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Honoring Chapter’s Most Distinguished

2017 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon

Seven television professionals, whose career achievements and accomplishments and a dedication to the television community have propelled them to a mark of distinction in the industry, received an even higher honor Oct. 14 when they were inducted as the Class of 2017 for the Gold & Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

This year’s induction luncheon, an annual event since 1986, took place in San Francisco during a luncheon held at the Park Central Hotel. Approximately 125 people attended this year’s induction, an event that, through the years, is thought of more as a reunion for those in attendance, seeing friends and colleagues and making new friends as well.

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2017 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon Photo Montage! 

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Fighting Fire with Information

Bay Area TV Stations Answer the Call

By Dan Ashley
News Anchor, KGO-TV ABC7, San Francisco
Special to Off Camera

Within an hour or two of wildfire breaking out in the North Bay on Sunday night, Oct. 8, it was clear that it could become a serious problem. Conditions were perfect for disaster– low humidity, high winds and plenty of dry grass to burn. As the flames began to spread, every Bay Area television station responded with increasing intensity, sending in more reporters and more cameras to cover the story.

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Our People – November 2017

See Photography by Wayne Freedman

Bay Area Drops to 8th Nielsen Market

Nielsen Releases Annual TV Market Rankings 

The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose television market, once the fifth largest in the nation, has dropped farther in Nielsen’s annual ranking of TV markets.

For the last several years, Nielsen has ranked the Bay Area market – consisting of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties – as the sixth largest TV market in the country. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it had been the fifth largest.

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Fred Pardini, Silver Circle Class of 1997

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles

Back in 1950s San Francisco, future television news cameraman Fred Pardini would ride in the backs of ambulances as a young newspaper photographer, snapping photographs of whomever would be laid out on a stretcher on the way to the hospital. Whether it was a gunshot victim, fire victim or someone hurt in an automobile crash, he was on it. And then, he would be allowed to follow the victim into the operating room to snap a few extra pictures more, while in there.

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Regional Roundup – November 2017

Monthly Tidbits From Our Chapter’s Markets
Sacramento, Santa Maria, Fresno, Guam, San Francisco

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NATAS welcomes contributions to the Regional Roundup from all Chapter markets.
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Sacramento’s Studio Center Is Moving On

For twenty-one years, Frank Casanova has owned and operated The Studio Center in Sacramento. And now, he’s rolling up the red carpet.  The Studio Center has been a popular place for corporate green screen productions, TV commercials, and documentaries. It’s seen and done it all.  In recent years, it’s been “the go-to place” for production companies and public relations firms.

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Melissa Etheridge to Perform at Dan Ashley’s Rock The CASA

Concert March 3; Tickets On Sale Now

The Grammy Award-winning Melissa Etheridge is coming to Walnut Creek in March to perform at Dan Ashley’s ever-popular Rock The CASA concert, which benefits the longtime KGO-TV ABC7 news anchor’s favorite charitable causes for children and teenagers in the Bay Area.

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Chapter Trustees to Face Future Challenges with Broadcast Landscape

wide shot of the NATAS National Trustees Meeting in October, 2017

NATAS National Trustees Meeting in Philadelphia

Twice a year, national trustees of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences meet somewhere in the United States.

Forty-Six national trustees met in late October in Philadelphia. According to our National Bylaws “The Trustees shall represent the chapters of NATAS, and shall act on behalf of their local chapters and their local chapter members.”

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On The Move – November 2017

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cinema clubFREE 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.

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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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San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton, Executive Director
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Phone: (650) 341-7786 or (415) 777-0212

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“GC” and “SC” references, immediately following an individual’s name in a story, refers to that individual being an inductee of the Chapter’s Gold Circle and/or Silver Circle, followed by the year, or years, of induction.