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july 2003
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nta day at great america 8/2
By Cynthia Zeiden

You are invited to come to our first “National Television Academy Day at Great America.” We are taking over the picnic grove for a special barbeque party at Paramount’s Great America on Saturday, August 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. All NATAS members get a low admission rate to have fun in the park for the entire day. Great America is opened from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. For $30, you get: • One admission ticket to Paramount’s Great America on Saturday, August 2nd. • A party with lots of food (barbequed chicken, hot dogs, salad, chips, soft drinks and ice cream) as well as a t-v trivia contest with prizes. • One complimentary admission pass to Bonfante Gardens.

KPIX began summer with a sizzle as it advanced in virtually every time slot in the June sweeps. The San Francisco CBS O&O won another tightly contested race at 11 pm, scoring a 4.4 rating (10 share) for its late-night news. That’s up 19 percent from last June. NBC-11 finished second with a 4.1 rating, up 14 percent from a year ago. ABC-7 was third with a 4.0, down 11 percent, and KRON’s 11 pm ratings rose 16 percent but still finished fourth with a 2.9. KPIX benefited from a strong 6.3 (12) primetime lead-in from CBS, up 20 percent from a year ago. NBC-11 had the second-best lead-in with a 6.0. “The 10 O’clock News” on KTVU remains dominant in the Bay Area’s late night news continued on page 4

kpix “heats up” summer book

board of governors election

We want to extend this invitation to all NATAS members, their families and friends. Our goal is to fill the grove with people. You must purchase your tickets in advance from the Academy Office. Send check, or credit card number and exp. date. NATAS, 4317 Camden Ave., San Mateo, CA continued on page 2

DAN ADAMS

JOHN CATCHINGS ALBERT GARCIA

The Chapter membership has elected 13 television professionals to the National Television Academy’s Northern California Board of Governors. The mail ballot election was held last month. Ten of the winners are returning incumbents and four are new to the board. Nine of those elected are from the Bay Area, three are from Sacramento, one is from Fresno and one is from Reno.

The governors, who serve two-year terms, are as follows: • DAN ADAMS, a reporter at KXTV in Sacramento since 1981, is serving his first term on the board. • JOHN CATCHINGS, a communications consultant and former KPIX exec, is a returning incumbent. John chairs the chapter’s membership committee and coOff Camera, July 2003, page 1

ALISON GIBSON ADAM HOUSLEY

ASHLEY JAMES

RON LOUIE

chairs the museum committee. • ALBERT GARCIA, a photographer at KUVS in Sacramento, begins his second term on the board. • ALISON GIBSON, an independent producer and long-time board member, returns as a governor. Alison chairs the student liaison committee and is an alternate national continued on page 3 trustee.

great america 8/2

continued from page 1 94403-5007, more information e-mail: greatamerica@emmysf.tv or telephone 650-341-7786. There is something for everybody at Paramount’s Great America. Whether you like roller coasters, live shows, karaoke or shops, you will find something to enjoy during our NATAS Day! Children will really enjoy some of the new attractions the park has for them. There are new rides, live shows and characters from the popular Nicktoons, including the Rugrats and Sponge Bob Squarepants!

“war and peace” forum in sept.
From Antietam to Iraq, mass media coverage of war has been a subject of major study and comment. The same is true of media’s response to opposition to those wars, from the Civil War draft riots to the current antiwar protests. These “War and Peace” issues will be discussed by a panel including television reporters who covered the war in Iraq and those who covered the protests in Northern California. The panelists will discuss their experiences, and the difference between this war and previous conflicts. Check your next “Off Camera,” or your NATAS e-messages, for details about what we hope will be an important Academy event.

CYNTHIA ZEIDEN, past president of the Television Academy’s Northern California chapter, has been elected as one of our chapter’s two national trustees. Zeiden was tapped by her fellow governors at last month’s board meeting. She joins JIM LAUTZ of Tudor Communications on the National Board. Zeiden currently chairs the chapter’s Activities Committee. ALISON GIBSON was elected alternate national trustee. Gibson chairs the chapter’s Student Liaison Committee, and is a former National Trustee.

national trustee’s elected

“emmy” show tapes? yes!
CYNTHIA ZEIDEN ALISON GIBSON

The Board of Trustees is the policy making body of the Academy. It is made up of representatives of the 20 chapters, based on the number of members in each chapter

peninsula press club awards
“Off Camera” your Northern California chapter’s monthly, walked away with first place in the newsletter category and the press kit for “Emmy 2002” took first place in it’s category in the Peninsula Press Club’s annual journalism awards competition. The Press Club awards, honoring a range of journalistic enterprise from videography to public relations, are, like the Emmy’s, judged by professionals in other areas of the country. At the Club’s 26th annual awards dinner on May 30 th , chapter executive director DARRYL COMPTON accepted plaques on behalf of himself, DAVID MILLS, and JOHN ODELL — your “Off Camera” staff. Want to send Mom your acceptance speech? Want to see what that slut so-andso wore to this year’s gala? Did you miss this year’s Emmy show and are statue-curious? Or maybe you’d just like to re-live – again and again – that fabulous evening, in all its posh pomp and glittering glamour. Wish granted. A VHS tape of the Emmy 2003 show is yours for minimum donation of $25 to our chapter’s scholarship fund (tax nudge-wink-wink). Send checks payable to the “TV Academy Fund” or charge number and exp. date to the Academy Office.
© Paul Sukuma2003

DARRYL COMPTON accepts plaque from MARLA LOWENTHAL of the Press Club.

He also accepted for himself and design director DEANNE MOENSTER for the “Emmy 2002” press kit which included the invitation, tickets, Emmy program and press releases. Thank you Peninsula Press Club. Off Camera, July 2003, page 2

board of governors election

show me the idea

SHARON NAVRATIL

PAT PATTON

TERRI RUSSELL

DAMIAN TRUJILLO

continued from page 1 • ADAM HOUSLEY, a correspondent for Fox News Channel, lives in Davis and works both in Sacramento and Los Angeles. This is his second term. · ASHLEY JAMES, the station manager at KTOP in Oakland, is a re-elected incumbent. Ashley serves on the board’s publicity committee. • RON LOUIE, an assistant director at KTVU in Oakland, returns as a governor. Ron is a long-time board member, past president, and chair of the Silver Circle committee. • SHARON NAVRATIL, a segment producer at KTVU in Oakland, is a re-elected incumbent. Sharon is active on the museum and other committees. • PAT PATTON is Vice President of Programming at Young Broadcasting, owner of KRON in San Francisco. This is Pat’s second term. • TERRI RUSSELL, a medical reporter at KOLO in Reno, is serving her first term. • DAMIAN TRUJILLO, a reporter at NBC11 in San Jose, is also a first-term board member. • KIRA VILANOVA, marketing manager at KDTV in San Francisco, serves on the board’s publicity committee. This is her second term. • RICK ZANARDI, a broadcasting instructor at the College San Mateo, returns for a second term. Rick serves on the Emmy committee and the student liaison committee. In addition, ERIK ROSALES, a reporter at KGPE in Fresno, will be appointed to a oneyear term to fill a recent vacancy on the board. The newly elected board members join current governors DAN ASHLEY of KGO,

It was a night of creative “pitches,” well thought out feedback, and lots of information flowing from our panelists of program executives and attorney, TOM COHEN, that kept our audience glued to their seats for over two hours.
KIRA VILANOVA RICK ZANARDI

STEWART HELLER of York Productions, TERRY LOWRY of LaCosse Productions, JAVAID MALIK of Jam Productions/ KGO, DEANNE MOENSTER of ERIK ROSALES KTVU, JOHN MURRAY of JM Communications, JOHN ODELL of City College of San Francisco, ROSS PALOMBO of KRON, HEATHER SEARLES of ITVS, JAVIER VALENCIA of KRON, and STUART YAMANE, of Hawaii. The board’s executive committee is elected by the governors in even years and are in mid-term. They are DAVID MILLS, KPIX, president; LYNN R FRIEDMAN, KGO, San Francisco vice president; KEITH SANDERS, KICU, San Jose vice president; GEORGE FRANCO, KOVR, Sacramento vice president; JEFF CARDINALE, KFSN, Fresno vice president; PAMELA YOUNG, KITV, Hawaii vice president; DAVID RATTO, KTVN, Reno vice president; MICHELLE BALL, KBWB, secretary; JIM SPALDING, treasurer; CYNTHIA ZEIDEN, past president and national trustee; and JIM LAUTZ, national trustee. DARRYL COMPTON is the executive director of the chapter. Nearly 200 chapter members cast votes in last month’s election, a 20 percent return. Off Camera, July 2003, page 3

Show Me The Idea on Thursday May 22, 2003 at the Film Arts Foundation, was another success thanks to our terrific panelists, JERRY JAMESON from 20th Television, TAYLOR FULLER from Tribune Entertainment, DAVID LIU from Independent Television Service, Attorney TOM COHEN, and moderator LARRY PEPIN, Program Director from KICU TV in San Jose.

Clockwise-COHEN, LIU, FULLER, JAMESON

Our panelists discussed the syndication/ independent program development process, where the best opportunities exist for independent producers to have their projects developed for broadcast television, and precautions producers should take, when they are out in the marketplace with their product. The Film Arts Foundation co-hosted this years event.

june news ratings
continued from page 1 war. It garnered a 6.8 rating (13 share) in June. However high that number, it was still down 15 percent from a year ago. KRON’s 9 pm news made big strides in June, grabbing a 4.8 (8), up 33 percent from a year ago. Its lead-in, “Dr. Phil,” scored a 6.0 (10), a 50 percent jump from the program in that time slot last year. ABC-7 retained its title as 6 pm champion, although not by much. The station’s evening news earned a 4.7 (10). Good enough for a victory but down 15 percent from last year and only half a ratings point ahead of KPIX’s surging 6:30 pm newscast. The KPIX program got a 4.3 (9), up 23 percent from a year ago. Also-rans were KTVU (3.1), KRON (2.8) and NBC-11 (2.6). At 5 o’clock, KPIX again closed in on the competition. ABC-7’s Oprah-led 5 pm news was first with a 4.6 (12), but those numbers show a slippage of 19 percent from June 2002. KPIX’s 5 pm soared 44 percent to a 3.6 (9), while KRON (3.5) was third and NBC-11 (1.8) was fourth. The midday battle was won by ABC-7. Its 11 am newscast leaped 35 percent to a 3.5 (15). KTVU was second with a 3.0 (11), up 11 percent. KPIX’s noon ratings were flat as it finished third with a 2.2. KRON was fourth with a 1.4. KTVU continues to dominate the morning news. Its 6 am scored a 2.9 (17), up 16 percent from a year ago. It was NBC-11 by a nose for second place. The San Jose station garnered a 1.9, up 36 percent from last year. KRON (1.8) finished third while KPIX and ABC-7 tied for fourth with a 1.7. KPIX’s rating was 55 percent higher than last year. KPIX also did well on the weekends. Its 6:30 pm newscast won on both Saturday and Sunday. Its 11 pm news finished second behind ABC-7. And KPIX’s morning news won its time slot on both Saturday and Sunday. Overall, the number of viewers tuning in for Bay Area newscasts remained about the same as last year. At 11 pm, viewership increased slightly from about 350,000 in June 2002 to 380,000 last month. At 6 pm, the number of viewers remained steady at about 425,000. At 5 pm, it dipped slightly from 350,000 to 325,000. At midday, the numbers increased from 220,000 to 240,000. And morning viewers rose from 210,000 a year ago to 240,000 last month. Overall, the highest viewing hour for local news was 6 pm (425,000) while the morning newscasts had about the same number of viewers as the midday shows.

final cut demo at bavc

BAVC editor MARLA LEECH

Members of NATAS and AWRT got an introduction to Final Cut Pro, version 4 on June 26th at the Bay Area Video Coalition. Editor/instructor MARLA LEECH gave a talk on editing styles and showed a sample editors demo real. Instructor MATT LEVIE gave a walking tour of the new Final Cut Pro, version 4. Version 4 has many new featues for adding titles and music to your program. Attendees to the seminar received a major discount to the new Final Cut Pro workshop at BAVC.

archive/museum committee

BAVC Final Cut Pro instructor MATT LEVIE Photos © Robert Mohr 2003 (415-647-6647)

Plans are well underway for the Broadcast Archives and Museum of Northern California. The consortium of several media groups headed by NATAS is collecting memorabilia, video tapes and equipment to preserve the history of radio and television in Northern California. In addition to a physical museum the group is working with venders like SGI to establish a virtual museum with archive material being transferred to digital media and servers at each archive location then linked together through the internet. Off Camera, July 2003, page 4

The committee co-chaired by JOHN CATCHINGS and LINDA GIANNECCHINI is competing work on the business plan and is about ready to start the fundraising process. They have rented storage space to start collecting items for the museum. TERRY O’FLAHERTY, WILLIE KEE, WALT BERJKE and KQED have aleardy donated items. If you have memorabilia to donate, please contact the Academy Office. The TV Academy Fund is a 501 (c)(3) tax deductable organization.

Museum committee members JOHN MURRAY and LINDA GIANNECCHINI look over donated equipment from KQED.

cinema club - san francisco 7/14
ers and the system to perfection. But success has clearly gone to his head when he begins an affair with Dale’s wife, CAROL (RACHEL GRIFFITHS). Dazzled by her physical attractiveness, Frank has severely underestimated the brain underneath the blonde. Carol is one of life’s greatest operators and she is determined to get what’s hers, even if it means jeopardizing the intense bond she shares with her husband. The brothers are out only long enough to do one job before they are back behind bars because of a problem with the ‘paperwork’. They must do a really big job if it is to be their last. Dale’s festering suspicion about Frank’s motives, and a bout with food poisoning, create an impossible situation leading up to a multi-million dollar heist. Crime/Gangster, Drama and Action/Adventure 1 hr. 42 min. The Twentyman brothers. are about to be released on bail – DALE (GUY PEARCE), MAL (DAMIEN RICHARDSON) and SHANE (JOEL EDGERTON). Hard experience and an unspoken bond of family have made them masters of their craft – armed robbery. It’s a job and they do it because they’re good at it. Their only rule is, no one gets hurt. Keeping the wheels of crime turning is their long-time criminal lawyer, FRANK MALONE (ROBERT TAYLOR), whose network of contacts reaches the highest level, enabling him to play the brothMPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use. Directed by: SCOTT ROBERTS Produced by: AL CLARK, GARETH JONES, and HILARY DAVIS Written by: SCOTT ROBERTS The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening (second Monday) for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest. The private viewing is 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.

cinema club sacramento 7/21

Another great FREE flick is headed for Sacramento. Northern California Academy members, “reload” your movie thrills. The Cinema Club is there for you! The IMAX version of “Matrix: Reloaded” is the NATAS movie of the month at the IMAX theater in downtown Sacramento (Esquire Plaza, 1211 K Street). Academy members and a guest get in free on Monday, July 21, at 8:30pm. Mark your calendars for the 3rd Monday each monthe for CINEMA CLUB.

kpix changes name
KPIX is joining the other Bay Area networkowned stations in playing the “network name game.” As of July 4th, the San Francisco CBS O&O will become “CBS-5.” “KPIX” will still be its official FCC name, but the “CBS-5” moniker will be used in promotions, newscasts and reporter tag-outs. The move follows KGO-TV’s switch to “ABC-7” and KNTV’s change to “NBC11.” The new name helps solidify KPIX’s identity with its network parent, which has provided it with increasingly improved ratings and lead-ins over the past two years

awards committee wants your input
The chapter’s Emmy Awards Committee is scheduled to meet on July 16th. This is the meeting that evaluates this year’s Emmy Awards contest and make recommendations for rule and category changes for next year’s “Call for Entries.” JAVIER VALENCIA is the committee chair, representatives from the major stations and individual crafts serve on the committee. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions emmy@emmysf.tv. Off Camera, July 2003, page 5

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officers:

the board of governors

in memory rose robertson

national trustees: governors:

DAVID MILLS, KPIX, President LYNN R FRIEDMAN,KGO, VP,San Francisco KEITH SANDERS, KICU, VP, San Jose GEORGE FRANCO,KOVR, VP Sacramento JEFF CARDINALE, KFSN, VP, Fresno DAVID RATTO, KTVN/ImageSync, VP, Reno PAMELA YOUNG, KITV, VP, Hawaii MICHELE BALL, KBWB WB20, Secretary JIM SPALDING, Spalding & Co., Treasurer(Finance)

JAMES LAUTZ, Tudor Communications CYNTHIA ZEIDEN, Zeiden Media, pas president (Activities/Programs) DAN ADAMS, KXTV 10 DAN ASHLEY, KGO ABC 7 JOHN CATCHINGS, Catchings & Assoc. (Membership/Archive-Museum) ALBERT GARCIA, KUVS Univision 19 ALISON GIBSON, Media Cool (Students) STEWART HELLER, York Productions ADAM HOUSLEY, FOX News ASHLEY JAMES, KTOP Cable 10(Publicity) RON LOUIE, KTVU FOX 2 TERRY LOWRY,LaCosse Productions JAVAID MALIK, KGO ABC 7, JAM Prod. SCOTT McGREW, KNTV NBC 11 DEANNE MOENSTER, KTVU FOX 2 JOHN MURRAY, JM Communications SHARON NAVRATIL, KTVU FOX 2 JOHN ODELL, City College of San Francisco ROSS PALOMBO, KRON 4 PAT PATTON, KRON 4 TERRI RUSSELL, KOLO 8 HEATHER SEARLES, ITVS DAMIAN TRUJILLO, KNTV, NBC 11 JAVIER VALENCIA, KRON 4 (Awards) KIRA VILANOVA, KDTV 14(Publicity) STUART YAMANE, Independent RICK ZANARDI, Notre Dame de Namur University

ROSE ROBERTSON, former editor of Off Camera, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2003, at her home in Sonora. She had fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 71. For many years Rose was visible at most NATAS events, assisting her husband DICK in his obligations as Chapter Administrator. A long-time journalist, she received her Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she was one of only two or three women in the graduate program. She then worked as a reporter and editor on the news staffs of dailies in Caldwell and Lewiston, Idaho, was a UPI correspondent, did free-lance writing for several periodiOff Camera, July 2003, page 6

committee chairs exective director

DARRYL COHEN, Cohen & Cooper ( Legal Counsel) LINDA GIANNECCHINI, KQED9 (Archives) DARRYL COMPTON, NATAS, SF/NorCal

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July 14th “The Hard Word,” Delancey St., SF July 21st Cinema Club, “Matrix Reloaded” IMAX, Sacramento Aug. 2nd NTA day at Great America

coming events
cals and became affiliated with Boise State University teaching journalism. She moved to Santa Clara in 1980 to become Executive Editor of Military Science and Technology magazine, later becoming a free lance writer serving many Silicon Valley clients. When she married DICK ROBERTSON in 1986, she became a partner in his public relations and marketing firm, Mother Lode Public Relations. She and Dick retired in 1996 and moved to Sonora from Walnut Creek—partly to be close to their beloved second home in Strawberry. Rose retained her wonderful sense of humor throughout her long illness and was an inspiration to her many friends and extended family of six children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was an avid follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. Rose received the NATAS Governors’ Service Medallion in 1996 for editing “Off Camera” Her life was celebrated at a recepton at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse on Sunday, June 29th and attended by several Academy members. A second family celebration is planed for later this month in Boise, Idaho.