Social Media Branding for Media Pros

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6 pm

Free Workshop for NATAS Members.  $15- for non-members.

Location:  Groovy Like a Movie, 5205 Kearny Villa Way • Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123
Time:  Registration begins at 6 pm, and the workshop and webstream will begin promptly at 6:30 pm PST.

Click here to register for the workshop.

Non-members can pay through this secure link:

The intention of this 90-minute workshop is to teach professionals in the television and media industries how to successfully integrate social media into their personal and professional brands. The Social Media Branding for Media Pros workshop focuses on strategies to strengthen your brand across various social networks. You will leave the workshop with the following key takeaways that you can implement immediately:

  • > How to leverage your social media brand to generate more revenue.
  • > How to ensure your personal online brand is simultaneously optimized to enhance your station’s or company’s          brand.
  • > Knowledge on how to serve as a trusted subject matter expert as a television media professional to have prospects   interested in working with you before even meeting you.

This is an interactive workshop, presented by Melodie Tao. We will be participating in group activities and creating online updates. It is recommended that you bring a laptop or tablet. Pen and paper will be provided in case you are unable to bring either.  This workshop will also be webcast.  To register, please complete this form.

Melodie TaoMelodie Tao, also known as Marketing Melodie is a seasoned Marketing professional with over 11 years of experience. As a Digital Consultant, Speaker and Professor, Melodie’s mission is to teach and inspire others to grow their business through digital marketing and social media. Melodie teaches Interactive Marketing classes at National University and also works with the digital team at NBC 7 San Diego. Melodie has successfully executed campaigns for companies including Verizon, Microsoft, AMC Theaters, Westfield Malls and AT&T. Melodie has hosted social media workshops all over the world and is excited to be at home in sunny San Diego to teach television professionals in NATAS how to create a strong brand through social media. For more information, visit Melodie’s website:


Remembering Jonathan Dunn-Rankin

Jonathan Dunn-Rankin passed away Friday, December 12th at the age of 84. Many will remember him as the Executive Director of our Chapter. He served in that position for 22 years, retiring in 2002. His commanding voice could be heard over the years on the Emmy Award nomination reels. He was also the master at explaining how to hold an Emmy Award statue, “by the base, not the ankles! She’s fragile!”

Jonathan was born in 1930 and spent his youth in Florida. He began his college career at Columbia, but left after a year and continued his studies at Rollins College in Florida. His number was up and he was drafted into the Army, spending time in France. When Jonathan returned to the states, he finished his studies at Rollins and continued to graduate school. Jonathan graduated in 1958 from the Masters program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. While a graduate student he interned at CBS News New York.


He worked in Florida, Cleveland, Phoenix and finally landed in San Diego in 1965 where he took a job with KFMB. Jonathan was on the air at KFMB for almost 13 years. He also served as union shop steward while at KFMB. In the 1980s, Jonathan was hired as a National Representative of AFTRA, where he continued to serve in an official capacity until 2000.

Besides Jonathan’s involvement in the television community, he was also an actor and community leader. He acted at the Old Globe in the 70s and 80s and most recently Lamb’s Players Theatre, North Coast Rep, Compass Theatre and Diversionary Theatre. He also was a Board member at the Diversionary Theatre. He loved playwriting and was the longtime leader of Scripteasers, a script-development group.

Jonathan is survived by his partner, David Ramos; two brothers, Derek and Peter; eight nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews. A celebration of life will be held at Cygnet Theatre on February 2 at 6 p.m.

December Judging Opportunity

Earn judging rewards to use towards membership and entries!

Judging for New York Chapter in English and Spanish

We have an online Emmy® judging opportunity this month to judge the New York Chapter’s entries, in both Spanish and English categories.  When you submit your Emmy® Entry, you are agreeing to judge other chapters’ entries.  Without this reciprocity, there would be no Emmy® Awards.  Judges will receive one judging reward per panel judged, after ALL categories are complete.  Judging rewards are valued at $5- each, and can be used towards membership renewal, Emmy® Entry submissions, and Emmy® Event Tickets.

Qualified judges need a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the field of television to participate. To become a judge, please email with the name of the panel(s) that you’re qualified and willing to judge, and you’ll be sent a link to the judging web site, along with detailed instructions, and a login code. You will then create a judging profile and view the entries online in the comfort of your home or office. Judging does not have to be completed in one sitting; you may start and stop as needed. The deadline to complete judging is Friday, January 9, 2015.

The list of panels is below, with the categories, number of entries to be judged and the total running time of the category:


Categories #Entries TRT
01B – Morning Newscast: Medium Markets (50-99) 3 01:13:18
13ABC – Business/Consumer 20 3:15:17
18AB – Environment: News/Feature 24 2:00:00
19C – Health/Science: Program/Special 15 05:05:05
26B – Sports: Sportscast 8 00:50:08
48G – On-Camera Talent: Reporter – Live 20 02:54:26
48H – On-Camera Talent: Reporter – Political 8 01:14:47
Spanish Newscasts I (Morning) 6 5:31:17
Spanish Craft Achievements I (Editor, Photographer) 6 0:28:48
Spanish News & Program Specialty I (Arts, Entertainment, Magazine, Special Event) 11 3:00:14
Spanish News & Program Specialty II (Nostalgia, Historical, Religion, Crime, Politics) 10 2:00:21
Spanish News & Program Specialty III (Human Interest, Societal Concerns) 13 1:24:10
Spanish News & Program Specialty IV (Health/Science) 5 0:47:02
Spanish Sports News 2 0:11:52


2015 Call for Entries Now Open!

The Call for Entries is now open.  Very Important—before entering, please join or renew your membership to ensure you receive the member rate on your entries. 2014 memberships expire on December 31st, so when entering for the Emmy® Awards to be held on Saturday, June 20th at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, you must become a member for the coming year.  You will not be able to enter online at the member rates unless you pay your membership first.  Membership renewals are $60 and new memberships are $85.

The Emmy® Awards 2015 schedule of fees is unchanged from last year, but we have added three new categories, as well as updating others.  Please review the General Instructions and Schedule of Fees, Double Dipping Defined, FAQs, as well as the Call for Entries prior to submitting your entry form.

Eligibility period:  January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Deadline for Entries (without late fee):  Friday, January 30, 2015
Deadline for Entries (with late fee):   Friday, February 06, 2015
Deadline to Upload and Approve Video:  Friday, February 13, 2015

The Student Production Awards Call for Entries is also open now.  We have added Video Essay to the Student Categories, and student fees remain at $40- flat rate per entry.  Student entry forms may be submitted through February 6, 2015 without a late fee.

If you have forgotten your password, go to the Chapter website,, hover over Emmy Awards, click on the Emmy® Express link, and then click on “Forgot your password?”  Provide Enter either your email address or membership number/registered user number to have your password emailed to you: 

Emmy Express-forgot password

If you have questions about the Emmy® Awards or the entry process, call the Chapter Office at 602-888-EMMY (that’s 602-888-3669), or contact us by e-mail: