October 2003

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new technologies focus of Oct. event
By Cynthia Zeiden

People in the television and film industries are expert artists and can communicate any message via electronic media, but with new media technologies quickly developing and market adoption growing, they need to get up to speed on which companies are developing which technologies. The Television Academy’s board of directors for Northern California voted to start the chapter’s New Media Committee with three seminars on various topics. The premiere event, a broadband and “video on demand” panel, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Sony Metreon Action Theatre in San Francisco. Networking and food service begins at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. The panel includes representatives from the top companies in the broadband and video on demand industries. Learn where the technologies and markets are and where they will be in the next few years. See demoncontinued on page 3




Nine new members will be inducted into the Television Academy’s Silver Circle this month. The Silver Circle honors those who have made a significant contribution to Northern California television over a period of twenty-five years or more. The industry veterans will be feted at a celebratory luncheon on Saturday, October 25th, at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco. The Silver Circle class of 2003 includes six from the Bay and three from outlying areas. In alphabetical order, this year’s honorees are:
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JOEL BARTLETT: Joel was the weathercaster at KPIX-TV for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s before joining ABC-7. He has more than 30 years experience as a meteorologist and won a 2002 Emmy award for weather casting. AL BULLOCK: Al’s career as a photojournalist began in the Navy, where he survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1960 he was hired as a stringer by KGO-TV, and stayed with the ABC O&O until his retirement in 1993. Al covered the student protests of the
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I have the whole story planned for release. The play-by-play of the whole eight-week campaign, unlike any other political scene in history, planned out once the election is over. In the meantime, there is one moment, actually a few hours that can be considered the peak of the campaign. The most anticipated event… the five replacements. Sitting around

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a table at Sacramento State University, in front of millions watching on television. Saturday Night Live couldn’t have performed a better skit. There was the actor/frontrunner, the dedicated Republican state senator, a committed Green Party leader, the defiant independent female and the Democratic lieutenant governor. Off Camera, October 2003, page 1

From the outset, as if you missed it, the oneliners ricocheted from one candidate to another like a hummer through a dense forest. Even McClintock filled the laugh track, although it was Arnold and Arianna who became the main event. Nobody seemed to care how anyone said “California,” as long as it included a comeback that would make Joan Rivers cringe. continued on page 4

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1960s, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974, the mass suicides in Jonestown in 1978 and the1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. LOIS HART: Lois’ TV career began in the 1970’s at KOVR and KCRA in Sacramento. She and her husband, David Walker (see below), co-anchored the first CNN broadcast in 1980. Lois worked at both CNN and CNBC before returning to KCRA in 1990. DAVID HOSLEY: David began broadcasting at age 14, when he announced sports on KPRL-AM in Paso Robles. While a Stanford student, he worked at KCBS radio in San Francisco. After college David was a writer at KGO-TV, an entertainment reporter at WUFT-TV in Florida and news director at WRUF-AM/FM. He returned to California in 1986 to work at KPIX-TV. He became station manager at KQED-FM in 1987 and general manager in 1990. Two years later, he was hired as manager of KCSM-TV in San Mateo. He is currently general manager at Sacramento PBS station KVIE. CHERYL JENNINGS: Cheryl has been a reporter/anchor at ABC-7 in San Francisco since 1979. She started her career in radio in 1974 and worked at KPIX-TV before joining the ABC O&O. She also has spent countless hours working on programs for children and for community organizations. JOHN ODELL: John’s broadcasting career began in 1973, as an engineer and staff announcer at KPBS-TV in San Diego. In 1976 he was hired as a graveyard 2” tape operator at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. He later worked as an editor on the newly launched “Evening Magazine” show and for “Eyewitness News.” In 1982, he moved to KGO-TV, where he worked as an editor, with stints as a writer, producer, and reporter. John, a former NATAS chapter president, is currently tenured faculty in the broadcasting department at City College of San Francisco. TOM VACAR: Tom’s career started in 1977 at WJW-TV in Cleveland. In 1979, he came to Northern California, working at KGO, KCBS radio, and KTTV in Los Angeles before landing his current job as a consumer

reporter at Oakland’s KTVU . Tom is the founder of the Great American Toy Test and proudly states that he hasn’t missed a day of work since 1980. DAVID WALKER: David started in broadcasting at WESH in Orlando, Florida. He joined KOVR in Sacramento in the 1970s. He and his wife, Lois Hart (see above), anchored the first CNN broadcast in 1980. He worked at CNN for eight years and later at CNBC, before being hired at KCRA-TV in Sacramento. JAN YANEHIRO: Jan hosted the very first edition of KPIX-TV’s “Evening Magazine” in 1976 and remained with the show until the demise of its first incarnation in 1990. Since then, she has produced and hosted a large number of specials and documentaries. KRON anchor/reporter YSABEL DURON (Silver Circle Class of 1997) will be the mistress of ceremonies.

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Panelists have been chosen for the NATPE Career Day. LEW KLEIN (pictured above) will moderate the panel which will include: MARCELA MEDINA, KDTV general manager; TOM SPITZ, KPIX program manager; JONATHAN RUIZ, KSTS news director; PAM-RORKE LEVY, KQED producer; LYNN FRIEDMAN, ABC-7 editor; and TONY HODRICK, KTVU photographer. The event will be held on Saturday, November 1st, at the KPIX-TV studios, 855 Battery St., San Francisco from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The seminar is designed to provide tips and information for people seeking entry-level jobs in the television industry. All broadcasting and journalism students are welcome to attend.

All members of the Academy, family and friends of the inductees are invited to attend the luncheon. The no-host reception starts at 11 am with the lunch and induction ceremony following at noon. Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members until Oct. 15th. The ticket price then be $55 members and $60 non-members. Advance ticketing is required. You will have the choice of a chicken, salmon or vegetarian entrée. Call the Academy Office for reservations 650341-7786 or e-mail: sc@emmysf.tv

Thank You TURNBULL WINE CELLARS for providing wine for our Silver Circle Luncheon


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strations of various systems and their capabilities. Find out how you, as a media producer or technician, can use these technologies to deliver your content.

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The moderator is KEVIN HAUSE, vice president of Americas for Screen Digest. The panelists are ANDY SHELDON, the product manager for applications and services for Microsoft’s television division; JOSH NEWMAN, the director of marketing and strategic relations for RealNetworks; and YANGBIN WANG, the chief executive officer of Niche.TV Corporation. Admission to this event is free for all NATAS members and invited members of other media organizations. All must RSVP to the Academy Office at event@emmysf.tv or (650) 3417786 in advance to reserve a space.

The War and Peace forum scheduled for mid-September will now take place in mid-November. The program, examining the media’s coverage of the Iraq war and the anti-war protests in the Bay Area, will now be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 12th, at the ABC-7 studios, 900 Front St., San Francisco. reserve your spot by sending e-mail to forum@emmysf.tv or call 650-341-7786. ABC-7 anchor DAN ASHLEY will moderate. Print and broadcast journalists who covered the war and the protests will be on the panel. The original date conflicted with coverage of the California recall election.

KOLO News Channel 8 drew thousands to the downtown Reno arch in the wee hours of the morning in August for an appearance of TONY PERKINS of Good Morning America. The pre-dawn event highlighted this year’s Hot August Nights Celebration. KOLO executive producer KIRK STOCK provided cameras and a crew that worked closely with GMA’s field producers providing New York with cut-ins capturing the excitement of what has become the biggest “Show & Shine” in America. Perkins seemed genuinely surprised and pleased by the large number of onlookers who began to gather in Harrah’s Plaza at 2 a.m. Many wore 1950s dress — poodle skirts and cat’s eye rhinestone glasses. Perkins profiled one of the Cadillac cars that Elvis Presley gave to his karate instructor, the car James Dean drove in East of Eden, and one of the kit cars that belonged to Sammy Davis Jr. We are always in the process of updating our website. Coming soon, will be a member’s only section of the website. Under development is an online membership directory. You will be able to update your own information in the database. The printed copy was out of date before it was published. You will also be able to get “Off Camera” in color. You will be able to read the PDF copy on the screen or print it yourself. This will be an option to save on postage. Our director of on-line services SAM GOLD is hard at work on the site; he always appreciates your comments sam@samgold.com

KTVU swept the mornings, ABC-7 dominated the daytime and KPIX squeaked out a win at night. Those were the jumbled results of the Nielsen September ratings.

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news finished second with a 3.4 (13), followed by KPIX (2.8/11) and KRON (1.8/8). At 5 pm, it was no contest. ABC-7 earned a 5.8 (15), easily outdistancing KPIX and KRON, both of which recorded a rating of 3.0 (7). NBC-11 was fourth with a 1.8 (5). In the early evening, ABC-7 again led the way. Its 6 pm news posted a 5.1 (11). KPIX’s 6:30 pm news continued its surge, earning a 4.2 (8). KRON’s 6 p.m. broadcast was third with a 2.9 (6). KTVU slid to fourth with a 2.5 (5) while NBC-11 remained in fifth with a 2.4 (5). KPIX’s 6:30 pm weekend newscast won its time slot again. The station’s weekend morning newscast won the 7 am on both Saturday and Sunday. KRON was the leader at 8 am. On weekend nights, NBC-11 won the 11, with a 4.1 (10). KTVU’s 10 pm weekend news scored a strong 7.6 (15). Off Camera, October 2003, page 3

At 11 weekday nights, KPIX , with a 4.1 rating (10 share), edged ABC-7 by one tenth of a point, who in turn squeaked past NBC-11 by another tenth of a point. KRON lagged behind with a 2.8. However none of the late newscasts got even close to “The Ten O’clock News”’ numbers. Fox affiliate KTVU posted a 7.1(13) for all weekdays. KTVU also scored well in the morning. It easily won the 6 am hour, garnering a 2.7 (16). In second was ABC-7 with a 2.0 (12). KRON was third with a 1.9 (11), followed by NBC11 (1.6/10) and KPIX (1.2/7). KTVU’s “Mornings on 2” received a 3.6 (15) for the 7 am hour, easily beating the network morning shows. In the midday slot, ABC-7’s 11 am news came out on top with a 3.6 (16). KTVU’s noon


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engagement.” I did spot him not an hour later walking on the K Street Mall, with no rally/supporter/Indian gamer in sight. TRUE. He was really walking on the mall, quite an accomplishment since nobody else in the Capitol City seemed to have the same idea that night. In other words, the only security concern was the raised crack in the sidewalk out front of the IMAX. As you can tell, we have become somewhat delirious. There are many of us with names like the Arnold embed team and the governors’ group. The past few weeks we have given up the end of summer to become political groupies as we follow the various recall candidates and the governor around the Golden State. From San Diego to Sacramento, or Redding to Reseda, we all got to linger last Wednesday. We laughed, we cried and we realized that Dana Carvey would have a field day back on SNL, if only he hadn’t left, can you imagine? I’ll say this. There is one word I hope not to hear and it doesn’t start with an “R”…It starts with a Chad. Don’t forget to vote.

As for the media, we surely didn’t miss the fun, but I realized early on this was no normal day when: (A) Sacramento State had more parkADAM HOUSLEY ing available than the entire city of San Francisco, plus no cops (they were all in sniper positions). (B) Several students actually asked…”Dude, what happened?” This was at about noon, roughly five hours after the hoards of media had camped out, and about five hours before the five musketeers would ride into the picture. (C) Sacramento’s daytime high never reached 90 AND our live shot locales were surrounded by trees. This is so opposite of Arnold’s State Fair Rally. If you made it out of there, I hope you have regained your water weight and showered for that matter. Now back to the debate. Here’s the quick synopsis. The moderator got lost, McClintock and Camejo were on message, Arnold won the one-liners, Arianna made more enemies than Melissa Rivers on Emmy Night and nobody could figure out what Cruz Bustamante was actually doing. Although he did skip yet another post-debate presser for an “important

two local pgms up for national emmys

Among the 10 nominees for the Television Academy’s 2002 Community Service Award are two Bay Area television programs.

KRON’s “Beating The Odds” and KTVU’s “Great American Toy Test” are being judged against programs from Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Virginia. “Beating the Odds,” hosted by Wendy Tokuda, was cited as an “on-going project using news stories, specials and public service announcements to tell the stories of lowincome students overcoming tremendous obstacles.” TOM VACAR’S “The Great American Toy Test” was lauded for “providing parents and other consumers with well-researched child toy preferences in time with the holiday shopping season.” The Emmys will be announced and awarded at a luncheon in New York City on October 23rd

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In a unique show of unity, Honolulu’s television stations joined together to simulcast a documentary on the island’s drug problems. The program, “Ice: Hawaii’s Crystal Meth Epidemic,” was aired in prime time on September 24th. The documentary focused on the growing sale and use of concentrated methamphetamines on the islands. Most of Hawaii’s stations broadcast the special, including KGMB, KHON, KHNL, KITV, K-5, KIKU, OC-16, PBS Hawaii-11 and KBFB. Airing the program in prime time at the beginning of the fall season cost the stations plenty, but TV executives agreed it was worth it to help fight a major problem in their community. Off Camera, October 2003, page 4

Some comings and goings this past month in Honolulu. TAUNA LANGE has taken over as news director at CBS affliate KGMB in. Lange was previously news director at Fox Portland and at KRQE in Albuquerque. BOB LOY, who was serving as interim news director, has left KGMB.

KHON said goodbye to two employees. Reporter DONALYN DELACRUZ and sports director ALEMA HARRINGTON departed the Fox station last month.

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The 22nd Annual NorCal RTNDA Convention and Awards will take place the weekend of October 17-19, at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francsico. The program starts Friday evening with a reception followed by “A Foot in the Door,” or a motorized cable car tour of the city.

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RIGO CHACON is leaving ABC-7 news this month to seek other adventures. His departure ends a remarkable and historic career in Bay Area television news. Rigo has had an impact of dozens of t-v journalists. One of them, Damian Trujillo, a reporter at NBC11 in San Jose, wrote the following tribute There was the time he made a poor peasant in Mexico City cry. The woman couldn’t have been more than 40 years old, but she looked more like 60... aged by the scars of poverty. He had just ordered dozens of dolls from her humble sales stand on one of that city’s busy sidewalks. The order would keep the woman busy for days while she made the dolls by hand, but it no doubt provided food for her large family for weeks. It also provided a sense hope and relief... a temporary healing of those scars she wore. Then there was the time he got a phone call from the family of a fugitive who’d been accused of killing his girlfriend and fleeing to Mexico. He had been the subject of a massive manhunt. The man apparently got tired of running, but would only turn himself in to Rigo Chacon. Chacon hopped on a plane, and brought the suspect to the Santa Clara County Jail. There are many other “Rigo” stories, too many to tell them all. Ask him about them and he’ll share a few. But then he’ll simply give you that classic Rigo smile, and he’ll ask about you.

I met Rigo Chacon when I was still in college Dozens of star-struck students surrounded him, poking at his vast knowledge of the industry. I managed to get a handshake, then a business card. I kept the business card, and never let go of the handshake. I was later honored, and humbled when Rigo asked me to be his “compadre.” Funny how “The Godfather of TV News” was asking me to be his son’s godfather. I now call him “Compa,” short for “compadre.” Compa, what an honor it’s been to have seen you at your best, to learn from you, to be moved by your stories day-in and day-out, and to know you opened the door for so many of us. That door is no longer there, taken down by your tenacity, your will and your pioneering. It will be sad when you get your cues in your earpiece for the last time. It’s a huge blow to this community. Your impact has been immeasurable. You’ve had U.S. senators address you by your first name, U.S. Congress members over for dinner at your home. What an honor for all of them to be able to say, ‘I know Rigo Chacon.’ And what an honor for all of us to have witnessed the work and service of an icon, a pillar and a beacon. Rigo Chacon will be honored at an event in early November. The retirement reception for the ABC-7 news reporter will be held Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel’s new Summit Center in San Jose. Tickets are $25 in advance. NBC-11’s DAMIAN TRUJILLO and KPIX-TV’s LEN RAMIREZ will host the event. Off Camera, October 2003, page 5

ABC News correspondent MIKE CERRE will be the Saturday luncheon speaker. Mike went to cover the Iraq war as a freelance reporter for KGO ABC 7 news. He was embedded with the 1st Marine Division, Fox Company 2/5. His reports were soon picked up by the full ABC network. Saturday is a full day of seminars including: “From the Recall to the White House,” “Investigative Reporting,” “It’s a Tough Call,” “Meet the General Managers,” “Talent Coaching,” “Visual Story Telling,” and “Anchors Away.” One-on-One tape critiques are offered to full time registrants; students attend at ½ price and will have a group critique session. The awards banquet will be held Saturday evening with master of ceremonies RIGO CHACON from ABC 7. There will be a raffle and auction at the winners’ celebration party following the banquet. Sunday Brunch will be a two hour Bay cruise on the “California Hornblower.” Full information and registration are posted at www.norcalrtnda.com or call 650-3419978.

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“Grade The News” a Bay Area media analysis group, used seven criteria to evaluate three local newspapers and five TV stations. The newspapers scored well but , perhaps predictably, TV news received mediocre marks at best. The criteria: newsworthiness, fairness, explanation, local relevance, context, civic contribution, and enterprise. Overall, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times all received “A” marks. On the broadcast side, KTVU got the best average grade, a “C-plus.” KRON, KPIX and KGO rated “C’s.” KNTV scored a “D-plus.” On its website “Grade The News” said even coverage of big stories such as California’s budget crisis and the Iraq war couldn’t pull local TV stations out of their mediocrity. The organization’s report card was given bad marks by at least one news director. “I give “Grade The News” an ‘F’ for accuracy,” said KGO-TV’s KEVIN KEESHAN. The ABC O&O’s news director said “Grade The News” only monitored the 6pm to 6:30 pm slot during that time of the day, thereby ignoring the enterprise stories that KGO runs every night at 6:40. He also said the second half of both KRON’s 9 pm newscast and KTVU’s “10 O’clock News” weren’t monitored. He called the report card “an inaccurate and flawed study.” What do you readers think? Check out the “Grade the News” website at http:// www.stanford.edu/group/gradethenews/ and decide for yourself if their coverage and analysis is “fair and balanced.”

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Photo © KTVU FOX 2 Kenny Wardell

Former KTVU general manager KEVIN O’BRIEN has tied the knot. O’Brien married DR. SONJA MOELLEKEN on Saturday, September 20th, at the California Golf Club in South San Francisco. The ceremony was attended by 300 people. San Francisco Mayor WILLIE BROWN helped officiate the wedding. O’Brien was general manager at KTVU for 16 years. He is now president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith Broadcasting, which owns eleven TV stations in Atlanta, Portland, Las Vegas and other cities. Kevin is a member of the Silver Circle (1996)

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We continue to receive donations for the Broadcast Archives and Museum of Northern California. The Television Academy is heading up to consortium composed of several organizations and companies. The Academy rented a 10’ x 10’ storage locker and it is stating to fill up with wonderful old equipment and memorabilia. Retired AP correspondent, ROSS GAME, donated the original “Associated Press” sign from the 1964 Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in 1964. That was the year the Republicans nominated Senator Barry Goldwater. The sign was later used for “AP” Fair displays and was used in

Vietnam as various U.S. Army and Marine Field/Operations Headquarters near combat areas. The original Bell Systems model 15 teletype printer was donated by engineer ALAN YOUNG. Ross and Alan are active members of Broadcast Legends and NorCal RTNDA. If you have items that you would like to donate to the Museum please contact the Academy office at museum@emmysf.tv or call 650-341-7786. Off Camera, October 2003, page 6

Photo © KTVU FOX 2 Kenny Wardell

On September 22 & 23, the “American Idol” production team including SIMON COWELL, PAULA ABDUL, RANDY JACKSON and RYAN SEACREST came to San Francisco for the first time to audition potential candidates to appear on the upcoming third season of the hit FOX series. For more on this log onto ktvu.com. KTVU publicity and public relations director KENNY WARDELL took the opportunity to snap a shot of Simon with a KTVU 2 baseball cap.

AWRT invites you to attend “What’s New in Bay Area Radio and TV?” Thursday, Octiber 16th, 6:30-9pm at TechTV, 535 York St. in San Francisco. (Street parking is usually plentiful.)

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Meet the people behind new, locally-produced radio and TV programs as well as a radio station in town at this not to be missed evening of networking, noshing, and a panel discussion at the state-of-the-art TechTV studios. KPIX anchor BARBARA RODGERS will emcee. Scheduled to appear are station representatives from: KRON-TV’s “Ron Black’s Money Show” and its upcoming “Healthy Living” program; 95.7 The Bear Country Radio; KNEW’s “The Edge” with Kathy Fettke; and TechTV’s “Invent This”; and KTNC TV-42’s “Ojos Latinos,Tu Musica”

This event was a huge hit last year, so purchase your ticket online at: www.acteva.com/ go/awrtgg. Admission is $10 for AWRT, DGA, and NATAS members and students; $20 for non-members.

This month’s Bay Area Journalists’ Mixer will feature special guest WILLIAM NESSEN, the freelance journalist who was detained for alleged immigration violations in Sumatra, Indonesia. The mixer is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the Asian American Journalists Association. American freelance journalist William Nessen made international headlines when he was detained for 40 days in an Indonesian jail. His crime was immigration violations while reporting on the independence movement in the Aceh Province for the San Francisco Chronicle, but the military said it suspected him of spying for the rebels Wednesday, October 8th, 6-8 p.m. London Wine Bar, in the basement cellar, 415 Sansome Street (between Sacramento and Clay), San Francisco. Please RSVP to Joyce Slaton at jslaton@rcn.com

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When Jimmy Markum’s daughter is found murdered, his childhood friend Sean Devine—now a detective—is assigned to the case. Sean’s personal life starts unraveling, as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he’d left behind. It also puts him on a collision course with Jimmy Markum, a man with his own mysterious dark past, who is now eager to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave Boyle, a man who hides monstrous secrets beneath a bland facade— secrets that his wife, Celeste, is only beginning to suspect. As the race for a killer heats up, all are pulled closer toward an abyss that will force them to face their true selves—and will mark them as irrevocably as the past itself has tainted their lives. Starring: LAURA LINNEY, MARCIA GAY HARDEN, SEAN PENN, TIM ROBBINS, KEVIN BACON & LAURENCE FISHBURNE. Directed by: CLINT EASTWOOD Screenwriters: DENNIS LEHANE & BRIAN HELGELAND. Producers: JUDIE G. HOYT, CLINT EASTWOOD, & ROBERT LORENZ. Meet NATAS Sacramento vice president GEORGE FRANCO in the lobby of the Regal Theatres @ Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I80). Networking at noon, the film starts at 12:30 p.m. FREE to NATAS members who may bring a guest. Off Camera, October 2003, page 7

A semi-autobiographical story written and directed by JIM SHERIDAN (MY LEFT FOOT, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER), whose previous films have won two Academy Awards and received a total of 13 Oscar nominations. With their two young daughters in tow, Johnny and Sarah emigrate from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a dream. The family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. Ultimately it is their kindness to a stranger and that stranger’s response in return that builds their new home. Cast: SAMANTHA MORTON, PADDY CONSIDINE, SARAH BOLGER, EMMA BOLGER & DJIMON HOUNSOU Director: JIM SHERIDAN Written by: JIM SHERIDAN & NAOMI SHERIDAN & KIRSTEN SHERIDAN Producers: JIM SHERIDAN, ARTHUR LAPPIN Co-Producer: PAUL MYLER The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening (second Monday) for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest. The private viewing is at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive.


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kmax launches evening program
Sacramento’s UPN station is saying “buenos noches” to the capital city with a new, locally produced program. “Good Evening, Sacramento” premiered August 18th on KMAX (channel 31). The one-hour show airs weekdays at 7. The show features local entertainment, show-and-tell demonstrations and selected items from KMAX’s “Good Morning, Sacramento” show. The evening program is anchored by BETH RUYAK, a former on-air personality at KCRA and KXTV. She is joined by reporter ALLIE MACKAY, a former host of “Good Day Utah.” Another newcomer, TARA LOFSTROM, contributes feature reports. “This is payoff TV for viewers,” said DAVID CLEGERN, the show’s executive producer. “They should leave us with a feeling they have options for the evening, projects they can start on, know more about their community, and walk away with the feeling they live some place special and fun.”

A half-dozen folks signed on or moved up at KRON last month, all in sales or research.

CHERYL COX has joined the San Francisco Indy as an account executive. She comes from 11 years at KTVU, where she was national sales manager and general sales manager. KEVIN CRONIN comes aboard after five years in Los Angeles and San Francisco at MMT Sales. ANGELA LINDSAY brings with her four years’ experience as the national sales manOff Camera, October 2003, page 8

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coming events coming events coming events coming events coming events Oct. 13th Cinema Club, “In America,” San Francisco Oct. 15th “New Media Event, Sony Metreon, SF Oct. 20th Cinema Club, “Mystic River,” Sacramento Oct. 25th “The Silver Circle,” Induction Lunch, Miyako Hotel’ SF Nov. 1st “NATPE Career Workshop, KPIX-TV Nov. 12th “War and Peace Forum,” KGO-TV

hires & promotions
ager for KSAZ/KUTP, the Fox/UPN duopoly in Phoenix. Newcomer ERIC SPANYERS was formerly an account executive at CBS2/KCAL9 in Los Angeles. KRON also has a new research director. LESLIE SMITH joined the station after working for Yahoo and Microsoft the past six years. Also, LORI GRAVINO has been promoted from account executive to local sales manager.