Issue Three, November, 2005



Highlights in This Issue:


Lauren Hart

Over 450 television industry professionals traveled to the Philadelphia Marriott on September 17 to celebrate the
2005 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.

The high-energy 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.

The 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

Larry 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 Vernon Odom.

The Chapter 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.

In its 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.

YPA Winner Anne Winslow (l)
With Eileen Matthews

After the awards, the celebration moved to Loews Hotel for an energetic and well-attended after-party.

Says Gluck, “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.”

Special Thanks to Paul Gluck for writing the Emmy Show script, as well as the following members of the Show and Banquet Committees:

Show Committee
Rebecca Ayars
Diane Carmen
Cathy Bowen
Paul Kosuth
Eileen Matthews
Janice Selinger
Laurel Spira

Banquet Committee
Susan Buehler
Amy Burkett
Shelley Hoffman
John Johnson

Executive Producer
Rob Melick

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(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
(Comcast SportsNet)

(Bottom Left - l to r) John Mussoni (CN8)
and Gerald Kolpan (Fox 29)

(Bottom Right) WPMT Reporter Joce
Sterman (second from left) and News
Anchor Heather Warner with their husbands Mark Sistrunk and Brandon Gerber.

  (Above) Eileen Matthews receives
Past President thanks from current
President Paul Gluck
(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…

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For 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.

If 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.

As you wait for your category to be called, your watch ticks slowly. Like the battery was
secretly replaced with a snail on a treadmill.

If 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.

Paul Gluck, VP & Station Manager, WHYY, Inc.

Everything happens in slow-motion, with audience applause and Bill Jolly’s music providing an exuberant, exaggerated soundtrack.

It seems like it took ten minutes to get from your table to the podium.

You 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.

You 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.

But it’s all a blur. Like The Matrix without the Kung Fu moves.

The whole thing is a real time, real life digital video effect.

And you’ll savor every second of it for the rest of your life.

For 23 years, each Emmy Awards ceremony has offered us all the chance to mark new milestones, while we make new memories.

The plush red carpet that led us into the Marriott ballroom, also transports us to that unique, admirable place where aspiration and accomplishment intersect.

Where the finest work done by our community of broadcasters is honored and recognized.

Where we exalt the best in local television and celebrate the extraordinary people who do that work.

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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.

The Mid-Atlantic 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.


The National 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.

"We are 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.

Article courtesy: Paul Pillitteri, National Television Academy

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Congratulations 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 or tara@natasmid-atlantic.org

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The 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 tara@natasmid-atlantic.org to place an order and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery

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Simultaneous Emmy Nomination parties hosted by the Chapter in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on August 10 brought out energetic groups of members, ready to network as they awaited news of 2005 nominations. Over 200 filled McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park in a lively event chaired by Board Members Shelley Hoffman (CBS3/WPSG) and Karen Hoffman (Comcast SportsNet). The event featured great door prizes from PMTV sponsor representative Rob Schmoll and wonderful appetizers served up by McFadden’s.

At popular Club Café in Pittsburgh, industry professionals enjoyed the complimentary fare and festive atmosphere of a successful event organized by board members Geroge Hazimanolis (WQED Multimedia) and Paul Kosuth from Fox SportsNet Pittsburgh, the party sponsor.

PMTV’s Rob Schmoll (fourth from left) kicks
off event with NATAS officials (l to r):
Treasurer John Barra (NJN); Secretary Steve Highsmith (WB17); Karen Hoffman (Comcast SportsNet); Vice President Susan Buehler (Bellevue Communications); and President
Paul Gluck (WHYY). Schmoll grabbed his
guitar and joined band to rock the room later that night.

Making news official were (l to r): Dave Schratweiser (Fox 29); Paul Gluck (WHYY); Anne Marie Green (CBS3); Janice Selinger (NJN); Kevin Walsh (CN8, The Comcast Network); and Steve Highsmith (WB17). Missing from photo is Comcast
SportsNet’s Michael Barkann.
WLVT staffers (l to r): Andrew Brett,
Melissa Leffel, Erin Flynn, Board Member Amy Burkett, and Jeff Chirico traveled to
McFadden’s to hear 2005 Emmy
Nominations firsthand.

Well-known TV personalities announced Nominees in Pittsburgh, (l to r): Dave Crawley (KDKA); Carol Lee Espy (WQED); Michael Bartley (WQED); Wendy Bell (WTAE); John Cater ( KDKA); Tonia Caruso (WQED); and Rob King (Fox SportsNet Pittsburgh).  

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Dishing 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)

Put 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).

An audience of 100 came out to the Philadelphia Marriott October 20 for 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,

The 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 and books.

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). Most shared
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 Chief.
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 mannered speech.

So, 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.

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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.

The 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.

Organ 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.”

Deadline for Entries is Friday, February 24, 2006. Visit www.natasmid-atlantic.org for more information.

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Here’s 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.

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Full-featured Avid Newscutter ® XPediting software fits into any news production environment, whether in the station, in the truck, or in the field.

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The 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 ayrlines@aol.com

North Penn High School students were honored this year with two regional NSTV Awards of Excellence.

A student 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.

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The 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 tara@natasmid-atlantic.org.

Courtney Brinkerhoff, FOX29
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
Janice Bubeck, NBC10
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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Photos by Top Guns Corporate Photography
George Feder
Copies available. topgunsphoto@aol.com

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