HERB GRANATH ELECTED CHAIRMAN,
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES
Chairman’s Representatives, Other Officers Also Named
New York, N. Y. – June 21, 2006 – Herbert A. Granath, Chairman Emeritus, ESPN; Board member of Ron Lauder’s Central European Media (CME); and Co-Chairman of Crown Media Holdings, which owns and operates The Hallmark Channel, was elected Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences by the organization’s Trustees at their bi-annual Trustee Meeting in New York City. Previously, Mr. Granath has served as the National Television Academy’s 1st Vice Chair and New York Chapter Trustee.
In his first action as Chairman, Mr. Granath appointed three industry leaders as Chairman’s Representatives: Harold Crump, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.;Ibra Morales, President, Telemundo Group, Inc., and Roger Ogden, President & CEO, Gannett Broadcasting.. Also elected as officers of The National Academy of Television Arts & Science to represent the membership were
1st Vice Chair Darryl Cohen, attorney and partner of Cohen Cooper Estep Mudder & Whiteman of Atlanta and Southeast Chapter Trustee; 2nd Vice Chair Janice Selinger, Deputy Executive Director, Production, New Jersey Network Public Television, and a Mid-Atlantic Chapter Trustee;Treasurer Malachy Wienges, President of Sedona Broadcasting, a television consultant to the Warner Bros. Television Network and IBM, and Rocky Mountain/Southwest Trustee; Secretary Jamie Jensen, Vice President, Development and Marketing, The Hope Heart Institute, Seattle and Northwest Chapter Trustee. The Chairman and the Executive Committee members will serve two-year terms, which begin June 15, 2006.
“I am honored to take on this leadership position,” said Mr. Granath, “in this preeminent organization that plays a key role in fostering and recognizing excellence in the television industry. It’s a dynamic time for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as we strive to represent a changing television industry that has come to include not only a growing number of television networks but also those who distribute video content via ever-expanding platforms including the Internet, cell phones and handheld devices.”
Active in international media ventures, Mr. Granath also serves as Chairman and CEO of Media and Entertainment Holdings Inc., a SPAC investment company specializing in worldwide media properties, and acts as senior programming consultant for Telenet, Belgium’s leading cable company.
A veteran broadcaster, Mr. Granath was Chairman, Disney/ABC International, where he was responsible for the international television production and program distribution activities of The Walt Disney Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ABC, Inc.
Mr. Granath had a long and distinguished career at ABC, where he pioneered many aspects of the television business. He led ABC into the cable and international television arenas and helped position the company as the industry leader in these fields. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Board of ESPN, A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel and Lifetime Television.
Internationally, he was a founding partner and Board member of Eurosport, the largest cable network in Europe. He also served on the Boards of Telefunf, RTL2 and TM3 networks in Germany, Scandanavian Broadcasting Systems (SBS) and TVA, the Brazilian Pay-TV company.
An early believer in European local television production, he brought ABC into partnership with, and joined the Boards of Telemunchen (Germany), Hamster (France) and Tesauro (Spain) production companies.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Granath managed ABC’s theater investments through the company’s partnership with The Shubert Organization.
Active in many areas within and outside broadcasting, he is past-president of the International Television Academy in addition to his leadership positions with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is a Trustee of the American Museum of the Moving Image, a Governor of the Banff Television Festival, and serves on the Boards of the Rose d’Or Television Festival in Lucerne and the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) in the United States. He is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on European Communications and the League of New York Theater Owners and Producers. Previously, he was President of the Veterans Bedside Network, which serves VA hospitals.
The National Television Academy 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, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. In 2006, a new Emmy Award for excellence in Broadband content is being introduced in each of the Emmy Award ceremonies. 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, the National Television Academy 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 www.emmyonline.tv