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Trustees Elect Leadership at Annual Meeting

New York – May 26, 2010 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the election of Darryl B. Cohen, attorney, partner, Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC to the position of Chairman, succeeding Herb Granath, who is stepping down after leading the organization for the last four years.  Malachy Wienges, President, Sedona Broadcasting Company, LLC, was elected 1st Vice Chairman of the organization.

“With the election of Darryl Cohen and Malachy G. Wienges,” said Granath, “NATAS has put their trust in the leadership of two seasoned, executive committee member who have each served the Academy for over 30 years and have provided the vision and guidance that dates back to the days of John Cannon and forward into the 21st century.”  The other newly elected officers are, Barbara Williams- Perry, 2nd Vice Chairman, Alison Gibson, Treasurer and Norman Felsenthal, Secretary.

Darryl Cohen – Chairman
An Entertainment attorney, Cohen appeared regularly on WXIA-TV/Channel 11, the NBC affiliate, and on the Fox News Channel.  He currently provides on-air legal commentary for CNN/HNN.  His Entertainment practice includes representation of on-air network talent, including anchors, actors, photographers, models, recording artists, and talent agencies.
Cohen founded and is permanent chair of the Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Conference, which currently includes Florida, Georgia, New York, and Tennessee.   He currently serves as Legal Committee Chair of NATAS, Legal Chairman of the Northern California and Southeast Chapters; Past President of the Southeast Chapter; and a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) based in Hollywood, California.
He has served as President and National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild, Georgia branch, and previously served on the Atlanta Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Mr. Cohen has also co-hosted several local television telethons and was an on-camera spokesperson for WPBA-TV’s pledge drives and Master of Ceremonies for numerous local events.
Cohen was previously a partner of Katz, Smith & Cohen in Atlanta, Georgia.

Malachy Wienges – 1st Vice Chairman
Wienges spent an illustrious 31 years at the CBS Television Network.  He began as a management trainee and rose to the position of Vice President, Sales/Marketing and Technical Systems.  From 1975 to 1985, he was Producer of The CBS Thanksgiving Day Parades for which he was nominated for two Emmys. Mal also received two National Emmys, including one for technical achievement for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and a second National Emmy in 1992 for the NFL on CBS.

Wienges is credited with originating the concept of remote production for daytime dramas (soap operas) when he took The Guiding Light to the Bahamas in 1976. Since then, Mal has participated in more than 152 location productions. Wienges was also nominated for three Daytime Emmys.

Wienges is an honors graduate from C.W. Post College with a B.S. in atomic and nuclear physics. He obtained a Masters of Science degree in engineering management from Long Island University.  Wienges has received national recognition including being listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, Who’s Who in Management and in the 2001 millennium edition of Who’s Who in Entertainment.

In 2005, Wienges was appointed by Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano, to serve as an Arizona State Film Commissioner, a position he continues to serve in.

From 2008-2009, Mal served as Chairman of the Board of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

Wienges is currently President of Sedona Broadcasting, LLC, and serves as a television consultant to the Warner Bros. Television Network, CBS and IBM.

Barbara Williams-Perry – 2nd Vice Chairman
A veteran of 35 years in television news in Chicago and President of the Chicago Chapter of NATAS, Ms. Williams-Perry joined WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Chicago in 1976.  As part of the NewsCenter 5team, she worked as a general assignment reporter, covering stories ranging from the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley to the first running of the Chicago Marathon. During that time, she broke the story that Center for Disease Control researchers had found the cause of Legionnaire’s Disease, a bacterial infection that broke out during a convention of the American Legion.

In 1979, Williams-Perry joined WTTW-TV, Chicago’s PBS station.  She produced an hour-long program profiling Sandra Day O’Conner, the first woman to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice and went on to produce the weekly program, “Chicago Week in Review,” and worked as a producer/correspondent on “Chicago Tonight.”

In 1993, Williams-Perry began her free-lance work with Towers Productions.  She wrote and produced programs for “American Justice,” working with Bill Kurtis on the series.  Since 2005, Williams has served as President of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where she has established new scholarships and started a Silver Circle Awards ceremony in Milwaukee, WI.

Alison Gibson – Treasurer
Alison Gibson serves as Treasurer and on the Finance Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has a detailed understanding of the Academy’s current financial situation. Her expertise in budget and production management comes with decades of experience and a no-nonsense approach to cost cutting.  She is the owner of MediaCool and Timeline Productions, two strategic communications companies she founded in 1991 to serve broadcasters, corporations and the legal community.

Her 34-year experience in media production includes documentary programming for broadcasters in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the United States. Her work has been recognized with a variety of awards, including the International Emmy® award, Prix Jeunesse, and a Cine Golden Eagle.

Ms. Gibson served as a National Trustee from the Northern California/San Francisco chapter (1994-1998 and 2004-2008). In addition to serving on the San Francisco chapter’s executive board, she has chaired their Education Committee from 1995 – 2008, overseeing a local scholarship program. She also developed new media initiatives that brought national recognition for the chapter’s media literacy program.

Norman Felsenthal – Secretary
Norman Felsenthal is Professor Emeritus of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia where he taught for 32 years prior to his retirement in 2005.  He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication.

Felsenthal taught in the Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications where he developed a specialty in the History of Broadcasting.  Earlier in his academic career, Felsenthal taught for four years in the Department of Communication at Purdue University.  He is the author of Mass Communication a textbook in the Mod-Com series that sold over 60,000 copies in two editions.  He is the author of six articles in the Encyclopedia of Television and has also contributed articles to the Journal of BroadcastingEducational Broadcasting Review, and other academic journals.

Felsenthal is active in both professional and academic organizations.  He is currently a Trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) as well as Chair of that organization’s Scholarship Program and a member of the Editorial Board of Television Quarterly.  He is a charter member of the Philadelphia Chapter of NATAS and has served as a Chapter Governor, Program Chair, and Scholarship Chair.  He is also a member of the Citizens Advisory Board of WHYY-TV-FM and of the Philadelphia Chapter of Broadcast Pioneers.

In addition to the elected members to the Executive Committee, the Chairman appointed 3 additional members to complete the board:

Harold Crump
A leader of the television industry for more than 50 years, Harold is currently the Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.  In his long career covering most of the Mid-South and Mid-West, he was President and General Manager of KSTP-TV, Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1990 thru 1997; President and CEO, Crump Communications, Houston, Texas, and Owner and Operator of WCSC-TV, Charleston, South Carolina, 1986-1990.  While President, Broadcast Group, H&C Communications, Inc., Crump was responsible for the operation of KPRC-TV, Houston, WTVF, Nashville, KVOA-TV, Tucson, WESH-TV, Orlando, KCCI-TV, Des Moines, KSAT-TV San Antonio, and KPRC-AM Houston, 1984-1986.  From 1981-1984, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of KPRC-TV, Houston, the NBC affiliate.  Crump spent his formative years working at WLAC-TV in Nashville, a CBS affiliate, where he rose from local salesman to General Manger.

He is or has been a member of the board of many associations in the industry such as USFR Media, Houston, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NBC Affiliates Board of Directors, Television Bureau of Advertising, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and has also received the Silver Medal from the American Advertising Association.  His leadership has also led him to be appointed to the US Chamber Homeland Security Taskforce, and the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Harold has also been the recipient of both Gold and Silver Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Television Academy.

Mike Trager
A pivotal figure in the development of sports television, Michael Trager is currently Chairman of The Trager Group, a company specializing in television consulting, rights, and production. Previously, Trager was Chairman of Clear Channel Entertainment Television after serving as President of Television and Entertainment for the SFX Sports Group before its acquisition by CCE.  While at CCE Television, Trager supervised such numerous sports properties as MLB, USTA, USSA, Sun Bowl, NHRA, PRCA, CART, French Open, and the Boston Marathon. He was also responsible for CCE entertainment  arm, Tollin/Robbins Productions, producers of the HBO hit series “Arli$$”, Smallville, One Tree Hill and such feature films as “Varsity Blues”, “Summer Catch”, “Hardball”, “Coach Carter”, and “Dreamer.” Trager also managed the Emmy and Peabody award winning documentary group, Black Canyon Productions, which created the HBO specials, “When It Was A Game”, “Babe Ruth”, and “Shot Heard Round the World.”

Trager started his career with NBC in New York and Los Angeles where he held various management positions. In 1973, he was voted the top sales executive in the broadcast advertising business. He continued his career in management at NBC as Vice President of NBC Sports where he was responsible for all program acquisitions including the Moscow Olympics, National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA Final Four to name a few.  Trager later served as Executive Vice President of D’Arcy-McManus & Masius Advertising in charge of the Anheuser-Busch media account and new broadcast technologies. While at D’Arcy, Trager managed the historic $25 million commitment by A-B to the then fledgling ESPN.

Terry D. Peterson
Peterson is the founder of Verite’ Productions, a multi-national award winning Production Company based in Cleveland, Ohio.  Peterson’s early broadcast experience was gathered at WXYZ-TV in Detroit where he was an innovative and bold promo producer, earning two Emmy nominations and an Emmy in 1987.  Moving to California, he honed his skills as a Senior Writer-Producer at Encore Communications, Inc., where his clients included, 20th Century Fox Television, Buena Vista Television, ABC, NBC, Fox, MCA Universal Television and Republic Pictures.  Earning numerous awards, including a PROMAX Gold Medallion, he also worked as an Associate Producer on the Columbia Pictures Television pilot “A Question of Scruples”.

Arriving in Cleveland, he was hired as Senior-Writer-Producer for Gateway Communications, working on award winning projects, such as “On the Edge” funded by the Think First Foundation.  A true labor of love, “On the Edge” earned eight national awards, including a Telly Award; a Silver Screen Award in the 1994 US International Film & Video Festival; a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and the highly-prized Bronze Anvil Award, the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor.   Prior to founding his own company, Peterson joined WUAB-TV as Director of Marketing and Promotions, finding ample opportunities to put his unique stamp on breakthrough promotional campaigns that gathered both local and national attention.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 
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.  Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technologyBeyond 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


For More Information: Paul Pillitteri, Director Communications, NATAS