Issue One, April 2005



Tara Faccenda, well-known in the regional TV community from her work at the Planning and Assignment Desks at FOX 29 and CN8, joined NATAS in January as our new Chapter Administrator. The Boothwyn, PA resident began her news career in 1994 at Fox 29 as a production assistant, holds a BA degree from Temple University and studied Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University. Her new role encompasses the administration of all activities and member services for our association of over 800 TV industry professionals, including overseeing the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards program.
Interviewed this month by NATAS News Editor Rebecca Ayars, Tara shares some thoughts on her career experiences, the TV biz, and her new job.

On Her Start in the TV Industry:
“I grew up in a family of school teachers and technically-minded professionals, but working in TV was the only thing I ever wanted to do. I liked to write, was interested in world events and had that nosiness that all news people share. I thought I wanted to be a reporter, but an internship at Fox my senior year changed all that -- I saw that the assignment desk was where the action was, was the center of everything – so that’s where I wanted to be.”

Recalling Her Toughest News Day:
“The Blizzard of ’96 (with 32” of snow) was my baptism by fire -- the first major news event I worked. I was the weekend assignment editor with a limited weekend crew. There was more snow than what was forecasted. News Director John Mussoni made it into the station, and together, we pulled in crew, director and live trucks to do extended coverage for a few days.”

How “The Desk” Prepared Her For NATAS:
“The multi-tasking I did in news is really serving me well in this job. Also, my understanding of the region’s programming, the business in general and how everyone interacts is very helpful as I work with our membership and to oversee the Emmy Award process.”

Her Favorite Non-News Programming:
“For adult drama, I love ‘24’ and the ‘O.C.’”

Answer To FAQ:
“After years of getting ‘are you related to John Faccenda?’ (I’m not), I am happy to confirm I am indeed related (by marriage) to Scott Faccenda, director of operations for Comcast SportsNet.”

What She Is Most Excited About:
“I am really looking forward to seeing everything come together at the Emmy Awards Gala this fall. I like to see people rewarded for their hard work.”

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Take a minute to check out our newly-designed website: www.natasmid-atlantic.org.
The user-friendly format allows members to deliver up-to-date Chapter information – from Membership and Program News to the Job Bank - right to their desktops. It also offers “one-stop shopping” for all news about the upcoming Emmy Awards. Individuals can download the Call for Entries, Entry Forms and labels to submit work for the 2005 Emmy Awards. An Emmy Award archives section, dating back to 1999, is another interesting feature, and members can log on to get acquainted with Chapter leadership, find the new address and contact information, and much, much more.


Important Deadlines & Coming Events:  
Early Emmy entry submissions April 1, 2005
Standard Emmy entry submissions April 22, 2005
Nomination Party August 10, 2005
Emmy Awards Gala September 17, 2005

Need an Entry Form? Visit www.natasmid-atlantic.org to access and print forms.

FAQ: Emmy Award Entries
Chapter Administrator Tara Faccenda provides answers to the Top Five “frequently asked questions” regarding Emmy entries:

Do I have to be a member to submit an entry?
Entries fees are reduced for members, but non-members may submit at the non-member rate.

Does one entry fee cover all entrants?
All entrants must pay entry fees to be eligible to receive a statue for a winning entry. Up to five entrants are permitted in all news and programming categories, except for newcast and individual achievement categories.

Can I enter my work in more than one category?
Any single piece of work may be entered in only one news or programming category. However, Community Outreach and Special Categories #41 and #42 are exempt from the cross filing rule. You may include work you have entered in news and programming categories in your Individual Achievement entry (Categories #43-64).

Who judges my entry and determines the Emmy winner?
All Mid-Atlantic Emmy Entries are judged by panels of TV industry peers working in other comparable markets around the country. Judging certification forms require each judge to provide professional background relevant to the category judged.

If I don’t pay the entry fee now, can I buy a statue later if we win?
Only those listed on the entry form are eligible to receive statues. They cannot be purchased. Personalized Production certificates are available for purchase ($25) to recognize other contributors to the award winning entry.


All Emmy tape judging is accomplished by “trading tapes” with NATAS Chapters across the country. Without Mid-Atlantic member participation, we would be unable to have our tapes judged for the Emmy Awards. A special thank you to all of our Emmy Judging Panel Leaders (listed below) who were integral in the Emmy judging process for the Boston and Chesapeake/DC Chapters. If you are interested in judging, please contact Tara Faccenda at (610) 859-8886.

J.R. Aguila, Comcast SportsNet
John Barra, NJN
Wendy Bell, WTAE
Bill Bova, PCTN
Susan Buehler, Bellevue Communications
April Carty Sipp, Comcast SportsNet
Darin Devivo, CBS3
Mark Farkas, Shooters
Paul Gluck, WHYY
Troy Hein, WFMZ
Shelley Hoffman, CBS3/UPN57
Stacey Jeffers, FOX29
Sandy Kern, WITF
Doug Legore, WHTM
Eileen Matthews, Segue Productions
Rory McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies
Michelle Murmello, WBRE
Kirsten Page, WHP
April Polutan, WYBE
Dave Rupp, WGAL
Craig Schulz, CN8
Ken Selinger, CCI
Dana Smith, CN8
Andrew Stockey, WTAE
Larry Watzman, CN8
Holly Woodward, CN8
Topher Yorks, WPSX
Sharon Baker, Teleduction
Kim Bell, Blue Ridge
Micheline Boudreau, WHYY
Dave Bowers, Banyan Productions
Amy Burkett, WLVT
Jim DePury, WPMT
Kevin Donahue, CN8
Elaine Fisher, FOX29
George Hazimanolis, WQED
Matt Hilk, WTAE
Courtney Holt, Comcast SportsNet
John Johnson, NBC10
Paul Kosuth, Fox Sports Net
Bill Markel, Comcast SportsNet
Fran McElroy, Producer
Sharon Mullally, Producer
Michael Murphy, FOX29
Dave Palmer, WB17
Carol Rosenbaum, Producer
Joe Schlener, FOX29
Andy Seigel, WTAJ
Jamie Simmons, NBC10
Rachel Sparrow, WB17
John Stone, CBS3
Richard Wilson, Outreacharts
Lauren Yee, Crewestone Technologies


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At Philadelphia's upscale new Bowling Lounge STRIKES

Sunday, April 17 - 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Strikes Bowling Lounge
4040 Locust Street in University City

WHAT TO DO: Put together a team of five bowlers from your station or your company and sign up to compete for a cash prize to be donated to the charity of your choice. Or sign up as as individuals and we'll put you on teams. Either way, you'll get bragging rights and enjoy a strikingly different night out at a talked-about new venue.

HOW MUCH: $15 per person includes shoe rental. Cash Bar. Strikes offers a full menu for casual dining, so come early or stay after for dinner or snacks.

(215)233-0254 or gstewartnta@verizon.net.


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  Back L to R:
Moderator Peter Shelly, NATAS President Eileen Matthews,
Kathleen Pavelko, Matt Uhl, Dan O’Donnell
  Front L to R: H. Joseph Lewin, Brian Lockman, John Riggle

The Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was buzzing with communications industry professionals at lunchtime on March 23, as our Chapter brought together some of Central Pennsylvania’s most influential voices to weigh in on TV Trends in the market and beyond. The lively
and freewheeling power lunch was organized in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Serving as panelists were:
H. Joseph Lewin, Vice President & General Manager, WHTM
Dan O’Donnell, General Manager, WGAL-TV -TV
Brian Lockman, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Cable Network
Kathleen Pavelko, President & CEO, WITF, Inc.
John Riggle, Vice President & General Manager, WPMT-TV, Fox 43
Matt Uhl, General Manager, WHP-TV
Moderator: Tony May, Sr., Vice President, Triad Strategies &
Chairman, Pennsylvania State Public Television Network

Attendees were encouraged to submit questions during the course of the event, a format that produced candid remarks and spontaneous exchanges between the panelists. The panel answered questions on topics including the return of family hour, interactivity, multicasting, political assaults on the TV media and the future of network news.

"This was a great opportunity to bring together NATAS members from central PA stations and it’s something we’ll be doing more of in the future,” said Chapter president Eileen Matthews. “Panelists were also enthusiastic about having the unprecedented chance to meet as a group with other area GM’s. We especially thank them for their participation.”

Have an idea for a future event? E-mail gstewartnta@verizon.net


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Over 50 college students from 12 colleges and universities across the region traveled to Philadelphia on February 26 for NATAS’ popular annual career forum, “How To Get Your First Job In TV.” Panelists representing a wide cross section of the industry shared tips on networking, demo tapes, resumes, interviews and internships. Break-out sessions allowed students to talk in small groups with each of the panelists, and those with demo tapes were able to have them screened and critiqued.

The Career Forum offers truly unique chance for students to get a head start on job hunting and gain access to top level professionals, all of whom are genuinely interested in helping them get started in the business.

Presenters at the Student seminar included
(left to righ) Jim Donovan, Jim DePury, Paul Gluck, Cathy Bowen, Arthur Fennell, Scott Faccenda and Courtney Brinkerhoff.
Not pictured: Moderator Dana Caterson.

Providing tape critiques for students were John Barra (pictured, rear) and Rob Melick.

“This marks our eighth year hosting this event, which is always a great forum for students looking for an opportunity," said NATAS Program Chair Dana Caterson, who served as moderator for the panel. “And for our panelists, I believe it’s inspiring to see such energy and passion among our future television leaders."

Special thanks to our talented and entertaining panelists who generously shared their time and advice to give this year’s group of future TV professionals a real jump start on their careers.

John Barra, Producer/Director, NJN Public Television
Cathy Bowen, Director
Courtney Brinkerhoff, Special Projects Producer, WTXF Fox 29
Jim DePury, News Director, WPMT Fox 43
Jim Donovan, Consumer Reporter, CBS3
Scott Faccenda, Director of Operations, Comcast SportsNet
Arthur Fennell, News Anchor, CN8, The Comcast Network
Paul Gluck, Vice President and Station Manager, WHYY, Inc.
Rob Melick, Director/Editor, WB17
Moderator: Dana Caterson, Freelance Producer


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The NATAS Board of Governors met last January at Plymouth Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for a day-long retreat devoted to planning this year’s schedule of events and brainstorming about how to better serve our membership.

Pictured (L to R) are: Front: Grace Stewart, Paul Gluck, Eileen Matthews, George Cummings, Tara Faccenda, and Jim DePury.

Middle: John Johnson, Laurel Spira, Janice Selinger, and Paul Kosuth; Susan Buehler; George Hazimanolis, Kathleen Quaid-Weisz, Dave Bowers, and Diane Carmen.

Back: Susan Shapiro, Amy Burkett, Cathy Bowen, Shelley Hoffman, Dana Caterson.


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Wishing your parents, children, co-workers or friends were on hand for your
acceptance speech at last year’s Emmy Gala? A limited number of VHS copies of the
show are available on a first come, first served basis.

Show your appreciation for those who contributed to an Emmy-winning work.
You can order attractive production certificates, suitable for framing on heavy cream stock,
as a special thank you to those who missed the spotlight. ($25/each)

Contact Tara, at 610-859-8886, to order show tapes or production certificates.


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