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WIDE ARRAY OF RECIPIENTS AT EMMY 2005

Those were some of the highlights from the Emmy 2005 show held May 14 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. In all, 57 entries in 51 categories received Emmy statues in the three-hour awards show with a “Wild, Wild West” theme attended by nearly 600 people. CBS 5 garnered the most Emmys of any station with nine of its entries winning. The station’s UPN affiliate picked up an additional two trophies. KRON 4 and NBC 11 were a close second, receiving eight Emmys each. “The Emmy wins in news, promotion and cultural affairs certify the broad talent base here at the stations. I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” said CBS 5 General Manager Ron Longinotti. KRON’s 9 p.m. newscast received the Emmy for best evening newscast/large market. The recognition was a welcome boost for the independent San Francisco station, which is undergoing layoffs and budget cuts.

A First for RITA, Two more for WAYNE, and a Quartet for BRIAN

“The award is a reflection of the hard work, commitment and passion our employees devote to KRON 4 News in every newscast, every day,” said Mark Antonitis, KRON’s general manager. KFSN, the ABC affiliate in Fresno, won the evening newscast/medium market award. It was the third straight year the station has picked up that award. “The best thing about the Emmy is you can’t just have a one-show wonder,” said Joel Davis, KFSN’s news director. “Because you have to submit multiple newscasts, including some from designated news days, it forces you to keep your game on a high level every single day.” KSBW, the NBC affiliate in Salinas, picked up the Emmy for evening newscast/small market. It was the second year in a row the station has received the honor. “(The Emmy) is a reflection of our daily commitment
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MOVING TOWARD ONE-MAN BANDS
By Bob Goldberger The news came as a body blow to the staff. When managers called a station wide meeting to make a “big announcement,” just about everybody in the KRON newsroom realized the odds were, they wouldn’t hear anything good. KRON’s owner, Young Broadcasting Inc., had just reported another quarterly loss of $19.4 million for first quarter of 2005, primarily due to operating losses at KRON and interest payments on the debt incurred from YBC’s purchase of the station. But nobody was prepared to hear that by mid-2006, all reporters would be expected to shoot, write, and edit their own stories. continued on page 2

EMMY SHOWCASE THUR., JUNE 30th
This year’s Emmy Showcase Screening Party is Thursday, June 30th at the Dolby Labs Screening Room, 100 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the best TV programs in Northern California in Dolby’s glorious theatre! At 7 p.m., the networking party begins with refreshments and at 7:30 p.m. the show will begin. First we will see the Best Documentary recipients: Brian Hackney, Jim Joy and Craig Franklin present
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DON SHARP MOVES FROM KRON 4 TO CBS 5
After 36 years at KRON 4 news, operations manager Don Sharp just left to become the news operations manager at KPIX. Don is a bit of a legend in the bay area TV news, and was honored with the NATAS Governor’s Citation in 2003. He landed his first job at Channel 4 in 1969, processing news film, moving up the ladder until he eventually supervised 48 employees in the KRON newsroom. Among his many groundbreaking accomplishments, Don received national attention for two “inventions:” Don designed and helped build a robotic live camera that fits into a small piston-driven helicopter called a Robinson. The camera worked remotely from KRON using a two-way radio system and cell tones. As you were seeing live pictures you could adjust the “pan and tilt” and azimuth. In 1982, Don wrote an article in “Broadcast” magazine about his idea and success using cell phones for IFB. KRON was the first station to try this successfully. Since 1983, Don has also served as frequency coordinator for Northern California, approving which stations can use which microwave frequencies, and settling frequency disputes between stations. Good luck to Don in his new job, although with so many of his former KRON co-workers moving to CBS 5 the last couple of years, he may already feel at home.

Along with the lingering question of where this leaves the station’s trained staff photographers, Ch. 4 staffers are wondering if their news department can compete in the nation’s sixth largest market under a 1-man-band system usually reserved for small market broadcast stations and 24 hour local cable news operations. In addition to reporters shooting their own video, writers and producers will be expected to hit the streets with the same small digital cameras. None of the KRON employees who consented to interviews for this story wanted his or her name used, for fear of losing their jobs, and news director Chris Lee did not return phone calls requesting comment. “They told all the reporters they understand this isn’t what we signed on for, so they’ll let us out of our contracts, including the non-compete clauses” for other bay area stations, according to one staffer at the meeting. But the reporters aren’t all convinced KRON is serious about shifting to 1-man-bands. Some think it’s a bluff to scare off some of the higher priced reporters, so the station can cut its payroll by hiring younger, cheaper talent. “A lot of us are talking about calling their bluff,” says one reporter. “But you can bet every one of us was on the phone that afternoon with our agents or other news directors, exploring our options.” It would be easy to demonize KRON for such a move, but one staffer says for the most part, they understand the company’s situation. “We’re losing money, and nothing we do seems to be able to change that. We just won the Emmy Award for best newscast, we break stories every night, have exclusive after exclusive, and get the interviews nobody else can get, but we look at the ratings the next day and it’s the same story. If you don’t have people watching your programming, they don’t watch your news. Quality alone isn’t enough.” If KRON is serious about this change, and makes it 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. They’re increasingly the foundation for successful broadcast news operations of the future. Who knows, a few years from now, KRON may not be the only station in San Francisco using 1-man-bands, just the first.

10PM NEWS 0PM DIES IN CHICO
The market’s only 10pm newscast, KCVU Channel 30’s program in Chico, abruptly ended the last week in April. KCVU worked out an agreement 16 months ago with rival 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 agreement over the terms to continue production, so she exercised their 90 day out to cancel. Ch. 30 G.M. Doug Holroyd decided it was counter-productive to promote and air a newscast that would end in three months, so he pulled the plug on the show more quickly. “It was their decision,” says Holroyd. “It wasn’t one I wanted to see happen.” Smith says the ratings were weak, and the extra work of producing two nearly separate news shows with a different producer and reporter was taxing her staff. She says KCVU will continue covering Chico for its own newscasts. And just what replaced the 10:00 news on Ch. 30? “A Current Affair.” Score one for the tabloids.

600 food and beverage professionals can’t be wrong. That’s who judged the recent James Beard Foundation Awards, and they selected NBC 11’s “In Wine Country” as the Best Local Television Food Show. Host Mary Babbitt and producer Mary Orlin accepted the bronze award medallion at the gala in New York. NBC11’s” In Wine Country” airs at 6:30 pm on Sundays and is a weekly journey to wineries, restaurants, resorts, homes and gardens from all corners of the wine country.

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EMMY 2005
to the highest journalistic standards and to the people of the Central Coast each and every day,” said Lawton Dodd, KSBW news director. 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 laughter from the crowd. The biggest individual winner was KRON’s Brian Hackney, who picked up four statues. In an unprecedented show of versatility, Hackney was awarded Emmy awards for: on camera talent/anchor; on camera talent/ weather-caster; documentary; and general news reporting. Also receiving an Emmy Award in the general news category was KTVU’s Rita Williams. It was her first win after more than two dozen nominations over the years. Williams jokingly unveiled a 10-foot list of people to thank after she received her statue. She then told the audience to never give up. She noted the first year she was nominated was in 1981, when she held two of the three nominations in one category and still didn’t win. ABC 7’s Wayne Freedman received two more Emmy awards, bringing his career total to 46. hewon for breaking 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.
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Following is a complete list of all of the Emmy 2005 recipients: For Outstanding Achivement In: NEWS AREAS:

KRON

KFSN

KSBW

EVENING NEWSCAST - LARGE MARKET KRON 4 News at 9 pm, KRON Stacy Owen, News Director; Chris Archer, Executive Producer; Curtis Sparrer, Producer; Fred Bushardt, Director EVENING NEWSCAST - MEDIUM MARKET Action News Live at 11, KFSN Joel Davis, News Director; Marquese Brown, Producer; Warren Armstrong, Anchor; DeAnna McQueen, Reporter EVENING NEWSCAST - SMALL MARKET KSBW Action News at Six, KSBW Lawton Dodd, News Director; Kelly Duffy, Assistant News Director; Ben Bamsey, Producer; Dave Mora, Steve Roxier, Directors

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
Three $3,000 NATAS scholarships were awarded to Bay Area college students. Alison Victor of San Francisco State was honored for television production. Erin Hudson of Stanford received the scholarship for videography. Ling Liu of U.C. Berkeley was given the chapter’s first scholarship for television reporting, underwritten by Rigo Chacon’s Abrazos & Books.

BREAKING NEWS STORY Walnut Creek Pipe Explosion, KGO Stephanie Adrouny, Executive Producer; Karen Wulferdinger, Producer; Marti Hanzlik, Director; Cheryl Jennings, Anchor; Gary Schultz, Technical Director; Paul Zaro, Photographer Yosemite Climbers, KGO Wayne Freedman, Reporter; Paul Zaro, Photographer

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AND THE EMMY RECIPIENT IS...
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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 Weapons of Mass Deception, KRON Brian Hackney, Producer/Reporter Marines, KTVU Rita Williams, Reporter; Sid Farhang, Photographer Michael Cerruti, Editor NEWS FEATURE - LIGHT Spoons, KGO Wayne Freedman, Reporter NEWS FEATURE - LIGHT - SERIES Attack Ads, KPIX Mike Sugerman, Reporter; Tony Welch, Camera/Editor NEWS FEATURE - SERIOUS Soldier Portraits, KNTV Garvin Thomas, Reporter; Donald Hardy, Editor

MURRAY

FSN Bay Area

SPORTS PROGRAM The Bay Area Black Aces, FSN Bay Area Ted Griggs, Executive Producer; Seth Magalaner, Kevin Eck, Coordinating Producers; Meredith Stroupe, Associate Producer; Dave Benzer, Director of Photography; Dan Friedman, Editor; Rico DeSandre, Associate Producer SPORTS LIVE BROADCAST Rivalry Renewed: Kings vs. Lakers, KXTV/ Maloof Sports & Entertainment Craig Amazeen, Executive Producer/Producer; Michael Oddino, Producer/Director CULTURAL AFFAIRS SEGMENT 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, George A. Garnica, Photographers SPECIALIZED REPORTS Contact 4 Consumer Composite, KRON Sandy Lee, Executive Producer; Abby Sterling, Producer; Joe Ducey, Reporter; Stan Drury, Photographer; Jim Joy, Editor NEWS and PROGRAM AREAS: DOCUMENTARY Where the Fault Lies, KRON Brian Hackney, Producer/Reporter; Craig Franklin, Photographer; Jim Joy, Editor INVESTIGATIVE REPORT AWOL in the Park, KGO Beth Rimbey, Producer/Writer; Lynn R Friedman, Editor Food Stamp Fraud, KPIX John Lobertini, Producer

HAZEN
CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM Monterey Bay Aquarium: A California Treasure Turns 20, KPIX Tim Hazen, Producer/Writer/Photographer/Editor EDUCATION/INSTRUCTIONAL/INFORMATIONAL SEGMENT The Hidden Dangers of Paintball, KOVR Kurtis Ming, Reporter EDUCATION/INSTRUCTIONAL/INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM Bay Area Backroads: California Ranch, KRON Michael Rosenthal, Producer/Writer Bay Area Backroads: Mendocino Coast Adventures, KRON Eunice Louie, Producer CHILDREN/YOUTH SEGMENT Torment High: The Bully Factor, KTXL Thomas Drayton, Reporter; Tom Long, Photographer
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PUBLIC SERVICE AREA: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT A Teenager Like Me, KCRA Jay Rudin, Producer/Photographer/Editor PROMOTION AREAS: PROMOTION NEWS 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

CHILDREN/YOUTH PROGRAM Out of Bounds, KICU Brodie Brazil, Host; Ric Shiraki, Chief Videographer ENTERTAINMENT SEGMENT S.U.T.N. Parallel/Parallel, KBHK/ Double Dutch Bus Productions Sean Becker, Segment Producer/Director

BECKER

KQED

LEVY

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM Spark!: Fusion, KQED/Bay Area Video Coalition Pam Rorke Levy, Series Producer; Lori Halloran, Segment Producer; Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Segment Producer; Mark Rinehart, Segment Producer/ Camera; Amy Miller, June Mesina Ouellette, Associate Producers CURRENT/PUBLIC AFFAIRS SEGMENT Common Ground: 8 Voices, KCRA/Hearst-Argyle TV Jay Rudin, Writer/Photographer/Editor

MONROE

SWARTZ

CILIA

WAGLEY

PROMOTION IMAGE Illuminating, KNTV Jim Monroe, Vice President Creative Services; Matthew Winks, Producer Summer Image 04, KPIX 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 Bob Redell, Reporter Ramos Composite:, KPIX Manuel Ramos, Reporter

BAXTER

KGO

CURRENT/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM 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

KTVU

HAMAN

ON CAMERA TALENT - SPORTS No Nominations ON CAMERA TALENT - SPORTS LIVE EVENT San Francisco Giants Baseball Announcers, FSN Bay Area Duane Kuiper, Play-by-Play Talent; Mike Krukow, Color Talent; Bip Roberts, Sideline Talent
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LIVE EVENT PROGRAM Gimme the Mike!, KTVU Jim Haman, Executive Producer/Producer; Jeff Green, Director; Deanne Moenster, Design Director; Michele J. Harris, Writer; Scott Singer, Music Director; Robert Erdiakoff, Lighting Director; Steve Shlisky, Editor; Mark Metzler, Engineer in Charge

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ON CAMERA TALENT - PROGRAM Tallant Composite, KBWB Shane Tallant, Host WRITING - NEWS Sugerman Composite, KPIX Mike Sugerman, Writer WRITING - PROGRAM Young Composite, KITV Pamela Young, Writer

EDITING - PROGRAM Oltz Composite, KNTV Mark Oltz, Editor AUDIO/SOUND SBC Park: Behind the Scenes, KNTV John Chiala, Audio Engineer Coastal Clash, KQED Paul James Zahnley, Re-Recording Mixer

BOLLINI

BISHOFF

MENDOZA

CAHILL

1 CAMERA NEWS - UNLIMITED Bollini Composite, KFTY Chris Bollini, Videographer
CAMERA - PROGRAM Oltz Composite, KNTV Mark Oltz, Photographer EDITING NEWS - SAME DAY Hi-Tech Shirts, KNTV Barton Bishoff, Editor 2 EDITING NEWS - UNLIMITED Fight for Boxing, KUVS Felix N. Mendoza III, Editor

ABC

NANSEN

MOENSTER

DIRECTION A Journey of Purpose - AIDS/Lifecycle 3, KBHK Gerard Cahill, Director GRAPHIC DESIGN Emmy 2004 / The First Time, Peninsula TV 26/ Foster City TV/NATAS Deanne Moenster, Art Director/Designer; Gabriel Nansen, Designer

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BEHIND THE SCENES
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STIMSON
SET DESIGN and/or LIGHTING The KCRA 3 Experience, KCRA James Stimson, Designer MUSICAL COMPOSITION Coastal Clash, KQED Chris Shiflett, Composer/Performer

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EMMY 2005 PARTY TIME
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© 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 dream. She was recently hired by Comcast cable to anchor their SportsNet West new morning newscast, “SportsRise.” Nubla is the first anchor hired by Comcast SportsNet West, which was launched in November 2004. Throughout her years as traffic anchor and reporter at KNTV and KRON, Nubla pursued her real professional love and dream— sports. She co-hosted KICU’s weekly “High School Sports Focus” the past four years, but the fulltime sports gig kept eluding her. Until now. “We’re thrilled to have Christine join our staff,” said Larry Eldridge, vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet West. The Bay Area knows him as the (Emmy winning) co-host of WB20’s “Daily Mix” show, but viewers around the country now know Shane Tallant as one of the entertainment reporters of the future. Shane was just featured on a national reality television show on the Oxygen network called “Making it Big!” Shane was selected as one of the three top “up and coming” entertainment reporters in North America. Shane didn’t walk away with the top prize, which may only delay his jump to the national stage, but at least for now, bay area viewers get to continue enjoying Shane Tallant and Lesley Nagy together on WB20’s “Daily Mix.”

Noelle Walker is a reporter for NBC11’s 11 p.m. newscast. She comes to NBC11 from their sister station KNBC in Los Angeles. CBS 5 has hired Dee Joyce as its new Director of Marketing and Creative Services for its duopoly with UPN Bay Area. Joyce comes to San Francisco by way of WWLTV in New Orleans, and WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Matt Ryan, Account Executive, CBS 5 from Fox Television Sales in New York. Also moving to KPIX, John Crowley is a new online producer at CBS 5. Crowley moves from assistant sports editor at the San Francisco Examiner. Director/Production Supervisor John Collins moves from KRON 4 to CBS 5 as a Director. Also moving over is photographer Bobby Tam. Back at KRON 4 Julie Luck has been promoted to

ON THE MOVE

weekend anchor from reporter. Brian Shields is the new Online News Manager for KRON4 from Morning Copy Editor, He will also supervise the station’s web site. Brian is a former Morning Executive Producer at KXTV-Sacramento. Jon Brent moves up to weeknight 4pm & 5pm Anchor and 11pm Reporter at KSEE-TV NBC 24, Fresno., from Weekend Anchor/Reporter, Also at NBC 24, Wen Tung was hired as the new morning show producer from WEEK-TV in Peoria. Keith Barry, has been named news director at KFTYTV Santa Rosa. Maureen Naylor to anchor KFSN-TV Fresno, from KNVN-TV Chico. Jennifer Parker to anchor KTXL-TV Sacramento, from KOMO-TV Seattle.

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NEXT GENERATION DVDs
By Keith Sanders

Both CDs and DVDs are the same size and thickness, but that’s where the similarity ends. CDs were developed in 1984 and became popular as audio CDs in boom boxes and CD-ROMs in personal computers. Thirteen years later DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs) were released in the U.S. This was the first media available to consumers capable of higher resolutions than broadcast TV. The high-quality playback of a DVD is due to the relatively large amount of information crammed onto the disc. A CD can store 700 megabytes of data; a DVD can store 4,700 megabytes. The digital information on a DVD is much more densely packed (pictured above) so it can output data at over 30 times the speed of a CD. FORMAT WARS... By 2001 two competing DVD formats appeared in stores: the original DVD-R and the new DVD+R. Opposing consumer electronics companies supported each format, reminiscent of the Beta-VHS war in the early eighties. Again, consumers were left holding the bag as they were forced to gamble on which format to use. The 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 must be printed onto the disc so printable DVD media was needed. It used to be quite expensive but now the cost has gone down. Printable DVDs can be purchased for less than 70 cents each in lots of 100. Ink jet DVD printers also cost much less. The first dual-layer DVDs are now available. These discs store almost twice the information (8.4 gigs) as a conventional DVD because they include two full layers of data on one side. The player’s laser can re-focus on the underlying layer when reading it. You’ll need to upgrade to a dual-layer DVD burner if you want to create your own. Prices for the burners are well under $100 but the price of the dual-layer media is still high. NEEDED: A HIGH DEFINITION DVD... There’s enough memory on a standard DVD disc to store a two-hour NTSC movie. A typical bit rate is 4.5 megabytes a second. This is the amount of data that the DVD has to output to fill your screen at 30 frames per

second. Can we watch high-definition video on today’s DVD player? The answer is no. The reason is that a twohour movie in HD would use up far more disc space than the DVD has available. The HD video would also have a higher data rate than the DVD player is capable of. HD movies will have to be played on next-generation DVD players. There are two competing formats (again!). Toshiba is pushing HD DVD and Sony is promoting Bluray Disc (BD). Both formats use blue laser light to increase the capacity of a DVD optical disc enough to hold HD movie content. Several studios support each format. Promoters behind HD DVD claim that they’ll have 85 movie titles out by the end of the year, including “Braveheart,” “Batman Begins” and the Harry Potter series. A high-definition DVD format war may be sidestepped, as there is some talk of consolidating the two systems. This would mean further delays for consumers. AN HD WORKAROUND... Microsoft’s Windows Media 9 (WMV9) is a video format that’s extremely efficient at reducing the size of video files while keeping much of the quality. It can compress full-screen video, or reduce the file size even further for e-mails. A 230-megabyte AVI file (60 second commercial) can be compressed to a 1 megabyte WMV9 file. The frame size would be only 1/8 of the screen but most of the motion, color and image details remain intact. Similar to WMV9, Windows Media HD (WMV HD) will dramatically compress HD video. The file size of a fullscreen two-hour HD movie can be reduced so much with this system that it will fit on a standard 4.7 gigabyte DVD. It’s an interim solution for now since you must view these HD movies on a fairly new computer with a good monitor. Your current DVD set top box does not have the codec for this format.

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Sonic Solutions has created a workstation capable of authoring HD DVDs using WMV HD. DVD Producer HD was displayed at the NATAS 4th Annual HD Seminar in February. “DVD Producer HD will allow high-end post facilities in the Hollywood film community to get involved with WMV HD in order to create stand-alone titles and exciting bonus HD content for standard-definition feature film DVDs” said Rolf Hartley senior Vice President and General Manager of the Professional Products Group at Sonic Solutions. Coming out soon is a software only solution at a lower price point. We’ll still have to wait a while for the next generation of stand-alone High definition DVD players. They’ll be available later this year or early in 2006. Windows Media HD may be more than just an interim solution however, because when these DVD players arrive they’ll be able to play WMN HD along with other HD formats. You can purchase WMV HD DVDs now or download sample clips at www.wmvhd.com/.

CBS 5 has stolen the title from KTVU for most watched newscast in the Bay Area. For the third consecutive sweeps month, CBS 5 buried its competition at 9pm (KRON), 10pm (KTVU) and 11pm (KNTV, KGO, KRON). Nielsen People Meter results from the May ratings book show CBS 5 winning the late night newscast race for the 6th straight sweeps, as well as the crown for highest rated newscast in any daypart for the third consecutive sweeps. “We have the Bay Area’s best staff of talented, hardworking people, and it’s nice to see their work recognized by growing numbers of viewers,” said Vice President and News Director Dan Rosenheim. The rest of the day, however, still belongs to KTVU and KGO. Ch. 2 continued its dominance in the morning, while ABC 7 extended its long winning streak in the afternoon and evening. Here are the Nielsen People Meter ratings for May:

BAY AREA NEWS WARS HEATS UP

6 AM
KTVU KGO KNTV KPIX KRON

6/6:30 PM 3.8 1.6 1.5 1.2 1.1
KGO KPIX KNTV KRON KTVU

(6:30 PM)

4.0 2.9 2.0 1.9 1.7

By Lynn R Friedman We had a good run. Fourteen years of free film screenings at the Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco. But it’s over now. Here’s what happened. Rufus Pederson, working with the Directors Guild, brought us first run films every month at the Delancey Street Theater. DGA, NATAS & AWRT were the current partners in these screenings. The Directors Guild National Office in L.A. has taken over the control of our local screenings. They have told us that the studios want their films to be seen only by DGA members who are eligible to vote for the Directors Guild awards. Personally I feel this plan is short-sighted as many NATAS members are directly responsible for the free advertising these films get on our local telecasts. Eventually we will find another venue for screenings. I will continue sending out my “Lynn’s List” emails. If you are interested in receiving these screening notices, please send your email address to cinemaclub@emmysf.tv. And if you can be of assistance in finding alternative screenings please contact me.

CINEMA CLUB

CINEMA CLUB SPECIAL MON. 6/20
Written & Directed by: CRAIG BREWER Starring: TERRENCE HOWARD ANTHONY ANDERSON TARYN MANNING LUDACRIS TARAJI HENSEN DJ QUALLS ISAAC HAYES

MIDDAY
KGO KPIX KTVU KNTV

(11 AM) (Nooon) (Nooon) (10 AM)

2.6 1.8 1.6 1.1

5 PM
KGO KPIX KNTV KRON KTVU

9/10/11 PM KPIX (11 PM) KTVU (10 PM) KNTV (11 PM) KGO (11 PM) KRON (9 PM) KRON (11 PM)

5.9 5.2 4.1 3.6 3.0 1.5

(New)

4.5 2.9 2.1 1.7 1.4

EMMY SHOWCASE

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KRON’s Earthquakes: Where the Fault Lies. The documentary will be shown in its entirety. Afterward there will be a Q&A session with the audience to get feedback and answer questions. There will be other surprise screenings and prizes, so don’t miss it! Admission to this event is FREE to NATAS members, $10 for non-members. R.S.V.P’s are required to attend the event, please email showcase@emmysf.tv or (650) 341-7786.

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Produced by John Singleton (Boyz N’ the Hood, Poetic Justice, Baby Boy) and the Winner of the Sundance Film Festival, HUSTLE & FLOW is the redemptive story of a Memphis street hustler who struggles to break out of his gritty world to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a respected rap musician. He teams up with his middle class friend who is stuck in an office routine having missed the opportunity of becoming the music producer he always wanted to be. Together they have one last chance to follow their dream. This is an exclusive screening just for NATAS members who may bring a guest. Monday, June 20th, 7:30 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

OUR EMMY 2005 PRESENTERS

Rogers KPIX Kessler 1

Russell

KOLO

Tyson

Mathai

KNTV Holmes Adams KXTV/KCRA Fitzpatrick

Keller KHSL/KION Speciale

Ibarra KFTV/KFSN Osborne

Somerville KTVU Griffith

Burgmairer Jazz Alley

Drayton KTXL

Wahl

KRON Heenan

Gomez

KDTV

Garcia

Vu

KGO

Tyler

Lee Allen Miller Pro Bull Rider

7 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 Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS: Bob Anderson, KBWB Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN Samuel Belilty, KFTV John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Janice Edwards, KNTV Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX (Membership) Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA Albert Garcia, KUVS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee)

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4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279 John Murray, JM Communications Sharon Navratil, KTVU John Odell, CCSF Pam Schoen, KTXL Josh Springer, KCSM (Publicity) Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Univ.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity) James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Off Camera Bob Goldberger, Editor Darryl Compton, Publisher Robert Mohr, Photographer

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