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The Changing Face of Cleveland Television 

Think about it.  In less than a year, Cleveland TV stations have hired four new General Managers.  Three stations have or will have new News Directors.
In just the past week, WKYC promoted Micki Byrnes to the top post, replacing hubby & Gannett Sr. VP Brooke Spectorsky.  

And over at WEWS, Steve Weinstein has filled the shoes of outgoing VP & GM Sam Rosenwasser.

Andy Fishman is the newly minted News Director at Fox 8.  Jeff Harris over at Channel 5.  And in a surprise move this week, Dan Salamone announced he's stepping down, after leading the troops at 19 Action News for nine years.

Even on-air talent has joined the frenzy.  Anchor/Reporter Dawn Kendrick and Crime Reporter Ed Gallek are all leaving WOIO for Channel's 3 & 8, respectively.  And Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet has already landed in Miami.

For more details, check out these recent clips:
  • Micki Byrnes is new President & GM at WKYC, NBC Channel 3 | cleveland.com

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  • Weinstein Named WEWS Cleveland GM | Broadcasting & Cable

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  • WOIO News Director Stepping Down - TVSpy

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  • TVSpy - And Now The News... About Local News

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Over in Indy, FOX 59 and CBS4Indy are hiring. They're especially in need of PRODUCERS.

Here's the link:



2015 Gold & Silver Circle Awards
The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter is looking for pioneers, creators, and innovators from your television station. Nominations are currently open for the 2015 Gold (50 years) and Silver (25 years) Circle Awards. We are updating the list this year so if you nominated someone in the past who has not yet won, please consider going to the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter website to update your nomination. The deadline is February 20, 2015 and winners will be awarded at this year's 46th NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy� Awards to be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Click here to submit a nomination.




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46th Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries
46th Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries
Time is getting short to pull those airchecks, stories and programs. Be sure to ask your colleagues if they want to add their names to your entry. The Call for Entry is well underway as the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gets ready for the 46th Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy� Awards, representing work performed during the 2014 calendar year.

All professional entries must be submitted by midnight, Feb. 1, 2015 to avoid paying a late penalty*. Entrants will have until Feb. 6 to ensure all video is properly uploaded.
College entry deadlines differ, see the Call for Entry for details.
There are some minor category changes this year, so please be sure to read the Call for Entries carefully.

Category Changes:
  • Team Coverage: Moved from Station Awards to News Categories thereby allowing the Team to be individually recognized rather than just the News Director.
  • Expanded Human Interest - Single Story/Series. The 2 new sub-categories will be Single Story and Series.
  • Expanded Societal Concerns - Single Story/Series. The 2 new sub-categories will be Single Story and Series.
  • Expanded Magazine Program. The 2 new sub-categories will be Feature/Segment and Program/Special.
  • Expanded Journalistic Enterprise. The 2 new sub-categories will be Within 24 Hours and Unlimited Time.
  • Station Excellence. Name changed to Overall Excellence to allow other television/news entities access.
  • Expanded Crafts: Video Journalist. The 2 new sub-categories will be Within 24 Hours and Unlimited Time.
  • Other minor wording changes were made in many categories removing the requirement that the story be apart of a Newscast.
NEW: All membership and entry information is now accessible and controlled on your personal DASHBOARD. Log into your EmmyExpress membership account and update your information today. Be sure to pay your 2015 membership dues before filling out an entry form. If you are not a paid member for 2015, you will be charged the non-member rates.

Contact the Chapter Administrator, Gary Manke, Administrator@nataslgl.org 440-526-3669, if you have any problems accessing your membership account. Contact the Awards Administrator, Bob Hammer, EmmyAwards@nataslgl.org 440-503-2122, if you have a question about the Entry or Upload Process.

Get those Emmy entries in! Good luck in 2015!

*Late Entry Fee. A $25 Late Fee per entrant will be assessed on entries submitted after the published deadline for 7 calendar days. No entries will be accepted after the Late Entry grace period. Note that if you change your entry after Feb 1 you may be assessed the late fee.

Add a Name to Entry After Submission Deadline. You will now be able to add someone to your entry after the submission deadlines have passed but prior to the completion of judging and announcement of the nominations. A $50 change fee per instance will assessed at the time of the change in addition to the regular entry fee rates.



by Cynthia E. Zeiden, National Program Chair, NATAS   


NATAS SF/Nor Cal and IBEW SF have partnered to present a Fall/Winter series of master classes in TV production/post production, the last of which is set to air on January 24th. The class is free to NATAS and IBEW members, $25 each for non-members and $5 for students with a current ID in San Francisco. The class will also be live webcast to NATAS and IBEW members and then archived on YouTube with the previous three Master Classes. RSVP's are required, use the link under the class description to register.

The webcast will begin at 11:00 a.m. PST. The online audience will be able to ask questions of the instructor during Q&A periods, along with the live audience. The class will be divided into three segments and will end at 1:30 p.m. PST.


Get in-depth tips and techniques from Chis Bolini! This class will begin with basic principles but quickly accelerate into advanced concepts on camera and lighting techniques.



Camera/Lighting-Chris Bollini, Academy of Art University
Saturday, January 24th

Chris Bollini

Chris Bollini, Emmy(R) award-winning editor, photographer, and producer, started his broadcast journey at a public access station in Marin County. After an internship, he was offered a freelance photographer position on a weekly news magazine show.  From there, Chris headed north to KFTY-50 in Santa Rosa where he entered the fast paced word of daily news. After two years, he changed pace and joined the creative service department and began producing, shooting and editing local commercials and promotions.  After six years at KFTY-50, he was hired to work on show that merged the elements of news and production. The station was CBS 5 and the show was
Evening Magazine with Mike Rowe and Malou Nubla. Eventually, the series morphed into Eye on the Bay with Liam Mayclem, Brian Hackney and Thuy Vu which aired for 8 years before being cancelled. Currently, Chris is very excited to be at KOFY TV working in the creative service department as well as the local programming world.  With shows like Creepy KOFY Movietime and Dance Party, KOFY TV is a fun  and rewarding place  to work.

Link to RSVP for Webinar: