In June 2002, the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) unanimously approved the formation of the Lone Star Chapter in Texas, and in four years, the chapter has grown to become one of the largest in the country.
The statewide Lone Star Chapter serves all 19 television markets in Texas, and includes members from TV-related fields including: news and non-news broadcasting; production; post production; education; advertising; and public relations.
The Lone Star Chapter, which is based in Dallas/Fort Worth, is dedicated to becoming the primary portal to connect professionals and students in Texas’ television broadcast-related fields for networking and career development. The chapter also is committed to encouraging and recognizing high levels of professional achievement through the annual presentation of the prestigious regional EMMY Awards.
Before the charter of the Lone Star Chapter, television professionals in Texas who wanted to be members of NATAS and submit entries for EMMY Awards were divided by television market among regional chapters in three states: Colorado, Florida and Arizona. This meant, for example, that people in the Dallas/Fort Worth market had to join Colorado’s Heartland Chapter, and those in Houston had to join Miami’s Sun Coast Chapter.
“The timing was right to create a chapter that would best serve the broadcasters in Texas and the many communities they serve,” said Peter Price, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Price, broadcasters and television executives from across the state led the charge to create the Lone Star Chapter.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was founded in 1957. It is 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 distinguished Emmy Award.