The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


August 2004

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

They’re Coming PEOPLE METERS !

New President / GM KRON 4
Mark Antonitis has been named president and general manager of KRON-TV, effective immediately, it was announced by Deborah A. McDermott, president of Young Broadcasting. Mr. Antonitis formerly served as president and general manager of YBI’s KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD, a position he held since 1996. Mr. Antonitis will replace Dino Dinovitz, who previously announced his plans to retire at the end of 2004. Mr. Dinovitz joined KRON-TV in November 2000 and will remain with the station until the end of the year to work with Mr. Antonitis to ensure a smooth transition. “We are enormously appreciative of the significant contributions he has made in the four years he has been at KRON,” said Vincent Young, YBI chairman. “Dino has steered the station successfully from an affiliate to independent status and has increased our market share and our brand in one of America’s most important television markets.”
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By Sharon Navratil

Nielsen confirmed people meters will start in San Francisco on September 30 of this year. They are already in Boston, New York, L.A., and as of August 5, in Chicago. The procedure for counting viewers now include paper diaries, but viewers often forget to jot down a lesser-known program or channel. The current alternative, known as “set meters,” record only what the “household” is watching. But, Neilsen does not know the age or gender of the viewer(s). Provided it’s done correctly, people meters electronically record which programs are being watched, and, most importantly, by whom. With people meters, everyone in the household should click a button when they watch television. If they decide to watch a different show on a different TV, they must click out and then click in on the other set. continued on page 2

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People Meters Coming
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But, a major controversy has developed over the alleged undercounting of the number of Blacks and Latino viewers. As a result, Anne Elliot, VP Communications at Nielsen, says in the San Francisco market, Nielsen will keep its current set meters and daily diaries along with the people meters until December 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 coaching,” she believes people meters will be far more accurate. That sentiment is echoed by KGO-TV News VP Kevin Keeshan who says, “I think this system will be more accurate, and will reflect more closely the viewing that actually takes place.” But, as with most habitual things, change can be uncomfortable. Ed Chapuis News Director at KTVU says “It’s a natural evolution and obviously there are concerns. But, any system that can measure us 365 days a year or 52 weeks a year, is a better system than what we have now, as long as it’s accurately counting those who are watching.” If you would like to learn more about people meters, there will be a forum at KPIX on Wednesday September 22. Look for information in next month’s edition of “Off Camera.”

TV Tech News: Recording in HD

By Keith Sanders

Even if you were the first on your block to watch television in high definition, you can’t record it with an analog VCR or standard issue TIVO. But due to a little-known FCC rule, any newer Mac with OS X can become a high-definition video recorder! That FCC regulation requires all cable companies to provide a Firewire enabled cable set-top-box to any customer who asks (as per an FCC interpretation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996). With this new set-top-box, any modern Mac equipped with two free programs – VirtualDVHS for recording, and VLC for playback – can be turned into an HDTV recorder for broadcast content. If your HDTV has a Firewire port, you can also use your Mac to playback directly to your HD television. 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 http://developer.apple.com/firewire/ VLC is open source and can be found at http://www.videolan.org/ John Burgess Josh Springer This is pre-beta developer software…follow Two new members have been appointed to the installation instructions carefully. You can also check NATAS Board of Governors. John Burgess, general manager, KFTY 50, Santa out the Mac OS X Hints website for information on configuring your new HDTV recorder! Rosa and KVIQ 6, Eureka will fill the slot opened by (sources-4/29 Gizmodo Gadgets Weblog & Wired Alison Gibson being elected National Trustee. Magazine) Josh Springer, senior producer/director, KCSM “TV Tech News” will be a monthly column written 60, San Mateo, replaces Damian Trujillo who reby our San Jose vice president Keith Sanders. signed to co-chair the NAHJ (National Association of Please contact him at sanders@perfectpitchtv.com Hispanic Journalists) convention in San Jose next with story ideas or questions. year. Off Camera, August 2004, page 2

New Board Members

Franklin moves to CBS 5
Award-winning producer/photographer Craig Franklin has joined KPIX-TV as a special projects producer. Franklin started work at the CBS affiliate in San Francisco in mid-July. One of his chief assignments will be to develop the station’s planned “30 Minutes” program — a monthly show focusing on Bay Area stories and based on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program. Franklin comes to KPIX after years as a producer/ photographer at KRON 4, the former NBC affiliate in San Francisco. During his career, Franklin has won 17 regional Emmys and three Peabody Awards. He also serves on the advisory board of News Watch, a resource group that attempts to improve the coverage of diversity.

Cameras Roll in Hawaii
By the end of summer, four network series will call the island of Oahu home. NBC’s cop drama “Hawaii,” starring Michael Biehn, “HAWAII” NBC initiated production this month. ABC’s survivor drama “Lost” is now shooting at scenic Honolulu spots, and Fox’s hotel series “North Shore” has the green light for ABC more episodes. Warner Brothers’ “Rocky Point” is scheduled to begin production by September, though producers are also looking at the islands of Kauai and Maui. “North Shore” is occupying Hawaii’s only soundstage at Diamond Head Film Studio. ABC and NBC are shooting on location while their soundstages are being built. ABC is using the old Xerox building, site of the 1999 incident in which 7 Xerox employees were gunned down by a co-worker. “Lost” production designer Carlos Barbosa is overseeing the construction of a “cave” set, where the show’s plane-crash survivor characters take shelter. The influx of network interest (and cash) is welcome news to local crews who have not seen major TV production since Steven Bochco’s “Byrds of Paradise” on NBC.

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Exiting KITV (ABC), Honolulu, Hawaii, is Creative Services Director Charmaine Kappler, who’s returning 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 georgefranco@digitalgeorge.com changed following maternity leave. Sales executive Kristy Lundell leaves for a position at KHON and another sales exec, Steve Lewis, has departed to enter a seminary. Off Camera, August 2004, page 3

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Winners of the National Student Television Award for Excellence

By Alison Gibson

Stunning photography, cutting edge editing and sharp writing don’t usually come to mind when you think of high school media production. But our 2004 National Student Television Award winners have all these skills, along with a fresh approach and no holds barred attitude. Samples of their work were shown at a KPIX CBS5 luncheon and studio tour honoring students from Oakland’s Media Academy, Sacramento’s Sheldon High School and Antelope’s Center High School (a list of complete winners can be found at www.nationalstudent.tv). Now in its second year, the Student Award for Excellence encourages and supports journalistic and production skills among students. The 20 regional NATAS chapters honored winners in 6 categories: News; Arts and Entertainment/Documentary; Public

Education chair Alison Gibson and awards coordinator Arlene Shields hand out student awards

Affairs/Community Service/Public Service; Sports; Technical Achievement; and Writing. Time Warner Foundation has again agreed to underwrite the award program for the coming year. Their grant is being utilized to get the message out to the more than eighteen thousand high schools nation-wide. The next period of eligibility is from February 1, 2004 through January 31, 2005, and entries can be submitted between Monday, August 16th, 2004 through Friday, February 11th, 2005. For more information, click on www.nationalstudent.tv.

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ABC 7 Morning Producer

Retiring KRON 4 GM Dino Dinovitz

Prior to joining KELO-TV, Mr. Antonitis was vice president and news director of NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago and, before that, held key broadcasting positions in Denver, St. Louis and New York. He has been involved in numerous charitable and community organizations and during his tenure, KELO-TV won a National Emmy for public service.

Stephanie A. Nuzzo has been named Morning News Producer for KGO-TV, an ABC-owned television station. Vice President of News, Kevin Keeshan made the announcement. In her new position, Ms. Nuzzo will produce the 6AM newscast. Ms. Nuzzo produced news for KTVK Channel 3 in Phoenix, Arizona for six years. Beginning in 1997, she served as one of KTVK’s Associate Producer/ Field Producers. Two years later, she became the weekly National News Producer, coordinating video and live shots from CNN and writing all national stories for the 2-hour evening show. A native of Marin County, Ms. Nuzzo graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University. She now resides in Marin County. Off Camera, August 2004, page 4

Dive into 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 Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. The Coles lovingly parent their surviving child, bright 4-year-old Ruth (Elle Fanning), who takes everything in stride as perhaps only a child can. But Marion’s equation of love with loss, coupled with Ted’s infidelities, points towards a muchneeded change in the relationship. That may come in the form of Eddie O’Hare (Jon Foster), the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant – and, Ted hopes, the catalyst to invigorate the Coles’ bond of marriage. Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted’s erratic work habits soon leave Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emotions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie’s surprise and delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated. As he becomes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that, similarly, Ted’s surface fecklessness hides something deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of their family. Adapted from John Irving’s best-selling novel “A Widow for One Year.” MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster, Elle Fanning, Bijou Phillips Directed by: Tod Williams Produced by: Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope 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.

If you are a San Francisco resident, you could be eligible for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s exciting, no-cost scholarship program, Digital Directions. Reaching out to their partners in the industry, BAVC offers the San Francisco community an opportunity to learn cutting edge production, post-production, and digital design skills in the nation’s largest independent media center. Digital Directions allows students to complete an entire BAVC Certificate for free. Students are enrolled in Certificate curriculum at the start of the program and are responsible for attending all enrolled classes. Also included in the program, students have an opportunity to attend Career Development workshops and are encouraged to utilize BAVC’s open lab hours in order to further their learning. Application deadline is August 18, 2004. Training begins September 2004. Eligibility: • San Francisco resident • Working knowledge of video production, postproduction, digital design, and/or programming • Commitment to complete one BAVC Certificate in 6-8 months (certificate information included in application) Application: Application Deadline is August 18, 2004. For more information on the program, contact scholarship@bavc.org.

Reporters move to So. Bay
Garvin Thomas joins KNTV NBC 11 as a reporter. His wife Karen Crocker will host “Kitchen Trends 2005” for HGTV. Gavin and Karen were general assignment reporters in Boston before taking a self-financed, ‘round the world’ backpacking trip! They are represented by David Ahrendts of the Napoli Management Group, Beverly Hills

Sacramento - Aug 21st
Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby of the Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I80) at 11:30 a.m. Pick the hottest movie playing. The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening 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 sustained second-degree burns on his right arm and right cheek as he and firefighters were fleeing flames Wednesday on King’s Canyon Road in Carson City, Nevada. “The fire went over us, and a lot of us had started running, and I got some radiation burn on right side of my arm and face,” said the 59-year-old Virginia City resident. Tyson, who usually photographs, edits and reports his stories, was videotaping a fire crew trying to keep flames from jumping the road about noon when the spot fires exploded into infernos in seconds. He said the 2004 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle he had parked on the side of the road had burned. “The spot fire just blew up in front of us and blew up behind us, and the spot fire hit so fast and because of the winds, it blew back into us. We were in danger of being surrounded. There were a lot of people running for cover, and I was just one of them,” he said. Heat from the flames caused blisters on his face and arm. Tyson was released after treatment at Carson-Tahoe Hospital, said Jack Bowe, KOLO news director. “I told him to go home,” Bowe said. “He claims he’s been doing this 17 or 18 years.” Tyson said: “I’m doing fine, my hand hurts and the side of my face hurts, but I’m still going to do my live shot.” He went back to the field and reported from the fire at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the ABC affiliate. “I had never seen fire behavior like this,” Tyson said. Bowe said Tyson, best known for his John Tyson’s Journal series, has worked at KOLO for 22 years. “We’re real glad he’s OK,” Bowe said. The fire also burned several fire trucks. Tyson and his wife, Carol, own the Rafter 7 Bar M ranch in Virginia City and care for six foster kids. He is a working cowboy and a part-time deputy sheriff for Storey County. Carol Tyson said she called him as she usually does when he goes out on a fire. “He was talking real funny. He said ‘I gotta go to the hospital, I’ll call you right back,’” she said. She sent her daughter to meet him at the hospital. After doctors gave him morphine for pain, he decided to go back, Carol Tyson said. “He’s an old fire dog, can’t keep him away,” she said.

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 Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum) Janice Edwards, KNTV Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX Albert Garcia, KUVS Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU John Murray, JM Communications

Sharon Navratil, KTVU SAN FRANCSISCO 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 www.emmysf.tv Heather Searles, ITVS Josh Springer, KCSM 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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