A wonderful family event is coming up this Saturday June
28th at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for
those in Southern California Television. My ATAS LA Area
Peer Group Co-Governor Suzan Jorgensen-Torgerson has the
Nemo, New Contacts and a TV Academy Membership Card!
By Suzan Jorgensen-Torgerson
Growing up on a farm in northern California, I rarely watched
TV, but when I did, Id watch Bonanza, The Andy Williams
Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (when I was
allowed to stay up that late), and of course one of my all
The Primetime Emmy Awards!
Every year my father and I would tune in to see if our
favorite shows were among those to receive the coveted award.
And every year Id tell my dad that someday I would
be among those glamorous and gifted people attending the
Emmys. He would nod and smile and although he secretly
had doubts, I knew that someday Id get there.
After college, I quickly landed a job at KCOP Television
in Los Angeles. Several years later after winning my first
L. A. Area Emmy Award, I was thrilled to join The Academy
of Television Arts & Sciences. Imagine that! I was finally
among the very people I had admired and respected from afar.
Being a member of the Television Academy is a privilege,
I feel honored to be a part of it. Ive met some incredible
people and developed friendships with peers and members
from other peer groups. To anyone who is not a member and
is eligible to join, what are you waiting for? Aside from
being involved in televisions most prestigious organization,
members have countless opportunities to network and make
connections. Academy members are invited to attend industry-related
seminars, entertainment events, educational forums, and
receive a subscription to the award winning Emmy magazine.
Members also receive discounts and special offers from a
variety of vendors in the Academy Rewards Program. And in
addition to all of that (and more), every year members receive
a voucher to cover one entry fee toward their submission
in the Emmy Awards competition!
If you are interested in becoming a member, check out the
requirements listed below and if you qualify for membership,
plan on joining us on Saturday, June 28th for our annual
membership gathering. By applying for membership to the
Academy on that day, you and your family will enjoy a free
screening of Finding Nemo and a free lunch!
You cant beat that! Call (818) 754-2889 to RSVP by
Thursday, June 26th. Make sure to mention that you will
be applying for membership at the event, leave your return
phone number, and be sure to state the number of people
attending with you.
Active Status: Professional engagement in telecommunications
production and distribution for the Metropolitan Los Angeles
Associate Status: Engagement by professionals in the
Metropolitan Los Angeles area in activities integrally or
tangentially related to telecommunications production and
distribution or its technically allied industries, but who
do not currently meet the qualifications for Active Membership.
Annual Dues are $150 for Active members and $75 for Associate
members (plus a one-time $10 entrance fee)
As you can see, there are many reasons to join the Television
Academy. For me it was to fulfill a childhood dream. That
dream will soon be complete, this September. I am attending
the Primetime Emmys!