Monday, January 16, 2012

Congrats to all the nonfiction Eddie Award Nominees!

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Joe Bini & Maya Hawke 
Freedom RidersLewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil
George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldDavid Tedeschi

Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations: “Haiti”Eric Lasby
 Beyond Scared Straight :”Chowchilla”Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Heather Abell, Audrey
Capotosta, Maura Corey, Jeremy Gantz & Molly Shock
Whale Wars: “Race to Save Lives”Eric Myerson, Pete Ritchie & Josh Crockett

See the full list of nominees here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

TV in the antenna age

While doing some holiday travel, I was pleasantly surprised by an classic television exhibit in Terminal 3 of SFO, Television in the Antenna Age.  Check it out if you're there!

 Although the exhibit was almost exclusively about scripted television and technology, I was happy to find this little shout out to Reality Television...

Reality Television:  Unscripted television featuring "ordinary" people dates to television's earliest years.  Allen Funt, the host and producer of radio show Candid Microphone, introduced Candid Camera on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 1948.  The premise involved presenting unsuspecting people with unusual or alarming situations and capturing their reactions with hidden cameras.  The pranks ranged from elaborate set-ups, sometimes involving the subject's friends or relatives, to simple reaction shots of pedestrians surprised by a talking mailbox, or an over-enthusiastic traffic cop.  Television viewers were captivated by the actions of people with whom they identified, and the program aired for more than fifty years.