shot of Ed McMahon, this year's LA Area Emmy Award Host.
Area Emmy Awards producer, Shirley Neal works under the
Bryan Keith Glispie works at Suite Sixteen post
Juniel, Show playback coordinator, working hard to bring
you LA Area Emmy Awards on TV!
shot of Emmy recipient
Dream Team, Shirley Neal and Hal Eisner - Producing the
LA Area Emmy Awards for TV
Neal at Suite Sixteen post, the post production company
responsible for bringing you LA Emmy Awards for TV!
the night away at Suite Sixteen post
of Elizabeth Densmore, the 13 year old singing sensation.
"LA Emmys: The TV Show!"
reporting news stories or serving as the Executive Producer
of the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, I'll be the first to
tell you "I'm a pretty self-critical guy!" But, wow! what
a neat show. For me, I'll always remember this year's LA Area
Emmy Awards Show as the FABULOUS 53RD!
From the new and improved outdoor press section lining the
red carpet at the entrance to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium
to the increased singing and comedic performances & faster
pacing on stage, the reviews have been very positive and we
thank you. I say "we" because it takes a team to make it work
and since most of us who put this year's show together were
back for a 5th consecutive year -- we're learning what works
and what doesn't. But, now we move into high gear as we do
our post production magic and turn this year's event from
a stage show into one for the small screen.
Last year for the first time in 23 years the local awards
returned to television in the form of a one hour highlight
program. It aired on KTLA Channel 5. This year KCOP Channel
13 is doing the honors. Last year we took what was designed
as a stage show into post production and 19 hours and hundreds
of edits later it was ready for air. Converting a stage show
into a telecast is tough stuff. That's why this year we designed
a stage show with TV in mind. Let's rewind to Friday June
After 3 months of planning our crew loads into the Pasedena
Civic Auditorium. The cameras, TeleprompTer, set and lighting
are all put in place with an eye toward our telecast. Doug
Armstrong from Touring Video, our Set Designer Joe Phelan
and Lighting Director Dan Johnson are all on top of things.
In Touring Video's production truck is the best audio, video
and technical team anyone could ask for. Saturday is rehearsal
day. All back for another go at it are our Emmy Award winning
Director Harry Kooperstein, our prize of an Assistant Director
Ted Lin and our terrific Technical Director Leo Moore. Ed
McMahon goes through his paces. Our singers Brenda Epperson
and 13 year old show stopper Elizabeth Densmore spend the
afternoon rehearsing -- singing to the audience of volunteers
and cameras. In fact, this year we added a 5th camera to the
balcony to give the broadcast a view from the top given the
increased audience we were expecting this year. And, we did
get a bunch more than normal.
According to the theatre ticket takers we had 1122 in the
house as opposed to years past when our numbers approached
700. And, what about those great volunteers? We had the best!
Some of them worked backstage while others served as hosts
for our celebrities. During rehearsals, most served as mock
presenters to help us get through our practice runs. They
were great. We even let them take a breather here and there
Now, comes the big job as we take 2 and a half hours of terrific
content and reduce it to a one hour highlight show leaving
room for 12 commercial minutes. This year, though, we'll hopefully
have a much easier time piecing the program together. When
our fantastic writer JoAnn Morris penned the script we had
already decided what elements should go into the KCOP program.
Actual "edit beats" were built into the script so we'd have
a nice clean spots for collapsing the program and beating
it into shape. If you missed it or want to see it again in
it's entirety, the "Fabulous 53rd" is now showing on the web.
You can link to it from here.
But, instead of looking back, let's look forward to the next
big night for the Los Angeles Area Emmys -- "LA Emmys: The