Marianne Gerdes, 2014 Silver Circle Inductee

Marianne Gerdes established Gerdes Creative with Michael Gerdes in 1989 with a singular focus: to create short and long form productions in the documentary genre. This passion grew directly from their interest in the arts, architecture, design, gardens, and history.

Marianne has 20 (and counting) documentary producing credits; for her efforts she has earned four Pacific Southwest Regional Emmy® awards and 14 additional nominations for her producing and writing work. She is the winner of a Press Club Award for Specialty reporting for her current television show, “A Growing Passion”. Also an IRIS Award from NAPTE (National Association of Professional Television Executives) for informational programming, a People In Preservation Award from SOHO (Save our Heritage Organization) for contributions to the historical documentation of San Diego history, and an IABC Business Communicators Award.  She was recently elected to NATAS’s Silver Circle for 25 years of outstanding contribution to the broadcast community.

She is also a 2013 nominee for San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move The City, Woman of the Year  for her work with the non-profit Ilan-Lael Foundation that preserves and promotes the work of renowned San Diego artist James Hubbell.

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Susan Farrell, 2014 Silver Circle Inductee

An award-winning journalist for more than 25-years in the San Diego area, Susan Farrell has built a reputation for being a  knowledgeable, thorough reporter tackling a host of regional issues including the area’s large military presence, U.S.-Mexico border issues, law, regional and state politics and the city’s burgeoning growth.

She began her journalistic career in program development at KPBS-TV in 1974, joining ABC-TV affiliate KGTV two years later as a producer.  A year later, she moved to the anchor desk, and would spend the next decade there earning a reputation as an up-and-coming journalist. In 1987, she moved NBC owned and operated KNSD-TV, where she became known for her dogged coverage of politics and military issues. She was most recently a reporter/anchor for KUSI-TV, before turning fulltime to consulting. She was Director of Public Relations for San Diego Opera from 2002 to 2005, and President/CEO of USO San Diego from 2005-2008.

Farrell attended the University of Maryland’s London and Munich campuses, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.


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Craig Bentley, 2014 Silver Circle Inductee

Craig Bentley is president of, a video production company he co-founded in San Diego in 1986. He received a film and television degree from San Diego State University, where he graduated with distinction in the major field. While at SDSU, he was chosen by the American Cinema Editors as one of the top three student editors in the nation.

In the 80s, Craig managed one of the first interactive video networks in the industry for a national home center chain. Since starting Imageworks, he has written, produced and directed a wide variety of videos for clients such as Coca-Cola, VISA and IBM. Industry recognition includes Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards, Tellys, Auroras and Communicator awards.

In October 2013, Craig also became a Senior Producer/Director at UC San Diego, where he has helped design one of the largest video undertakings in campus history: helping Economics faculty “flip” their classrooms by putting over 300 short lectures online, preserving valuable class time for discussions and problem-solving.


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Online Judging Opportunity–Deadline Extended

We have an opportunity to judge English and Spanish Emmy® Entries for the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter.  This is a great opportunity to see what your peers in other markets are doing, and also to learn how entries are judged. 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 (some panels may contain multiple categories). Judging rewards are valued at $5- each, and can be used towards membership renewal, Emmy® Entry submissions, and next year’s Emmy® Gala tickets.

Below are the online panels, with the categories, number of entries and TRT for the panels:

Qualified judges need a minimum of 2 years of 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 online judging is Sunday, July 27th.

Categories # of Entries Total Time
2A3A – Newscast – Daytime or Evening-Larger Markets 1-40 8 04:07:51
2B3B – Newscast – Daytime or Evening-Medium Markets 41-80 4 01:34:32
22AB – Politics/Government-News Single Story/Feature 12 00:56:27
26A – Sports – News Single Story 9 0:31:43
26E-Sports – Program Feature/Segment  6 0:30:00
26EF – Sports – Daily or Weekly Program 10 03:02:34
26J- Sports – One Time Speical 11 4:23:56
27 – Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited 8 03:35:44
29D – Weather – News Weathercast 4 00:32:47
30A – Documentary – Cultural 5 O2:45:51
42A – Commercial – Single Spot 23 00:13:39
52A – Editor – Program (Non-News) 22 03:46:23
52B – Editor – Short Form (Promos, PSA’s, Commercials, Opens, etc.) 16 00:35:42
52C – Editor – News – Within 24 Hours 4 O0:29:00
56B – On-Camera Talent – Anchor – Weather 4 O0:27:48
56C – On-Camera Talent Anchors – Sports  4 O0:35:47
56E – On-Camera Talent – Performer/Narrator 6 01:02:54
56F – On-Camera Talent – Program Host/Moderator 5 00:53:29
SPANISH NEWS 7 0:58:00
SPANISH CRAFT 12 2:36:00

40th Anniversary Emmy® Awards TV Schedule

If you were unable to attend to attend the Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards on Saturday, June 14th, you can still watch all glamour and excitement on Cox.  An edited, 2-hour version of the 2014 Emmy® Awards will be televised on Cox, in the following markets:

San Diego
On Cox Channels 4 and 1004:
-Saturday, July 12th at 7:00 pm

Santa Barbara
On Cox Channel 8:
-Monday, July 7th at 9:30am
-Wednesday, July 9th at 9:30am
-Monday, July 14th at 9:30am
-Wednesday, July 16th at 9:30am

Las Vegas
On Cox Channels 96 and 1096:
-Monday, July 7th at 5pm
-Monday, July 14th at 7pm
-Wednesday, July 23rd at 10am
-Thursday, July 31st at 10am

Major Milestone in Daytime Emmy® Awards History

Great news about the Daytime Emmy Awards!  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards will be shared with both a national and global audience via livestream when the ceremony takes place on Sunday, June 22.

This is the first time in its history that the prestigious organization will be utilizing this platform to broadcast the awards show, and it does so in the hopes that audiences around the world will be able to engage in an event which celebrates programs that are known internationally and boast a global fan base. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be available for viewing live at beginning at 5:00pm on June 22. Emmy® Awards will be handed out for twenty-five categories, including several new ones announced this year.

NATAS will also be connecting with viewers through their social media platforms, enlisting the help of several social media ambassadors to capture special moments on-site and share them via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube.

“We are so thrilled to be sharing the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards with a global audience in such an innovative and contemporary fashion,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action.”

Wienges brought on some of the industry’s finest production, social media and public relations partners to produce the 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards and help see the ceremony through its first web-based broadcast. Spike Jones, Jr and SJ2 Entertainment will be producing the live show at the Beverly Hilton with Terry D. Peterson, Owner, Artistic Director, Verite Productions, Inc. Paul Colichman and HERE Media will handle all aspects of social media for the event, and Slate PR, led by Andy Gelb, has been appointed the Agency of Record for the 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards.

The Daytime Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with The Television Academy (ATAS).

A full list of all nominees in all categories can be downloaded at

Credential applications are now being accepted for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Applications can be filled out at

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 13,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tvFor more information, please visit the website at

Your New NATAS-PSW Governors

The results are in for the 2014-2015 NATAS-PSW Board of Governors election.  Congratulations to our newly-elected Governors:

  • Gregg Baker, Palomar College
  • Mitch Blacher, ABC 10 San Diego
  • Kristen Castillo, Freelance Writer, Editor, Producer
  • Colleen Cole-Velasquez, Pulse Media International
  • Jaffa King, NBC7 San Diego
  • Gerard Ramalho, KSNV Las Vegas
  • David Reese, KMIR Palm Springs
  • Gabriel Soltero, One America News Network

Also, welcome to Kent Kay, KESQ Palm Springs, who has recently joined the Board of Governors as a midterm replacement.

NATAS-PSW would like to thank our departing Governors Art Axtell, Manny DeLa Rosa, Mike Kurtz, Deb Lawrence, Jerry McCormick, Steve Quis, and Sammie Jo Swift for their service to the Chapter.

Thank you to all of our members who took the time to participate in the election of our Board of Governors.

Harold Greene to Host 40th Anniversary Emmy® Awards

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest Chapter is proud to announce that Harold Greene will serve as the emcee of the 40th Anniversary Emmy® Awards.

Greene is an award-winning journalist who covered the news in Southern California for over forty years.  He reported on the stories that shaped our lives, riots, earthquakes, wildfires, guns in schools, gangs, the homeless, illegal immigration, and all things political.

Greene did just about every job in the television news business very successfully, helping his stations attain high ratings.  He went from cameraman/street reporter to news writer, newscast producer, managing editor, news director and then co-anchored top rated newscasts in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Among his honors are seven Emmy Awards (with 15 Emmy Award nominations), ten Golden Mike Awards, three Edward R. Murrow awards, two national Iris Awards, and a Columbia School of Journalism Award.

Greene himself became part of a news story, when he was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

He is an avid golfer, surfer, emcee and he serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The 40th Anniversary Emmy ® Awards is on Saturday, June 14th, at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA.  There’s still time to purchase tickets, click here to get yours!

Board of Governors Election Goes Online

voteYou have the opportunity to select the men and women who will set policy and plan activities for the Pacific Southwest Chapter for the year to come.  It’s time for the annual election of Governors.  This year, the election will be held online–be sure to cast your vote immediately when you receive your log on and password via email.

All active members will receive a ballot.  If you don’t receive yours within the next week, please contact the Chapter Office at The last day to cast your ballot will be June 4, 2014.

Emmy® Award Tickets Available Now

Please join us for the 40th Anniversary Emmy® Awards, celebrating excellence in the Pacific Southwest Region. The cocktail reception and silent auction will start at 5:00 pm, dinner seating at 6:45 pm. This year’s event will be held at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA.  Click here to go to the ticket purchase web site.

La Costa Resort Backyard
Members may ONLY purchase 2 tickets at the member price of $99- per ticket. Each additional ticket may be purchased at the non-member rate of $135- per ticket. If more than 2 tickets are purchased at the member rate, EACH TICKET will be charged a $50 processing fee.  Click here for Individual Tickets
Table sponsorships maybe be purchased for $1600-, and include a table of 10 with preferred seating, sponsor recognition, plus a full-page ad in the Emmy® Program (if received by our May 10th print deadline).  Click here for Table Sponsorship
Two tables of 10 with preferred seating, sponsor recognition, plus a full-page ad in the Emmy® Program is $2300-.  For questions, contact Executive Director Amy Bosler at  Click here for 2 Table Sponsorship

After June 6th, all tickets will be at the non-member price.  
Tickets are on sale now through June 12th, or until tickets sell out.

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Attire:  Black tie suggested

Spinach Salad: Baby Spinach, Feta Cheese, Olive Relish, Champagne Vinaigrette
Entree: Pan Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Market Vegetables
Vegan Alternative: Butternut Squash Risotto, Swiss Chard, and Market Vegetables
Dessert:  Chocolate Caramel Tart.  Coffee and tea are included.

Special Emmy® Award Group Rate:

Attendees of the 40th Anniversary Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards can receive the following rate at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa:

Plaza Room$229.00 per night plus taxes and fees for a Plaza Room. (NOTE: Our initial room block at the $210- rate has sold out, and we have added additional rooms at the current rate.)
A reduced resort fee of $15- provides complimentary self-parking, complimentary toll free calls, credit card access calls, local calls, in-room high speed internet access, entrance to La Costa Athletic Club, hot spots, and in-room coffee and tea.

To book, call (800) 438-9217 by Saturday, May 31st and mention the 40th Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards.  First night’s stay will be charged to your credit card.