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WIDE ARRAY OF RECIPIENTS AT EMMY 2005

Photos by Robert Mohr © 2005

A First for RITA, Two more for WAYNE, and a Quartet for BRIAN
Those were some of the highlights from the Emmy “The award is a reflection of the hard work, commit-
2005 show held May 14 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San ment and passion our employees devote to KRON 4 News
Francisco. in every newscast, every day,” said Mark Antonitis,
In all, 57 entries in 51 categories received Emmy KRON’s general manager.
statues in the three-hour awards show with a “Wild, Wild KFSN, the ABC affiliate in Fresno, won the evening
West” theme attended by nearly 600 people. newscast/medium market award. It was the third
CBS 5 garnered the most Emmys of any station with straight year the station has picked up that award.
nine of its entries winning. The station’s UPN affiliate “The best thing about the Emmy is you can’t just
picked up an additional two trophies. KRON 4 and NBC have a one-show wonder,” said Joel Davis, KFSN’s news
11 were a close second, receiving eight Emmys each. director. “Because you have to submit multiple news-
“The Emmy wins in news, promotion and cultural casts, including some from designated news days, it
affairs certify the broad talent base here at the stations. forces you to keep your game on a high level every
I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” said CBS 5 single day.”
General Manager Ron Longinotti. KSBW, the NBC affiliate in Salinas, picked up the
KRON’s 9 p.m. newscast received the Emmy for Emmy for evening newscast/small market. It was the
best evening newscast/large market. The recognition second year in a row the station has received the honor.
was a welcome boost for the independent San Francisco “(The Emmy) is a reflection of our daily commitment
station, which is undergoing layoffs and budget cuts. continued on page 3

MOVING TOWARD EMMY SHOWCASE


ONE-MAN BANDS THUR., JUNE 30th
By Bob Goldberger
This year’s Emmy Showcase Screen-
The news came as a body blow to the staff. When ing Party is Thursday, June 30th at the
managers called a station wide meeting to make a “big Dolby Labs Screening Room, 100
announcement,” just about everybody in the KRON Potrero Avenue in San Francisco. Don’t
newsroom realized the odds were, they wouldn’t hear miss this rare chance to see the best TV
anything good. KRON’s owner, Young Broadcasting Inc., programs in Northern California in
had just reported another quarterly loss of $19.4 million Dolby’s glorious theatre!
for first quarter of 2005, primarily due to operating
losses at KRON and interest payments on the debt At 7 p.m., the networking party begins with refresh-
incurred from YBC’s purchase of the station. But nobody ments and at 7:30 p.m. the show will begin.
was prepared to hear that by mid-2006, all reporters First we will see the Best Documentary recipients:
would be expected to shoot, write, and edit their own Brian Hackney, Jim Joy and Craig Franklin present
stories. continued on page 2 continued on page 9
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DON SHARP MOVES
FROM KRON 4 TO CBS 5
continued from page 1 After 36 years at
Along with the lingering question of where this leaves KRON 4 news, opera-
the station’s trained staff photographers, Ch. 4 staffers tions manager Don
are wondering if their news department can compete in Sharp just left to
the nation’s sixth largest market under a 1-man-band become the news
system usually reserved for small market broadcast operations manager at
stations and 24 hour local cable news operations. In KPIX. Don is a bit of a
addition to reporters shooting their own video, writers legend in the bay area
and producers will be expected to hit the streets with TV news, and was
the same small digital cameras. honored with the NATAS
None of the KRON employees who consented to Governor’s Citation in
interviews for this story wanted his or her name used, 2003.
for fear of losing their jobs, and news director Chris Lee He landed his first
did not return phone calls requesting comment. job at Channel 4 in
“They told all the reporters they understand this isn’t 1969, processing news
what we signed on for, so they’ll let us out of our con- film, moving up the
tracts, including the non-compete clauses” for other bay ladder until he eventually supervised 48 employees in
area stations, according to one staffer at the meeting. the KRON newsroom.
But the reporters aren’t all convinced KRON is serious Among his many groundbreaking accomplishments,
about shifting to 1-man-bands. Some think it’s a bluff to Don received national attention for two “inventions:”
scare off some of the higher priced reporters, so the Don designed and helped build a robotic live camera that
station can cut its payroll by hiring younger, cheaper fits into a small piston-driven helicopter called a
talent. “A lot of us are talking about calling their bluff,” Robinson. The camera worked remotely from KRON using
says one reporter. “But you can bet every one of us was a two-way radio system and cell tones. As you were
on the phone that afternoon with our agents or other seeing live pictures you could adjust the “pan and tilt”
news directors, exploring our options.” and azimuth.
It would be easy to demonize KRON for such a move, In 1982, Don wrote an article in “Broadcast” maga-
but one staffer says for the most part, they understand zine about his idea and success using cell phones for IFB.
the company’s situation. “We’re losing money, and KRON was the first station to try this successfully.
nothing we do seems to be able to change that. We just Since 1983, Don has also served as frequency coordi-
won the Emmy Award for best newscast, we break nator for Northern California, approving which stations
stories every night, have exclusive after exclusive, and can use which microwave frequencies, and settling
get the interviews nobody else can get, but we look at frequency disputes between stations.
the ratings the next day and it’s the same story. If you Good luck to Don in his new job, although with so
don’t have people watching your programming, they many of his former KRON co-workers moving to CBS 5
don’t watch your news. Quality alone isn’t enough.” the last couple of years, he may already feel at home.
If KRON is serious about this change, and makes it

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work, there’s no telling how many other stations will
follow Ch. 4’s lead. With cable and internet taking
bigger and bigger bites out of the advertising pie, every
broadcast station is looking for ways to cut costs. Cross
training and multi-tasking aren’t just catchy slogans. DIES IN CHICO
They’re increasingly the foundation for successful broad-
The market’s only 10pm newscast, KCVU Channel 30’s
cast news operations of the future. Who knows, a few
program in Chico, abruptly ended the last week in April.
years from now, KRON may not be the only station in
KCVU worked out an agreement 16 months ago with rival
San Francisco using 1-man-bands, just the first.
station KRCR in Redding to produce a 10pm newscast and
microwave it to Ch. 30 for broadcast. But KRCR General
Manager Sarah Smith says the two stations couldn’t reach
600 food and beverage
agreement over the terms to continue production, so she
professionals can’t be wrong. exercised their 90 day out to cancel. Ch. 30 G.M. Doug
That’s who judged the recent Holroyd decided it was counter-productive to promote and
James Beard Foundation Awards, air a newscast that would end in three months, so he pulled
and they selected NBC 11’s “In the plug on the show more quickly.
Wine Country” as the Best Local “It was their decision,” says Holroyd. “It wasn’t one I
Television Food Show. Host Mary Babbitt and producer wanted to see happen.”
Smith says the ratings were weak, and the extra work of
Mary Orlin accepted the bronze award medallion at the
producing two nearly separate news shows with a different
gala in New York. producer and reporter was taxing her staff. She says KCVU
NBC11’s” In Wine Country” airs at 6:30 pm on Sundays will continue covering Chico for its own newscasts.
and is a weekly journey to wineries, restaurants, resorts, And just what replaced the 10:00 news on Ch. 30? “A
homes and gardens from all corners of the wine country. Current Affair.” Score one for the tabloids.
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EMMY 2005
Photos by Robert Mohr © 2005
continued from page 1
Following is a complete list of all of the Emmy 2005
to the highest journalistic standards and to the people of
recipients:
the Central Coast each and every day,” said Lawton For Outstanding Achivement In:
Dodd, KSBW news director. NEWS AREAS:
The best daily newscast award went to CBS 5’s
weekday morning news. A half-dozen excited members of
the show took the stage. Weathercaster Roberta
Gonzales, crying as she spoke, stole the spotlight when
she spoke about how hard a morning news team has to
work. She said evening newscasts are a “friggin’ walk in
the park” compared to morning shows, bringing a roar of
KRON KFSN KSBW
laughter from the crowd. EVENING NEWSCAST - LARGE MARKET
The biggest individual winner was KRON’s Brian KRON 4 News at 9 pm, KRON
Hackney, who picked up four statues. In an unprec- Stacy Owen, News Director; Chris Archer, Executive
edented show of versatility, Hackney was awarded Emmy Producer; Curtis Sparrer, Producer; Fred Bushardt,
awards for: on camera talent/anchor; on camera talent/ Director
weather-caster; documentary; and general news report-
ing. EVENING NEWSCAST - MEDIUM MARKET
Also receiving an Emmy Award in the general news Action News Live at 11, KFSN
category was KTVU’s Rita Williams. It was her first win Joel Davis, News Director; Marquese Brown,
after more than two dozen nominations over the years. Producer; Warren Armstrong, Anchor;
Williams jokingly unveiled a 10-foot list of people to thank DeAnna McQueen, Reporter
after she received her statue. She then told the audience
EVENING NEWSCAST - SMALL MARKET
to never give up. She noted the first year she was nomi-
KSBW Action News at Six, KSBW
nated was in 1981, when she held two of the three
Lawton Dodd, News Director; Kelly Duffy, Assistant
nominations in one category and still didn’t win.
News Director; Ben Bamsey, Producer; Dave Mora,
ABC 7’s Wayne Freedman received two more Emmy
Steve Roxier, Directors
awards, bringing his career total to 46. hewon for break-
ing news story and light news feature.
Special tributes were given to KCRA and KXTV in
Sacramento for their 50th anniversaries as well as KDTV
in San Francisco for its 30th anniversary.
The Governors Service Medallion was presented to
KOLO reporter Terri Russell for her work as the
chapter’s vice president for the Reno area. CBS 5 “EARLY EDITION”
DAYSIDE NEWSCAST - LARGE MARKET
Early Edition, KPIX
Angie Sheets, Executive Producer; Kelly Peterson,
Producer; Mike Bruce, Director; Eric Elliott, Weather
Producer; John Kessler, Sydnie Kohara, Anchors;
Roberta Gonzales, Weather; Liza Batallones, Traffic
Reporter

HUDSON VICTOR FRIEDMAN CHACON CLARKE BREAKING NEWS STORY


Walnut Creek Pipe Explosion, KGO
Three $3,000 NATAS scholarships were awarded to Stephanie Adrouny, Executive Producer;
Bay Area college students. Alison Victor of San Fran- Karen Wulferdinger, Producer; Marti Hanzlik,
cisco State was honored for television production. Erin Director; Cheryl Jennings, Anchor; Gary Schultz,
Hudson of Stanford received the scholarship for Technical Director; Paul Zaro, Photographer
videography. Ling Liu of U.C. Berkeley was given the Yosemite Climbers, KGO
chapter’s first scholarship for television reporting, under- Wayne Freedman, Reporter; Paul Zaro, Photographer
written by Rigo Chacon’s Abrazos & Books. continued on page 4
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AND THE EMMY RECIPIENT IS... continued from page 3
SPORTS SEGMENT
Manute Bol: A True Warrior, FSN Bay Area
Sean Maddison, Producer/Director Of Photography/
Editor; Glen Kuiper, Talent
My Hometown: Chris Webber, KXTV/
Maloof Sports & Entertainment
Craig Amazeen, Producer/Writer; Scott Monaco,
Associate Producer, Chris Murray, Editor

KGO KNTV

CONTINUING COVERAGE
Firefighters Under Fire, KGO
Beth Rimbey, Producer; Lynn R Friedman, Editor
Found Innocent, KNTV
Dana Nachman, Producer; Donald Hardy, Editor

GENERAL NEWS REPORTS MURRAY FSN Bay Area


Weapons of Mass Deception, KRON
Brian Hackney, Producer/Reporter SPORTS PROGRAM
Marines, KTVU The Bay Area Black Aces, FSN Bay Area
Rita Williams, Reporter; Sid Farhang, Photographer Ted Griggs, Executive Producer; Seth Magalaner,
Michael Cerruti, Editor Kevin Eck, Coordinating Producers; Meredith Stroupe,
Associate Producer; Dave Benzer, Director of Photogra-
NEWS FEATURE - LIGHT phy; Dan Friedman, Editor; Rico DeSandre, Associate
Spoons, KGO Producer
Wayne Freedman, Reporter
SPORTS LIVE BROADCAST
NEWS FEATURE - LIGHT - SERIES Rivalry Renewed: Kings vs. Lakers, KXTV/
Attack Ads, KPIX Maloof Sports & Entertainment
Mike Sugerman, Reporter; Tony Welch, Camera/Editor Craig Amazeen, Executive Producer/Producer;
Michael Oddino, Producer/Director
NEWS FEATURE - SERIOUS
Soldier Portraits, KNTV CULTURAL AFFAIRS SEGMENT
Garvin Thomas, Reporter; Donald Hardy, Editor Evening Magazine: Fatty, KPIX
Dave Stoelk, Producer

WELCH THOMAS KSEE

NEWS FEATURE - SERIOUS - SERIES


Three Strikes: A Criminal Crisis, KSEE
Monte Francis, Reporter; Justin C. Davis, HAZEN
George A. Garnica, Photographers
CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM
SPECIALIZED REPORTS Monterey Bay Aquarium: A California Treasure Turns 20,
Contact 4 Consumer Composite, KRON KPIX
Sandy Lee, Executive Producer; Abby Sterling, Tim Hazen, Producer/Writer/Photographer/Editor
Producer; Joe Ducey, Reporter; Stan Drury,
Photographer; Jim Joy, Editor EDUCATION/INSTRUCTIONAL/INFORMATIONAL SEGMENT
The Hidden Dangers of Paintball, KOVR
NEWS and PROGRAM AREAS:
Kurtis Ming, Reporter
DOCUMENTARY
EDUCATION/INSTRUCTIONAL/INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM
Where the Fault Lies, KRON
Bay Area Backroads: California Ranch, KRON
Brian Hackney, Producer/Reporter; Craig Franklin,
Michael Rosenthal, Producer/Writer
Photographer; Jim Joy, Editor
Bay Area Backroads: Mendocino Coast Adventures, KRON
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT Eunice Louie, Producer
AWOL in the Park, KGO
CHILDREN/YOUTH SEGMENT
Beth Rimbey, Producer/Writer; Lynn R Friedman, Editor
Torment High: The Bully Factor, KTXL
Food Stamp Fraud, KPIX
Thomas Drayton, Reporter; Tom Long, Photographer
John Lobertini, Producer
continued on page 5
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continued from page 4 PUBLIC SERVICE AREA:
CHILDREN/YOUTH PROGRAM
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Out of Bounds, KICU
A Teenager Like Me, KCRA
Brodie Brazil, Host; Ric Shiraki, Chief Videographer
Jay Rudin, Producer/Photographer/Editor
ENTERTAINMENT SEGMENT
PROMOTION AREAS:
S.U.T.N. Parallel/Parallel, KBHK/
Double Dutch Bus Productions PROMOTION NEWS
Sean Becker, Segment Producer/Director From Horror to Hope, KPIX
Samantha Swartz, Senior Promotion Producer;
Pat Cilia, Assistant Design Director

PROMOTION PROGRAM/SPORTS
The Greatest Fights of All Time!, KTXL
Ari Pitchenik, Producer/Writer/Editor

BECKER KQED LEVY

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Spark!: Fusion, KQED/Bay Area Video Coalition
Pam Rorke Levy, Series Producer; Lori Halloran,
Segment Producer; Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, MONROE SWARTZ CILIA WAGLEY
Segment Producer; Mark Rinehart, Segment Producer/
Camera; Amy Miller, June Mesina Ouellette, PROMOTION IMAGE
Associate Producers Illuminating, KNTV
Jim Monroe, Vice President Creative Services;
CURRENT/PUBLIC AFFAIRS SEGMENT Matthew Winks, Producer
Common Ground: 8 Voices, KCRA/Hearst-Argyle TV Summer Image 04, KPIX
Jay Rudin, Writer/Photographer/Editor Jerry Wagley, Producer; Pat Cilia, Assistant Design
Director
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AREAS (CRAFTS):

ON CAMERA TALENT - ANCHORS


Hackney Composite, KRON
Brian Hackney, Anchor

ON CAMERA TALENT - REPORTERS


Bob on the Loose, KNTV
BAXTER KGO Bob Redell, Reporter
Ramos Composite:, KPIX
CURRENT/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM Manuel Ramos, Reporter
Beyond the Headlines: Youth & Steroids, KGO
Maggie Baxter, Executive Producer; Mimi Kwan,
Executive Producer/Producer; Laura Kutch, Producer;
Cheryl Jennings, Anchor; Mike Shumann, Reporter;
Marti Hanzlik, Director; Lisa Phelan, Art Director/
Graphics Producer; Steve Kushman, Editor

HACKNEY RAMOS

ON CAMERA TALENT - WEATHERCASTERS


Hackney Composite, KRON
Brian Hackney, Meteorologist

ON CAMERA TALENT - SPORTS


KTVU HAMAN No Nominations
LIVE EVENT PROGRAM ON CAMERA TALENT - SPORTS LIVE EVENT
Gimme the Mike!, KTVU San Francisco Giants Baseball Announcers,
Jim Haman, Executive Producer/Producer; Jeff Green, FSN Bay Area
Director; Deanne Moenster, Design Director; Duane Kuiper, Play-by-Play Talent; Mike Krukow,
Michele J. Harris, Writer; Scott Singer, Music Director; Color Talent; Bip Roberts, Sideline Talent
Robert Erdiakoff, Lighting Director; Steve Shlisky,
Editor; Mark Metzler, Engineer in Charge continued on page 6
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continued from page 5
ON CAMERA TALENT - PROGRAM
Tallant Composite, KBWB EDITING - PROGRAM
Shane Tallant, Host Oltz Composite, KNTV
Mark Oltz, Editor
WRITING - NEWS
Sugerman Composite, KPIX AUDIO/SOUND
Mike Sugerman, Writer SBC Park: Behind the Scenes, KNTV
John Chiala, Audio Engineer
WRITING - PROGRAM Coastal Clash, KQED
Young Composite, KITV Paul James Zahnley, Re-Recording Mixer
Pamela Young, Writer

BOLLINI BISHOFF MENDOZA CAHILL NANSEN MOENSTER


ABC
CAMERA NEWS -1 UNLIMITED DIRECTION
Bollini Composite, KFTY A Journey of Purpose - AIDS/Lifecycle 3, KBHK
Chris Bollini, Videographer Gerard Cahill, Director

CAMERA - PROGRAM GRAPHIC DESIGN


Oltz Composite, KNTV Emmy 2004 / The First Time, Peninsula TV 26/
Mark Oltz, Photographer Foster City TV/NATAS
Deanne Moenster, Art Director/Designer;
EDITING NEWS - SAME DAY Gabriel Nansen, Designer
Hi-Tech Shirts, KNTV
Barton Bishoff, Editor 2 3
EDITING NEWS - UNLIMITED
Fight for Boxing, KUVS
Felix N. Mendoza III, Editor

BEHIND THE SCENES STIMSON

4 5 SET DESIGN and/or LIGHTING


The KCRA 3 Experience, KCRA
James Stimson, Designer

MUSICAL COMPOSITION
Coastal Clash, KQED
Chris Shiflett, Composer/Performer

NATAS president Dave Mills talks to executive producer


Stewart Heller. Emmy 2005 producer Keith Sanders 7 Robert Mohr is the official
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shows off National Emmy Statue
photographer for All NATAS
Events.
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2005
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EMMY 2005 PHOTO GALLERY
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remote truck. Emmy guardians Michael Smith and
ON-LINE AT: www.emmysf.tv
Deborah Grant check out the set.
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EMMY 2005 PARTY TIME
Party photos © Lynn R Friedman 2005 Check out her Photo Gallery at www.emmysf.tv

NEWEST SPORTS WB20’s SHANE TALLANT


ANCHOR...NUBLA! GOES NATIONAL
Christine Nubla is living her
The Bay Area knows him as the
dream. She was recently hired by (Emmy winning) co-host of WB20’s
Comcast cable to anchor their “Daily Mix” show, but viewers around
SportsNet West new morning news- the country now know Shane Tallant
cast, “SportsRise.” as one of the entertainment reporters
Nubla is the first anchor hired by of the future. Shane was just featured
Comcast SportsNet West, which was on a national reality television show on
launched in November 2004. the Oxygen network called “Making it
Throughout her years as traffic Big!” Shane was selected as one of the
anchor and reporter at KNTV and three top “up and coming” entertain-
KRON, Nubla pursued her real professional love and
dream— sports. She co-hosted KICU’s weekly “High ment reporters in North America.
School Sports Focus” the past four years, but the fulltime Shane didn’t walk away with the top prize, which may
sports gig kept eluding her. Until now. only delay his jump to the national stage, but at least for
“We’re thrilled to have Christine join our staff,” said now, bay area viewers get to continue enjoying Shane
Larry Eldridge, vice president and general manager of Tallant and Lesley Nagy together on WB20’s “Daily Mix.”
Comcast SportsNet West.

ON THE MOVE
Noelle Walker is a reporter for NBC11’s 11 p.m. weekend anchor from reporter.
newscast. She comes to NBC11 from their sister station Brian Shields is the new Online News Manager for
KNBC in Los Angeles. KRON4 from Morning Copy Editor, He will also supervise
CBS 5 has hired Dee Joyce as its new Director of the station’s web site. Brian is a former Morning Execu-
Marketing and Creative Services for its duopoly with UPN tive Producer at KXTV-Sacramento.
Bay Area. Joyce comes to San Francisco by way of WWL- Jon Brent moves up to weeknight 4pm & 5pm Anchor
TV in New Orleans, and WDSU-TV in New Orleans. and 11pm Reporter at KSEE-TV NBC 24, Fresno., from
Matt Ryan, Account Executive, CBS 5 from Fox Weekend Anchor/Reporter, Also at NBC 24, Wen Tung
Television Sales in New York. was hired as the new morning show producer from
Also moving to KPIX, John Crowley is a new online WEEK-TV in Peoria.
producer at CBS 5. Crowley moves from assistant sports Keith Barry, has been named news director at KFTY-
editor at the San Francisco Examiner. TV Santa Rosa.
Director/Production Supervisor John Collins moves Maureen Naylor to anchor KFSN-TV Fresno, from
from KRON 4 to CBS 5 as a Director. Also moving over is KNVN-TV Chico.
photographer Bobby Tam. Jennifer Parker to anchor KTXL-TV Sacramento,
Back at KRON 4 Julie Luck has been promoted to from KOMO-TV Seattle.
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NEXT GENERATION DVDs By Keith Sanders
second. Can we watch high-definition video on today’s
Both CDs and DVDs DVD player? The answer is no. The reason is that a two-
are the same size and hour movie in HD would use up far more disc space than
thickness, but that’s the DVD has available. The HD video would also have a
where the similarity higher data rate than the DVD player is capable of.
ends. CDs were devel- HD movies will have to be played on next-generation
oped in 1984 and DVD players. There are two competing formats (again!).
became popular as Toshiba is pushing HD DVD and Sony is promoting Blu-
audio CDs in boom ray Disc (BD). Both formats use blue laser light to
boxes and CD-ROMs in increase the capacity of a DVD optical disc enough to
personal computers. hold HD movie content. Several studios support each
Thirteen years later format. Promoters behind HD DVD claim that they’ll have
DVDs (Digital Versatile 85 movie titles out by the end of the year, including
Discs) were released in “Braveheart,” “Batman Begins” and the Harry Potter
the U.S. This was the series. A high-definition DVD format war may be side-
first media available to stepped, as there is some talk of consolidating the two
consumers capable of systems. This would mean further delays for consumers.
higher resolutions than AN HD WORKAROUND...
broadcast TV. Microsoft’s Windows Media 9 (WMV9) is a video
The high-quality format that’s extremely efficient at reducing the size of
playback of a DVD is due video files while keeping much of the quality. It can
to the relatively large compress full-screen video, or reduce the file size even
amount of information further for e-mails. A 230-megabyte AVI file (60 second
crammed onto the disc. A CD can store 700 megabytes commercial) can be compressed to a 1 megabyte WMV9
of data; a DVD can store 4,700 megabytes. The digital file. The frame size would be only 1/8 of the screen but
information on a DVD is much more densely packed most of the motion, color and image details remain
(pictured above) so it can output data at over 30 times intact.
the speed of a CD. Similar to WMV9, Windows Media HD (WMV HD) will
FORMAT WARS... dramatically compress HD video. The file size of a full-
By 2001 two competing DVD formats appeared in screen two-hour HD movie can be reduced so much with
stores: the original DVD-R and the new DVD+R. Oppos- this system that it will fit on a standard 4.7 gigabyte
ing consumer electronics companies supported each DVD. It’s an interim solution for now since you must
format, reminiscent of the Beta-VHS war in the early view these HD movies on a fairly new computer with a
eighties. Again, consumers were left holding the bag as good monitor. Your current DVD set top box does not
they were forced to gamble on which format to use. The have the codec for this format.
good news is that many newer DVD burners and players
can accept both formats.
There’s also good news for TV content creators. The
price of burning a DVD has fallen. Burners are now
available for under $50 and recordable media is less than
50 cents a disk.
Labeling personal DVDs used to mean scribbling the
title with a Sharpie. Printed-paper labels cannot be used
on DVDs because the data is packed so densely (less
than one micron between tracks) that the weight of a
paper label would destabilize the spin. Unlike CDs, labels Sonic Solutions has created a workstation capable of
must be printed onto the disc so printable DVD media authoring HD DVDs using WMV HD. DVD Producer HD
was needed. It used to be quite expensive but now the was displayed at the NATAS 4th Annual HD Seminar in
cost has gone down. Printable DVDs can be purchased for February. “DVD Producer HD will allow high-end post
less than 70 cents each in lots of 100. Ink jet DVD facilities in the Hollywood film community to get involved
printers also cost much less. with WMV HD in order to create stand-alone titles and
The first dual-layer DVDs are now available. These exciting bonus HD content for standard-definition feature
discs store almost twice the information (8.4 gigs) as a film DVDs” said Rolf Hartley senior Vice President and
conventional DVD because they include two full layers of General Manager of the Professional Products Group at
data on one side. The player’s laser can re-focus on the Sonic Solutions. Coming out soon is a software only
underlying layer when reading it. You’ll need to upgrade solution at a lower price point.
to a dual-layer DVD burner if you want to create your We’ll still have to wait a while for the next generation
own. Prices for the burners are well under $100 but the of stand-alone High definition DVD players. They’ll be
price of the dual-layer media is still high. available later this year or early in 2006. Windows Media
NEEDED: A HIGH DEFINITION DVD... HD may be more than just an interim solution however,
There’s enough memory on a standard DVD disc to because when these DVD players arrive they’ll be able to
store a two-hour NTSC movie. A typical bit rate is 4.5 play WMN HD along with other HD formats. You can
megabytes a second. This is the amount of data that the purchase WMV HD DVDs now or download sample clips
DVD has to output to fill your screen at 30 frames per at www.wmvhd.com/.
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BAY AREA NEWS CINEMA CLUB
WARS HEATS UP
By Lynn R Friedman
We had a good run. Fourteen years of free film
CBS 5 has stolen the title from KTVU for most screenings at the Delancey Street Theater in San Fran-
watched newscast in the Bay Area. For the third con- cisco. But it’s over now.
secutive sweeps month, CBS 5 buried its competition at Here’s what happened. Rufus Pederson, working
9pm (KRON), 10pm (KTVU) and 11pm (KNTV, KGO, with the Directors Guild, brought us first run films every
KRON). Nielsen People Meter results from the May month at the Delancey Street Theater. DGA, NATAS &
ratings book show CBS 5 winning the late night newscast AWRT were the current partners in these screenings.
race for the 6th straight sweeps, as well as the crown for The Directors Guild National Office in L.A. has taken
highest rated newscast in any daypart for the third over the control of our local screenings. They have told
consecutive sweeps. us that the studios want their films to be seen only by
“We have the Bay Area’s best staff of talented, hard- DGA members who are eligible to vote for the Directors
working people, and it’s nice to see their work recognized Guild awards.
by growing numbers of viewers,” said Vice President and Personally I feel this plan is short-sighted as many
News Director Dan Rosenheim. NATAS members are directly responsible for the free
The rest of the day, however, still belongs to KTVU advertising these films get on our local telecasts.
and KGO. Ch. 2 continued its dominance in the morn- Eventually we will find another venue for screenings. I
ing, while ABC 7 extended its long winning streak in the will continue sending out my “Lynn’s List” emails.
afternoon and evening. Here are the Nielsen People If you are interested in receiving these screening
Meter ratings for May: notices, please send your email address to
cinemaclub@emmysf.tv. And if you can be of assis-
6 AM 6/6:30 PM tance in finding alternative screenings please contact
KTVU 3.8 KGO 4.0 me.
KGO
KNTV
1.6
1.5
KPIX
KNTV
(6:30 PM) 2.9
2.0 CINEMA CLUB
SPECIAL MON. 6/20
KPIX 1.2 KRON 1.9
KRON 1.1 KTVU 1.7

MIDDAY 9/10/11 PM
KGO (11 AM) 2.6 KPIX (11 PM) 5.9
KPIX (Nooon) 1.8 KTVU (10 PM) 5.2 Written & Directed by:
KTVU (Nooon) 1.6 KNTV (11 PM) 4.1 CRAIG BREWER
KNTV (10 AM) 1.1 KGO (11 PM) 3.6
KRON (9 PM) 3.0 Starring:
5 PM KRON (11 PM) 1.5 TERRENCE HOWARD
KGO 4.5
ANTHONY ANDERSON
KPIX 2.9
KNTV 2.1 TARYN MANNING
KRON 1.7 LUDACRIS
KTVU (New) 1.4
TARAJI HENSEN

EMMY SHOWCASE DJ QUALLS


ISAAC HAYES

Produced by John Singleton (Boyz N’ the Hood,


Poetic Justice, Baby Boy) and the Winner of the
Sundance Film Festival, HUSTLE & FLOW is the re-
demptive story of a Memphis street hustler who
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struggles to break out of his gritty world to fulfill his life
KRON’s Earthquakes: Where the Fault Lies. The long dream of becoming a respected rap musician. He
documentary will be shown in its entirety. Afterward teams up with his middle class friend who is stuck in an
there will be a Q&A session with the audience to get office routine having missed the opportunity of becoming
feedback and answer questions. There will be other the music producer he always wanted to be. Together
surprise screenings and prizes, so don’t miss it! they have one last chance to follow their dream.
Admission to this event is FREE to NATAS members, $10 This is an exclusive screening just for NATAS mem-
for non-members. R.S.V.P’s are required to attend the bers who may bring a guest. Monday, June 20th,
event, please email showcase@emmysf.tv or (650) 7:30 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The
341-7786. Embarcadero, San Francisco.
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OUR EMMY 2005 PRESENTERS

Rogers
1 KPIX Kessler Russell KOLO Tyson Mathai KNTV Holmes Adams KXTV/KCRA Fitzpatrick

Keller KHSL/KION Speciale Ibarra KFTV/KFSN Osborne Somerville KTVU Griffith Burgmairer Drayton
Jazz Alley KTXL

Wahl KRON Heenan Gomez KDTV Garcia Vu KGO Tyler Lee Allen Miller
Pro Bull Rider

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THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Emmy
OFFICERS:
David Mills, KPIX, President
Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF
Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ
Dan Adams, KXTV, VP, Sacramento
Nancy Osborne, KFSN, VP, Fresno SAN FRANCSISCO
Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno NORTHERN C ALIF
CALIF ORNIA
ALIFORNIA
Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii 4317 Camden Avenue
Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279
NATIONAL TRUSTEES:
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) John Murray, JM Communications
Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Sharon Navratil, KTVU
John Odell, CCSF
GOVERNORS: Pam Schoen, KTXL
Bob Anderson, KBWB Josh Springer, KCSM (Publicity)
Dan Ashley, KGO Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards)
Brian Avery, KTLN Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Univ.
Samuel Belilty, KFTV
John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above)
John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal)
(Museum) Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum)
Janice Edwards, KNTV Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity)
Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX (Membership) James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance)
Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Albert Garcia, KUVS
Darryl R. Compton, NATAS
Bob Goldberger, KGO
Stewart Heller, York Productions
Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Off Camera
Adam Housley, Fox News Bob Goldberger, Editor
Justin Kanno, KOLO Darryl Compton, Publisher
Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee) Robert Mohr, Photographer
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