The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter


October 2006

Six Northern California broadcasters will be inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle at it’s Twentieth Anniversary Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon in San Francisco on Saturday, November 11th. Members of the Northern California NATAS Silver Circle have elected the “Class of 2006” inductees: John Fowler, KTVU 2; Mark Hedlund, KXTV 10; Sydnie Kohara, CBS 5; Bob Long, KSEE 24 (retired); Ross McGowan, KTVU 2; and Hank Plante, CBS 5. The prestigious Silver Circle recognizes individuals who have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years or more (at least half of those years in the San Francisco/Northern

California Chapter Area) and who made a significant contribution to the local television industry. Additionally, sports broadcast legend, Franklin Mieuli, will be inducted into the chapter’s Gold Circle, honoring his 50+ years as an industry leader (announced in September’s Off Camera). The 20th Anniversary Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, on Saturday, Nov. 11th, beginning with a no-host reception at 11:00 a.m., luncheon at noon and induction program at 1:00 p.m.

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By Bob Goldberger The digital age has officially arrived for the next Emmy® competition, and you need to start preparing for it now or come January, you may get left out. You will no longer be allowed to enter your award-worthy work on videotape. This upcoming Emmy® competition ushers in a new era where only DVDs will be accepted. “We don’t have a choice; this isn’t an option,” chapter president Lynn Friedman says. “National issued this rule for all Regional NATAS chapters, so now everybody in the country is operating under the DVD-only rule.” Announcement of the new rule has been met, so far, mostly with groans from members of our Northern California chapter, primarily because DVD burners are
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® Come spend the day at Steve Michelson Productions’ facility at Lobitos Creek Ranch and learn how to develop Special Interest Programming for the booming marketplace taking off on DVD, the DVD Seminar, Nov. 20, 2004 Web, by Video on Photo: Robert Mohr © 2004 Demand downloading, Broadband and RSS web syndication. Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45 per person ($35 for NATAS members) includes Workshop, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Soft Drinks and Snacks. 40-Person Registration Limit (so register quickly!)

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KGO’s Pete Wilson (Silver Cicle ‘01) will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets to the event are $70, NATAS members $65. If you purchase by 10/31 you can take another $5 off. E-mail circle@emmysf.tv or call 650-341-7786. Proceeds will benefit the NATAS chapter scholarship fund. Meet the class of 2006: JOHN FOWLER – Health/Science Editor, KTVU 2 Health and Science Editor John Fowler is a veteran of the KTVU Newsroom, having been with the station since 1975. He started as a writer, assignment editor and producer before beginning full-time reporting duties in 1978. After graduating college with specialties in experimental psychology and physics, this San Diego native opened his own business in computer project planning. With a love of flying, John spent 10 years as a commercial pilot and flight instructor in San Diego, amassing more than 3,000 hours of flight time. He’s qualified to teach and evaluate pilots on most of the world’s aircrafts. A decade later, he moved to the Bay Area and a new career in television news. Fowler is the recipient of several Emmy® awards and an International Gold Medal from the New York International Film and Television Festival. MARK HEDLUND, Reporter, KXTV 10 Mark Hedlund is one of KXTV News 10’s most senior reporters. Since 1981, he’s traveled around the world covering major news stories for viewers in the Central Valley. Mark has delivered live reports on the Persian Gulf conflict, Rodney King verdicts, the murder trials of Dorothea Puente and Richard Alan Davis, the historic climb of Half Dome by Mark Wellman, California’s great floods and the Mexico City and Loma Prieta earthquakes. A fulltime journalist since 1975, Mark has covered every president since Gerald Ford. Over the years, Mark has earned numerous awards, including the National Scripps-Howard Award for Journalistic Excellence, the National UPI Award, the Associated Press Bill Stout Memorial Award, a Northern California Emmy® Award and regional awards from UPI, The Associated Press, “Best of the West,” California Exposition, NorCal RTNDA and the Sacramento Society of Professional Journalists. SYDNIE KOHARA, Anchor, CBS 5 Award-winning broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara brings years of experience to her position as coanchor of the CBS 5 Eyewitness News Early Edition. She also contributes stories to CBS 5 specials and serves as the featured reporter for “Chronicle Watch.”

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Kohara has lived all over the world she covers. From Tokyo and Hong Kong to Frankfurt, Paris and London, she has provided the latest market news and information on Asian and European corporations. She has also worked at television stations in Sacramento and Montgomery, Alabama, where she was the first woman co-host of the University of Alabama’s syndicated football shows. During the San Francisco earthquake in 1989, she provided live global coverage to Japan, Europe and Australia for the ABC network, receiving a Peabody and Morrow award for reporting excellence. Sydnie has also received Emmy® nominations and awards from AAJA, RTNDA and SPJ. Kohara has been Chief of Communications for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, served as Quarterly Chair for the Commonwealth Club, helped found Camp CEO, a Girl Scout-sponsored retreat for atrisk teenage girls and is in great demand as a speaker and emcee for Bay Area events and fundraisers. BOB LONG, Anchor/Reporter, KSEE 24 (retired) Bob Long has been in broadcasting since 1948, beginning with KRDU (Dinuba). He joined the news department of KMJ-TV, Fresno (later KSEE) in August 1962. Bob has taught broadcast journalism since 1987 at Fresno State. He also served two terms as the president of the Fresno Volunteer Bureau as well as serving on the board of the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boy Scout Explorer Program, Fresno State Media Council, Valley Public Radio and the Fresno County Historical Society. In 1985, as part of Fresno’s centennial celebration, Bob was named as one of a hundred outstanding Fresnans. Bob produced and co-anchored KSEE 24 “News at Noon,” as well as researched, wrote and produced his long running “On the Map” series for KSEE 24 News at 6pm. Bob retired from KSEE in 2002. ROSS McGOWAN, Host, KTVU Channel 2 Ross McGowan is the host of KTVU’s “Mornings on Two.” He began his broadcasting career while still studying for his college degree at San Jose State. Working summers for KBMX in Coalinga, he later worked as a radio announcer for KSJO and KLIV (San Jose), KYOS (Merced), and KIRO (Seattle), before joining KING-TV, where he hosted “Seattle Tonight,” a live, nightly talk show. McGowan came to San Francisco in 1978 and for 14 years was the popular co-host of “People Are Talking” on KPIX. He received awards in his distinguished career, including a Gold Award from the New York Film Festival, the Cable Car Award for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism, and the Communication Excellence to Black Audiences (CEBA) award. A long time activist and volunteer in charitable organizations, McGowan has served as co-host of the Bay Area March of Dimes Telethon and the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. continued on page 3

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HANK PLANTE, Anchor/Reporter, CBS 5 Hank Plante began his television career in 1976 as an assignment editor at WTTG in Washington, D.C. In 1978, he began his first television reporting job at WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia. Hank also worked as a reporter at KMSP in Minneapolis, KHJ in Los Angeles and KRIV in Houston before arriving at KPIX-TV in San Francisco in 1986. In his 20 years here, Hank has been a pillar of journalist integrity. His specialty is politics, but Hank has also shown a knack for pulling together the human-interest feature. Hank has won three regional Emmy® awards, as well as a Peabody Award in the 1980s for his reporting on the AIDS crisis. KPIX-TV has also received two national Emmy® awards for community service, based, in part, on Hank’s coverage of AIDS. He has been involved in gay and lesbian rights, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, GLAAD, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand. Hank is also a founding member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Maui’s own Jazz Alley TV has signed on with the Voice of America Network to air the award winning TV series in 70 different countries. “This is wonderful timing with this being our 15th year for Jazz Alley TV,“ says Jazz Alley creator, director and host, Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier. “We are all very proud and humbled to reach such a worldwide audience with our Jazz, Blues, Hawaiian and World Music TV series, with it being translated in 25 languages is overwhelming and glorious at the same time for spreading music, the universal language.” The Voice of America has carried United States, regional, and world news to listeners and viewers around the globe for more than 60 years, founded less than three months after the United States entered World War II. More than 100 million people turn to VOA on radio, TV and the Internet each week, giving Jazz Alley TV, and its artists, the opportunity of a lifetime.

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not very common at most television stations, even in this high tech region. And those that have one, typically have exactly that: one Beta-to-DVD dubbing station. If you’ve ever witnessed the frantic rush of journalists in a newsroom the night before the Emmy® deadline, as they all fight for space to dub their entries to another tape, you can imagine the potential problem looming in January when they’re suddenly fighting over a single DVD burner that they may not even know how to work. Friedman says the awards committee is well aware the format change will be a major adjustment for most members, particularly those whose stations don’t have dedicated videotape-to-DVD dubbing stations. “We’re exploring every possible avenue to help people out during this transitional year. We’re checking on the price of mass dubbing for entries submitted on Beta, with the hope of offering that service as an add-on cost to those who can’t dub to DVD themselves. But we don’t know yet if that’s practical.” So why did National sour so suddenly on videotape? The move actually has been in the works for a few years. The National Awards Committee vice chair and our national trustee, Linda Giannecchini says the rule was requested by other regional chapters looking to cut down on shipping costs. “They beta tested it last year with several chapters and they liked it,” says Giannecchini. “It’s the economy, easier to handle, easier to judge, easier to mail back and forth. The test chapters gave it a favorable review.” She says “the standard home format has been DVD for years. Since National entries are already being submitted on DVD, everyone felt it was time for regional entries make the switch.” If your station is not equipped to make the dub you can do it yourself pretty cheaply now. DVD burners are pretty standard on newer home computers, and you can buy stand-alone DVD recorders at Radio Shack and Costco for $100 or less. The problem will be the story, show, promo or documentary you want to dub probably will be on BETA or DVC Pro, and odds are, you don’t have one of those playback machines at home. Your station engineers should be able to help you hook up your DVD recorder to a source machine at work, if you start talking with them about it now. If you wait until January, they may have an alternative suggestion for what they want you to do with your DVD-R. Friedman says that’s her biggest concern, that some members will wait until the last minute, get frustrated, and give up because they don’t have enough time to transfer their entry to DVD before the deadline. “That’s why it’s more critical than ever,” she says, “to start organizing your entries early this year, and give yourself enough time to dub your work to the required format.” The call for entries will be posted on the chapter website in November. The entry deadline will be a week earlier , Friday, Janaury 14, 2007 due to the Awards being presented on May 14. October is a good month to start gathering the work and burning those DVDs.

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The day begins at 9:30 a.m. as people arrive, meet and enjoy a continental breakfast. At 10 a.m., the workshop begins and you will learn: 1. DVD basics, storage, layers, sectors and file structure 2. The DVD production workflow, origination, post-production, design and menus, encoding, and authoring 3. Instructional design, interactive features, and navigation 4. Target marketing, content development, product strategy, event programming 5. Packaging, positioning and branding 6. Understanding deal structures, rights, royalties, territories and executive producing responsibilities 7. Marketing and distribution options/the Five Impression rule 8. Unit sales of DVD players and sell-through of pre-recorded content, trends and projections 9. Information regarding market segmentation, current and projected special interest DVD Publishing markets 10. WebDVD, the power of ROM based HTML 11. The DVD publisher’s 100 point review system. Impressive DVD’s, screenings will be set up in each of 6 workstations: Case studies a. Publisher: Yoga Journal (Health Fitness) Title: Yoga for Your Pregnancy, Yoga for Managing Stress, Yoga Step by Step (Fitness) b. Publisher: Oil on Ice Partners/Sierra Club Productions (Documentary) Title: Oil on Ice Grassroots Toolkit c. Publisher: Paradigm Productions (Documentary) Title: The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight d. Publisher: The Thoreau Society (Education) Title: Life With Principle e. Publisher/Label: Lobitos Creek Ranch/Scabeba Entertainment (Music/ Jazz) Title: The Buddy Rich Collection f. Publishers: Real Food Entertainment, A La Carte Communications/KQED (Food) Titles: Good Cooking the New Basics and the Cookdisc™ Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class 12. Additional speakers and technical demonstrations Chris Ammen: HD DVD Authoring Tamara Gurbis: DVD design on DVD Studio Pro Rebecca Holland Art Direction Craig Malina: Business Affairs for Special Interest programming

Brad Miller: Financial strategies for Special Interest programming Later, the participants will get demonstrations of how to create elements of a great DVD. Then they will have an opportunity to share their own projects with the group and get feedback on which content assets make sense to include on their DVD and how to consider all the new angles of distribution from blogs, to podcasts. Finally, several web publishing and marketing strategies will be covered to make sure that your DVD project gets the best exposure to media and consumers. Reservations and advance payment are required. E-mail: dvd@emmysf.tv or (650) 341-7786.

By Annika Wood Are you a member of the NATAS Cinema Club? Yes, Cinema Club is a membership benefit, but you must sign-up to receive e-mail notifications. We now offer more screenings than the former once a month - sometimes twice a week. Screenings include new releases of big budget Hollywood releases, indie films, and documentaries. The downside is that these are preview screenings for the general public; the theater can be packed, people get turned away, and there is no guarantee you’ll get a seat even with your name on the RSVP list. However, if you can arrive about thirty minutes early, these are great opportunites to see a wide range of new release films for free. Plus, though your RSVP does not guarantee you a seat, it does usually mean you can skip to the front of the line. The only time you’ll run into trouble is if the line has already been let in, which is why arriving early is key. Now that you know a little bit about the new Cinema Club, do you want to be on the San Francisco, San Jose, or Sacramento mailing list? If so, please send your name to cinemaclub@emmysf.tv. Type CINEMA CLUB in the subject line and indicate which of the lists you are joining. If you commute between San Francisco and San Jose, joining both will give you more options. If you are on a list and want to be removed, just email REMOVE CINEMA CLUB in the subject line, and indicate which club you want to be removed from: SF, SJ, or Sacramento. We really want to pare the list down to the people who can fit preview screenings into their schedules. This will give us an idea of how better to design the Club for NATAS members’ interests.

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(l to r) Don Sharp, Sid Bedingfield, Dan Adams, Harry Fuller and Carlos Castaneda Photo:Lynn R Friedman © 2006 By Keith Sanders The laws of physics were briefly suspended at the New Technology in News Forum. After an introduction from president Lynn Friedman, Moderator and KPIX News Operations Manager Don Sharp took the audience back in time to the early years of broadcasting. He displayed a 30-year-old RCA TK-76, the first fully selfcontained ENG camera. Then attendees were thrust forward in time…to the future of television news. Sid Bedingfield, president of California Fault Line Productions, reported that his new project is to produce on-line, multi-platform programming for KQED. The web site launch is set for January or February. He said “we hope to create a regular TV series with content from all over the world…we’re looking for guests and newsmakers.” Dan Adams, reporter for KXTV News 10 in Sacramento, described the new edict at his station, “effective immediately, news for our website has a higher priority than news for our broadcast.” He explained that KXTV has always had a very reporter-driven news department, with the reporters being located in the middle of the room. “But soon the entire news room will be re-modeled so that the center is dominated by our website.” Harry Fuller, a former general manager for KPIX, began the Bay Area’s first TV station website in May 1995. He’s a career broadcaster who’s now leading the way for on-line news as executive editor of C|Net. Harry predicts that “TV stations will shrink, just like radio has…the audiences will not be able to sustain them.” “It’s not television anymore, it’s video…and people don’t care how they get it, whether it’s from a broadcast, a webcast, DVR, satellite or iPod.” Carlos Castaneda, managing editor of CBS5.com, demonstrated a newscast on his cell phone. Don Sharp added “with this cell phone you can get Bay Area traffic video live.” Carlos continued, “part of my big push is delivering content on cell phones, but my background is producing news. I was actually hired twice by Harry Fuller. Recently I was asked to be a web producer at KPIX5, I thought about it for one second and said yes.” He then remarked, “the computer is just another device like the phone. The web is not the future…it’s here now. “ After the panelist presentations, an audience of almost 30 engaged panel members in a spirited Q&A session. The topics ranged from interactive TV, digital television, intellectual property rights, filtering content, HD on the web, blogs v. journalism, monetizing websites, niche websites and corporate ownership. As our trip to the future of TV news ended, the laws of physics were restored. I was struck by the fact that whatever the future holds, the technology is already here. The only real question is how we deal with the change. Then I remembered something Carlos Castaneda had just said, “one mindset you have to get rid of on the Internet, is having a mindset.” NATAS governor Sharon Navratil produced the event, activities chair Cynthia Zeiden worked the admission table, technology chair Keith Sanders coordinated panelists, president Lynn Friedman took photos, Robert Mohr shot video of the event, marketing chair David Perry did publicity.

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Beginning September 20th on KQED, all 5 digital TV channels (including KQED HD) were made available 24/7 on Comcast in both the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose and Monterey markets. It’s great to see more national programs in HD, but what about more local HD programming? The good news is a number of Bay Area TV stations are producing (or will soon produce) significant amounts of local programming in HD. Most of KRON’s long-form programming is now HD. KTVU and KGO are poised to roll out HD news broadcasts soon. But KQED will be the first to go entirely HD. Executive Director of TV Productions and Programming Michael Isip states that “three of our weekly series are set to premiere in HD this month: the interview/entertainment program ‘The Josh Kornbluth Show,’ our restaurant review program ‘Check, Please! Bay Area,’ and our flagship news and public affairs series ‘This Week in Northern California.’” KQED’s new science, nature and environment series “Quest” will premiere HD in early ‘07. The station is hoping to launch the 5th season of the weekly arts series “Spark” in HD by spring of 2007. Isip adds “we strive to be leaders in delivering content to our audiences by the most modern means available, whether it’s through new HD production, iTunes, podcasts or streaming.” Steve Welch, KQED’s Executive Director of TV Engineering & Operations says upgrading productions to HD involved several changes. “We’re using the same sets in HD as we did in SD, with a little bit of touch-ups. The one thing that is different is the framing of the shots. For example, in ‘This Week in Northern California,’ we had to replace the reporter’s table as we are shooting the show in 16x9. The director couldn’t get the shots she needed because there wasn’t enough room between reporters. Therefore we ended up replacing it with a slightly larger table. In addition, some adjustments were made to the usual lighting environment.” KQED uses three HD production formats. The lower end is HDV, then comes XDCam HD and the high-end is HDCam. “Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures” and “China From the Inside” are part of national series (with a larger budget) so

By Keith Sanders HDCam was used. The public TV station has amassed quite a variety of HD gear to cover all three formats. The inventory includes a Sony Z1U camera, 2 Sony XDCam HD cameras as well as a Sony HDWF 900 and a Sony HDW 750. In the studio there are Sony HDC 1000LW and 1500L cameras as well as a Sony MVS8000A – 4 M/E production switcher. The character generator is a Chyron Duet Hyper X and there’s also a Grass Valley K2 production server. As for editing, there are 7 AVID suites, 4 of them HD (2 AVID Symphonys and 2 Adrenalines). The Adrenalines edit in the AVID DNX format. But the upgrade to HD has resulted in a paradigm shift in production workflow. KQED will shoot “Quest” in Sony XDCam HD on optical disk. Welch explains “in the field, we’ll record both an HD and low resolution proxy at the same time. As soon as footage is transferred to the Avid Unity system the production staff will have access to the proxy for preview and logging. We’re excited about this new workflow process for production. It should be much more efficient.” Whenever there is a need to use a low cost, portable HD camera, KQED uses the HDV format. Welch says “with the ‘China From the Inside’ series, the production team used the HDV Sony Z1U as a second camera (and backup) to the Sony HDWF 900 camera. When you’re halfway around the world you don’t want to be ‘dead in the water’ if your main camera goes down. A significant amount of HDV footage made it into the show and it looked great.” With so much HD programming being created now at KQED, can viewers also watch the public TV station’s programs on HD DVD or BluRay DVD? Welch answers “yes, we’ll move into the HD DVD arena, but not before the dust settles on the format war.” But make no mistake, there’s no format war at this public TV station; KQED embraces many flavors of HD. So before the dust settles on your new wide screen TV, check out their new locally produced HD programming. More info on KQED’s digital channels can be found at www.kqed.org/dtv

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CBS 5’s Political Editor Hank Plante (new Silver Circle inductee) won for Excellence in Television Reporting in the Twelfth Annual California Journalism Awards contest, sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Press Club. He received the award at a luncheon on Friday, September 22nd. Hank won the award for a series on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Congratulations Hank!

Carolyn Bruck jumps 74 markets, joining KSEE in Fresno as a reporter from KNVN in Chico. ABC 7 11pm news producer Krisann Chasarik is leaving to become the 11pm Executive Producer at KCNC, the CBS station in Denver. She also produced at KFSN in Fresno Tim Fang is a online news producer for CBS5.com, from writer and associate producer CBS 5. Liza Fernandez has moved to KMPH in Fresno to be their new weekday morning anchor. Liza left her weekend weather position at the Fox station in Ft Myers to embark full time on her anchor career. Steve Fyffe will be the new South Bay I-Team producer for ABC 7. Steve moves from CBS 5 where he’s worked with their investigative and consumer units. Joie Healy (formerly Bonilla) stays with the NBC station group, joining KNTV NBC 11 as Managing Editor. She has been working at KNBC-TV as an EP and earlier worked as a producer at another o-and-o, KNSD-TV in San Diego. TJ Holmes jumps to CNN to become weekend morning anchor and correspondent. TJ leaves his position as 5pm anchor at KNTV in San Francisco. Anny Hong will be a triple threat for her new station KOVR in Sacramento. She will anchor the weekend broadcasts, report and fill-in on weather. She held a similar position for KGPE in Fresno. Akili Jones joins “The CW Bay Area” as an account executive from KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento. Congratulations to Jon Kiloran, news director at Reno’s KRNV-TV, on his recent wedding. Forty-four years of bachelorhood ended when Jon married the former Dawn Miller, a bookkeeper and accounting consultant in Reno.

Former NorCal NATAS Governor Duffy Wang’s documentary production company, D3, just had its latest show, “Sketching the Silk Road,” accepted by America Public Television (APT) for national distribution. Wang says “This means coverage of this show could be substantially wider than our previous programs. And, this ice-breaker puts us on the list of producers with APT credentials. As they say, it puts us on the map. It’s a big breakthrough for us, as we now have ‘Kung Fu Journey to the East,’ ‘Summer School on the Road,’ and our Olympics project in the pipeline to national distribution. This is very exciting for D3.” Congratulations Duffy, and be sure to let us all know when and where we can see “Sketching the Silk Road.”

ABC stayed in the family when it hired Tracey Watkowski as news director at KFSN in Fresno. Watkowski spent the past seven years as assistant news director at sister station KGO-TV in San Francisco. She replaces Joel Davis, who moved to WFTV in Orlando, FL, last month. This is Watkowski’s first news director position. All of us at NATAS wish her the best of luck in the central valley.

Stations or Production Companies can purchase a “duplicate Emmy® statuette” honoring winning programs and shows. The wording on the statuette will be the same as the individual statuette with the additional inscription “Duplicate.” The cost is $250 each plus shipping. For a limited time you may replace your rectangular base statuette with the new round base statuette. You must return the original statuette to the Academy Office. The cost is $175 plus $35 band engraving and shipping.



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The first couple of weeks Leslie Griffith was missing from the 5:00 and 10:00 newscasts, nobody outside KTVU (Ch. 2) in Oakland gave it much thought. Anchors frequently take a long end-of-summer vacation around Labor Day. But when two weeks off the air stretched into three, then four, then five, red flags went up, and people started asking questions. KTVU isn’t saying much, which is understandable considering this is a personnel matter. News director Ed Chapuis could only tell Off Camera, “Leslie is on short-term leave. We hope and expect she’ll be back next week (October 2nd ).” Chapuis says he can’t talk about what led to the leave of absence, but several sources within the station say it started when Griffith criticized the writing in a script she had to read—on air. They say she looked at the camera near the end of the story and said something to the effect of: “Can you believe how poorly this story is written?” None of them can relate precisely what she said, because they say all air checks from that show were immediately pulled off station shelves and never returned. But that one indiscretion couldn’t be enough to constitute such a long leave from the anchor desk. Something else happened, but the specifics from insiders on this point vary too much from person to person to be reported. One thing they all agree on, though. They all hear Griffith isn’t coming back, that the station is negotiating some sort of departure package, since she apparently has three more years left on her contract. Off Camera was not able to reach Griffith for comment. But as you’re reading this during the first week of October, the mystery should be clearing up. Either Leslie Griffith is already back anchoring the Ten O’clock News, and all apparently is forgiven, or her absence has extended into yet another week, making it more likely it will be permanent.

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OFFICERS: Lynn R Friedman, ABC 7, President Javier Valencia, KRON 4, VP, SF (Awards) Thomas Drayton, Fox 40, VP, Sacramento Nancy Osborne, ABC 30, VP, Fresno SAN FRANCISCO Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP, Reno NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Duncan Armstrong, NBC 8, VP, Hawaii Tamar Maghdissian, Freelance, VP, Sm. Mkts. 4317 Camden Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 Keith Sanders, SJ State University, Secretary (650) 341-7786 F: (650) 372-0279 Sharon Navratil, KTVU 2, Treasurer David Mills, CBS 5, Past President (Alt. Trustee) NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Linda Giannecchini, KQED 9 (Museum) Danny McGuire, Independent Kym McNicholas, KFTY 50 Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Deanne Moenster-Poitras, KTVU 2 Jeanette Pavini, CBS 5 GOVERNORS: Wayne Philippo, CBS 5 Dan Adams, KXTV 10 Sheraz Sadiq, KQED 9 Terri Amos, Freelance Brian Avery, Avery Media (Membership) Gary Schultz, ABC 7 Annika Wood, Independent Samuel Belilty, Univision 21 Pamela Young, KITV 4 John Burgess, KFTY 50 COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Joe Cherubini, KRON 4 John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc.(Museum) Martin Christian, KVIE 6 Christopher Conybeare, Univ. of Hawaii Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) David Perry, David Perry & Assoc. (Marketing) Janice Edwards, NBC 11 James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance) Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Albert Garcia, Univision 19 Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, ABC 7 Justin Kanno, KOLO 8 Off Camera Ronald Louie, KTVU 2 Bob Goldberger, Editor Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions Darryl Compton, Publisher Tamar Maghdissian, Freelance

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