Posts Tagged ‘National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’


New York NATAS And The Board of Governors For The Emmys

May 18, 2011

Recently I was honored to find out that the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) nominated me to serve on the Board of Governors. Now members are voting on the tremendous group of professionals who work in the wide spectrum of television and digital media, to decide which of us will provide insights and innovation to NATAS over the next two years.

It’s been great hearing from members I’ve met at NATAS events including the Emmy Awards and from some of the  folks who attended my presentation at the Academy in September about the personal journey of creating my show, “ON THE SCENE.”

But some members might be interested to know more about me and how I could contribute to the growth and vibrancy of NATAS.

I’m somebody who plunges in… ideas first. Because television is in such evolution right now, I have a lot of thoughts about programs to help members through professional transitions, network, how to benefit from the latest trends in our industry,  and even to set some new trends

There’s an incredible energy that we can generate at NATAS that can be a spark for all of our membership, whether it be professionals working in news, entertainment, music or the many other specialties that comprise NATAS.

Check out my site or click my homepage here on the blog for more about my work.


The Interview Addiction

June 25, 2010

I participated in a seminar at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) New York a couple weeks ago.  A career-enhancing type workshop about goal setting and identifying strengths.  We went around the room introducing ourselves and I said, “my name is John. I’m addicted to interviewing people.”

Most people in the room chuckled. A couple others looked as if they’d mistakenly stumbled into a 12 step meeting.

It was an ice-breaker, but may be the clearest description of me I can offer. When I look at my calendar and there’s too much time between ON THE SCENE shoots, I get crazy. I need to know there’s something…someone…interesting on the near horizon, artist, an actor, filmmaker, musician, or singer to be interviewed for ON THE SCENE.

Because ON THE SCENE is a recurring special presentation airing once a month or so, we don’t shoot interviews every day. And because all of the content is shot on location in the artist’s environment, setting-up the shoots takes extra time.

And it’s that in-between time when the interviews are being lined-up that is a challenging period for me. I do want to being doing these kinds of in-depth interviews everyday. The preparing, the studying-up, is fascinating to me, healthy for me and more importantly essential for a great interview.  And then the interview itself, spontaneous, one thought leading to the next, revealing.

But this is not just about me and what makes me feel engaged. The greatest thing…and this is the addictive quality…is knowing that people are participating in the experience with me, the viewers who are watching and learning, and yes sometimes objecting, to the conversation.  (At least their watching and not indifferent.)

At the end of the evening we were asked to go around the room once more. I smiled and said, “my name is John. And I’m still addicted to interviewing people.”


A Night To Remember: Emmys 2010

April 24, 2010

First of all, if you go into an awards show with your only interest being winning the award you are nominated for, chances are you’re in for a miserable night. There’s only one winner. And Sunday, we were not in the winner’s circle! The amazing ON THE SCENE team was up for two New York Emmy Awards for creative, inventive, and downright hard work to create some moving and memorable television.

But the Emmys went to….somebody else!

That takes away nothing from the value of our work, its impact and artistic merit. And I congratulate the recipients once again, as I did that night. 

But I have to tell you, and this may sound surprising since we didn’t bring home the gold, but it was one of the best nights, ever. My special guest, choreographer Heidi Latsky of the Emmy nominated piece, “GIMP” from ON THE SCENE, is a remarkable person and we had a blast. It was great to be with my colleagues enjoying a night out in Times Square,  talking and laughing and telling stories. And, of course, seeing the finest work in our industry of the past year being honored.

Television awards are about celebrating the art form and encouraging good work. It’s bigger than an individual nomination. 

Also, once again the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences invited me to be a presenter, so while I didn’t go home with an Emmy, I did get to hand out a few! Thanks to Jacqueline Gonzalez and everyone at the Academy for being such a gracious team and working all year to pull off this show.

So check back, there’ll be some new photos posted from the Emmys in the gallery and homepage, soon.

When I was a college kid, I dreamed of being part of events like this, doing quality work that I believe in, and collaborating with talented people. The dream keeps unfolding.

As the dinner was served I offered a toast at our table of nominees, and if you’re a reader of the blog it’ll sound familar since I’ve written about my feelings about awards before…I raised a glass to say, “tonight is more than the awards. It’s about everything we did in life and in work to get here.”