Foundation

The Circles

2013 Silver Circles

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences  honors lifetime achievement with two “Circles” – The Silver Circle, honoring individuals who’ve given  at least 25 years to the business and their communities:  And the Gold Circle honoring those longtime professionals and PIONEERS who’ve truly made TV excellence a lifetime commitment by reaching the 50 year milestone and beyond.

This year’s Silver Circle Inductees are Eddie Barker, Gary DeLaune, Bert Shipp, and Emilio Nicolas, Sr.

November 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy in downtown Dallas, Texas. This year the Lone Star EMMY Chapter will recognize how this event was a turning point in the way the public viewed news and how it changed broadcasting — and broadcasters forever. As part of our Silver Circle induction ceremony, we will honor three men who worked tirelessly through that fateful day, and the weeks that followed. Each enjoyed a robust broadcasting career for many years, but the memory of that day in Dallas was vividly burned into their mind and it shaped who they were as reporters. Eddie Barker, Gary DeLaune and Bert Shipp are the three men who played a huge role in the way north Texas and the national was told the story of the death of a president. It’s with great honor we will welcome them into the Silver Circle of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Don Emilio Nicolas, Sr. – a true pioneer in the Spanish language broadcasting industry and an admired broadcast executive known across the state of Texas.

Silver & Gold Inductees

Gold Circle

The Gold Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 50 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the Lone Star Chapter television for at least part of their 50-year career. The Lone Star Chapter of NATAS has been honoring and celebrating our Gold Circle members since 2004.

Silver Circle

The Silver Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the Lone Star Chapter television for at least part of their 25-year career. The Lone Star Chapter of NATAS has been honoring and celebrating our Silver Circle members since 2003.

Silver & Gold Circle Nomination Guidelines

The Silver and Gold Circle was established by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to recognize outstanding individuals who have devoted a quarter (Silver) or half (Gold) of a century or more to the television industry and have made a significant contribution to television broadcasting.

Anyone who has made a significant contribution to television for a period of at least 25 years is eligible for nomination. The contribution can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community as well as to people training for a career in the television broadcasting. Nominees are accepted from the performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or in peripheral areas directly related to television such as commercial production, broadcast journalism or television education. Neither the individuals making the nominations nor nominees need be members of NATAS. Silver Circle recognition may be given posthumously.

Lone Star Silver Circle Nomination Form

Complete the Nomination Form and send, along with supporting materials, to the Lone Star Emmy Chapter. The nomination letter must detail the nominee’s contributions to television and community involvement. Supporting materials should include, but are not limited to: Letters of recommendation from colleagues, community leaders, or anyone who can speak to the degree and significance of the nominee’s impact on Television and their community. Listing of awards/recognition received by nominee throughout his/her career. Newspaper, magazine, trade publication articles featuring the nominee and his/her accomplishments. Photographs of historical interest to nominee’s career. NO VIDEO WILL BE ACCEPTED/CONSIDERED The nominee will not be contacted. There is no entry fee.

Nominations are considered by the Silver Circle Committee, appointed by the Board of Governors. The committee evaluates the nominee’s contributions and then votes for inductees by secret ballot. The committee must vote unanimously to induct a nominee into the Silver Circle. No more than ten individuals are inducted into the Silver Circle in any given year. The selection process is kept confidential.