New Categories for 41st Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards

The deadline to submit your online entry form for the 41st Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards is this Friday, January 30th at 9 p.m. Don’t be late. After that time, you can still submit, but there will be a $25/per entrant/per entry late fee. The final day to complete your entry form with a late fee is Friday, February 6th. You will have until Friday, February 13th to upload your video, so submitting your entry form is the greater priority.

We have added three new categories this year:

Category 21. TECHNOLOGY Single Story or Series
For excellence in coverage of technology industry stories and related subject matter. Time limit: 10 minutes. Series time limit: 15 minutes.

Category 38. LIFESTYLE Program/Special
For excellence in a program or special that deals with everyday life subjects; such as food preparation, recipes, techniques, home improvement, decoration, renovation, gardening, outdoors, crafts and/or automotive repairs. Time Limit: 30 minutes.

Category 39. TECHNOLOGY Program/Special
For excellence in a program or special that covers the technology industry and the application of this knowledge for practical results. Time Limit: 30 minutes.

When entering, keep your summary brief and to the point. When entering craft categories, don’t use the same description as the program categories. Tell the judges what you did in particular to your craft for that entry.

And the MOST important detail, pay your membership dues before submitting an entry.

Good luck to everyone, we hope to see you in June at the Emmy Awards!

NATAS Foundation’s College Scholarship Program Expands


NEW YORK, NY – January 26th, 2015 – The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its chapters will award more than $200,000 in scholarships this year to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television.

At the national level, the awards include a new $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay. The funds are granted to outstanding high- school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry.

“There is no better way to honor the Emmy® Award-winning excellence of broadcasting luminaries past than to recognize and foster the excellence of television’s future,” said NATAS Foundation Vice President Adam Sharp, himself a 1996 scholarship winner. “The excellence displayed over the last few years has raised the standards of the scholarship program to incredible new heights.”

This is the third year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its sixth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks. It is presented at the Sports Emmy Awards each May.

The $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship was reestablished by the NATAS Board of Trustees to recognize a standout student achievement in the electronic media arts of the last year. The recipient will be selected from the applicants who distinguish themselves in the 2015 McKay/Wallace competition or who were honored with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated for further consideration by their chapter. The 19 regional NATAS chapters award thousands of dollars in scholarships annually.

The online application for the McKay and Wallace scholarships is available at, with a deadline for submissions of 5 pm EST on Monday, March 16, 2015. NATAS Trustees and officials will review applications and creative works, and the National Scholarship Committee will make its final selections in April.

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:

Join Us for our Holiday Mixer!

tom-ham-s-lighthouse-550x404Share the spirit of the holiday season with the Pacific Southwest chapter of NATAS and SDMediaPros for our annual Holiday Mixer, Wednesday December 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.  Mingle with friends as you eat yummy food and enjoy great drinks (it’s a No Host bar and food). There is plenty of free parking at the west end of Harbor Island.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse (Bar Area)
2150 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California 92101

In Memoriam: Larry Himmel

NATAS PSW remembers longtime San Diego broadcaster, Larry Himmel.  Below is KFMB-TV/CBS News 8’s statement about Himmel’s passing:

Legendary reporter, humorist and consummate broadcaster, Larry Himmel, died last night at home surrounded by family, following his brave battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

“Larry has been a beloved member of CBS 8 and the KFMB family for more than 35 years. Whether on radio or television, covering news or sports, Larry always brought a unique perspective that revealed his love of San Diego. On behalf of everyone at KFMB, it was a privilege and joy to know him both on and off the air,” said Elisabeth Meyer Kimmel, President/Owner, KFMB Stations.

For decades, Himmel entertained San Diegans with his warmth, wit and humor as CBS News 8’s Feature Reporter. His gifted writing and storytelling ability garnered loyal viewers and his colleagues’ respect as one of the best television feature reporters in the industry. A recipient of nearly a dozen EMMY® awards, Himmel’s CBS News 8 “Neighborhood Reports” are etched in San Diego television history.

Himmel’s talent and versatility were unparalleled. He was the station’s favorite utility player, forecasting the weather, reporting sports and covering the San Diego Chargers on the road for several seasons, all with his incomparable, unique style.

A Chicago native, Himmel’s broadcasting career began at Bradley University’s radio station in Peoria, Illinois, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech. In 1969, after a brief stint teaching seventh grade English, he followed his passion straight to the DJ booth at WSIV in Pekin, Illinois, then WJOB in Hammond, Indiana and CJOM-FM in Windsor, Ontario. Seeking fame, fortune and sunny weather, Himmel hit the San Diego airwaves in 1973 as “The Cruiser” on KGB-AM & FM.

In 1979, while working as a standup comic at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, Himmel captured the attention of former KFMB-TV News Director Jim Holtzman, who immediately hired him and launched his legendary television career. In addition to his witty, “Himmel At Large” News 8 commentaries, the pair created San Diego at Large in 1985, the station’s weeknight comedy show starring Himmel and cast of thousands. During its more than three year run, the show featured innovative sketches, news parodies, and San Diego’s beloved “Biff and Skippy.” Later he also worked down the hall on sister radio station, KFMB-FM.

Himmel received national media attention when he reported outside his Rancho Bernardo home as it went up in flames during the devastating 2007 Witch Creek Fire. He made appearances on “Dr. Phil” and “Ellen” where he shared stories about his personal ordeal. He was very involved in helping neighbors rebuild the Rancho Bernardo community after the fire.

One of Himmel’s final projects was producing, writing and hosting a special devoted to KFMB’s 65th Anniversary.

Although he was born and raised in Chicago, Himmel loved San Diego and will be remembered for his dedication and service to numerous community organizations, including: Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alzheimer’s Association, and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Himmel said that his daily purpose was to make people feel better about this place they call home.

“Larry is truly a legend in every sense of the word. The brilliant storyteller who poured his heart and kind soul into his work for 35 years made us laugh, reflect and occasionally even cry. He had an uncanny ability to connect with everyone. Everyone loved Larry. All of us at CBS News 8 are honored to call him our colleague and friend. We will dearly miss his larger-than-life personality, but remain inspired by his brilliance, kindness and ever present smile,” said Dean Elwood, News Director, KFMB-TV.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son, Miles; half brothers, Gerry and Tod; half sister, Dana; and his stepfather, Eddie.

Here’s KFMB’s tribute video.

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Silver Circle Nominations

Calling all Silver Circle Nominations! Do you know someone who’s been in the television industry for at least 25 years? Let us know and nominate them to become a Silver Circle member. Fill out application form online before March 15, 2015 to nominate a colleague. Date, time and location of the Silver Circle Inductee Event will be announced soon.