Welcome Party

Join NATAS-PSW for a no-host welcome party this Friday, June 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. just off the lobby of our host venue, the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

We’ll provide soft drinks and light appetizers.

Silent Auction

Plan to bid on a large variety of silent auction items like theme park tickets, hotel stays, golf packages, restaurant gift certificates and lots more. All the money raised from our silent auction benefits our student scholarship fund, which to date has awarded $300,000 in college scholarships to regional students.

Red Carpet Pics

At the upcoming Emmy Awards at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, we’re going to have two red carpet photo areas:

Red carpet

one for selfies and one for professional photos by Roesink Photography.

Professional photos will be $10 per 5 x 7 print and $20 for downloads.

Exclusive Spa Deals at Westin Mission Hills Resort

Plan a relaxing Emmy weekend at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa?!

Check out these soothing spa deals, including massages, manicures and facials, just for NATASPSW event attendees.

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Buy Your Tickets Now for 2016 Emmy Awards

Planning to attend NATAS-PSW regional Emmy awards gala Saturday, June 11 in Palm Springs? Buy your tickets now!

  • Members may purchase two (2) tickets at the member price of $100 each; $165 each for non-members.
  • Member pricing is only good through the end of May.  After June 1st, all tickets are $165, for members or non-members.
  • Purchase tickets on our website.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event and buying a table, please contact our office: admin@nataspsw.org

  • Sponsorship package one, which includes two tables and an ad in the program, is $2300;
  • Sponsorship package two, which includes one table and an ad in the program, is $1400.
  • Sponsorships and tables must be purchased in one payment with either one credit card or check.

Emmy Nominations

Congratulations to the the Emmy nominees! Nominations are here.

See you in Palm Springs for our awards gala on Saturday, June 11! Buy your tickets now.



Emmy Gala Volunteers Needed!

Interested in helping out for this year’s Emmy Awards?

We’re looking for volunteers and crew.



If you don’t live in Palm Springs area, we will provide a hotel room to share. If you want to have your own private room, you will have the option to cover the extra cost.  You will need to provide your own transportation to the venue.  We will provide meals on the day of the event, June 11th.



The Emmy planning committee is looking for people to work setup, registration, the Silent Auction, production crew – such as being a production assistant, gripping, camera, audio, audio assist., TD, EVS op, video, AD, Floor directors, etc. Please contact info@nataspsw.org with the position(s) you are interested and qualified to work, along with your resume, if this interests you.


42nd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards Returns to Palm Springs

This yeaWestin Exteriorr the NATAS-PSW Emmy® Awards returns to the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage on Saturday, June 11th for the 42nd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards. Invitations will be mailed to all members and this year’s entrants in early May.

A cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the foyer, followed by dinner and the Awards ceremony.

For those of you wishing to stay at the hotel, rooms are being held for us at the rate of $139 for a standard room.  The resort fee has also been reduced to $10/day.  To make your reservation, call 1-877-253-0041 and request the NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards group rate or book online. For these rates, reservations must be made by May 11th at 5pm.  Stay tuned for some special offers on golf and spa services.

March Judging Opportunities

Call for Judges

Judges Needed for Online Categories and Super Panel

We have an online Emmy® judging opportunity and a Super Panel this month to judge the Lower Great Lakes and DC Chapters, in 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.  Judging rewards are valued at $5- each, and can be used towards membership renewal, Emmy® Entry submissions, and Emmy® Event Tickets.


This is an in-person, all-day judging session from 8:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 12th in San Diego.  Up to 8 English language news panels will be judged. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and Super Judging Rewards will be given to participants. For National Capital Chesapeake Bay (DC), qualified judges need a minimum of 5 years of professional television experience in the category being judged.  Appropriate job titles include producers, directors, writers, editors, photographers and reporters whose experience qualifies them to evaluate the work of their peers. Judges need not be NATAS members. Map and directions will be sent to confirmed judges prior to the panel.  To sign up for the Superpanel or for judging DC online, email admin@nataspsw.org with category you are qualified and willing to judge. The deadline to complete judging NCCB (DC) online judging is Sunday, April 10, 2016.


Category # of Entries Total Time
04B/10A – Newscast – Weekend – Medium Market (50+)/ – Feature News Report – Light Feature/Series  21 02:00:21
29A – Magazine Program – Segment  15 1:35:44
32  – Community/Public Service (PSAs) – Single Spot /Campaign 19 0:28:54
33A/B/C/F/F – Promotion – News/Program 40 0:46:02

For judging Lower Great Lakes, qualified judges need a minimum of 2 years of professional television experience in the category being judged. To sign up for online judging, email admin@nataspsw.org with the name of the category(ies) you are willing and qualified to judge, and instructions and log in codes will be sent to you. The deadline to complete judging Lower Great Lakes is Thursday, March 31, 2016.


Category # of Entries Total Time
09/11/12  – Newscast-Morning-Market 41+/Weekend Newscast – Market 21-40/Weekend Newscast – Market 41+ 8 03:28:43
10 – Weekend Newscast – Market 1-20 5 03:07:09
20 – Investigative Report – Series 15 03:37:57
23/95 News Special/Writer – News 12 03:45:55
25 – Arts/Entertainment – Program/Program Feature/Special 5 02:28:54
26 – Business/Consumer – Single Story/Series 9 01:05:33
28 – Crime – News Single Story/Series 9 01:20:35
43 – Sports-Daily or Weekly Program 8 03:12:17
47 – Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited 3 01:04:28
48 – Weather – News Weathercast, 84 – Crafts: Talent – Anchor – Weather 18 02:26:59
51 – Interview/Discussion – Program/Series or Special 5 02:13:26
52 /53- Lifestyle Program – Feature/Segment – Program/Special 8 02:34:15
56 – Nostalgia Program – Program/Special/Series 5 02:05:25
57 – Public/Current/Community Affairs 11 04:51:53
58 – Special Event Coverage (other than news or sports) 7 03:20:26
65 – Commercial 14 00:14:28
69/70 – Journalistic Enterprise -Within 24 Hours -Unlimited Time 10 02:41:18
71 – Crafts: Audio 3 00:32:34
77 – Director-Non-Live 11 02:05:54
81 – Graphic Arts – News, Animation, Art Design, Set Design 10 00:48:52
82 – Crafts: Lighting – Studio & Location 5 00:34:05
91 – Crafts: Video Essay (Single Camera Only) 4 00:15:30
97S – Student: Newscast & Information 2 00:49:49
98S – Student: Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs 9 01:17:15
99S – Student: Long Form 4 01:15:58



Remembering Reginald “Reggie” Michael LaFrance, Jr.

NATAS-PSW remembers longtime KLVX (PBS-Las Vegas) broadcast producer and director Reginald “Reggie” Michael LaFrance, Jr., who died January 31.

Reginald "Reggie" LaFrance

A college football player at UNLV, LaFrance was part of the Rebel football championship team and wore number 85. He graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. ??

LaFrance’s professional accomplishments include his production and direction of many projects, including MTV’s Real World and feature films. During his 29 years at Vegas PBS, his projects won many accolades, including three Pacific Southwest Regional Emmy Awards. He was also awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award and others based on his passion for people to “see” through his eyes.?

While LaFrance made a huge contribution to the world in sports and his professional life, his greatest achievement was being a father. He is survived by his daughter, Taira; his siblings, Rene, Andre, Barry, Bobby and Jason, and many cousins.