Monday, June 18, 2012

Double premiere tonight!

Tonight I have two shows premiering...

"Danger By Design" has back to back episodes on Discovery Science at 9pm and 10pm...
Specifically I cut episodes five and six, which should air back to back on July 2nd.

Also tonight is the premiere of "Miss Advised" on Bravo at 10pm....
I specifically worked on episodes 4-8, which will begin airing July 9th.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Well it's Emmy season, and now that I'm a member of the Academy, my opinion matters for a few months.  I've been receiving tons of packages for my consideration, including some pretty impressive items.

My favorite so far is the Food Network lunchbox, filled with DVDs...

The window for applications has ended already, but voting for nominations doesn't begin for another week, with the noms being announced five weeks later on July 17.  

A reflection of the landscape of television these days, I've been receiving about an even split of reality and scripted programming for my consideration.  For those who can't afford to mail screeners (or just want to go green), the Academy is offering online submission viewing as well.  Here's what I can consider right now...

From what I can tell, this is the widest competition for any genre.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What do you think?

Interesting article on the cover of today's LA Times Calendar section, regarding VH1's (apparently) controversial show "Basketball Wives," which has been drawing criticism to the network for portraying negative African American stereotypes.  VH1 President Tom Calderone has this to say:
"We're creating new celebrities.  'Mob Wives' are new celebrities.  'Basketball Wives' are new celebrities.  I think our role is to put a mirror on pop culture and influence pop culture--that's important."
VH1 has found a large black audience thanks to the success of its reality shows, including the "of Love" series and its many spinoffs.  Meanwhile, African American channel BET has shied away from sensational programming, opting for a mainly scripted offering, which brings in lower ratings for the network.

With African Americans watching two hours more television each day than the average American, and spending $1.1 trillion each year, what do you think about networks catering to an African American audience that seems to favor negative stereotypes?
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has voted to create a new Peer Group among its members, this one specifically for those who work in Reality.  In addition, the "Nonfiction" peer group has changed to "Documentary."  This is based on the strength and unstoppable growth of the reality genre.  You can read the announcement here.

Incidentally, the vote mentioned at the bottom of the article has passed and the by-laws have been changed to accommodate more governors on the board.

Personally, I don't care for segregating Reality and Documentary, because to me it implies that one is better than the other, or in some way more artistic.  I do believe both fit under the category of Nonfiction, so I don't see a need for the separation.  But according to the article, this is based on the strength of the Reality genre, so we'll see what happens!