NATAS PSW Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 13, 2015

The deadline for submitting a scholarship application has been extended to March 13, 2015 for the 2016-17 school year.

Student must be a resident of the Pacific Southwest Chapter Area (San Diego, Las Vegas, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Palm Springs) at the time of application. Students should intend to pursue a career in television and related fields. Although we are looking for students who are good scholars, evidence of creative achievement and demonstration of financial need is even more important.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Program, the Chapter has awarded over $281,000 in grants to students preparing for television careers.  Scholarships are granted for use by undergraduate students enrolled in 9 units or more and graduate students enrolled in 6 units or more at two- or four-year colleges or universities for the coming Fall or Spring school year.

Annual scholarship recipients are announced in June, at the Emmy® Awards, for the following school year.   Scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. Attendance at the Emmy® Awards is not mandatory for receipt of scholarship. Scholarships cannot be applied to coursework already completed.

Online applications can be submitted below:

RSVP Now for the 2015 Nomination Party

You are cordially invited to join us as we announce the 2015 Emmy® Award Nominees. 

Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the locations below.  RSVP by Monday April 27, 2015 for FREE admittance!

Date: Monday, May 4th
6 pm:  Appetizers and no-host cocktail hour
7:15 pm:  Nomination Announcements
The deadline to RSVP has passed.  

San Diego:  Charcoal House Steakhouse and Music Bar, 9566 Murray Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942 Map

Palm Springs: Jackalope Ranch, 80400 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201 Map

Las Vegas: Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135  Map  (located at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa)

If you are unable to join us, nominations will be posted on our web site the following day.

Make plans now to attend  the Emmy® Gala:  Saturday, June 20th at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA!

NATAS To Honor Broadcast TV Visionary Randy Falco

Randy Falco, renowned media executive and President and Chief Executive Officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award at a gala to be held on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 in New York City.

“Randy Falco has been a trailblazer in every facet of the television business he has touched,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. Starting with his branding of NBC as the ‘network of the Olympics,’ leading the initiative for the NBC-Universal merger, acting as Chairman and CEO of AOL as it rebranded itself and helping transform Univision from a niche broadcast network serving the Hispanic community into a global media empire, he’s done it all. Falco is a talented and highly regarded television visionary. The NATAS Board of Trustees has wisely chosen to bestow their highest honor to a leader of unquestionable accomplishments.”

Randy Falco, media executive and President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive NATAS' prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award.

Randy Falco, media executive and President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), will receive NATAS’
prestigious Board of Trustees’ Award.

Falco is president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). Under his leadership, UCI has accelerated its transformation to  the multimedia powerhouse of today. UCI has quickly expanded into a top tier multimedia company with 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks; 61 television stations; 67 radio stations; an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Falco’s visionary rise began with the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, running NBC’s Olympic operations, a multi-billion dollar business that operated as a separate business group, as well as negotiated the contracts from 1992 through 2006 covering six Olympic game telecasts. He also branded NBC television network as the network of the Olympics. He conceived and negotiated two blockbuster deals that surprised the competition and secured exclusive coverage for five consecutive Summer and Winter Olympic Games: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 that became a major profit contributor to the Company.

Falco led the initiative for the NBC-Universal merger and subsequently was named

President of the NBC Universal Television Network Group in 2004. Following the merger, Falco combined the advertising sales operations of NBCU’s broadcast and cable units – the first major media company to take that approach. He also was responsible for the group’s commercial and operational functions, including affiliate relations, cable distribution, sales and marketing and other assets, including Telemundo.

Prior to joining UCI in January 2011, Falco served as chairman and chief executive officer of AOL, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. In this role, he was responsible for setting strategy and overseeing operations as the company transitioned to an advertising-based business model.

Falco, a 2013 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee, has received several recognitions including the Frank Stanton Award in 2007, the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor 2013, MALDEF Legacy Leader Award 2012, CableFax 100 “Above it All” 2012 and 2013, Museum of Moving Image Honor 2012 as well as several Emmys for NBC’s Olympic coverage. He has also been recognized for his work in support of children’s causes, including the Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the creation of the first Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA in San Antonio, Texas.

He holds an M.B.A. in finance and a bachelor’s of science degree, also in finance, from Iona College. He received an honorary doctorate from Iona College in 2001. Falco sits on the board of the Smithsonian and Ronald McDonald House.

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 [email protected] 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: [email protected].

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