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LA Area Emmy Awards
As we inch our way toward the 54th Annual Los Angeles Emmy Awards show, scheduled for June 29th at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, I want to take the time to introduce you to some of the people who are already working on this year's awards show. As Executive Producer of the LA Area Emmys I can tell you it takes a lot of work to put together an awards program like this. It takes a lot of people too and the people who work this event are terrific. They are what I call the "A TEAM" and for good reason. They're very talented, committed, dedicated and virtually all of them, like me, are back for a 6th consecutive year. That's certainly the case for the two people I'd like you to meet this week. They don't come any better than show producer Shirley Neal and announcer Larry Van Nuys. While many Los Angeles area broadcasters are waiting for the nominations to be announced May 30th, Shirley and her team at Park Hill Entertainment are working daily on this year's event and have been for some time. Larry Van Nuys, our booming voice of the LA Area Emmys, not only brings his talent to the event, but also his great positive attitude! Next week we'll continue looking at those who make up THE EMMY TEAM but, first, here's a little on the backgrounds of both Shirley and Larry.
Meet Shirley Neal

Park Hill Entertainment was established in 1992 as a video production and promotions firm specializing in broadcast production, live event production and video promotions At the helm of PARK HILL is President/Owner, Shirley Neal, a veteran producer and former production and marketing executive with over 18 years of experience in the fields of television production and promotions.

In the area of production, Neal & PARK HILL's recent credits include Inside TV:Land, a series of 3 one-hour specials; Biography for A&E, Tuskegee Airmen, The Los Angeles Emmy Awards, The Story of Kwanzaa, and World Gospel featuring MC Hammer, airing in national syndication. PARK HILL also recently completed production on "From A to Ziv: Legends of TV Syndication", a video history of the syndication industry produced on behalf of NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives), and released in DVD format. Additionally, PARK HILL is credited with producing 3 seasons of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous; 2 seasons of The National Leukemia Telethon, plus the 2001 IBA International Broadcast Awards, the 2001 NATPE Iris Awards, and 4 seasons of The Los Angeles Emmy Awards. Other PARK HILL production credits include The U.S. Olympic Festival, (an Emmy-winning FOX Television live event); A Laugh, A Tear, hosted and co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg; and The Other Side of Victory, a sports series and TV special produced for syndication and ESPN cable.

In the convention and special events arena, PARK HILL serves as the exclusive producer of all videos, staging, and opening ceremonies for NATPE's program conference, international events, and long-form informational videos. PARK HILL is also vested with the responsibility of coordinating the taping of all seminars and activities associated with the conference.

In the field of promotion and live event production, PARK HILL's client base includes Warner Bros, Fox Television, NBC, NATPE, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The SNTA (Syndicated Network Television Association), The HRTS (Hollywood TV & Radio Society), and The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, among others. In the executive ranks, Neal served for 3 years as Vice President of Television for SI Communications, Inc., a Burbank-based TV, Radio & Home Video production company.

Additionally, Neal served for 8 years as the senior creative director for KTTV Los Angeles, and the Fox Television Network, producing and overseeing the production of local and network on-air promos, radio promotion, print promotion, press releases, demo's and trailers. Backed by a wealth of resources, experience, talent and commitment, plus in-house high end post-production facilities (including Quantel Edit Box, Final Cut Pro, AVID, plus screening and dubbing capabilities), PARK HILL has earned a reputation as a leader in the TV production, post production, convention and video marketing arenas.

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