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49th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Recipients Announced Via Livestream

The 49th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards were presented Saturday evening, June 6th for the first time via livestream only. The Emmy® Award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

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Shelter-in-Place Triggers Chapter’s First Ever Emmy® Virtual Gala

If you saw our streaming webcast, we may have fooled you into wondering if we produced it live.  We did not. Producer Julie Watts wanted the live feel. We pulled it off by back timing the show. Hosts and presenters recorded their segments based on their expected hit times in the rundown.

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Reflections by a Termed Out President

Steve Shlisky

So I’ve done this thing, been your Chapter President. Now that it is over. My time to reflect.

I’ve enjoyed the last four years, mostly for the richness, depth, and intricacies of relationships with the quality people who populate this chapter.

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New Chapter President Starts First Term

Randy ForsmanIf you had asked me five years ago where I saw myself in the future, I doubt my answer would’ve been president of the San Francisco / Northern California Chapter of NATAS, yet here we are.

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NATAS National Foundation Announces Scholarship Honorees

The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awarded $10,000 scholarships to each of five college-bound high school students pursuing careers in television. This year’s national scholarship honorees include an SF/NorCal chapter student.

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Deadline Extended for Chapter College Scholarships

The 2019-2020 school year has come and gone. Normally the chapter scholarship deadline would have passed as well. But these are not normal times. Because of COVID-19 school closures, the deadline for SF/NorCal college scholarships has been extended until September 1, 2020.

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Bubbly Half-Off Discount Available Through July

This year’s Emmy® Awards Virtual Gala livestream on Saturday, June 6 was especially festive thanks to Sonoma winery Chateau St. Jean. 

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Welcome New Governor Toby Momtaz

toby kvie sacPlease welcome new NATAS SF/NorCal Governor Toby Momtaz, producer at PBS KVIE in Sacramento!


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Former KFSN Assignment Editor Named ABC Station’s News Director

Martin OrtizKGO’s executive producer left San Francisco for a news director job in Fresno, Calif.

Martin Ortiz has been named the news director of KFSN after working as KGO’s morning Executive Producer since 2017.

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Winners of the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards Revealed

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 47th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS, broadcast on the CBS Television Network. 

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“Dean of TV Columnists” Dwight Newton Gets a Fan Page

From pioneering in northwest Canada, to living it up in the roaring twenties of Los Angeles, to his adventures and friendships with the movie and TV stars of the early days, this man had a lot of stories to tell and man, was he a good story teller!

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cinema club

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.




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
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