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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
A Conversation with KTVU’s
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
AWARDS COMMITTEE REVIEWS EMMY® JUDGING
After looking into judging concerns for this year’s Emmy® show, members of the chapter’s Awards Committee have concluded there was nothing significantly wrong with the way entries were judged this year. The committee began its investigation after receiving numerous complaints from Emmy® entrants as well as regional vice presidents about some of the nominations and final Emmy® recipients. The complaints ranged from San Francisco television stations dominating the awards to the worthiness of some entries that were nominated or honored. Chapter executive director Darryl Compton audited the entries and reported that 28 percent of this year’s 722 entries received nominations and 8 percent of the total entries were awarded Emmy® statuettes. The San Francisco-San Jose region had 431 entries with 29 percent receiving nominations and 9 percent receiving Emmy® statuettes. The next largest region, Sacramento, had 103 entries with 32 percent getting nominations and 9 percent receiving statuettes.
LIFE ON THE SPLIT SHIFT
Three months ago, the most successful morning anchor in the bay area took on a new role: co-anchor of Ch. 2’s new 5:00 newscast. Nothing out of the ordinary with that. What is a bit unusual, is that he didn’t give up his morning duties. Instead, KTVU’s Frank Somerville began working a split shift, anchor Mornings on 2, going home, and then coming back to anchor the 5:00pm newscast with Leslie Griffith. He spoke with Off Camera’s Bob Goldberger recently about the pros and cons of working the dreaded split shift. OFF CAMERA: It’s been three months now since you started your split shift. How are you holding up? Frank Somerville: You know what, I was really con cerned it would be an absolute nightmare. I really was. At first I thought I’d never be able to do it. But it’s interesting; I kind of like the schedule. I’m actually used to it.
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From Hawaii to Chico to Reno, the new board members in NATAS Northern California chapter cover the regional gamut. Chapter members elected 13 governors in last month’s election to fill two-year terms. They join 12 other board members who are in the midst of two-year terms as well as the board’s officers and committee chairs in overseeing NATAS’ operations in Northern California. History was made in the June election. Tamar Maghdissian became the first person elected to the board from the Chico-Redding area. Maghdissian is a reporter for KHSL/KNV, working out of the Redding bureau. She is joined by Duncan Armstrong, a photojournalist for KHNL in Hawaii. Armstrong has worked in
GOVERNORS ELECTED TO NATAS BOARD
Honolulu for 10 years. He joins Hawaii vice president Pamela Young as the 50th state’s two representatives on the NATAS board. Also elected in June was Justin Kanno, a photographer/editor at KOLO in Reno. This will be Kanno’s second term on the board. He joins Reno vice president Terri Russell as the Nevada city’s two representatives on the board. Three Sacramento t-v professionals were also elected to the board. Incumbents Albert Garcia, a photojournalist/editor at KUVS, and Deirdre Fitzpatrick, an anchor/reporter at KCRA, were re-elected to second terms. Thomas Drayton, an anchor-reporter at KTXL Fox 40, was selected for his first term. The trio joins Sacramento vice president Dan Adams of KXTV
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GOVERNORS ELECTED THIRD TRUSTEE
It has been ten years since our chapter has been represented by three Trustees. The Board of Governors elected Linda Giannecchini to a two year term as our third at its June board meeting. Cynthia Zeiden and Alison Gibson are also currently serving. The National Academy takes a biyearly membership census; chapters are authorized to elect a trustee for every three hundred professional and life members. On April 15, 2005 the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter total was 1,082, up from 886 in 2001. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the National Academy and meets semi-annually. Linda is no stranger to the National Board, currently serving as the chairman’s representative on the executive committee, without vote. Linda has previously served three terms as trustee, been elected national secretary, vice president and vice chairman. She has always been active on the local level as well, serving as awards chair, president and past-president. She is currently the cochair of the Archive-Museum Committee.
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and Pam Schoen of KTXL as representatives from California’s capital city. Seven t-v professionals from the Bay Area were also elected in June. Terry Lowry, anchor/host for LaCosse Productions, was elected as was KTVU assistant director Ron Louie. Both Sadiq have served on the board for years in a number of capacities. KGO executive producer Bob Goldberger was elected as was KTVU design director Deanne MoensterPoitras. Also joining the board is independent producer Terri Amos, who oversaw the after-party at the Emmy® show in May. John Burgess, general manager of KFTY in Santa Rosa, was elected to a second term. Sheraz Sadiq, an associate producer at KQED, was selected for his first term. The new governors will be welcomed at the board’s monthly meeting on July 9. The board is also scheduled to appoint two new governors to fill seats left vacant by recent resignations. Results of the membership survey will be published in the August Off Camera.
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SHAKE-UP IN SACRAMENTO
Two veteran News Directors are out in Sacramento as CBS and Gannett both made big changes in the same month. After seven years at KXTV (ABC), Gannett let Ron Comings go. The station has not named his replacement yet. And Jim Lemon has left KOVR (CBS) after almost four years at the helm. KOVR and KMAX (UPN) are the new CBS duopoly in Sacramento, and the network has promoted from within to lead the news portion of that partnership. Steve Charlier was named Vice President of News for both KOVR and KMAX. Charlier comes to Sacramento from CBS’s O&O in Salt Lake City, KUTV. Joining Charlier as Assistant News Director for both stations is Lori Waldon. Waldon was Managing Editor of CBS-owned KPIX in San Francisco. One survivor in the Sacramento shake-up is Brent Baader, who is staying on as News Director of KMAX, focusing primarily on the station’s morning newscast.
BRIAN HACKNEY JUMPS TO CH. 5
News anchor, weathercaster, science reporter. Brian Hackney has done it all the past few years at KRON, and has won Emmy® Awards for expertise in all three areas as well. But now Hackney is moving from a traditional newscast role to entertainment co-host on KPIX’s Evening Magazine with Malou Nubla. Hackney will also be “an integral part of the producing staff of Evening Magazine,” according to Ch. 5. Hackney moved from KGO to KRON back in 1995, and is the first front-line talent to leave KRON since station management offered many of them the opportunity to break their contracts and move to other stations within the market, in the station’s continuing effort to cut costs. He begins his new role on Evening Magazine in mid-July.
RTNDA NAMES THE TEN O’CLOCK NEWS CBS 5 GOES HEAD TO HEAD AT 6:00 PM BEST IN THE NATION
KTVU’s The Ten O’Clock News has won the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for best large market newscast in the country. The Ten o’Clock News is co-anchored by Dennis Richmond and Leslie Griffith, Bill Martin in weather and Mark Ibanez in sports. “To win the Edward R. Murrow award for best newscast in America is a great accomplishment” says Ch. 2 Vice President/General Manager Tim McVay. “This award reflects the hard work and dedication of an extremely talented group of journalists who are committed to bringing the viewers in our market complete Bay Area news coverage.” The Ten O’Clock News competed against 12 other regional winners from outstanding stations in Portland, Denver; Minneapolis, Dallas, St. Louis, Cleveland, Charlotte, Birmingham, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami. After years of “counter programming” its 5:00pm7:00pm news block, CBS 5 in San Francisco has joined the rest of the network pack. Beginning Monday, June 27th, KPIX moved back the CBS Evening News from 6:00pm, to 5:30pm. The move puts Eyewitness News head to head now with ABC 7 and NBC 11 the entire two hours, with all three network-owned affiliates running local news from 5:00pm-5:30pm and network news from 5:30pm6:00pm, followed by a full hour of local news from 6:00pm-7:00pm. KTVU Ch. 2 (Fox) now runs local news from 5:00pm6:30pm, and KRON 4 (Ind.) has local newscasts from 4:00pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-5:30pm, and 6:00pm7:00pm, with Inside Edition filling the two half-hour holes.
Jack Poorman has joined KGO-TV in San Francisco as a promotions producer/writer. Poorman will produce and edit news series and image promos for the station. Poorman has been working as a freelance producer in San Francisco and Los Angeles most recently, after spending 15 years at CNN in Atlanta, where he shared in a national Emmy® and Peabody for the network’s coverage of the Gulf War. Jeff Harris moves to Executive Producer for Special Projects at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, from Executive
ON THE MOVE
Producer for Investigations at the same station. And Karl Norberg moves up from associate producer to producer of Evening Magazine. General Assignment reporter Jonathan Carlson jumps 49 markets to Fox affiliate KTXL in Sacramento from the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, FL. Jonathan who is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, has also worked as a general assignment reporter at the ABC affiliate in Rochester, New York.
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Photo by Robert Mohr
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The outlying areas didn’t fare quite as well. Of Fresno’s 73 entries, 19 percent were nominated and 3 percent received statues. In Hawaii, 24 percent of the region’s 25 entries were nominated while 4 percent won Emmy® awards. In Reno, 14 percent of the 28 entries were nominated and none of those were awarded Emmy® statuettes. The Salinas-Monterey, Eureka and Chico-Redding regions had a total of six nominations and one Emmy® recipient. Spanish-language stations had 56 entries with 12 getting nominations and one winning an Emmy® award. Cable outlets, including Fox Sports Bay Area, had 41 entries with 14 nominations and four Emmy® awards. All entries were judged outside of our chapter by a panel of at least six peer judges from five other NATAS chapters Compton also grouped the judging by region to see if there was any chapter that was prevalent in the areas that received complaints. He discovered the four areas that received no nominations this year were judged by three different chapters. A similar pattern emerged in areas with few nominations. Compton also re-checked the judges on a sampling of areas to make sure qualified peer judges were on each panel. He found no discrepancies. The “breaking news” category, for example, was judged by three reporters, an anchor, a producer and a photographer. “The Emmy® award stands for excellence and outstanding achievement in television. The integrity of the Emmy® process is one the highest priorities in my life. I spend well over a thousand hours each year processing each entry from the day it is received till the statuettes are handed out,” said Compton. “Our awards’ accountant and support staff go to great lengths to make sure that each entry is treated equally and fairly.” Chapter president David Mills requested this year’s judging review. After the committee’s investigation, Mills said he is satisfied with the results of the awards audit. “Emmy® judging is always a subjective thing. What one person thinks is a quality program, another person may think is mediocre,” Mills said. “I was concerned when we received the complaints after the Emmy® show; but after the committee’s investigation, I’m convinced there was nothing significantly wrong with this year’s judging.” Mills also asked the Awards Committee to study ways to increase the nominations of smaller markets as well as Spanish-language stations. The committee will take up those topics as well as next year’s award rules at its July 14th meeting.
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter annually honors outstanding individual, news and program achievements in Northern California, Hawaii and Reno. The purpose of conferring coveted Emmy® statuettes is to provide incentive for continuing outstanding individual and production achievements within the television industry. The Emmy® Awards program is also a means of focusing public attention upon the multi-talented individuals who comprise this business and to honor them. Since we are awarding excellence, there can be one award, more than one award or no award presented in each area. The awards judging process begins in July when the Northern California chapter’s Awards Committee meets to determine what areas will be offered in the following year’s competition. That list is sent to the National Awards Committee for approval, making sure all the rules conform to National policy and regulations. The approved “call for entries” information is made available to the chapter by late fall, with a mid-January deadline for award submissions.
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This year, 722 entries were submitted from the calendar year 2004, for Emmy® award consideration. The actual process started when the entry arrived at the Academy office. We call the day after the January deadline “sorting day.” A group of volunteers from the Board and Awards Committee opened each package checking that the information on each tape label matched the entry form. The tapes were sorted by area number. Several hundred hours were then spent processing the paper work. All the information on the entry form was entered into a data base, including every name and title submitted. We may have had 722 entries, but that amounted to 1,518 individual entrant names. Membership status and correct entry fees were checked and the funds deposited. Upon completion, the entry database was published on the emmysf.tv website. About three weeks after the January sorting day, the Awards Committee had an all day “certification meeting.”
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EMMY® ENTRY PROCEDURE
are announced. This is referred to as “blind scoring.” The committee, looking at raw scores, determined a cutoff in each area and entries above that cut-off were considered nominees. The committee then selected the Emmy® recipients by highest scores in each area. Again, since we are awarding excellence, there was the possibility of multiple award recipients. In some cases, if the scores were too low, no nominations or winners were selected. The Awards Committee members made these selections without knowing which entries or areas were being considered. Emmy® Certification continued from page 4 They went through the entire entry list looking for tapes that were in the wrong area or for entrants who may have “double dipped,” having entered the same material in more than one area. A list of entrants that had not paid the proper fees was also distributed to the committee as well as posted on the website. After the certification meeting the ballots were prepared. A random sort was made of entries in each area. The sort determined the order that the judges would view the entries. This year we went back to the 30 point judging scale for programs (1 to 10 points for content, creativity, and execution, 30 points being excellent). Craft areas were judged on creativity and execution only, possible 20 points. The station call
The nominations this year were announced on April 14, 2005 at parties in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Reno and posted on the Internet.
Photos Robert Mohr © 2005
letters were removed from the ballots, leaving only the entry number, title and total run time for the judges. As an aid to the judges, each entry could also include a written precis stating why the entry be considered awardworthy. This optional information was read aloud to the judges prior to each screening. ALL of our entries were shipped to another NATAS chapter for peer judging. That meant finding a minimum of six peer judges, qualified in the area being judged. This year we traded tapes with Cleveland, Heartland (Denver), National Capital/Chesapeake Bay, Northwest (Seattle) and Suncoast (Miami). Chapters usually had 6 weeks to complete their judging. After each area had been judged, ballots were collected and placed into an envelope bearing the area title, sealed and sent directly to Spalding and Company, our accounting firm for processing and auditing. Once all the tapes were processed, a tabulated sheet representing each area - but not identifying it – was presented to the Awards Committee usually a week before the nominations
On Saturday, May 14, 2005 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the envelopes were opened and the recipients awarded Emmy® statuettes.
Emmy® Night Photos
Lynn R Friedman & Robert Mohr © 2005
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WHAT IS PODCASTING?
By Keith Sanders
Really Simple Syndication
Is Podcasting similar to broadcasting? Podcasts aren’t heard live, they don’t contain commercials and they don’t use any “public” airwaves or spectrum. 1 Podcasting doesn’t have much in common with broadcasting…except that it could well represent its future. The word “Podcast” is a blend of the words iPod and broadcast. The abbreviated definition from CPUpedia.com reads “Podcasting is a way of publishing sound files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new audio files automatically.” Podcasting has enabled many producers to create selfpublished, syndicated radio shows. Users subscribe to 2 Podcasts using software, which periodically checks for and downloads new content. It can then sync the content to the user’s portable music player. Any digital audio player or computer with the appropriate software can play Podcasts.
Video you say?
The newest twist on Podcasting is called vlogging, or adding video to Podcast blogs. It’s now an embryonic ABC phenomenon with less than a few thousand regular practitioners, but there are many web sites that offer this service. Rocketboom (www.rocketboom.com) is a threeminute daily video blog based in New York City. They cover and create a wide range of information and commentary from top news stories to quirky Internet culture. The agenda includes releasing new clips at 9am EST, Monday through Friday. No one knows whether Podcasting or vlogging will eventually cannibalize traditional TV viewing. But there 3 have already been 3 million iPods sold, in addition to other MP3 players. Forrester Research predicts that “Podcasting will see significant growth by 2010 - reaching 12.3 million households - as MP3 adoption climbs and broadband reaches 62 percent of households.” Subscriber fees pay for Podcasting. Most American families already pay for their programming this way. According to The Television Bureau of Advertising only 15% of American households are still watching over-theair “free” TV. 67% of households have cable television 5 and satellite delivery now reaches 18%. It’s not a stretch to believe that most people would pay for Podcasting if they find the programming attractive. Like TIVO, Podcasting gives people more control of their programming. Viewing or listening can be done at any time. Unlike TIVO, programming choices are limited only by the size of the Internet. So take a second look at your iPod; you may be holding the future of television in your hand.
The word from Apple
Steve Jobs spoke about Podcasting last month at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. He said “there are now over 8,000 Podcasts available and this number is growing rapidly.” Jobs described the current 4 state of Podcasting as “really hard to do so far,” and said he plans on simplifying the identification and downloading of audio. The next version of iTunes (music software which works with iPod MP3 players) is due out this month. It will include a Podcast directory and subscription manager. Using RSS technology (Really Simple Syndication), iTunes will automatically connect to the Internet and download new audio files and then transfer them to a connected iPod. 7 6 But hold your ear buds, Podcast support for iTunes is already available from BadFruit (http://badfruit.com). Download the free BadApple plug-in, which adds interoperability to view and download podcasts directly within iTunes software. PC users won’t be left out in the cold either. RSS will be integrated into future versions of Windows. Microsoft plans to make sure that subscribing to RSS feeds is as simple as choosing a favorite in Internet Explorer. “We really think that RSS is going 8 be key to how people to Em my 9 use the Internet in the future,” said Gary Schare, a director of strategic product management for Microsoft’s Windows unit. Support for RSS will take place in both the Longhorn and Windows XP versions of Internet Explorer 7.0. Off Camera, July 2005,
Keith Sanders, is the NATAS vice president for San Jose and owner of Perfect Pitch TV. In addition to being our technology chair he also produces the Emmy® show. Send your technology stories to email@example.com
SOMERVILLE FRANK SOMERVILLE
KTVU CHANNEL 2 NEWS AT 5
OC: What exactly is your schedule? FS: I come in at 5:30 in the morning and work until 9:00. I leave for awhile and come back from 3:00 until 6:00. So I’m actually working less than eight hours, it’s just spread out over more than twelve hours. OC: And you’re seriously used to it? FS: Well, I go to work ten times a week instead of five, and take two showers a day. That’s a bit different. But hey, I have a six hour lunch break. Who else can say that? But I’m not a zombie like I think we all expected I would be at some point. I’m not having any trouble sleeping. It’s really okay. It’s not like I’m coming in at midnight. People ask, “Frank, are you okay? It must be hard.” No. The people who come in at midnight and work the overnight shift are doing the hard work. I did that before and I’m never doing that again. OC: Do you take a nap in between shifts, to keep you fresh for the News at 5:00? FS: Sometimes. I did nap about an hour today, but not always. Today, I got home and my daughter was reading so she read me the rest of her book. Then we all went to the park and I took the training wheels off her bike and we started working on that. Tonight we’ll all have dinner together. How could I say it’s a tough day after all that? OC: Now you’re making it sound like the dream shift. FS: I don’t know about that, but last week when I filled in for Dennis (Richmond) on the Ten O’Clock News (and didn’t anchor Mornings on 2), I was like “Wow, this is a long night,” because I worked straight through from 3:00 until 11:00. No long dinner break. When they offered me the new 5:00 show, at first I said I could do it for a couple of months. They said they were thinking more like two years. I really had to stop and think about it, but it’s turned out to be just fine. The first three months have gone quickly, to the point that I can’t even remember doing mornings and noon. OC: Your wife must have been nervous about you taking this on. FS: Oh yeah, she was really nervous at first that I’d leave her high and dry with the kids. But now she likes it. I’m actually spending more time with them now, I think. I eat lunch and dinner with my family every night. I switched my workout schedule to 9:30 in the morning, right after I leave work the first time, so I can be home with them for both meals. OC: I guess we should point out you have two little girls. FS: Six years old and seven months old. One is our biological daughter and the other we just adopted. That’s probably the single thing I’m most proud of in my life. We told the agency we had absolutely no prefercontinued from page 1
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ence with gender or race. She’s African American and just a wonderful baby. I’m truly blessed to have two healthy, amazing kids, and to be able to spend so much time with them. OC: When management talked with you about the News at 5:00, while still doing mornings, you must have weighed the hardships of a split shift with the benefits of expanding your on-air profile. FS: Absolutely. When they offered me this opportunity, it was one of those things where there was no question. If you want to be an evening guy, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to get there. I thought, there are worse things that can happen. I’m getting paid a lot of money to do something I love. All I have to do is figure out how to get enough sleep. That’s not exactly a hardship. OC: Were you concerned that bay area viewers were starting to see you as just a morning guy? That if you didn’t jump at this chance, you might be pigeonholed as a morning guy forever—not just in viewers’ minds but in KTVU management’s eyes as well? FS: Exactly. You hit the nail on the head. After twelve years on mornings, that is exactly what you have to worry about. This opens me up now to a whole other audience. The 5:00 experience certainly puts me in a position where there’s a possibility that sometime down the road when Dennis leaves, it puts me in position to take advantage if another opportunity does arrive. You know, Dennis Green said opportunities only open up every now and then. When one does open up, make sure your bags are packed and you’re ready to go. I look at this as packing my bags in case that opportunity opens up. So you know, if Dennis (Richmond) leaves and I get the six and ten it’s just that much better, but I’ve got the five regardless. So I’m in a great position now with the possibility it could only get better. OC: But with the 5:00pm show being a brand new newscast, it’s lagging in the ratings a bit. Is that tough, after spending twelve years on a morning newscast that dominates? FS: You know, it could be depressing if I wasn’t still doing Mornings on 2. Since I’m still on Mornings on 2, it makes the numbers at 5:00 easier to swallow. But we’re all optimistic we’re going to do very well there in the long run. And the numbers are okay. Certainly not what we want, but okay for now. If it were my only newscast, I think it would be harder, but I’m still part of the number one show, and so is Leslie with the 10:00 News, so that makes it easier. Just give us time. OC: Do you study the overnights each morning? FS: Sure I look every day, but what I try to do is not get too upset if the numbers are bad, and not too happy if the numbers are good. I just have to realize we’re in a growing trend and be patient. One day recently, we had a 2.0, which was great, but it followed a day we had a .4. I don’t want to live or die by numbers yet. I look at them, but not live or die by them. OC: Sounds like we’re not going to uncover any big sleep scandal here, or any other scandal for that matter. FS: Sorry to disappoint, but I’m really doing great with all of this. It’s my first evening newscast in the 20 plus years I’ve been doing this. I got the 5:00 show right on my 47th birthday. I’m just really happy to have this opportunity. It was my 47th birthday present. I love this job. I love news. I honestly can’t think of another job, at least not a realistic job, that I would want to do. I feel really fortunate to be doing what I’m doing.
RAY DOLBY CHARTER MEMBER RAY DOLBY OF GOLD CIRCLE DIES TO BE HONORED CIRCLE
Gold Circle recipient David B. Meblin, a pioneer in San Francisco’s television and advertising industries, died May 30, 2005, at Vale Health Center, San Pablo, from complications resulting from a fractured hip he suffered in March. He was 94. After the war in 1946, the Meblins moved to San Francisco and later to Ladera, where they were among the first residents of that model community near Palo Alto. A true television pioneer in the areas of advertising, sales and syndication, Meblin joined KPIX-TV in 1948, where he handled the station’s first advertising contract with Sterling Furniture for sponsorship of the station’s test pattern. In addition, he was instrumental in negotiating an advertising trade for the station’s first film news camera. He also was employed at KGO-TV for a number of years before joining the Avery-Knodel Co., a national advertising representative company, until his retirement. In 1975, Meblin began a second career syndicating television news features with the company he founded, Mighty Minute Programs. His most noteworthy success was the nationally syndicated 90-second feature, Joe Carcione, The Green Grocer.” He was also involved with syndicating Dr. Dean Edell, and Michael Marks, “Your Produce Man.” In addition to his advertising career, he also taught courses periodically at the San Francisco Labor School and Golden Gate University. As a daily train commuter since the early 1950s, Meblin was recognized by CalTrain officials in 1996 for riding the rails on a regular daily basis longer than anyone else. He was awarded a lifetime train pass. He told the officials that he planned to return the pass to them when he reached the age of 100. As a routine habit, he sat at the same seat on every train trip. Once, he found a woman sitting in his seat. After staring intensely at her for a minute, he said, “Don’t you know you’re sitting in my seat?” She moved immediately. He is survived by his son Andrew and his wife Shivon of Orinda, daughter Amy Meblin of Arlington, Mass., her partner Alix Carafiol, and two grandchildren, Juliet Meblin and Sylvie Carafiol-Meblin, and a sister, Denise Kessler of San Francisco. Donations are suggested for Friends of Berkeley Tulumne Camp or Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.
The National Television Academy will bestow, for the first time, a lifetime achievement award in the area of technology and engineering to Ampex Corporation and the five original inventors of the videotape recorder. Charlie Ginsberg, Ray Dolby, Alex Maxey, Charlie Anderson, Fred Pfost, and Shelby Henderson introduced the VTR1000, lated named the Ampex Mark IV, to the world on March 14, 1956 at the National Association of Radio and Television Convention. Ray Dolby, is the chairman and founder of Dolby Laboratories. Founded in 1965, Dolby Laboratories had an initial goal of developing electronic systems for reducing the background noise, such as hiss, introduced by the tape recording process. With the success of those systems and many analog and digital innovations since, the Dolby name has come to be associated worldwide with quality audio from film soundtracks, home theater systems, audio and videocassettes, DVD, TV audio, and cable and satellite transmissions The San Francisco/Northern Calfornia Chapter honored Dr. Ray Dolby with the Governors’ Award in 1988. Charles Ginsberg received the Governors’ Award in 1985. This national recognition will be given out at the 57th annual Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards on September 29th in Princeton, N.J.
EMMY SET & EMMY® ANIMA ANIMATION WIN BDA AW BDA AWARDS
The Emmy® 2004 animated logo won a Gold DBA (Broadcast Design Association) award and the Emmy® set took a Bronze. Working with design director Deanne Moenster-Poitras on the animation was Gabe Nansen and on the set John Mayne. Deanne’s daytime job as design director for KTVU Fox 2 also took home a Gold for the ID – Rock’em Sock’em Battle of the Bay, a Special Promo Bronze for the Rock’em Sock’em spot and a Silver for the KTVU Weather Set. Channel 2 also won a PROMAX Gold (Stunt Promotion and a Silver (Something for Nothing) both for Rocke’m Sock’em Battle of the Bay.
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NEW POST SUITE OPENS IN EAST BAY
EMMY® PRODUCERS SHOWCASE SUCCESSFUL
Activities chair Cynthia Zieden tried a different format for this years Emmy® Producers Showcase on June 30th at the Dolby Labs screening room in San Francisco. Instead of excerpts from many of the Emmy® Award winning entries she choose to screen three of the program winners in their entirety. Those attending enjoyed seeing the whole program and talking to the producers about the production. The program first featured the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary winner: Earthquakes: Where the Fault Lies, from KRON 4, Brian Hackney, Producer/Reporter; Craig Franklin, Photographer; Jim Joy, Editor. The editor, multi Emmy® Award winner Jim Joy represented the team. The documentary took four weeks to shoot and three weeks to edit. Jim said they could have not completed all the special effects in the show without Brian Hackney editing those portions at home on his Final Cut Pro. Brian takes you on a helicopter trip up the fault line, inter-cut with maps, zooming in on a location, freezing, and showing how much the faults have moved. Changing pace the ne xt Outstanding Achievement area was the Children/Youth Program: Out of Bounds, from KICU 36, Brodie Brazil, Host; Ric Shiraki, Videographer. “Out of Bounds” is a segment of the weekly KICU program High School Sports Focus and features athletes who have overcome a difficult handicap or sickness. Brodie said that the show is done with a very limited staff and very low budget. The Out of Bounds special featured the best of these weekly segments. The final screening was the Outstanding Achievement area of Cultural Affairs Program: Monterey Bay Aquarium: A California Treasure Turns 20, from KPIX CBS 5, Tim Hazen, Producer/Writer/Photographer/Editor The Aquarium asked CBS 5 to produce a special to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and Tim Hazen was assigned the job. He worked with the Aquarium’s PR manager Mimi Hahn to highlight the exhibits, fish and animals and show a fantastic place to visit. Chief meteorologist Samantha Mohr was the host of the program which was shot in just three days. The evening concluded with MC Javier Valencia, handing out raffle prizes, the proceeds going to the Academy Scholarship Fund.
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Bay Area NATAS members are invited to several FREE movie screenings each month by subscribing to Lynn’s List. San Francisco vice president and Cinema Club chair Lynn R Friedman searches out FREE tickets and invites, than sends e-mails to those on “Lynn’s List.” If you are interested in receiving these screening notices, please send your email address to email@example.com. We again apologize that our 2nd Monday screenings with DGA at the Delancey Street Screening Room have been cancelled. And if you can be of assistance in finding alternative screenings please contact Lynn.
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NorCal RTNDA AWARDS ENTRIES DEADLINE, Fri., July 15th
The entry deadline for the 24th Annual NorCal RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors of Northern California) is Friday, July 15, 2005. The entry period is from July 1, 2005 though June 30, 2005. The following categories are open to individuals and news departments in Northern California and Reno: NEWS BROADCAST – 30 minute * NEWS BROADCAST - 60 minute * LIVE OR BREAKING NEWS * 1 SPECIAL NEWS PROGRAM * INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING MULTI-PART SERIES NEWS REPORTING FEATURE REPORTING - SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING – LIGHT SPECIALTY REPORTING SPORTS - SEGMENT/FEATURE SPORTS PROGRAM/SPECIAL WEATHER - SEGMENT/STORY TRAFFIC REPORTING NEWS WRITING ONE-PERSON NEWS DEPARTMENT REPORTER-PHOTOGRAPHER-EDITOR NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOTAPE EDITING WEB PAGE *The first four categories are divided by market size, 1-31 and 31 and higher, all others are a singe award. Complete information is on NorCal website at www.norcalrtnda.com or contact the NorCal office at 650-3419978. The awards will be presented at a banquet in Ooctober.
7 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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: Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) GOVERNORS: Terri Amos, Cornerstone Productions Duncan Armstrong, KHNL Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, Avery Media Samuel Belilty, KFTV John Burgess, KFTY Thomas Drayton, KTXL Janice Edwards, KNTV Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA Albert Garcia, KUVS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee) Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions
SAN FRANCSISCO CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279 Tamar Maghdissian, KHSL Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU John Murray, JM Communications John Odell, CCSF Sheraz Sadiq, KQED Pam Schoen, KTXL Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards)
COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) 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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