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46th Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries
46th Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries

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.


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.


*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.


TIME CODE - New this year is the Time Code field. Enter the start time code for your 30-second nomination and recipient video clip. If your entry is nominated, the editor will pull the 30-second clip from your entry starting at the time code you specify.


Get those Emmy entries in! Good luck in 2015!



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.




The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and to college juniors or seniors. Students must plan to attend or currently attend a four-year college to pursue a career in the television industry. Recipients and their parents are guests at the 46th Annual NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Regional Emmy� Awards ceremony where they will receive on-stage recognition. The gala is planned for Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The deadline to apply February 16, 2015. The application process is the same for all scholarships and is completed online through this website, nataslgl.org. Applications will be screened by our scholarship committee, and finalists will be notified by mail. In March, finalists will be invited to an interview by members of the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter scholarship selection committee.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Education Committee Chair Susan Batt at sbatt@wthr.com. To view a letter submitted to student advisors with more details on our scholarships: high school students click here :: college students click here. Please note, DO NOT SEND ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTIONS. We do not accept DVD's, Tapes, etc., however you are welcome to include a URL if the project is available online.

This year, the chapter is offering three scholarchips-two for collegte students and one for a high school student.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Collegiate Scholarship
The $3,500 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members is offered to students who attend school anywhere in the membership area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana. Students must be attending college in our region to qualify.

This scholarship goes to a student who will be a college junior or senior in the 2015-16 academic year and who intends to pursue a career in television or television related field.

Wilma Smith Scholarship
This is a new scholarship created to honor longtime WJW anchor Wilma Smith who retired in May 2013, after a 35 year career in Cleveland broadcasting. The $2,500 award is funded by WJW Fox 8. It is designated for a female college student from the Cleveland market who is currently a second or third year student majoring in a television-related field.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter High School Scholarship
The $2,000 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members. It will be awarded to a current high schoool senior who plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a career in the television industry.

This is open to high school students attending a school anywhere in the memebrship area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana.

Separate scholarship opportunities are also available through NATAS. Visit the national site for details on the Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships.





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: