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Gold Rush May 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE
EXCELLENCE IN MY MARKET AWARDEES AND HONORABLE MENTIONS!

Thank you to all who entered the Excellence In My Market Awards, for smaller markets! ALL Awardees get to move on the EMMY Call for Entries!

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

Call For Entries NOW open!  Take a look at the categories to get an idea of what you want to enter. Make sure you know how to use Emmy Express to upload your entries. Find all the information you need HERE.

Eligibility Dates:  June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Entry Deadline:  June 13, 2016

Video Submission Deadline: June 17, 2016

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DECIDING WHAT TO ENTER?

You want to make the most your entry right?  Check out these helpful hints!

  • Produce good work (just stating the obvious!) Interesting, quirky, different, out-of-the-ordinary, funny, dramatic, sad: MEMORABLE…many of these kinds of entries often do well with judges.
  • Remember content counts! Don’t get so caught up in effects and flash that you lose sight of the content. For News and Program entries, you’re being judged on 3 areas: Content, Creativity and Execution. Winning entries will be strong in all 3.

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KUDOS

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 43rd Annual Daytime EMMY Awards.

(Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)

The Awards Gala was held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on May 1st.

Congratulations to longtime Lone Star Emmy Chapter member, Gaby Natale. Gaby Natale is a two time Daytime EMMY-award winner media personality, entrepreneur and influencer. She is the executive producer and host of the TV show SuperLatina that airs nationwide in PBS en español (VmeTV). Gaby Natale is one of the few women in the entertainment industry who owns not only the rights to her TV show but also a television studio. This unique situation has allowed her to combine her passion for media and her entrepreneurial spirit. In the digital world, Gaby has developed a thriving fan base, with over 50 million views on Youtube (growing at a pace of 1 million per month) and 80,000 Twitter followers of @GabyNatale. She is also the co-founder and President of AGANARmedia, a marketing company with a focus on Hispanic audiences. AGANARmedia’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Co., AT&T, Ebay and Amazon, to name a few. Gaby’s upcoming project includes the launch of Celebrastic, a mobile app and digital platform dedicated to special events and celebrations.

(Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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JUDGES PERSPECTIVE INTERVIEW

This month we interviewed ERICA PROFFER. Erica volunteers to judge MANY times a year! Thanks Erica!

NAME/COMPANY/CITY/POSITION:
Erica Proffer  – KRGV-TV – Rio Grande Valley/Weslaco – Investigative Reporter/Fill-in Anchor

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
A little more than 10 years.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE?
Judging is a wonderful experience.  Not only do I get to see news from all around the country, but I also get to see a variety of styles.  I enjoy each aspect of anchoring, reporting, and photography.  These are the categories I look forward to judging.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN JUDGING?
It depends on the category. As a judge, I try to look at each aspect of storytelling.  Does the reporter/photographer draw in the viewer?  Does the reporter write to video avoiding cliches? Also, I ask myself, do I feel like I know the issue after the report?  For photographers, do they match the video to the emotion of the story?  I look for natural sound.  It’s more than natpops.  I look for sound woven throughout the piece to help pace it and bring the viewer into the action.  I check framing, color, and sequences.   I consider the category.  If a submission doesn’t fit a category, I flag it and write a note.  Yes, I read the description closely.   Sometimes that helps me get an insight on what the viewers already know.

ARE THERE SOME CATEGORIES YOU PREFER MORE THAN OTHERS?
Yes, I prefer reporting, anchoring, and photography categories since that is my experience.

HAVE YOU FOUND JUDGING HELPS WHEN IT’S TIME FOR YOUR OWN ENTRIES?
Absolutely.  I judge to learn more about my craft.  Judging shows me the best of what others are doing.  It gives me ideas into my own work.  When I feel I succeed, I submit those for consideration.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JUDGE?
It can be scary to enter the world of judging.  We are always learning, so some may feel they are not qualified.  I found this is what makes me perfect for the opportunity.  Since I strive to be better today than yesterday, I can identify when others make the mark.  I can also learn what doesn’t work well.  It’s not about being better than anyone, it’s about opening up a discussion.  What we do as judges helps select what we deem in our industry as quality.  How many times have you questioned a fellow reporter’s story, critiqued a photographer’s work, or commented about an anchor?  You have the passion to move our industry forward.  This is how you can make an impact.

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MANDATED JUDGING

Last year the Lone Star Chapter instituted mandatory judging. The Lone Star Chapter along with other chapters in the country have grown so large, that judging the increased volume of entries is an enormous task. We are a member participation organization and we must have your participation.

We appreciate our members and want you to know that we recruit judges from top 10 markets to view and score your entries. In return, we must do the same for other chapters. It is critical that you judge entries from other chapters.

Mandated Judging requirements:

  • Entrants are required to judge as many categories as entered.
  • If you enter the EMMY Awards you are required to judge every 12 months; June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
  • If entrant does not judge within the 12 months, the Penalty Fee is $25 per entrant name and loss of complimentary nominee ticket.

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SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS IN YOUR AREA?

We want to get the word out about industry related workshops or seminars in your area and include them in each months newsletter.  We want to help keep our members engaged and educated.  If you know of a workshop or seminar in your area, please send us an email. (Please give us at least 1 months notice to post this information in our monthly newsletter).  Send the event information to Contact Us.