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Lauren Saverine To Serve As NAMAS Administrator

New York, N. Y. – July 25, 2007 – Christie Morrongiello has been named to the newly created position of Director of the National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences (NAMAS), a peer group of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), effective immediately. She will also continue her duties as Manager of Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards, a position she has held since July 2006.

Lauren Saverine, Assistant to the President of NATAS, will serve as Administrator for the new peer group, while also continuing her current duties.
These announcements were made today by Peter Price, President/CEO of NATAS.

“Christie Morrongiello and Lauren Saverine will be spearheading our outreach to forge a worldwide community for the burgeoning industry of digital creators, producers, technologists and executives,” said Price. “These digital providers reside both in the divisions of major media corporations as well as in independent organizations and share a common culture that is nurturing the next generation of media professionals.”

Morrongiello and Saverine will focus on developing membership and education programs for NAMAS. The new peer group plans launch events in New York City on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Times Tower, the new headquarters of The New York Times, and in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, in conjunction with the Digital Hollywood conference on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In May, the NATAS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to form NAMAS, a new peer group open to current and new members of any of the 19 chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. NAMAS is chaired by Bob Wright, Past Chairman of the Board of NBC Universal and Past Vice Chairman of the Board, Executive Officer and a past member of the Corporate Executive Officer of General Electric Company. The new National Academy of Media Arts& Sciences will not conduct any Emmy Awards competitions. The Emmy Awards remain under the authority of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which last year began awarding a limited number of Emmy Awards for broadband.

Morrongiello, a graduate of Georgetown University, recently oversaw a major Broadband promotion for the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards: the exclusive online partnership with MySpace, to honor premium broadband content on the Internet by empowering video producers and filmmakers to submit self-generated content for consideration through the MySpace Emmy portal. Two of the four Broadband Emmy winners entered their video productions via the MySpace portal: “SATACRACY 88” by Broadband: Drama) and “IT’S JERRYTIME!” by Ozone Inc. (Outstanding Broadband: Variety). Morrongiello also created the emMY Essential, an online newsletter for the Daytime Entertainment community.

Prior to joining NATAS, Morrongiello studied in the Reading and Writing Italy Program at Georgetown’s Villa le Balze, Fiesole, Italy. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. She graduated from Georgetown Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and psychology in May 2006.

Prior to joining the staff of NATAS in August 2006, Saverine served as
Coordinator of Trade Show Marketing for the Telecommunications Industry Association in Arlington, Va., where she was actively involved in the branding and successful launch of GLOBALCOMM 2006. She began her career as the Online Advertising Coordinator for Hanley Wood, LLC in Washington, D. C. in 2004 and was promoted to
Marketing and Sales Assistant, a position she held from 2004-2005.

Saverine graduated cum laude from Gettsyburg College, with a B.A. degree in English and writing.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting. Beginning in 2006, NATAS began recognizing programming produced for the Internet, cell phones, and portable media players with its new Broadband Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Content for Broadband and Portable Delivery. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at

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