walker of *Videofax & eMotion Studios - HDCAM decks Panasonic Broadcasting gave *Panasonic - D-5 deck the audience a sweeping view *Texas Instruments - 2K DLP Cinema Projector of the products now available *Harold Milligan projectionist for h-d venues. *Apple Computer - HDTV editing equipment He noted 2003 was a *Brett Shapiro - HDTV editing demo - clips from his film “milestone year” because it “The Chocolate Curse.” marked the first time more consumers purchased h-d sets *Oz Publishing - “Definitions” HD Sourcebooks than standard televisions. *Snader & Associates – refreshment sponsors

SPRINKLE HONORED The Hawaii Audubon Society named

Rosa Linda Roman joins KION/ KITV 4 News anchor Gary Sprinkle as KCBA in Monterey/Salinas as Main its Journalist of the Year. Audubon Anchor. She anchors the 5pm, officials pointed to Sprinkle’s coverage 5:30pm, 6:30pm & 7pm shows on of environmental, conservation and KION and the 10pm show on KCBA. wildlife issues. They acknowledged that Rosa Linda moves from KSAZSprinkle’s series “Pacific Adventures” is Fox 10 in Phoenix part of the Department of Education’s curriculum. Sprinkle’s Emmy Award winning “Pacific Denise Clodjeaux was just Adventures” is a series of half-hour specials. He takes named news director, she is from viewers around the Pacific to look at adventures and the KTNV in Las Vegas. environment. Off Camera, February 2004, page 3


KRON-TV was fined $27,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for a live segment on its morning news in which a male stage performer’s genitals were accidentally shown. The fine was the maximum allowed and only the second ever leveled by the FCC for a television broadcast. The penalty was announced on Jan. 27, the same day the FCC also fined Clear Channel Communications $755,000 for a series of sexually explicit broadcasts that were aired on four Florida radio stations. In KRON’s case, the incident happened on Oct. 4, 2002 while two performers for “Puppetry of the Penis” were being interviewed. During the live segment, a camera accidentally showed the genitals of one performer for less than one second. The show’s anchors and station management repeatedly apologized after the incident. However, FCC commissioners said the San Francisco-based independent station should have anticipated such a display could occur and should have taken steps to avoid it. After the fine was issued, KRON General Manager Dino Dinovitz apologized again and said his station would pay the penalty. The day after the fine, Congress started hearings on a proposal to strengthened laws against indecent programming on radio and television. Among the recommendations is sharply increasing the fines that can be leveled against broadcasting companies. Christopher Flynn joins CBS 5/ UPN BAY AREA as Local Sales Manager of the Duopoly Business Development Team, he was a KPIX account executive. Brian Hall, videographer /editor for the sales production department of marketing/ creative services at CBS 5/UPN Bay Area. Brian comes from KICU as a promotions producer. Renee Luoni is a new account executive at CBS 5. She was the Director of Development for San Francisco Theological Seminary. Renee was also the President/ Owner of Morningstar Media and an Account Executive at KTVU. Marla Tellez joins Evening Magazine, CBS 5, as a producer. Marla is from KION in Salinas, she was a reporter and prior to that, CBS 5 Evening Magazine as an Associate Producer. Mark Baggs is promoted to Studio Operations Supervisor CBS 5 from technical director. CBS 5 Weekend Early Edition and UPN Bay Area Weekend Early Edition, co-anchor Sydnie Kohara is promoted to weekday, Eyewitness News Early Edition co-anchor.

The Television Academy’s Northern California chapter is once again offering two $3,000 college scholarships to broadcasting students who have at least one year of college remaining. The Peter Marino Scholarship is for television production and the Shelly Fay Scholarship is for videography.

This year, Digital Media Academy (DMA) is helping promote the awards and will be offering a free course to one of our scholarship winners. The Digital Media Academy is a nationally recognized immersion program, offering week-long digital media courses in summer 2004 at Stanford University. DMA offers 25 courses in varying skill levels in the areas of digital video/film editing and production, game design, 3-D modeling and animation, web design, digital imaging and publishing. Courses are open to students and professionals looking to broaden their skills. Instructors are experts in their fields and include New York School of Visual Arts’ Steve Adler as well as veteran ABC producer and best-selling Final Cut Pro author Tom Wolsky. An average student-to-instructor ratio of 7 to 1 allows for plenty of individual attention. DMA uniquely offers Stanford Continuing Studies credit along with on-campus housing and dining. By week’s end, attendees leave with impressive projects, new creative tools, newfound friendships and a concrete sense of accomplishment. Deadline for the scholarship application is Thursday, April 1. For more information and applications, visit and click on “foundation.”

ABC-7 has promoted two of its employees to management positions. Mimi Kwan was named last month as the San Francisco station’s director of public affairs. Kwan started working at ABC-7 in 1997 as a production assistant. In addition, Laura Kutch was promoted to community relations manager. We failed to mention last month that ABC 7’s new political reporter, Mark Matthews was most recently from KGTV in San Diego

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THE DREAMERS: An American college student, Matthew (Pitt), pursuing his education abroad in Paris in 1968 becomes friends with a French brother, Guillaume (Garrel), and sister, Danielle (Green), through a shared love of the cinema, while the May, 1968 Paris student riots (which eventually shut down most of the French government) are happening in the background. Starring: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, JeanPierre Kalfon & Jean-Pierre Leaud. Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci Written by: Gilbert Adair. Produced by: Jeremy Thomas MPAA Rating: NC17 2 hours, 10 minutes Official Movie Site:
This is a special PRIVATE screening at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive. The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening (second Monday) for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest.

The Butterfly Effect, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller, 1 hour 53 minutes MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use. A young man (Kutcher) struggling with the psychological effects of sublimated childhood memories devises a technique of traveling back in time to inhabit his childhood body, but he finds that every trip back has unintended results on his present self, leading him to travel back again and again, trying to repair the damage that he’s only making worse and worse. Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eldon Henson, Eric Stoltz & Ethan Suplee. Directed by: Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber. Written by: Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber. Produced by: J.C. Spink, Chris Bender, A.J. Dix & Anthony Rhulen. Official Movie Site: Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby of the Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I80). First showing check theatre for exact start time. FREE to NATAS members who may bring a guest.

by Michael Jackson, Media Academy HS, Oakland, CA The future of television just got brighter. High school Park and the mall. It really was the best of business and teachers and students from across the country treked to pleasure. Universal City for the first National Television Network If this sounds like a commercial, it should be. I couldn’t conference in southern California. I saw the future, as a afford to take students to this conference but will find a way working teacher at the new Media Academy High School in for next year. These conferences are fantastic for Oakland, CA. Participating in two sessions as a Teacher teambuilding and motivating students into staffs with Ambassador for the RTNDF (Radio Television News professionally oriented goals. Fifteen of my kids had just Directors Foundation) attended the national convention for JEA in DC in NovemI felt first hand the energy, intelligence and desire to ber, raising the entire amount with grants they wrote make a difference in the audiences of students and teachthemselves, and that experience has shown benefits in the ers. Industry pros gave great advice on a wide variety of classroom every day since. And with the help of NATASand topics around content, formats, technology, and tricks of RTNDF the trend in broadcast journalism can only be on a the trades. I went to sessions and learned something new highly productive upward curve. and improved in every session. The kids had fun; the My only reget is that this time the Media Academy had teachers had fun; the industry pros had fun. What a no more funds we could access for bringing students this concept. USC was the site for sessions and the Hilton time around. We have already started the fundraising for Hotel in Universal City was home base for networking and next year. living la loca vida in LA, next door to Universal City Theme


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One morning in 1972 KPIX General By William Hazelwood Manager Bill Osterhaus took me to breakfast at a small diner on Union Street near Van Ness Avenue around the corner from the original KPIX studios. After asking how my internship was going, Bill explained the FCC was now requiring local stations to produce original prime time programming for children and under-represented minority communities. Bill ended our breakfast with the announcement that I had six weeks to develop, staff and launch a prime time multicultural series. He left it to me to figure out the details. I was thrilled and petrified. Tim Ayers, Wayne Cain, Jim Crum, Jerry Ben Dickson, John Goldhammer, Len Schlosser, Dick Scott and too many others to mention provided mentoring and support. Consequently, “All Together Now” came into being and went on to present some of the most diverse cultural programming Edwin Hawkins Singers. ever seen in the Bay Area. We cranked ATN presented one-act plays by out 40 shows a year for more than six Teatro Campesino, outdoor concerts by seasons during a time when “live-on-air” The Oakland Symphony, The National or “live-to-tape” production with 2-inch Bunraku Puppet Theater of Japan and videotape machines was standard. Spea poetry reading with Maya Angelou. cial effects were basic and post-producATN also produced a live ethnic art tion time was precious. Some nights it auction and a week-long r-v road trip to took a bag of fresh donuts to buy extra explore life on Northern Californian Inediting time after the 11 p.m. news. dian reservations. ATN programs featured everything In 1972, ATN won its first Emmy for from a Filipino Bay Bridge painter to Outstanding Achievement - Special Properformances by established and develgramming - Culture. Viewer response oping legends like B.B. King, Carlos was as varied as the content. One letter Santana, Bobby Hutcherson and The THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Stewart Heller, York Productions

came from a white Marin County judge who said he watched to learn more about multi-ethnic Americans and the issues that brought them into his courtroom. One night in 1984, a number of us “multi-cultural broadcast veterans” found ourselves in a control room running a prime-time general audience newscast. It happened while I was in the studio, directing the nightly news program at KQED. I looked at the bank of camera monitors in front of me and saw news anchor Belva Davis. To my left was the show’s producer Bill Whitaker, on my right was technical director Will Washington, and hovering behind us was Pricilla Scott, the production assistant. It was probably the first time a principally all-black staff produced a major market, prime-time newscast. Apparently, one Bay Area broadcasting “first” helped spawn another. Available information about some key members of the original All Together Now production staff is as follows: *Belva Davis continues to anchor the KQED news program, “This Week In Northern California.” *Ysabel Duran became a news anchor for KRON-4. *Chris Chow went on to produce feature films in China *Sylvia Hernandez-Bellucci now works for Firemans Fund Insurance *William Hazelwood teaches at San Francisco State and is chief executive officer of Sojourna Productions.

OFFICERS: Adam Housley, Fox News David Mills, KPIX, President Ashley James, KTOP(Publicity) Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Ronald Louie, KTVU Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions George Franco, KOVR, VP, Sacramento Deanne Moenster, KTVU Erik Rosales, KGPE, VP, Fresno John Murray, JM Communications SAN FRANCSISCO David Ratto, ImageSync, VP, Reno Sharon Navratil, KTVU CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii John Odell, CCSF 4317 Camden Avenue Michele Ball, KBWB, Secretary Ross Palombo, KRON San Mateo, CA 94403 James Spalding, Spalding & Co., Pat Patton,Young/KRON (Membership) Treasurer (Finance) Terri Russell, KOLO NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Heather Searles, ITVS James Lautz, Tudor Communications Damian Trujillo, KNTV Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) GOVERNORS: Kira Vilanova, KDTV (Publicity) Dan Adams, KXTV Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc Dan Ashley, KGO Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Brian Avery, KTLN COMMITTEE CHAIRS John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) (Museum) Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Albert Garcia, KUVS EXECTIVE DIRECTOR Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Darryl R Compton, NATAS

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