Television academies to bury the hatchet

Nov 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Quiet shuttle diplomacy continues between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
So does the search for a successor to the late John Cannon, the longtime NATAS president who died in June.
In October, new ATAS Chairman Bryce Zabel and ATAS President Jim Chabin attended a NATAS board meeting in New York to get acquainted and explain how their organizations works. A delegation from NATAS may head for Los Angeles this week to meet with the ATAS board of governors.
“I think more than anything else this is an effort to stamp out previous rancor,” said one NATAS member, referring to the split that led to the creation of ATAS in the mid-’70s. “I don’t see a push on either part to make it one organization.”
“We have a lot in common,” said Stanley Hubbard, NATAS chairman and president and chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, “and the closer we are and the more friendly our relations and the more we cooperate, the better for everybody. And they feel the same way.”
Both organizations share in revenues generated by telecasts of the Primetime Emmys (produced by ATAS) and the Daytime Emmys (produced by NATAS) and feel their events have been undervalued by the broadcast networks. Some insiders expect there to be a high degree of bicoastal cooperation on future Emmy TV contract negotiations.
Meanwhile, the search committee that has worked with headhunter Korn/Ferry International to assemble a list of candidates for the NATAS presidency was scheduled to meet Sunday with Mr. Hubbard in New York.
“I haven’t seen all the names,” said Mr. Hubbard about the closely held list of candidates under consideration.
“Circumstances beyond our control in the world” have delayed the winnowing down of the candidate list, said NATAS VP Linda Giannecchini, who is chairwoman of the search committee and project manager at public broadcasting station KQED-TV in San Francisco.
She hopes to be ready by early next year to ask for NATAS board approval of the results of the search that began in summer.