Press release from NATAS:
New York, NY – August 13, 2014 — The governing Board of Trustees of The
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the
election of Charles (Chuck) L. Dages, former Warner Bros. Executive Vice
President, Emerging Technology, as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Dages will be
working with the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees on all major
programming, sponsorship and marketing of the non-profit organization and
securing its mandate of recognizing excellence in the television and media
“Much has been written in the consumer and professional press of the changes
occurring in our industry…the television industry,” said Dages. “These well
documented changes are tectonic: the diversity of new channels continues; the
new business models for funding and paying for content are multiplying; the
mobile platforms that laterally free the consumer to watch anytime and
anywhere. This is an exciting time and the opportunities and challenges we
must master will lead those who lead to reap the rewards. I am confident that
with the combined talents of our board of trustees and NATAS staff, working
together with our experienced leadership across the country in our nineteen
regional chapters, the National Academy will grow and prosper while leading its
membership into in this exciting time that many are calling the ‘second golden
era’ of television.”
CHARLES L. DAGES
Charles (Chuck) L. Dages, is the former Warner Bros. Executive Vice President,
Emerging Technology, a post culminating a career at the Studio of nearly twenty years.
In this senior executive position, Mr. Dages was responsible for leading and applying
new, innovative technologies to the production, post-production and distribution of
feature films, television and interactive entertainment.
Reporting to Mr. Dages, the core areas of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging Inc., WB
Advanced Editorial Services and WB Production Technology became leaders in their
respective fields. These operations pioneered the practical implementation of advanced
techniques and technologies making them global leaders in post-production, restoration,
finishing, and versioning for an ever expanding consumer digital platforms.
Dages’ led the creation of a complete studio digital facility for “The Ellen De Generes
Show” at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, CA. Chuck worked closely with the
creators of TMZ in building “tapeless digital newsroom” bringing the websiteTMZ.com
to television with its hallmark instant breaking celebrity news.
As the senior executive assigned to Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging Inc. and WB
Advanced Editorial Services Inc, an all-digital post facility on the Studio Lot, became a
global enterprise for film and television series production and classic film restoration.
Using new business models, a redefined customers base, flexible workflow design and
rapidly grew under his tenure. Launching of this newly defined business for global postproduction
and restoration services was marked by the opening night premiere of the
restored classic, RED SHOES, at the Cannes Film Festival and a screening of restored
GODFATHER at the New York Times Film Club. This facility is routinely chosen for
post-production of major films and television series.
Dages directed the Warner Bros. involvement with The (US) President’s Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). As Public-Private partnership between the Studio and the US
State Department, he lead and the various divisions of Warner Bros. in bringing their
expertise and creative resources to the Global fight against AIDS. Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. received the Global Business Coalition Award for Business
Excellence for this work. Mr. Dages was member of the WB strategic team, which
created the Studio’s video game arm, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner
Bros. Online early use of social media, along with multiple strategic partnerships and
Joining Warner Bros. in 1994 as SVP Technology, he managed the launch of the Warner
International Channel, the launch of syndicated television show “Extra”, the Rosie
O’Donnell Show and designed and built the innovative WB TV Network digital
infrastructure which was later recognized with a Technical Emmy® Award. Prior to
joining Warner Bros., Chuck held positions of increasing responsibility as VP of East
Coast Operations, VP Engineering and VP Development at CBS Television. Major
projects during is tenure included the Ed Sullivan Theater for the “Late Show with David
Letterman”; CBS Evening News studio; 60 Minutes post; CBS Broadcast Ops Center and
technical facilities for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games among others. His body
of work in TV, network broadcasting, motion picture restoration, postproduction, digital
workflows, interactive entertainment and conforming content for consumer digital
devices at Warner Bros. and CBS resulted in Chuck receiving many honors including
three Emmy (R) Awards. Silicon Valley’s AO Network named Chuck 2013 Power Player
in Digital Entertainment.
Dages is a Life Fellow in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
(SMPTE). He was twice named to the US Delegation to the UN General Assembly High
Level meeting on Global Health. Dages was awarded a US State Department Certificate
of Appreciation for President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief work in Africa. Chuck
serves on NYC Economic Development Corp’s (EDC) Media 2020 and a participant in
CEO Game Changers.
Dages most recently served as Co-Chair of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences’
Awards Committee being appointed in 2010 to this position. Chuck is a member National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter, and a member of the
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Dages is a supporter and participant in the
NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy ™ Award Committee and its annual Awards
ceremony since in 1985.
Chuck earned his BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with Honors.
He graduated with an MS Engineering-Science, Honors Program, from Pennsylvania
State University, where was named as the Outstanding Engineering Alumni. Chuck is the
recipient of University of Southern California Entertainment Technology Center’s Bob
Lambert Technology Leadership Award where he was a longtime Board Member and
served as the Chair.