Lower Great Lakes Chapter

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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 scholarships-two for college 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 school 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 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.

Separate scholarship opportunities are also available through NATAS. Read the article below and visit the national site for more information.





Apply at emmyonline.org/scholarship : Deadline March 16

NATAS logo NEW YORK, NY - January 26th, 2015 - The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its chapters will award more than $200,000 in scholarships this year to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television.


At the national level, the awards include a new $40,000 Trustees' Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay.  The funds are granted to outstanding high- school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry. 


"There is no better way to honor the Emmy� Award-winning excellence of broadcasting luminaries past than to recognize and foster the excellence of television's future," said NATAS Foundation Vice President Adam Sharp, himself a 1996 scholarship winner.  "The excellence displayed over the last few years has raised the standards of the scholarship program to incredible new heights."


This is the third year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its sixth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks.  It is presented at the Sports Emmy Awards each May.


The $40,000 Trustees' Scholarship was reestablished by the NATAS Board of Trustees to recognize a standout student achievement in the electronic media arts of the last year.  The recipient will be selected from the applicants who distinguish themselves in the 2015 McKay/Wallace competition or who were honored with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated for further consideration by their chapter.  The 19 regional NATAS chapters award thousands of dollars in scholarships annually.


The online application for the McKay and Wallace scholarships is available at http://emmyonline.org/scholarship, with a deadline for submissions of 5 pm EST on Monday, March 16, 2015.  NATAS Trustees and officials will review applications and creative works, and the National Scholarship Committee will make its final selections in April.


About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy� Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 14,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country.  Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv


For more information, please contact:

Paul Pillitteri, SVP, PR & Communications, ppillitteri@emmyonline.tv