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What You Need To Know Before Entering The Emmy® Awards

We have arrived at that time when we look back at our best work and consider what to enter in the Emmy® Awards. This year, The National Academy made significant changes to its Call for Entries. It created new categories and strengthened competitive guidelines for submissions and qualifications.

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Tips For Successful Emmy® Entries

Here we go, again. Whether this is your first time entering the Emmy® Awards, or you’re an old pro, this is when we ask ourselves how to best present our work.

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Gold & Silver Circle – Smooth As Silk

In all, nine people were inducted via a virtual YouTube event this year. The competition was sparkling and included two television veterans who were inducted into Gold Circle. Seven new names were added to the list of Silver Circle recipients.

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Winners of the 6th Annual National Student Production Awards

Winners of the 6th Annual National Student Production Awards were announced on November 23rd, 2021, during a virtual ceremony. The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents this competition annually which includes more than twenty programming and craft categories honoring student productions from across the country.

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Profiles In Education – December 2021

Profiles in Education is an effort to introduce media program educators in our region’s high schools and colleges, as well as to recognize their achievement in offering career pathways in broadcast journalism, production and content creation to the future generation. Meet Dan Pearce.

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KMPH Fox26 In Fresno Celebrates 50 Years On The Air

On Monday, October 11, Fresno Police shut down a portion of McKinley Avenue in front of the FOX26 TV station. The morning news team joined the Washington Union High School Marching Band in filling the street to play music, and wave flags.  That’s how the FOX26 5-hour morning show, “Great Day,” ended its broadcast on that day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the TV station.

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A Portrait Of Passion, Determination, And Perseverance

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By Steve LaRosa

To only talk about the broadcast career of Joyce Mitchell, an NATAS board member since 2015, would be leaving a lot of her story on the table.

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After 50 Years In Broadcasting, KCRA’s Jim Stimson Retires

NBC Affiliate Channel 3 said farewell to Assistant News Director Jim Stimson on November 30, 2021, after 46 years with the station.

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Farewell To CBS Weather Anchor Dave Bender

Sacramento’s CBS 13 bids farewell to Weather Anchor/Reporter Dave Bender after 25 years at the station.

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Sacramento TV News Veteran Will Heryford Unexpectedly Dies

November 5, 2021, Heryford did not report for work. Sacramento’s KCRA Channel 3 co-workers were concerned. A check-in on him turned-up dreadful information. Heryford had reportedly died overnight.

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Regional Roundup – December 2021

Monthly Tidbits From Our Chapter’s Markets

NATAS welcomes contributions to the Regional Roundup from all Chapter markets. To be included, please contact Toby Momtaz at

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Member Benefit: Cinema Club

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FREE Bay Area Movie Screenings for NATAS members. Usually, you may bring a guest.

Many screenings are previews of first-run movies, and include “Q&A” sessions with the director, producer and/or cast members of the film.

To receive notifications, you need be on the “Cinema Club” mailing list.  Send an e-mail to and put “Cinema Club” and your name in the subject line.

(COVID-19 protocols apply.)

National Member Benefit

Membership benefit provided by the Academy, the JOB BANK is a free source of available job openings in the television and media industry throughout the country.

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton, Executive Director
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Phone: (650) 341-7786

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