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ff Camera August 2004

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

They’re Coming New President / GM

Mark Antonitis
has been named
president and general
manager of KRON-TV,
effective immediately,
it was announced by
Deborah A.
McDermott, president
of Young Broadcast-
Mr. Antonitis
By Sharon Navratil formerly served as
Nielsen confirmed people meters will start in San president and general
Francisco on September 30 of this year. They are manager of YBI’s
already in Boston, New York, L.A., and as of August KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD, a position he held since
5, in Chicago. 1996. Mr. Antonitis will replace Dino Dinovitz, who
The procedure for counting viewers now include previously announced his plans to retire at the end of
paper diaries, but viewers often forget to jot down a 2004. Mr. Dinovitz joined KRON-TV in November
lesser-known program or channel. The current alter- 2000 and will remain with the station until the end of
native, known as “set meters,” record only what the the year to work with Mr. Antonitis to ensure a smooth
“household” is watching. But, Neilsen does not know transition.
the age or gender of the viewer(s). Provided it’s done “We are enormously appreciative of the signifi-
correctly, people meters electronically record which cant contributions he has made in the four years he
programs are being watched, and, most importantly, has been at KRON,” said Vincent Young, YBI chair-
by whom. With people meters, everyone in the man. “Dino has steered the station successfully from
household should click a button when they watch an affiliate to independent status and has increased
television. If they decide to watch a different show on our market share and our brand in one of America’s
a different TV, they must click out and then click in on most important television markets.”
the other set. continued on page 2 continued on page 4

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People Meters Coming TV Tech News:
Recording in HD
continued from page 1
But, a major controversy has developed over the
alleged undercounting of the number of Blacks and
Latino viewers. As a result, Anne Elliot, VP Commu-
nications at Nielsen, says in the San Francisco
market, Nielsen will keep its current set meters and
daily diaries along with the people meters until De-
cember 29th.
Set meters are now in 508 Bay Area homes. The
people meters will go into 800 additional homes.
According to Nielsen’s Elliot, there will be training for
each household and though it “will take some coach-
ing,” she believes people meters will be far more
accurate. By Keith Sanders
That sentiment is echoed by KGO-TV News VP Even if you were the first on your block to watch
Kevin Keeshan who says, “I think this system will be television in high definition, you can’t record it with an
more accurate, and will reflect more closely the analog VCR or standard issue TIVO. But due to a
viewing that actually takes place.” little-known FCC rule, any newer Mac with OS X can
But, as with most habitual things, change can be become a high-definition video recorder!
uncomfortable. Ed Chapuis News Director at KTVU That FCC regulation requires all cable companies
says “It’s a natural evolution and obviously there are
to provide a Firewire enabled cable set-top-box to
concerns. But, any system that can measure us 365 any customer who asks (as per an FCC interpretation
days a year or 52 weeks a year, is a better system of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of
than what we have now, as long as it’s accurately 1996).
counting those who are watching.” With this new set-top-box, any modern Mac
If you would like to learn more about people equipped with two free programs – VirtualDVHS for
meters, there will be a forum at KPIX on Wednesday recording, and VLC for playback – can be turned into
September 22. Look for information in next month’s an HDTV recorder for broadcast content. If your
edition of “Off Camera.” HDTV has a Firewire port, you can also use your Mac
to playback directly to your HD television.
New Board Members Some cable companies encrypt HD content for
copy protection, however it’s illegal for them to
encrypt broadcast stations. So at the very least you
can record ABC, CBS, NBC, WB, UPN, and PBS.
You may receive unencrypted subscription channels
like HBO, but cable companies will encrypt this
content sooner or later.
Virtual DVHS can be downloaded from the Apple
Developer Connection at
VLC is open source and can be found at
John Burgess Josh Springer
Two new members have been appointed to the This is pre-beta developer software…follow
NATAS Board of Governors. installation instructions carefully. You can also check
John Burgess, general manager, KFTY 50, Santa out the Mac OS X Hints website for information on
Rosa and KVIQ 6, Eureka will fill the slot opened by configuring your new HDTV recorder!
Alison Gibson being elected National Trustee. (sources-4/29 Gizmodo Gadgets Weblog & Wired
Josh Springer, senior producer/director, KCSM Magazine)
60, San Mateo, replaces Damian Trujillo who re- “TV Tech News” will be a monthly column written
signed to co-chair the NAHJ (National Association of by our San Jose vice president Keith Sanders.
Hispanic Journalists) convention in San Jose next Please contact him at
year. with story ideas or questions.
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Franklin moves to CBS 5 Cameras Roll in Hawaii
Award-winning By the end of
producer/photographer summer, four network
Craig Franklin has series will call the
joined KPIX-TV as a island of Oahu home.
special projects pro- NBC’s cop drama
ducer. “Hawaii,” starring
Franklin started Michael Biehn,
“HAWAII” NBC initiated production
work at the CBS
this month. ABC’s
affiliate in San Francisco in mid-July. One of his chief
survivor drama “Lost”
assignments will be to develop the station’s planned
is now shooting at
“30 Minutes” program — a monthly show focusing on
scenic Honolulu
Bay Area stories and based on CBS’ “60 Minutes”
spots, and Fox’s hotel
series “North Shore”
Franklin comes to KPIX after years as a producer/
has the green light for
photographer at KRON 4, the former NBC affiliate in
San Francisco. During his career, Franklin has won
ABC more episodes.
Warner Brothers’
17 regional Emmys and three Peabody Awards. He
“Rocky Point” is
also serves on the advisory board of News Watch, a
scheduled to begin
resource group that attempts to improve the cover-
production by Sep-
age of diversity.
tember, though pro-
ducers are also
looking at the islands
Tapeless Camera of Kauai and Maui.
“North Shore”
Seminars is occupying Hawaii’s
only soundstage at
Diamond Head Film Studio. ABC and NBC are shoot-
Wednesday, August 11th ing on location while their soundstages are being
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. built. ABC is using the old Xerox building, site of the
JVC SYSTEM 1999 incident in which 7 Xerox employees were
gunned down by a co-worker.
Wednesday, August 18th “Lost” production designer Carlos Barbosa is
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. overseeing the construction of a “cave” set, where
SONY SYSTEM the show’s plane-crash survivor characters take
The influx of network interest (and cash) is wel-
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Exiting KITV (ABC), Honolulu, Hawaii, is Creative
Sacramento, CA
Services Director Charmaine Kappler, who’s return-
ing to Florida to be with her family.
Contact:: Police reporter Mary Zanakis has resigned to
George Franco, NATAS Sacramento, VP pursue other interests. Two years ago Zanakis won a
916-761-9851 lawsuit against KHON (Fox) after her schedule was changed following maternity leave.
Sales executive Kristy Lundell leaves for a posi-
tion at KHON and another sales exec, Steve Lewis,
has departed to enter a seminary.
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Winners of the National Student Television
Award for Excellence

Education chair
By Alison Gibson Alison Gibson and
Stunning photography, cutting edge editing awards coordinator
and sharp writing don’t usually come to mind when Arlene Shields
you think of high school media production. But our hand out student
2004 National Student Television Award winners awards
have all these skills, along with a fresh approach and
no holds barred attitude. Samples of their work were Affairs/Community Service/Public Service; Sports;
shown at a KPIX CBS5 luncheon and studio tour Technical Achievement; and Writing.
honoring students from Oakland’s Media Academy, Time Warner Foundation has again agreed to
Sacramento’s Sheldon High School and Antelope’s underwrite the award program for the coming year.
Center High School (a list of complete winners can Their grant is being utilized to get the message out to
be found at the more than eighteen thousand high schools
Now in its second year, the Student Award for nation-wide. The next period of eligibility is from
Excellence encourages and supports journalistic and February 1, 2004 through January 31, 2005, and
production skills among students. The 20 regional entries can be submitted between Monday, August
NATAS chapters honored winners in 6 categories: 16th, 2004 through Friday, February 11th, 2005. For
News; Arts and Entertainment/Documentary; Public more information, click on

KRON 4 GM ABC 7 Morning Producer

Stephanie A. Nuzzo has been named Morning
continued from page 1
Prior to joining KELO-TV,
News Producer for KGO-TV, an ABC-owned televi-
Mr. Antonitis was vice presi-
sion station. Vice President of News, Kevin
dent and news director ofKeeshan made the announcement. In her new
NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in position, Ms. Nuzzo will produce the 6AM newscast.
Chicago and, before that, Ms. Nuzzo produced news for KTVK Channel 3 in
held key broadcasting posi-
Phoenix, Arizona for six years. Beginning in 1997,
tions in Denver, St. Louis and
she served as one of KTVK’s Associate Producer/
New York. He has been Field Producers. Two years later, she became the
involved in numerous chari-
weekly National News Producer, coordinating video
table and community organi-
and live shots from CNN and writing all national
Retiring KRON 4 GM zations and during his tenure,
stories for the 2-hour evening show.
Dino Dinovitz
KELO-TV won a National A native of Marin County, Ms. Nuzzo graduated
Emmy for public service. with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State
University. She now resides in Marin County.
Off Camera, August 2004, page 4
Digital Media San Francisco - Aug 9th
‘The Door In the Floor’
Drama 1 hr. 51 min. Set in
the beach community of East
Hampton, New York, the film
chronicles one pivotal
summer in the lives of
famous children’s books
author Ted Cole (Jeff
If you are a San Francisco resident, you could be Bridges) and his beautiful
eligible for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s exciting, wife Marion (Kim Basinger).
no-cost scholarship program, Digital Directions. Their once-great marriage
Reaching out to their partners in the industry, has been strained by trag-
BAVC offers the San Francisco community an oppor- edy. The Coles lovingly
tunity to learn cutting edge production, post-produc- parent their surviving child,
tion, and digital design skills in the nation’s largest bright 4-year-old Ruth (Elle
independent media center. Fanning), who takes every-
thing in stride as perhaps
Digital Directions allows students to complete an
only a child can. But Marion’s equation of love with loss,
entire BAVC Certificate for free. Students are en- coupled with Ted’s infidelities, points towards a much-
rolled in Certificate curriculum at the start of the needed change in the relationship. That may come in the
program and are responsible for attending all en- form of Eddie O’Hare (Jon Foster), the young man Ted
rolled classes. Also included in the program, students hires to work as his summer assistant – and, Ted hopes,
have an opportunity to attend Career Development the catalyst to invigorate the Coles’ bond of marriage.
workshops and are encouraged to utilize BAVC’s Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted’s erratic work habits soon leave
open lab hours in order to further their learning. Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of
Application deadline is August 18, 2004. Training desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emo-
begins September 2004. tions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie’s surprise and
delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated. As he be-
comes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet
• San Francisco resident increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that,
• Working knowledge of video production, similarly, Ted’s surface fecklessness hides something
postproduction, digital design, and/or programming deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and
• Commitment to complete one BAVC Certifi- Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of their
cate in 6-8 months (certificate information included in family. Adapted from John Irving’s best-selling novel “A
application) Widow for One Year.”
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality and graphic
images, and language.
Application Deadline is August 18, 2004. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster,
For more information on the program, contact Elle Fanning, Bijou Phillips Directed by: Tod Williams
Produced by: Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The

Reporters move to So. Bay

Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking
7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to

Sacramento - Aug 21st

Garvin Thomas joins KNTV NBC 11 as a reporter.
His wife Karen Crocker will host “Kitchen Trends
2005” for HGTV. Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby of the
Gavin and Karen were general assignment report- Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel
Road, Sacramento (Off I80) at 11:30 a.m. Pick the hottest
ers in Boston before taking a self-financed, ‘round
movie playing.
the world’ backpacking trip!
They are represented by David Ahrendts of the The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening
Napoli Management Group, Beverly Hills for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members
who may bring a guest.
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Reno TV Reporter Injured Fleeing Flames
By Beryl Chong, Reno Gazette-Journal

Veteran KOLO-TV reporter John Tyson Tyson said: “I’m doing fine, my hand
sustained second-degree burns on his right hurts and the side of my face hurts, but I’m
arm and right cheek as he and firefighters still going to do my live shot.”
were fleeing flames Wednesday on King’s He went back to the field and reported
Canyon Road in Carson City, Nevada. from the fire at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“The fire went over us, and a lot of us Wednesday on the ABC affiliate.
had started running, and I got some radiation “I had never seen fire behavior like this,”
burn on right side of my arm and face,” said Tyson said.
the 59-year-old Virginia City resident. Bowe said Tyson, best known for his
Tyson, who usually photographs, edits John Tyson’s Journal series, has worked at
and reports his stories, was videotaping a fire KOLO for 22 years.
crew trying to keep flames from jumping the “We’re real glad he’s OK,” Bowe said.
road about noon when the spot fires ex- The fire also burned several fire trucks.
ploded into infernos in seconds. He said the 2004 Ford Tyson and his wife, Carol, own the Rafter 7 Bar M
Escape sport utility vehicle he had parked on the side of ranch in Virginia City and care for six foster kids. He is a
the road had burned. working cowboy and a part-time deputy sheriff for Storey
“The spot fire just blew up in front of us and blew up County.
behind us, and the spot fire hit so fast and because of the Carol Tyson said she called him as she usually does
winds, it blew back into us. We were in danger of being when he goes out on a fire.
surrounded. There were a lot of people running for cover, “He was talking real funny. He said ‘I gotta go to the
and I was just one of them,” he said. hospital, I’ll call you right back,’” she said.
Heat from the flames caused blisters on his face and She sent her daughter to meet him at the hospital.
arm. Tyson was released after treatment at Carson-Tahoe After doctors gave him morphine for pain, he decided to go
Hospital, said Jack Bowe, KOLO news director. back, Carol Tyson said.
“I told him to go home,” Bowe said. “He claims he’s “He’s an old fire dog, can’t keep him away,” she said.
been doing this 17 or 18 years.”


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 Sharon Navratil, KTVU SAN FRANCSISCO
Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno John Odell, CCSF NORTHERN C ALIF
Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii Nancy Osborne, KFSN 4317 Camden Avenue
Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary Pat Patton, KRON/Young San Mateo, CA 94403
Frances Palacios, Palacios Prod., Treasurer (650) 341-7786
F: (650) 372-0279
Pam Schoen, KTXL
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Josh Springer, KCSM
Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards)
Kira Vilanova, KDTV (Publicity)
GOVERNORS: Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc.
Dan Adams, KXTV Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame
Dan Ashley, KGO
Brian Avery, KTLN COMMITTEE CHAIRS (not listed above)
John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal)
John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum)
(Museum) Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity)
Janice Edwards, KNTV James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance)
Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX
Stewart Heller, York Productions Darryl R Compton, NATAS
Valeria Hernandez, KDTV
Adam Housley, Fox News Off Camera
Justin Kanno, KOLO Damian Trujillo, Editor
Ronald Louie, KTVU Darryl Compton, Publisher
John Murray, JM Communications Robert Mohr, Photographer
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