2005 EMMY AWARD HIGHLIGHTS
450 television industry professionals traveled to the Philadelphia
Marriott on September 17 to celebrate the
2005 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
awards ceremonies opened with singer Lauren Hart, host of
“10!” on NBC 10, performing her original song
“Hold Me High.” Assisted by many regional television
personalities, NATAS officials presented Emmys in 64 categories
honoring excellence in news, programming and individual achievement
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
presence of broadcast news legend, Larry Kane, on hand to receive
the prestigious Governor’s Award for his incredible achievements
and contributions to the television industry, was a highlight
of the evening. The indefatigable “dean of Philadelphia
television news anchors,” was surprised by two video tributes
edited by NBC10’s John Johnson and introduced by Chapter
President Paul Gluck,
a longtime friend and colleague of Kane’s. One
showcased a remarkable life and career – covering his
stint as a young reporter at the vortex of Beatle mania to
his growth into the seasoned newsman who delivered
news for 36 years on three Philadelphia stations. In the second,
a cast of newsmakers and reporters improvised
Kane (r) with Paul Gluck
their own humorous and personal tributes to Kane. Taking part
were Pennsylvania Governor Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Street
and Delaware Congressman Castle, NBC’s Brian Williams,
NBC10’s Tim Lake, CBS3’s Larry Mendte and Alycia
Lane, Fox 29’s Dawn Stensland and Dave Huddleston, 6ABC’s
also applauded the talents of the 2005 Young Producer’s
Award scholarship recipient Anne Winslow, a Lansdale, PA resident
and 2005 graduate of North Penn High School. A student crew
from North Penn TV joined local stations to cover the evening.
23rd year, the Chapter received 802 Emmy Award entries, a
record that re-affirms outreach initiatives to stations spearheaded
by past President Eileen Matthews and the Board of Governors
in recent years. A total of 275 entries - representing the
work of 21 stations, 5 cable entities and a dozen independent
producers from the region - received nominations in 64 categories.
Winner Anne Winslow (l)
the awards, the celebration moved to Loews Hotel for an energetic
and well-attended after-party.
“I have to thank the many who collaborated to create
an extraordinary event, including our sponsor Avid; Grace
Stewart and Tara Faccenda; Show Committee members; Banquet
Committee members and all who volunteer on behalf of our Chapter
on Emmy night.”
Thanks to Paul Gluck for writing the Emmy Show script, as
well as the following members of the Show and Banquet Committees:
THE PODIUM WERE EMMY PRESENTERS INCLUDING
(Top, L to R)
Connie Colla (CN8),
Kevin Henry (WHTM),
Kristen Welker (NBC10)
Tonia Caruso (WQED)
and Larry Mendte (CBS3)
(Right - l to r) John Johnson (NBC10),
Yolanda Garcia and Mark Jordan
Left - l to r) John Mussoni (CN8)
and Gerald Kolpan (Fox 29)
Right) WPMT Reporter Joce
Sterman (second from left) and News
Anchor Heather Warner with their husbands Mark Sistrunk and
Eileen Matthews receives
Past President thanks from current
President Paul Gluck
THE RED CARPET WERE...
(Above Left) Candace Datore and Jamie Simmons (NBC10)
(Above Right) Jean and Kevin Walsh (CN8)
Note: Paul Gluck
captures “the meaning of Emmy” in his message below…
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
some I reason, I have always felt that many
of the laws of the physical universe are suspended on the
night of our Emmy Awards banquet.
you’re a nominee, your appetite has vanished, even
if you haven’t had a bite to eat since
breakfast. On Emmy day, a nomination works
better than Atkins or South Beach.
you wait for your category to be called, your watch ticks
slowly. Like the battery was
secretly replaced with a snail on a treadmill.
you’re fortunate, they call your name. You
know that you’re running to the podium, but
you feel like you’re watching the NFL FILMS
version of your own life.
Gluck, VP & Station Manager, WHYY, Inc.
happens in slow-motion, with audience applause and Bill
Jolly’s music providing an exuberant, exaggerated
seems like it took ten minutes to get from your table to
swallow hard, blink… and then, suddenly, you’re
in the lobby having your picture taken with an Emmy in your
hand and a goofy smile on your face.
know you were up there. There was music and applause. You’re
pretty sure you thanked the right people. They handed you
something that was heavier than you expected it to be.
it’s all a blur. Like The Matrix without the Kung
whole thing is a real time, real life digital video effect.
you’ll savor every second of it for the rest of your
23 years, each Emmy Awards ceremony has offered us all the
chance to mark new milestones, while we make new memories.
plush red carpet that led us into the Marriott ballroom,
also transports us to that unique, admirable place where
aspiration and accomplishment intersect.
the finest work done by our community of broadcasters is
honored and recognized.
we exalt the best in local television and celebrate the
extraordinary people who do that work.
RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION AT ANNUAL
NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS
The 26th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were presented
by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on September
19 in New York. The evening featured an impressive line-up of
prominent newsmakers and industry executives - including Charlie
Rose, host of PBS-TV’s The Charlie Rose Show; Christiana
Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent; Bob Schieffer,
interim anchor of The CBS Evening News and moderator
of CBS News’ Face The Nation; Elizabeth Vargas,
ABC News correspondent and co-anchor, 20/20; and Jose
Diaz-Balart, Telemundo news anchor; who presented the awards to
a distinguished group of broadcast journalists. There was a special
tribute for former CBS Anchorman Dan Rather, while the Lifetime
Achievement Award was presented to Sheila Nevins, President of
HBO Documentary and Family.
Chapter’s NBC10 won for the Investigative Report “Dirty
Little Secret,” which was recognized as the Outstanding
Regional News Story in Investigative Reporting. The entry captured
a Regional Emmy in 2004, making it eligible to compete on the
National level. Congratulations to Reporter LuAnn Cahn, Senior
Producer Edward Dress, Photographer David Bentley and Editor James
Simmons. A complete list of the 26th Annual News and Documentary
Emmy nominations is available at www.emmyonline.tv,
the Academy’s website.
FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES:
CNN’S LOU DOBBS TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT EMMY|
Television Academy will honor veteran CNN anchor Lou Dobbs with
an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in Business and Financial Reporting,
during the Third Annual Emmy Awards for Business and Financial Reporting
luncheon on Thursday, December 1 at the Bloomberg Corporate Headquarters
in New York.
delighted to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Lou Dobbs
for his exceptional contribution to our understanding of American
economic life" said Peter O. Price, President of the National
Television Academy. "His reporting has been remarkable for
many years, especially his contributions to our understanding of
corporate outsourcing of jobs, the role of global trade, the importance
of space exploration and the place of the American union movement
in a changing economy."
Dobbs, a Harvard
graduate in economics, was a founding member of CNN in 1980 and
is the only original anchor remaining on the air today. He served
as anchor of the prestigious business news program Lou Dobbs
Moneyline and was president of CNN/fn, which he helped launch
in 1995. He was executive vice president of CNN until 1999. In that
year he founded the company Imaginova, which owns space.com and
Orion. He returned to CNN in 2001 and currently serves as anchor
and managing editor of Lou Dobbs Tonight.
courtesy: Paul Pillitteri, National Television Academy
PRODUCTION CERTIFICATES STILL AVAILABLE
to all our 2005 Emmy ® recipients. The National Television
Academy offers Academy Production Certificates to acknowledge
the contributions of those who worked with you to create your
Emmy®-winning entry. Each certificate is personalized
and embossed with the Emmy seal. Certificates are $25 and
can be ordered through the Mid-Atlantic office at (610)859-8886
EMMY®NOMINATION PLAQUES AVAILABLE TO ALL
National Television Academy is offering a handsome plaque
commemorating Emmy® Award nominations, at a cost of $75
each. The rosewood plaque is 8 x 10 inches with an inscribed
gold plate featuring the Academy logo. Please contact Tara
Faccenda at (610) 859-8886 or email@example.com
to place an order and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
WRITERS, CRITICS DISHED ABOUT TV
were (top row) Ken Tucker (NY Magazine), and (l to r) Wally
Kennedy (moderator), Laura Nachman (The Bucks
County Courier Times), Gail Shister (The Philadelphia Inquirer),
Ellen Gray (The Philadelphia Daily News) and Neal Zoren
(The Delaware County Times)
New York Magazine TV Critic Ken Tucker at a table with prominent
area television writers and critics and then turn them loose
to chew over what they love and don’t love about television.
That was the concept behind the recent breakfast panel “Dishing
up Breakfast: TV Writers and Critics Look at The New Fall
Season and The State of TV,” presented by the Mid-Atlantic
NATAS Chapter and the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable
and Telecommunications (WICT).
audience of 100 came
out to the Philadelphia
an event that
offered eggs and bacon with a big helping of commentary. Joining
Tucker, author of “Kissing Bill O”Reilly, Roasting
Miss Piggy - 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV”,
for a wide-ranging, lively panel discussion were Gail Shister,
The Philadelphia Inquirer; Ellen Gray,
Philadelphia Daily News;
Laura Nachman, The Bucks County Courier Times; and
Neal Zoren, The Delaware County Daily Times. Veteran
TV host Wally Kennedy served as moderator, posing questions
and deftly moving the topic from national news to fall programming
to the local scene and back again - at a pace that kept panelists
and audience fully engaged.
Insightful interchanges grew from the questions
“who did a good job covering Hurricane Katrina and was
media coverage racist?” Brian Williams emerged as “the
go-to guy,” during the crisis, said Shister; and many
took pride in the media’s role in challenging authority,
even if it meant exhibiting anger on the air. Tucker offered
this showed “reporters couldn’t be handled,“
as they have been by both political parties. Gray’s
comment that the reporting of unverified rumors of murder
and rape showed that both print and TV media weren’t
doing their job brought some
agreement; and it was
suggested that the repetitive replays
of looting was racist.
Rapid-fire and irreverent opinions flowed
with questions such as “what influence has Jon Stewart
had on news shows?” and “how will the new Nightline
format fly?” and some disagreement arose about the ratings
wars and importance of Today and Good Morning
America. Most agreed that even though the shows are "dinosaurs"
and increasing irrelevant, they are here to stay because they
generate significant revenue. Zoren interjected that viewers
still need TV to introduce them to the people who write plays
Consensus emerged about “time-delayed
viewing:” It is changing the business model of television
(Shister), creating new hazards for critics now fearful of
giving away endings (Gray); and introducing new habits, like
gorging on TV by watching an entire season all at once (Tucker).
Laura Nachman’s view that scripted programs
are making a comeback as viewers search for an alternative
to reality shows.
While not unanimous, most seemed to agree:
The Best New Show of the Fall Season is Commander and
Desperate Housewives is a good thing.
Reality TV is not dead; The West Wing is on life-support.
Gail Shister does a first-rate impersonation of Vincent Donofrio’s
how did they answer the final question, “what is everyone’s
“Guilty TV Pleasure?”
You just had to be there, is all we can say.
YOUNG PRODUCER’S AWARD TOPIC
IS ORGAN DONATION
The topic for the 2006 Young Producer’s Award (YPA)
is Organ Donation. Now in its eighth year, YPA is an established
scholarship program sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
The competition is open to any high school senior currently
attending a school in the Tri-State region
(Pennsylvania, New Jersey including Trenton and areas south
and Delaware) who plans to enter college in the fall of 2006
and major in a communications-related field. Students are
challenged to create both a script and a storyboard for a
potential public service announcement on the topic.
first place winner receives a $2500 Scholarship and earns
the opportunity to see his or her winning storyboard come
to life on the small screen as a broadcast-quality, public
service announcement. The second prize winner receives a
$500 scholarship award.
Donation was the overwhelming choice of the YPA Committee
for many reasons, not the least of which is that there is
a severe organ shortage in our country, says Young Producer’s
Award Co-Chair Kathleen Quaid-Weisz. Despite a massive educational
campaign, numerous misconceptions and inaccuracies persist
about donation, and there is no national registry of organ
and tissue donors. Weisz is excited to have discovered a
wonderful resource for students researching the topic and
“encourages students to visit the United Network for
Organ Sharing (UNOS) website, at www.unos.org,
to find a wealth of up-to-date information and materials
concerning organ donation facts, fears, myths, and more.”
for Entries is Friday, February 24, 2006. Visit www.natasmid-atlantic.org
for more information.
XP ON-LINE AUCTION TO BENEFIT NATAS’ SCHOLARSHIP FUND
a great way to upgrade your AVID software while benefiting NATAS.
Through the generosity of AVID Technology, the Chapter will hold
an on-line auction for Avid Newscutter® Software. Proceeds
of the auction will go to our Young Producer's Award Scholarship
Fund. Auction details will be e-mailed to members in late November,
and the auction will be held in January for those of you who are
thinking about 2006 capital budgets. For early details, contact
Grace Stewart (215)233-0254.
deadline beater. Edit whenever and wherever news happens and get
the story to air first.
Avid Newscutter ® XPediting software fits into any news production
environment, whether in the station, in the truck, or in the field.
STUDENT TELEVISION ENTRIES DUE FEBRUARY 18
National Student Television Program (NSTV) invites area high school
students to enter work in seven different categories to be considered
for regional and national recognition. Students can submit work
that appeared between February 1, 2005 and January 31, 2006.
In May 2006, the regional NATAS Chapters will honor winners at
the regional level and distribute the Student Award for Excellence
in each of the seven categories. Regional winners will then be
eligible for recognition at the national level. A blue-ribbon
panel, chaired by Av Westin, will select seven national awardees,
to be recognized at a ceremony in New York on June 9.
Deadline for NSTV Entries is February 18, 2006:
Please encourage educators and interested students
to visit the website www.nationalstudent.tv
for more information, or to contact regional NSTV coordinator
Rebecca Ayars, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn High School students were honored this year with two
regional NSTV Awards of Excellence.
crew from North Penn was invited to cover the Emmy Award
ceremonies. Seen here interviewing WLVT's Amy Burkett is
Christine Felty, along with crew members Jason Elrod and
Chris Merrill. NSTV Co-Chairs John Mussoni and Steve Highsmith
helped guide their coverage.
THANK YOU TO OUR EMMY JUDGES
judging of all Emmy entries 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
in comparable markets for our annual 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 Mid-America
and LoneStar (Texas) Chapters. Judging is a great way to see what
stations in other markets are producing. If you would like to
judge, please contact Tara Faccenda at email@example.com.
Jeff Carns, CBS3
Andy Himmelwright, Service Electric Cable
Gerald Kolpan, FOX29
John Johnson, NBC10
John Mecham, KDKA
Javier Palmera, WFMZ
Matt Roth, WFMZ
Bessie Tsionis, CN8 The Comcast Network
Matt Hilk, WTAE
Jocelyn Hough, WQED Multimedia
Laurie Jentes, Stage 3 Productions
Julie McCrary, WHP
Tom Njegovan, CBS3
Jerry Palovick, CN8 The Comcast Network
Lisa Spagnuolo, CN8 The Comcast Network
Larry Watzman, CN8 The Comcast Network
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