National Television Academy


Sanders Franco

July 2004

San Francisco/Northern California

Board Members, Elected, Re-elected

“Illegal Immigrants,”
What Label Are We Using?

Eleven percent of the American population speaks Spanish at VP-San Franicsco VP-San Francisco VP-Sacramento home. But when you take a close look at California, that number skyrockets to almost 27 percent, according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau. David Mills That means potentially 27 percent President of our viewers speak Spanish. This has caused TV stations around Officers 2004-2006 Rosales Russell Young the state, and across the country, VP-Fresno VP-Reno VP-Hawaii to take a closer look at how we portray immigrants, and how we identify them. Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 “illegal For instance, the label alien” is the legal definition of immigrants who are in this country illegally. But those two words have created a rift between Latinos, and those who use the label… includLowry Palacios Gibson Zeiden ing television stations, reporters, Secretary Treasurer National Trustees and anchors. Many feel the label Some new faces and some familiar ones will join the Board of Gover- is very offensive. Some prefer nors for the National Television Academy’s Northern California chapter. “illegal immigrants” or “undocuThe board elected officers and filled two board vacancies at its April mented immigrants”. Juan 17 meeting. Gonzalez, President of the NaThe governors re-elected KPIX’s David Mills as board president for tional Association of Hispanic a second two-year term. They also re-elected ABC7’s Lynn Friedman Journalists, says the organization as San Francisco vice president; independent producer Keith Sanders acts as a watchdog for TV stations as San Jose vice president; KOVR’s George Franco as Sacramento who use the words “illegal alien” vice president; KGPE’s Erik Rosales as Fresno vice president; and freely, often butting heads with KITV’s Pamela Young as Hawaii vice president. CNN’s Lou Dobbs. Gonzalez says Terri Russell of KOLO-TV was selected as Reno vice president. She NAHJ seeks “long-lasting strucreplaces KTVN’s David Ratto, who had served two terms and couldn’t tural change in the media –getting run again. Justin Kanno of KOLO was chosen to fill Russell’s governor more Latinos into every newsroom spot on the board. continued on page 4 continued on page 5

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T welve Governors Elected to NATAS Board













Twelve new and familiar faces were elected last month for two-year terms to NATAS’ Northern California Board of Governors. Among the dozen people selected were four producers, two anchors, a college instructor and two community affairs directors. Among the 12 selectees, there were four independents, a new board member from Sacramento and two incumbents re-elected from Fresno and Hawaii. The 12 board members will hold their seats until 2006. They are among 25 elected board members. The NATAS Northern California board also has officers and committee chairs that bring the governing board total to more than 40. The mail-in election was held last month. Only 117 chapter members, 11 percent of those eligible, voted. Fourteen candidates were on the ballot. Here are the top 12 vote-getters, in alphabetical order. *Dan Ashley, anchor at ABC 7 in San Francisco. This is his second term. *Brian Avery, station manager at KTLN in Corte Madera. This is his second term.

*Janice Edwards, community relations director and program host at NBC 11 in San Jose. This is her first term. *Stewart Heller, executive producer, York Productions in Oakland. This is his second term. *Valeria Hernandez, community and public affairs assistant at KDTV in San Francisco. This is her first term. *John Murray, president, JM Communications in San Francisco. This is his second term. *John Odell, faculty member, City College of San Francisco. This is his second term. *Nancy Osborne, anchor at KFSN in Fresno. This is her first full term. *Pam Schoen, creative services director at KTXL in Sacramento. This is her first term. *Heather Searles, independent producer, Oakland. This is her second term. *Javier Valencia, community relations manager at KRON in San Francisco. This is his second term. *Stuart Yamane, independent producer in Hawaii. This is his second term.

Oscars of Advertising
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has cancelled the “Oscars” of advertising. Action 36 Cable 6 is proud to bring back “Rocky The Wall Street Journal reports the Academy made and Bullwinkle and Friends” to the Bay Area, Sunthe decision to eliminate the awards show after days from 8 to 10 p.m. starting July 11th. The epireceiving only a few entries in most of the categories. sodes will include favorites such as “Fractured Fairy Advertisers, however, still have the opportunity to Tales,” “Peabody’s Improbable History,” “Dudley Do have their work judged, and awarded. There are Right,” “Aesop and Son,” “Bullwinkle’s Corner,” ‘Mr. several other existing awards shows in the industry. Know it All” and of course, Boris and Natasha. Off Camera, July 2004, page 2

by Cynthia E. Zeiden

Summer Screening Party at Dolby

On Thursday, June 24th we had a fun KQED and BAVC. The clip showed perforevening at the Dolby Labs Screening Room; mances from a Muslim hip hop club. The many thanks to Tom Bruchs at Dolby for series focuses on the local arts scene in San letting us use the beautiful facility! This Francisco and is funded by numerous year, the event was co-sponsored by the foundations. Pam explained that the series Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and the was created with the plan of repurposing the presenters were a combination of BAVC material digitally on their website (which members and NATAS Emmy winners. Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 won the Interactive Emmy category). These First up was Sam Green with “The archived materials are distributed to classWeather Underground,” nominated for an rooms. Pam urged us to tune into KQED on Oscar for Best Documentary. He couldn’t Wednesday, September 22nd when they are be there, but we saw a very moving clip of going to pledge “SPARK” all day long. the film. Next, we saw a clip from Lidia Craig Franklin, Emerald Yeh and Jim Szajko’s “Girl Trouble,” which followed the Joy of KRON presented a clip from “Lost lives of 3 girls through the Juvenile Justice Childhood: Growing Up in an Alcoholic System for four years. Family,” which won the Emmy for Best Goldberger Haman The first NATAS presenter was Bob Documentary. This half hour documentary Goldberger, Executive Producer for KGOis a culmination of interviews with four kids TV’s ABC7 at 11pm newscast, which won an for over 17 years of their lives. These kids Emmy for Best Large Market Newscast. have alcoholics for parents and the program We saw a 5 minute montage of a news night focuses on how that effected them at in May. Bob said that after taking out the various stages of their lives and finally into commercials and national and international adulthood. The kids attended a special news, there is an average of 16-18 minutes summer camp that allowed them to be with left for local news, depending on what is other children of alcoholics. Levy Herold going on that day. He said that there are Tom Shepard presented a clip from his many discussions about the overall tone of documentary, “Scout’s Honor” about one the newscast and they try to at least end the boy’s struggle legally with the Boy Scouts newscast on an optimistic note. Bob thinks over their policy of gay discrimination. It that all of the local newscasts in San aired in 2001 as part of PBS’s “P.O.V.” Francisco are Emmy-worthy, it just depends series. It took him 3 and a half years to on which markets judge our regional Emmys make it and the result was that the court and their tastes that determine who wins said that the Boy Scouts had a right to make Franklin Yeh each year. that policy. But the fallout was that many BAVC presenter, Kara Herold, then showed a clip from organizations that donated facilities to the Scouts no longer her documentary, “Grrlyshow,” which focuses on “zines,” do because of their anti-gay policies. alternative magazines. It had a very edgy style and it had Patricia Cogley was the last presenter. She told us the look of old 1960’s educational films you’d see in about BAVC’s Youthlink program and showed us a clip from grammar school. She got a lot of that footage from the “Homeless Orchestra,” a documentary by Theo Ellington, a Prelinger website where producers can download footage 16 year old Youthlink graduate and student at the School of free of charge. the Arts. He is now doing an internship at WB20. Jim Hamen presented KTVU’s “Chinese New Year’s Then we had our raffle, which raised $100 for the Parade” coverage, which won an Emmy for Best Live chapter’s scholarship programs. Thanks to Thomson Event. They have been covering this parade for the past Broadcast & Media Solutions who donated the DVD 17 years and just recently decided to begin the parade with recorder/VHS combination grand prize. It was won by a set performance. We saw the beginning performance for Javier Valencia of KRON, congrats to you Javier! Also, 2003 and it was a fascinating rendition of the Legend of the thanks to BAVC, KRON, KTVU’s “Toy Test” and Peachpit Monkey King, complete with lions and firecrackers. The Press for their generous raffle contributions. camera angles, narration and directing were all preIf you weren’t there, you missed a really great evening. rehearsed and the result reflected that. They produced the But, we are planning a Holiday Screening Party this parade in HDTV a few years ago and they have plans to do December and all NATAS members are invited to present that again in the coming years. The parade also airs on their work, on a first come, first serve basis. KTSF in Cantonese and on the Travel Channel. For more information on the free Adult Scholarship Next, Pam Rorke Levy, past member of the NATAS, programs at BAVC, go to: SF/Nor Cal Chapter’s Board of Governors, showed us a index.htm or for more information on the Youthlink proclip from the series, “SPARK,” that is co-produced by gram go to:

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NBC 11 Covers Olympics
Olympic medal ceremonies capture a sense of pomp, circumstance and pride unlike any other. That frozen moment of emotion is a life’s goal for thousands of athletes around the world. But there is much more to the stories of the men and women who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of that moment. Those stories are what make the Olympics great television, and what makes us at NBC11 so proud to be The Bay Area’s Olympic Station. NBC11 5:00 o’clock news anchor T.J. Holmes, primary sports anchor Raj Mathai and veteran photojournalist Shane Leivas will carry the torch for NBC11’s coverage of the XXVIII Olympiad starting with the Opening Ceremony August 13. This is the second time in the station’s little-morethan-two years as an NBC affiliate that we have been the Bay Area Home of the Olympics. Coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was a huge success. Now we take our first run as the Bay Area’s Olympic Station since becoming a network O&O. We joined NBC’s Television Stations Division (TVSD), May 1, 2002. Being part of TVSD will allow us to back up T.J., Raj and Shane with the nearly four-dozen journalists and technicians from TVSD’s other NBC and Telemundo stations.
by Damian Trujillo, NBC 11

The stories of the men and women who compete for gold, represent their country with pride, and strive for excellence in all they do will anchor T.J., Raj and Shane’s coverage. Storytelling will focus on the Californians representing this country, and the several others for which folks from California will be competing. News away from the stadiums, arenas and venues of Olympic competition insinuated itself into the games of ‘72 in Munich, and then 24 years later in Atlanta. There is a chance that could happen in Athens. We hope with all we have it will not. We know that if it does we will be positioned to report, as we must. We will do more than 60 hours of news, and added more hours of specials through the Olympics. There will be more than 1,200 hours of Olympic coverage on NBC, its four cable channels, and Spanish language network, Telemundo. Bay Area viewers, who deserve excellence in broadcasting just as they deserve excellence in Olympic competition, will get exactly that from the men and women who have made NBC11 a proud part of this market and who will write the next chapter in its history as proud presenters of the Summer Games of 2004.

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Investigative Reporter
One of the nation’s top investigative reporters is coming to the Bay Area. Anna Werner will become Chief of CBS 5 (KPIXTV, San Francisco) Eyewitness News’ Investigative unit. Anna, coming from KHOU-TV, Houston, uncovered the hazards of Firestone ATX tires, resulting in the largest tire recall in U.S. history. Anna has also won Peabody Awards for the Firestone ATX tire story in 2000 and this year for her story and investigation of the Houston Police Department crime lab. That story caused a widespread review of criminal convictions, the shutdown of the lab’s DNA section and a series of continuing government reforms. Before moving to Houston in 1998, Anna was an I-Team reporter for WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where her work was also on CBS Evening News and CNN. She has also worked for Chicagoland Television, WEEK-TV in Peoria and WIFR TV in Rockford, IL.



Terry Lowry was elected as board secretary, replacing the departing Michele Ball of KBWB. Independent producer Frances Palacios was chosen as treasurer, replacing accountant James Spalding, who served two terms. Independent producer Alison Gibson joins former board president Cynthia Zeiden as the chapter’s two national trustees. KTVU’s Ron Louie was selected as an alternate trustee. The governors also selected Ginnelle Elliott, a special projects producer at KPIX, to fill an open slot on the board. All the appointments took effect June 15.

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“Illegal Immigrants,”
What Label Are We Using?
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San Francisco - July 12th
Comedy and Romance 2 hrs. 05 min. “De-Lovely” is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through legendary hits like “Night and Day,” “It’s De-lovely,” and “In the Still of the Night,” Porter’s elegant, excessive past comes to light – including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Directed by Academy Awardwinner Irwin Winkler from a script by Jay Cocks and starring Oscar-winner Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, and Jonathan Pryce in addition to some of today’s biggest rock and pop music stars, “De-lovely” is a celebration of Porter’s music as well as an exploration of the artist’s journey and the undying power of love. Starring: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Keith Allen, Angie Hill Directed by: Irwin Winkler Produced by: Rob Cowan, Charles & Irwin Winkley Website: Special Feature-preceeding “De-Lovely” 10 minute digital to film transfer demonstration. This is a special PRIVATE screening at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive.

so that they will become monitors of their own organizations... because we need to change not just the use of the term, but an entire mindset that is involved in covering Latinos.” Several news directors around the nation have also chimed in. Here are their thoughts: “Illegal Immigrants, in my opinion is fine, but like descriptions of ethnicity, the phrase should be used when it is relevant to the story, and not a kind of cultural ‘catch-all’ social code.”—Al Corral, News Director, KVEA, Los Angeles. “In NYC, we use ‘Undocumented Immigrant’…. A human being is not illegal”.—Huge Balta, News Director, WNJU, New York City. “First of all, ‘illegal’ applies to objects, not human beings… I think the appropriate term would be undocumented”.—Abelardo Aquita, News Director, KHRR, Tuscon, AZ “We also have a policy against using ‘illegal aliens’. It’s the word alien that is most offensive and unnecessary. The term ‘illegal immigrant’ is not banned because it is clear and accurate. I understand some people don’t like it, and I’m open to suggestions”.—Greg Dawson, VP of News, NBC739, KNSD TV, San Diego. No doubt, the use of the label will vary from station to station, depending on the demographics of their viewers. But with the face of the nation changing, the debate will surely continue.

NorCal RTNDA Awards Entry Deadline July 15th

The entry deadline for the 23rd NorCal RTNDA Awards is Thursday, July 15th. The entry period covers from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. Entries in eighteen news categories which are divided by Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby large and small market divisions. of the Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, Awards will be presented at the 23rd NorCal RTNDA Convention and 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I80). at 11:30 a.m. Pick the hottest movie playing. Awards, October 22-24 at the Monterey Marriott. Complete inforThe CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly mation and forms at screening for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest. or call 650-341-9978. Off Camera, July 2004, page 5

Sacramento - July 17th

Thanks “Dutch”. . .
by Adam Housley A glorious January day for so many the Reagan Library about 35 miles reasons, the Southern California mornaway, the entrance looks similar. The ing sun, it’s golden rays streaking presidential sign was enveloped with through the tinted corner office windows. mementos. People of all denominaAs the oak office doors opened inward, tions, nationalities, ethnic backthe view through the somewhat blinding grounds, and socio-economic morning light, expansive all the livelihoods, all are here to pay their way to the mighty Pacific and in the respects. One sign says, “thank you distance Santa Catalina. God for giving him to us.” Another Nerves had consumed all of us, says “you are now with the stars.” invited to spend some time with the 40th Throughout the day as people came President of the United States. But as to say a prayer, or leave a memento, we walked into an office containing a some stop to speak with us. One lady man of such high regard and such amazing importance, cries as she remembers the first President she ever saw our uncertainty disappeared. His welcome.warming, “Hello” after emigrating from the Far East. A Russian man says his Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 he said. “Come on in.” country and the freedom it now has is a testament to complete photo album Reagan and his dedication to end Communism. These I of course will never forget the time I had with Reagan. at people never met the President, but all felt as if they I can still remember every word, every gesture and every facial expression. It truly felt like I had known the man always knew him.. forever and he treated others and me in the room equally. I have met the man and seen him several other times Stories, smiles and comfort spread across the room more during ceremonies at his glorious Simi Valley Library. Now powerful than the rays of the sun, or at least it felt that way. years later we return. A still beautiful scene, a still comfortWhether you were a fan of his politics as so many able feel. In life and now in death Reagan has a way to were and are, or whether your opinions were dire ctly make us feel proud to be Americans no matter what our opposite, the outpouring of sympathy remains amazing. standing. We are all welcome here as we pay our respects The lawn in front of the mortuary in Santa Monica, Califorand you can bet he is smiling and enjoying the visit with us. nia is blanketed with flags, balloons, cards, notes, pictures, Adam Housley is a correspondent for Fox News and a and cowboy hats, even boxes of the infamous jellybean. At governor of our Academy.

OFFICERS: David Mills, KPIX, President Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ George Franco, KOVR, VP, Sacramento Erik Rosales, KGPE, VP, Fresno Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary Frances Palacios, Palacios Prod., Treasurer NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS: Dan Adams, KXTV Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Janice Edwards, KNTV Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX Albert Garcia, KUVS Alison Gibson, Media Cool Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU John Murray, JM Communications

SAN FRANCSISCO Sharon Navratil, KTVU CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA John Odell, CCSF 4317 Camden Avenue Nancy Osborne, KFSN San Mateo, CA 94403 Pat Patton, KRON/Young (650) 341-7786 (Membership) F: (650) 372-0279 Pam Schoen, KTXL Heather Searles, ITVS Damian Trujillo, KNTV Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Kira Vilanova, KDTV (Publicity) Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc. Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame

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

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