Governor: 2019-2020, 2020-2022
I am Joshua Dylan Mellars, a television producer at Northern California Public Media, which operates PBS station KRCB in the North Bay and public television station KPJK in the South Bay.
I’m hoping that my professional experience in the Bay Area, in the US and internationally can aid the San Francisco/Northern California NATAS chapter in going about the important work of honoring my colleagues in the television industry as they strive for excellence in their profession. I feel fortunate for the opportunities that I have had to learn my craft. I would very much like to give back to the industry in this community that has given me so much both professionally and personally. At the same time, I’m eager for the chance to continue my own learning through better connections with colleagues in the Bay Area.
Competition and collaboration are useful in most endeavors, but I believe they are absolutely fundamental to growth and success in the television and media industry. I believe the Emmy should epitomize a striving for excellence and the highest possible standards, not only as individual competitors in a contest but as a community of colleagues working together to ensure the local industry remains diverse, vibrant, inclusive and relevant.
We are living through times of great change as a society and as an industry here in the Bay Area, across the country and throughout the world. New technologies, new ways of disseminating information and communicating require us to adapt in order to continue to thrive as an industry while also remaining true to those ideals of excellence that have sustained the industry and the organization down through the years. An Emmy trophy is a fine thing to aspire to, but I believe the true prize that participation in NATAS can engender is the exchange of ideas, techniques, experiences and a sense of camaraderie. I would like to play a role in helping to encourage those connections and collaborations within our industry and between our industry and the general public.
I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Marin and Sonoma counties. During my four years at Northern California Public Media, I have produced a variety of local television work, including half hour social documentary Building a Better Society.
While at Northern California Public Media, I continue to produce and direct independent films through my company Abuela Luna Pictures. Most recently, I produced Stolen Youth: Political Prisoner of the Dictatorship—concerning the eight-year struggle of an Argentine political prisoner—which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2016. My Robert Louis Stevenson homage The Land of Nod premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the same year.
In 2018, I received three Emmy nominations from the San Francisco/Northern California chapter. Two were for work produced for Northern California Public Media and the other was for my independent production Shakespeare in the Shadows. Shakespeare in the Shadows was subsequently distributed to PBS stations. To date, it has aired on 108 stations, and has been carried 260 times. The film continues to air on PBS stations throughout the country. The three Bay Area public television stations KQED, KRCB, KCSM have carried the film; it airs again on KQED Channel 9 in March.
My independent Indian classical music documentary Play Like a Lion, which screened three times at the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival, made its television premiere on KRCB in 2018. The film forms one part of my music documentary trilogy: Heaven’s Mirror explores the soul of Portuguese Fado, and Tango Illusions documents the intersection between Argentine politics and the tango. The three documentaries have screened at a variety of venues throughout the world including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Indian Embassy to the US in collaboration with the Smithsonian, the Portuguese Embassy to the US, Oxford, Cambridge, and international film festivals from New York City to London, Los Angeles to Berlin, Miami to Vancouver.
Prior to television production and independent filmmaking, I was a news correspondent for seven years in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil where I filed stories for UPI, NPR’s Marketplace, the BBC and Bridge News wire service. I’m a Brown University graduate, class of ‘98.
Joshua Dylan Mellars