You are on page 1of 6
ff C amera April 2006 The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences San Francisco/Northern

ff Camera

April 2006

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter


San Francisco

Hunan Restaurant

924 Sansome St.


River City Brewing Company

545 Downtown Plaza

San Jose

Tied House

65 N. San Pedro St.

545 Downtown Plaza San Jose Tied House 65 N. San Pedro St. Come join the party

Come join the party in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Fresno or Reno. THURSDAY, APRIL 20 th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE refreshments, No Host Bar. The 35 th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Award Nominations will be read at 7:30 p.m. All nominees will receive a Nomination Certificate, suitable for framing. We hope you will be able to make one of the parties, the nominations will not be posted on our website until the following day. On Friday, April 21 st the complete list of nominations will be posted at


Campagnia Restaurant

1185 East Champlain Dr.


Peppermill Casino

Fireside Lounge 2707 South Virginia Street

Casino Fireside Lounge 2707 South Virginia Street LLLLLANDSANDSANDSANDSANDS



CanCanCanCanCan 9pm9pm9pm9pm9pm NeNeNeNeNewswswswsws SurvivSurvivSurvivSurvivSurviveeeee

By Bob Goldberger Four years after severing its partnership with NBC and going independent, KRON 4 in San Fran- cisco is about to become a network affiliate again — sort of. KRON signed a contract with upstart MyNetworkTV, a new division of Fox Television Stations, Inc., that is producing two hours of Latin Ameri- can-style prime-time soap operas Monday through Friday, with high- lights-from-the-week shows on Saturday. One of its biggest selling points is the cost of the soaps— nothing. MyNetworkTV provides 12 hours of programming per week, free of charge. The network and local affiliates divide up the commercial

continued on page 3


on page 3 APPLE COMPUTER TO BE HONORED AT THE EMMYS ® Apple Bartlett McConnell Cannon

Apple Bartlett McConnell Cannon Cannon Tenenbaum Kornbluth Sbrocco Hahn

Apple Computer Company will receive special recognition at this year’s Emmy® show. The Cupertino-based company, celebrating its 30 th anniversary, will be honored for its major technologi- cal advances, including the iPod, iTunes, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. NATAS officials said the recogni- tion fits in with the Emmy® 2006 show’s theme of “breaking new ground.” “We all knew it had to happen someday, when computers and television would finally converge,”

said Stewart Heller, chairman of the chapter’s Emmy® Committee. “Thanks to the genius of the people at Apple Computer and to the creativity of a new generation of television visionaries, that time is apparently now.” “Apple offers unique hardware and software solutions to the indus- try,” added Keith Sanders, Emmy® show producer. “iPods using iTunes are showing us the future of broad- casting. G5s loaded with Final Cut Pro have become the new industry standard NLE platform. Apple has

Off Camera, April 2006, page 1

truly broken new ground with these achievements.” An Apple executive is scheduled to attend the Emmy® show to pick up the award. The Emmy® 2006 show will be held Saturday, May 20, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Nominations will be announced at locations throughout the chapter on Thursday, April 20. Meanwhile, more presenters have been announced for the show. Joel Bartlett and Joel McConnell will represent ABC7 in San Francisco.

continued on page 2


GRANTGRANTGRANTGRANTGRANTSSSSS Smith DaMonte LaCosse Lowry After years of drought, there is





After years of drought, there is a downpour of mid- career grants for the NATAS Northern California chapter. This year, the board received applications from 10 chapter members for the $500 annual grants. At their March meeting, the governors voted to raise the program expenditures from $2,000 to $5,000 this year and award all 10 grant applications. “I’m ecstatic there was so much interest in the mid- career grant program this year,” said chapter president David Mills. “I’m also pleased we were able to fund all the applicants. This is the type of expenditure we can afford when we have as many members and as many Emmy ® entries as we did this year.” The mid-career grant recipients include two from San Francisco, one from Sacramento, five from Fresno, one from Monterey and one from Redding. They are:

San Francisco Maria Leticia-Gomez of KDTV for a BAVC Avid editing class Eric Wise of KBWB for a BAVC after-effects editing class Sacramento Suzanne Phan of KCRA for an AAJA executive leadership seminar Fresno Jeffrey Cook of KGPE for an NPPA TV storytelling seminar Christine Park of KFSN for a class at Cal State Fresno Luis Ramentas of KFSN for one-on-one voice training lessons Faith Sidlow Sores of KFSN for a class at Cal State Fresno Matt Skryja of KSEE for a Spanish class Monterey Esmeralda Montenegro of KSMS for the NAHJ 2006 convention Redding Lily Jamali of KRCR for an NPPA TV news video seminar The program is set up where one $500 grant is awarded in four different geographic areas. In recent years, not all the grants were awarded because of a lack of applicants. The money is given to chapter members who are seeking to further their TV careers by taking classes or seminars, attending conventions or utilizing other avail- able opportunities. The grants are approved by the Board of Governors.


continued from page 1

Brent Cannon and Laura Garcia-Cannon will take the stage on behalf of NBC-11 in San Jose. Henry Tenenbaum of KRON will also announce some Emmy recipients. Josh Kornbluth and Leslie Sbrocco will carry the KQED flag. Randy Hahn, the San Jose Sharks announcer from Fox Sports Bay Area, will help hand out some Emmy® statues. Jennifer Smith of KXTV in Sacramento and Wendy Damonte of KTVN in Reno have also been tapped. And our longtime announcers Fred LaCosse and Terry Lowry will be on hand. They join the list of presenters announced last month. Those are Rita Williams and Lloyd LaCuesta of KTVU in Oakland; Jeanette Pavini of KPIX in San Francisco; Dan Adams of KXTV in Sacramento; Jenni- fer Brice of KSEE in Fresno; Monty Torres of KMPH in Fresno; Joe Hart and Sarah Johns of KRNV in Reno; Esmerelda Montenegro of KSMS in Monterey; Melissa Cabral of KSHL in Chico; and Patranya Bhoolsuwan of KRCR in Redding. This year, a record number 829 Emmy® entries were submitted in more than 60 categories.


PPPPPARISARISARISARISARIS Pictured in photo L to R: Pianist David Harper , Exec.

Pictured in photo L to R: Pianist David Harper, Exec. Prod. Judy Flannery, Baritone Vladimir Chernov, Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and Prod. Mgr. Alison Gibson.

Principal shooting for Viardot and Friends wrapped early March at the historic Chatelet Theatre in Paris after its European premier in London. On hand was a capacity crowd from France, England, Russia and the Americas. Prima Donna Productions of Marin County created the program for later inclusion in a documentary on the life and times of Pauline Viardot, a 19th c. diva who was the toast of Europe’s best opera houses. She was also a significant composer and muse of Turgenev and the great composers, Berlioz, Chopin, Meyerbeer, Saint- Saens, among others.

Off Camera, April 2006, page 2


continued from page 1

Photos by Robert Mohr © 2006
Photos by Robert Mohr
© 2006

spots, with the percent- age for each apparently negotiated individually with each station. “We think it’s a good product. We trust Fox, the parent network, is committed to making it work,” says KRON general manager Mark Antonitis. “We saw an

opportunity there, and in a large market like this, frankly, this is free programming, so it’s immediately profitable. But that wasn’t our main reason for working out this deal. The main reason is, we felt this is an outstanding opportunity with a successful company, and worth the sacrifices.” The biggest sacrifice appears to be KRON’s successful 9:00pm newscast. KRON has yet to announce the time period it will air its two English language “telenovelas,” Desire and Secrets, when the shows debut September 4. But MyNetworkTV is on record stating all of its con- tracts require stations to air the shows in primetime, which would appear to lock KRON into a two-hour win- dow between 8:00-11:00pm. Neither option, 8:00- 10:00 nor 9:00-11:00, leaves room for a 9:00pm news- cast. Antonitis will only say, “We’re aware there’s poten- tial conflict there. We were aware of that when we signed the contract, but we’re evaluating the situation and have not made any final decision at this time. I’ve promised the staff I’ll tell them what we’re going to do before I announce anything publicly, so there’s not much more I can say right now.” Regardless of how the primetime situation shakes out, though, Antonitis says KRON will continue to be identified primarily as a news station. “The reason we got their (MyNetworkTV) attention is because of our success with news. That’s what makes us a high profile


He says that’s what makes the 9:00 newscast

such a tough dilemma. “Any time you look at moving out a successful franchise, you do it carefully.” The question hanging over the KRON newsroom now seems to be, not “will the 9:00 news survive?” but rather, “will there be another round of lay-offs when they get word the newscast is gone?” Antonitis says, not necessarily. “We’re going to continue to do a great deal of news here. I wouldn’t automatically assume there will be cutbacks.” He says previous staff reductions may have been enough. “We’ve drawn down the organization to fight another day. This is the other day,” says Antonitis. “We have a strong staff. It’s lean, and there’s been no negative impact in our ratings. We have great people who are putting on a great product. The VJ (Video Journalist) system is working. I’m never going to say never, but don’t assume we’re going to have cut- backs just because we’ll have to make adjustments in news.” Antonitis cites the continuing success of the KRON morning news as an example of how adjustments are working. He says, “We’re actually up in the morning the past two months, since we started focusing more on traffic and weather, particularly among younger males. We’re trying to develop a show about what is happening today, right now, instead of what happened last night.” He admits, record-setting rain throughout February and March played right into their new strategy, but says he’s not concerned about numbers falling in the summer, when there’s typically very little weather to report. “We’ll add a bit more news, of course, but people still want to see lots of weather and traffic. They’re still interested in those two things in summer. They want to know when the fog comes in. Even though they’re aware of what the season brings, they still want to know about it every day.” So Antonitis says, the only things for sure at KRON right now are that Dr. Phil and Sex & The City will remain on their air, somewhere; the new primetime soaps Desire and Secrets will debut sometime around Labor Day; and KRON will continue producing a lot of news during the hours in-between.


The spacious office on the ground floor of the Knight Ridder building in downtown San Jose once occupied by KRON-TV will soon be home to KPIX-TV and KCBS radio. The stations jointly announced they’re leasing 3,500 square feet of studio and office space in the building, with move-in scheduled for sometime in May. “It’s a combination of more room and visibility,” says director of communications Akilah Monifa. “We can actually do live broadcasts from there because we will have a new studio space, not just an office building with a few linkups.” CBS 5 reporters Thuy Vu, Tony Russomanno and Len Ramirez will work in the new office when it opens. The KCBS

will work in the new office when it opens. The KCBS staff will include reporters Matt

staff will include reporters Matt Bigler and Mike Colgan. The two CBS-owned stations report- edly signed a 10-year lease, and plan to sink more than half a million dollars into the facility for generators and other electronic build-out, to insure the stations can broadcast from that facility during long power outages, such as during a major earthquake. The building will likely change its name shortly after KPIX and KCBS move in, however. The Knight Ridder chain was recently sold, and the new owners plan to sell off the Mercury News and pull the corporate offices out of San Jose.

Off Camera, April 2006, page 3


By Keith Sanders

Last year change was visited upon KRON. Almost everyone in the newsroom was required to become a video-journalist. These VJs were expected to shoot, report and edit their own stories. The radical new workflow was controversial, but it positioned KRON to migrate its news broadcasts to HD in the future.

KRON to migrate its news broadcasts to HD in the future. Each VJ was issued a

Each VJ was issued a Sony HVR- Z1, an HDV capable mini-DV camcorder (KRON bought 40, the largest single purchase in the coun- try). This camcorder records stan- dard definition mini-DV. But with a flip of the switch, it can also record high definition HDV. There’s no official timetable for beginning HD newscasts, but the Z1s give the newsroom a seamless way to mi- grate from SD to HD.

the newsroom a seamless way to mi- grate from SD to HD. Changes were made in

Changes were made in local show production. Executive Producer Jim Swanson created the new HD paradigm. “By the end of the year, the goal is to have 80 locally pro- duced shows in high definition television” he says. “Bay Area Back Roads, Henry’s Garden, Bay Café and half a dozen documentaries will be produced in HD without expensive HD cameras and high-priced high- definition edit suites. We’re talking about HD production on a mini-DV budget.” So how’s it possible?

Send your news items to:

it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”
it possible? Send your news items to: “I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy”

“I’m not an engineer, I’m a money guy” says Swanson. His engineering team simply assembled their own non-linear editors from scratch. They started with five off the shelf computers right out of the box, loaded Canopus Edius NLE software, added some serious RAM, an HD video card, and lots of high-capacity firewire drives. “Each HD edit station cost no more than $6,000,” Swanson said, “it gives us most of the post- production firepower of an Avid HD workstation with five times the capacity.” While the HD edit stations were being assembled, KRON purchased 3 Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVC Pro HD camcorders that store content on a pair of 4-gigabyte P2 Flash cards. In the future, HD footage from the P2 Flash cards will be imported into the NLE. No digitizing required. After each HD show is edited and ap- proved, it’s “printed to file” on a La Cie portable hard drive, and sneaker- netted to a video server for play- back. As a result of new job descrip- tions, new workflows and new technologies, KRON is the new Bay Area leader in local HD production. KRON’s high-definition shows can be seen over the air (with an HD re- ceiver) on Channel 4.2 (UHF 57), and on Comcast cable channel 704.

on Channel 4.2 (UHF 57), and on Comcast cable channel 704. Keith Sanders , is the

Keith Sanders, is the NATAS vice president for San Jose and a video producer for San Jose State Univer- sity. In addition to being our technology chair he also pro- duces the Emmy® show. Send your technology stories to

Off Camera, April 2006, page 4



Before Connie Chung, before Lisa Ling, there was Sam Chu Lin. Not just before, but also, during. Sam Chu Lin began reporting for radio and television forty years ago, and was still working hard in the industry when he died in March, at the age of 67. Chu Lin helped break the race barrier at the networks when he joined CBS news in the 1970s, becoming one of the first Asian American reporters on-air with any net- work news department. He was working for KTTV-TV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, when he became ill at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after flying in from Phoenix, and died a short time later at the hospital. As a child growing up in segregated Greenville, Miss., Chu Lin listened to radio reports from around the world and resolved to be a witness to history. He was. Chu Lin announced the fall of Saigon in 1975 from the CBS News desk in New York, and was in Beijing for the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising. Chu Lin came to California as a reporter in the 1960s, working for KTLA-TV Channel 5 and KFWB-AM (980) radio in Los Angeles, and KRON-TV in the Bay Area. Since 1995, he had commuted to L.A. from his home in Sunnyvale to work for KTTV-TV. Chu Lin also wrote on Asian American affairs for AsianWeek and the San Francisco Examiner, among other publications, and contributed to the nationally broadcast radio program “Pacific Time,” produced by the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco. Chu Lin is survived by his wife, Judy, and sons Mark and Christopher.

survived by his wife, Judy, and sons Mark and Christopher. VETERANVETERANVETERANVETERANVETERAN
survived by his wife, Judy, and sons Mark and Christopher. VETERANVETERANVETERANVETERANVETERAN



Photojournalist JON JOHNSON

Jon and Karen Johnson stopped off at a restaurant in Elk Grove for a bite to eat Saturday night, March 25, on their way to meet friends in the Bay Area, when a deranged gunman ended Jon’s life, and changed Karen’s and their children’s forever. Karen Johnson told KXTV-TV she and Jon hadn’t seen each other for four days because of their work schedules. As they left Mandango’s Sports Bar and Grill, Jon helped Karen into the passenger seat and walked around to the driver’s side. Before he could open the door, a man walked up and shoved a 12-gauge shotgun in his face and pulled the trigger. Karen says initially she ducked down inside her car, until she heard the shot. When she saw the gunman walk away, “I took off running, I saw him around the car, and then I saw [Jon] on the ground, and I ran into the restaurant screaming.” Mandango’s workers locked everyone inside, and Karen never saw her husband alive again. The accused killer, 28 year old Aaron Dunn of Marysville, is also charged with shooting at least two other strangers that night. A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy shot Dunn, but he survived and now could face the death penalty. Police don’t have any explanation why Dunn allegedly went on his shooting spree, but his wife told KCRA-TV they were in the pro- cess of divorcing, and his brother told the station Dunn had used methamphetamines that day. Jon Johnson worked as a news photographer for several Sacramento and Bay Area television stations, and also worked as an engineer at KXTV. Johnson was 46 years old and besides Karen, leaves behind four children, and hundreds of friends and co-workers in Northern California who will never understand this senseless killing.

Off Camera, April 2006, page 5




JADE HERNANDEZ joins KTVU in Oakland as a general assignment reporter. She leaves KSHB in Kansas City where she also was a reporter. Jeff Benjamin to Account Executive, New Business Devel- opment Team, CBS 5/UPN Bay Area (KPIX-TV/KBHK-TV, San Francisco) from Director of

John Woodin announced today he is retiring as vice president and general manager of Cox owned KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, WA. He will be succeeded by Eric Lerner, currently general manager of

ABC owned and operated station KFSN in Fresno, CA. Lerner also has a long television news career and was formerly news director of KING-TV in Seattle in the late 1990’s. He went on to become news director at ABC’s WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Fresno in 2001. Lerner will move into his new position on April 24, 2006. KTXL FOX40, Sacramento has named Greg Saunders creative services director, effective April 10, 2006. Saunders will be responsible for overseeing the stations’ marketing and promotion efforts. Saunders joins KTXL FOX40 from KSWB/San Diego where he serves as on-air creative services manager. His diverse background includes experience with news and enter- tainment marketing and production. Prior to KSWB, Greg served as promotion director at KPHO/Phoenix and creative services director at KGO/San Francisco. He began his career in radio, then moved up the ranks in television production, news directing and marketing with an extended stay in the central valley. Jeff Benjamin to Account Executive, New Business Development Team, CBS 5/UPN Bay Area (KPIX-TV/ KBHK-TV, San Francisco) from Director of National Partnerships with the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association).




David Mills, CBS 5, President Lynn R Friedman, ABC 7, VP, SF Keith Sanders, SJ State University, VP, SJ Dan Adams, KXTV 10, VP, Sacramento Nancy Osborne, ABC 30, VP, Fresno Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV 4, VP, Hawaii Janice Edwards, NBC 11, Secretary Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2, Treasurer NATIONAL TRUSTEES:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS:

Terri Amos, Cornerstone Prod. (Membership) Bob Anderson, WB20 Duncan Armstrong, NBC 8 Dan Ashley, ABC 7 Brian Avery, Avery Media Samuel Belilty, Univision 21 John Burgess, KFTY 50 Martin Christian, KVIE 6 Thomas Drayton, Fox 40 Janice Edwards, NBC 11 Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3 Albert Garcia, Univision 19 Bob Goldberger, ABC 7 Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, Univision 14 Justin Kanno, KOLO 8 Jack LiVolsi, WB20 (Marketing)

National Partnerships with the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association).


Taryn Winter Brill joins KMAX-TV / KOVR-TV in Sacra- mento as weekend anchor and reporter. Taryn was previously a host/reporter At AOL Moviefone and AOL RED, as well as a reporter at Reel Hollywood in Los

Angeles. Another new anchor has been hired at Channel 31's “Good Day Sacramento” to fill the slot left by Abbott Dutton, whose contract was not renewed two weeks ago. Julissa Ortiz, an anchor and reporter at KCOY in Santa Maria, will likely anchor the 5 a.m. hour of “Good Day” with Nick Toma. A Sacramento native, Ortiz might also anchor the 9 a.m. hour, according to news director Brent Baader. She started March 27. Dan Dennison returns to Hawaii as ND for KHNL/ KFVE Raycom-owned NBC/WB duopoly. Dan previously served as ND of KHON in Honolulu, and most recently has been ND of KSBY-TV in Santa Barbara, CA. Earlier in his career, Dan was ND at KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, CO. At KHNL, he replaces Sue Levine who left the station in December after 2+ years as ND there.



4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279

Ronald Louie, KTVU 2 (Alt. Trustee) Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions Tamar Maghdissian, KHSL 12 Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU 2 John Murray, JM Communications John Odell, City College San Francisco Sheraz Sadiq, KQED 9 Javier Valencia, KRON 4 (Awards) COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) Rick Zanardi, College of San Mateo (Marketing) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS

Off Camera Bob Goldberger, Editor Darryl Compton, Publisher Robert Mohr, Photographer

Off Camera, April 2006, page 6