The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


August 2005

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

First, thank you to the 131 individuals who took the time to complete the recent Membership Survey which was included with the June Governors’ Ballot. This is the first Membership Survey the Academy has done in a number of years and it is very helpful to the Board to get feedback directly from the members. 67% of the respondents said that they joined the Academy to enter the Emmy® Awards. 44% for the programs, 34% membership discounts, 30% the mentor program and 26% for the Mid-Career Grants. “Off Camera” came in with high ratings, 69% have been reading the monthly newsletter by viewing the emailed PDF in color. Another 19% read it occasionally, only 4% never opened it. 6% still like receiving the (black and white) printed copy. There is still interest in the “National News” and “TV Quarterly” which are currently only available on-line. NATAS programs also received a good response with 41% voting for the Cinema Club, 37% seminars and 31% mixers. The “Emmy® 2005” show received the most comments, especially from those who did not attend, 44%. The notes ranged from “not nominated,” “on vacation” or “too far to travel,” “Bay to Breakers next morning.” Others felt that the evening is “too expensive,” “the show is too long,” “just give out the awards, skip the entertainment,” “have the dinner and program together like we use to.” Those that did attend liked the venue, reception, show, dinner and dancing. The Board of Governors will be studying the results of the survey at their annual retreat on August 13th. Please feel free to send additional comments or suggestions for the board to consider to: comments@emmysf.tv .


Save the date and get ready to “schmooz.” On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. in San Francisco, NATAS’ Northern California chapter is having an all-day event of keynote speakers and seminars as well as media networking where Bay Area media organizations will have information tables. Planned seminars at the “Schmoozarama” include: Show Me the Idea The Perfect Resume Tape Multicultural Media in the Bay Area and... How to Sell Your Screenplay Fall TV Previews Admission is $10 for members of NATAS and other participating organizations; $20 for non-members. RSVPs are recommended for guaranteed admittance. RSVP to schmooz@emmysf.tv or (650) 341-7786.

NATAS president David Mills is planning his final series of “Road Trips” to visit each of our chapter cities. These are informal visits to stations. Dave buys pizza for the newsroom and talks about the Academy, membership and the annual Emmy® Awards. The tentative itinerary includes sponsoring the Sacramento media night on Friday, October 7; Honolulu, Hawaii from Oct. 16-19; Reno, NV, Oct 24-25; Chico/Redding, November 14-15; Salinas/Monterey, November 21-22; Fresno, December 5-6; and back to Sacramento December 12-13. Dave will be bringing a Emmy® winners reel to show as well as Academy literature. NATAS vice presidents will be lining up the station visits which will include appointments with the general manager and news directors. Dave Mills

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By John Kiesewetter Cincinnati Enquirer In San Francisco meteorologist Steve Raleigh, WCPO found a forecaster with Cincinnati TV experience and family roots here to replace Pete Delkus. Raleigh worked for WLWT-TV in 1986-88, long enough to meet and marry Julie Leis, daughter of Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. “I love Cincinnati, and I never thought I’d have a chance to come back,” said Raleigh, 43, chief meteorologist for KRON-TV in San Francisco, the No. 6 TV market. Cincinnati is No. 33. “We’re back in Cincinnati all the time. This is all about family and a life opportunity,” he said. Raleigh and his wife, who married here in 1987, have two boys and two girls, ages 15 to 9. Raleigh said he has agreed to start at WCPO-TV on July 18. Delkus signs off today after nine years to go to WFAA-TV in Dallas. Raleigh was tops among seven finalists, including staffers Steve Norris and Larry Handley, said Bill Fee, WCPO general manager. He also interviewed former WKRC meteorologist Mike Buresh, now in Jacksonville. “Steve has been in and out of Cincinnati for 15 years. He knows the market, the people and the newsmakers,” said Bob Morford, WCPO news director. Morford was impressed that Raleigh, in a job interview, stressed the importance of “being on the air during severe weather situations.” Fee praises Raleigh’s technology skills, and his smooth on-air presentation. “He’s a very likable person and has a very deep knowledge of meteorology. He’ll work well with Clyde, Carol and DJ,” said Fee, referring to anchors Clyde Gray, Carol Williams and sports anchor Dennis Janson. Joining former colleague Raleigh said he’s looking forward to working with Gray.. Raleigh was hired as WLWT’s weekend forecaster, but soon shifted to morning weather so he could also be the Kentucky news bureau chief. He left in 1988 to be a fulltime meteorologist in Charlotte, N.C., and moved to KRON-TV in 1990.

Edwards Navratil Anderson LiVolsi Four new members were appointed last month to NATAS’ Northern California Board of Governors. At its monthly meeting in July, the board elected a new secretary, treasurer and two governors. Janice Edwards, a host and producer at NBC-11 in San Jose, is the board’s new secretary. Among other duties, Edwards will take the minutes at board meetings and serve on the chapter’s executive committee. Sharon Navratil, a producer at KTVU in Oakland, is the chapter’s new treasurer. Among other duties, Navratil will oversee the chapter’s budget and also serve on the executive committee. Two new board members were also selected to fill seats left vacant by resignations in the spring. Bob Anderson, general manager at KBWB in San Francisco, and Jack LiVolsi, promotion manager at KBWB, were elected to those posts. All four appointments last until June 2006.



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At its July meeting, the board also approved the list of committee chairs for the next year. Cynthia Zeiden will serve again as activities/ program committee chair. Zanardi LiVolsi John Catchings and Linda Giannecchini will co-chair the museum/archives committee. Javier Valencia will once more head the awards committee. Alison Gibson keeps the reins of the education committee. Jim Spalding heads up the finance committee. Atlanta attorney and National 2nd Vice Chair Darryl Cohen chairs the legal by-laws committee. Terri Amos, a new board member, will chair the membership committee. Rick Zanardi and Jack LiVolsi will co-chair the publicity committee.

You are invited to attend the 2nd annual Film Industry Gala set to take place at the stately Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco on August 20. The Gala begins promptly at 7PM, with a private VIP reception one hour prior. The Award Ceremony to commence at 9PM. Tickets are $150 information at www.filmcalifornia.net

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Stacy Owen, the former news director at KRON 4 in San Francisco, has been hired as news director at KXTV news 10 in Sacramento. Owen begins her new job on Aug. 8. She replaces Ron Comings, who left the Sacramento ABC affiliate earlier this summer. Owen had worked at KRON for almost 14 years and was scheduled to return from maternity leave early this year when she announced she wouldn’t be rejoining the independent station. At the time, Owen said she wanted to spend more time with her family, but she added she expected to return to the news business.

Jim Lemon has been named Vice President - News Director for WITI FOX 6, Milwaukee, WI. Lemon will oversee all of the news operations at WITI including the news staff, operational/ administrative duties and producing 43 hours of news a week. He has more than twenty years of experience in the news business, most recently as the News Director at KOVR in Sacramento. Lemon is expected to start at WITI in mid-August. He replaces Bob Clinkingbeard who transferred within FOX to their Orlando station. Lemon has also held the News Director posts at KGMB and KSNT television stations. He started in the industry as an anchor/reporter and moved up into the producer ranks and then news management. He earned his Master of Arts in Journalism and his Bachelor of Arts in Radio - Television at the University of Arizona.


Hackney Nubla Mayclem A new program will soon replace “Evening Magazine” on KPIX-TV with the help of two former on-air personalities from KRON-TV. Liam Mayclem and Brian Hackney are coming over from the San Francisco independent station to join Evening Magazine co-host Malou Nubla as correspondents on a new show, “Eye on the Bay.” The show is scheduled to debut on Monday, Sept. 12. It will air in Evening Magazine’s slot at 7 p.m. MondayFriday on CBS5. KPIX officials say “Eye on the Bay” will focus on a single, timely topic each night. The subjects will range from items such as the Golden Gate Bridge to on-line dating to “cheap eats.” Nubla has been the co-anchor on Evening Magazine since 1999. Her co-anchors have been Jonathan Karsh, Mike Rowe and, most recently, San Jose Sharks announcer Randy Hahn. Kirstin Kodama Anderson has been hired as the producer, from KOMO, Seattle.


Martin Vu Wieder Bermudez Three of the on-air personalities at ABC-7 in San Francisco have departed. Reporter/anchor Thuy Vu decided last month not to renew her contract, saying she wanted to take a break from the news business. Her last day was July 30. Reporter/anchor Jim Wieder has also left the San Francisco station. Wieder resigned on July 1 so he could pursue other opportunities. He was replaced on the station’s Saturday morning news by Janelle Wang. Elizabeth Bermudez has also departed. She left ABC7 on July 22 to devote more time to raising her daughter.



Allen Martin has been named weekend anchor at KPIX Ch. 5, San Francisco’s CBS O&O. For the last eleven months Allen has been reporting M-F for the station’s #1 ranked 11pm newscast. Recently he has been filling in for the weekend and weeknight anchors. Prior to KPIX Allen spent six years as the main anchor and assistant news director for KION/KCBA in Monterey, California. From 1995 to 1998 he was a main anchor at KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. Joe Vasquez and Lisa Chan will co-anchor, the CBS 5 (KPIX-TV) Eyewitness News and UPN Bay Area (KBHKTV) Weekend Early Editions

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By Keith Sanders The SD video we grew up watching has a 4x3 aspect ratio and is composed of 525 scan lines running at 30 frames per second. This single standard was bolted down in 1953 and is quite different from the myriad highdefinition video standards available today. All HD video has a 16x9 aspect ratio, but it features 720 or 1080 lines of resolution. It can run at 24 or 30 frames per second. Scan lines can be progressive or interlaced. Even the amount of compression varies dramatically. The wide variety of HD video standards is one reason why some high-definition video cameras can cost more than a new Hummer H2, while others are sold at Fry’s. Not all HD video is created equal. Quality is usually judged by the “bit rate.” The higher the rate, the better the video will look. At one end is Panasonic’s D5 format, which is used in most major HD production houses worldwide. It runs at 1.5 gigabits per second. It’s completely uncompressed and is too expensive for all but the most high-end users. HDV is the low-price leader. It can run at under 20 megabits per second, or 1/75th the data rate of D5. Even though HDV doesn’t cost much more than miniDV, the high compression rates can create artifacts if your HD project requires a lot of post-production. The audio is compressed as well and this could become an issue if sweetening is needed. But HDV has been the only HD format with camcorders priced less than $10,000 until now. This fall, Panasonic is coming out with the AG-HVX200 for less than $6,000. It can record almost any frame rate, be it 24fps, 30fps or slow motion. It’s also the first camcorder to record high-definition 1080/24p, the same standard that Lucas used to film “Star Wars Episode II.” This camera is backward compatible to the mini-DV and DVCPRO50 tape formats, but also shoots DVCPROHD at 100 megabytes per second. It has two stereo pairs of uncompressed audio and two slots for recording on expensive P2 flash media. Eight-gigabyte flash cards will be available this fall for $1,700 each, but remember they can be re-used much longer than the practical life span of the camera. Shooting with flash cards also means no digitizing — just import your video files directly into the NLE and start editing. It will be possible to record directly to hard drives as well, not a portable solution but more economical than P2 media. Sony revolutionized the HDV standard with the introduction of the HDR-FX1 last fall and the HVR-Z1 early this year. Both cameras packed an unbelievable amount of HDV production firepower for the price. Now Panasonic is introducing a $6,000 DVCPRO-HD camera that has many of the attributes of the $70,000 VariCam and the $100,000 CineAlta. It seems clear that for many of us, high-definition video production will not be high priced much longer. Learn more at www.dvxuser.com. 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 sanders@perfectpitchtv.com

JOB BANK at www.emmysf.tv
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By Lynn R Friedman In the San Francisco area, we are still receiving free film passes to numerous screenings. If you’d like email notices when these passes become available, kindly send your email address to cinemaclub@emmysf.tv. Please request to be put on “Lynn’s List.” My long-term goal is to give NATAS members discount admission at local theaters, providing you with another reason to join NATAS besides entering the Emmy® awards. Another goal would be for NATAS members to receive free admission to select films during Oscar consideration period just like DGA, WGA, etc. Do you have ideas of what screenings you’d like Cinema Club to provide for you? I’d love to hear from you.

To maximize the coverage of the recent San Jose Grand Prix KNTV NBC 11 set-up a remote studio above turn #11 of the course.

NBC11 reporter Bob Redell shows off a new device that is changing the way fans are wathcing the races, while the photographer captures it all on camera.

KRNV News 4 Reno is one of the sponsors of the

If you are in the Lake Tahoe area you must spend an evening at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor. Performances alternate between the traditional “Macbeth” and an American Wild West setting of “The Comedy of Errors.” A fantastic evening of fun, food and entertainment with the Lake Tahoe sunset as the background. Ticket information available on-line at: www.laketahoeshakespeare.com Performances nightly except Monday through August 21st. NBC11 photographer Dean Smith works hard while T.J. Holmes conducts an interview with race expert, John Della Penna. NBC11 and Telemundo48 announced plans for health and lifestyle professionals, non-profit organizations and businesses sponsoring at “Living Well 2005,” a celebration of the Bay Area’s healthy lifestyle on September 24 and 25 at San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Visitors will experience stress reduction techniques, free medical screenings, and learn about new ways to live a vigorous and thriving life at any age in the Bay Area. For more information, visit www.nbc11.com/livingwell.

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Wondering what’s coming next from the FCC? How federal policy may affect you, your career, your profession? Get answers Saturday, Aug. 20, as APTRA hosts Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Get a story while schmoozing with the Senator over lunch! The luncheon will be held at the University of Nevada at Reno J-School reading room and begins at 12:30 p.m. Register online by Aug. 15 at APTRA Online. The cost is $15, plus a 75 cent online fee. www.aptra.org The event is sponsored by APTRA, the Associated Press Television Radio Association of California/Nevada.

by Kehau Fernandez Editor’s Note: Kehau Fernandez was most recently the weekend assignment manager at KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu. Among her responsibilities was to locate and arrange “photo ops” with friends and family of Hawaii-based military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I woke up just before 8 and walked into the kitchen when I heard the doorbell. It was two military officials from Schofield Barracks. One of them was a chaplain. I felt an ache in the pit of my stomach. My brother, Cpl. Kyle Ka’eo Fernandez, 26, husband of Celeste, father of 5-year-old Kyla and 2-year-old Keahi, had been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan. Before that day I had never allowed myself to feel anything when reading the lists of casualties that came over the wire. This was something that happened in a far-off place to people I didn’t know. I knew the task of dealing with media would fall to me. I prepared a statement and copies of my

brother’s photo. I spoke for the family at Kyle’s wake and funeral. Despite my experience with casualty stories, I was surprised at how relentless some reporters could be. My sister-in-law and her parents were hounded for information at the worst times. Unreal! For the most part, media members were respectful and helpful through the whole ordeal. When I went back to work it was impossible to approach a war story in the same way. Every time another local soldier died, I relived the pain. Every time I see a flag-draped casket I think of my brother. I’m not sure I’ll ever leave behind the sadness and disbelief. As journalists, we are locked into an automatic routine of gathering information. Is it really worth the scoop to call a grieving widow moments after she learns of her husband’s death? That name on the wire was a person with feelings and dreams...and a family who mourns. I have been on the other side of that burial-site interview and I know that my work, my thoughts on the war, my hopes for the future will never be the same. 1

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 SAN FRANCSISCO CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii 4317 Camden Avenue Janice Edwards, KNTV, Secretary San Mateo, CA 94403 Sharon Navratil, KTVU, Treasurer (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279 NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Tamar Maghdissian, KHSL Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU GOVERNORS: John Murray, JM Communications Terri Amos, Cornerstone Prod. (Membership) John Odell, CCSF Bob Anderson, KBWB Sheraz Sadiq, KQED Duncan Armstrong, KHNL Pam Schoen, KTXL Dan Ashley, KGO Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Brian Avery, Avery Media COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) Samuel Belilty, KFTV John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. John Burgess, KFTY (Museum) Thomas Drayton, KTXL Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) Janice Edwards, KNTV James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA Rick Zanardi, Notra Dame de Namur (Publicity) Albert Garcia, KUVS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Bob Goldberger, KGO Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Stewart Heller, York Productions Off Camera Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Bob Goldberger, Editor Justin Kanno, KOLO Darryl Compton, Publisher Jack LiVolsi, KBWB (Publicity) Robert Mohr, Photographer Ronald Louie, KTVU (Alt. Trustee)

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