Askin named chair of ATAS

Tribune Entertainment president and CEO Dick Askin was officially elected chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during a board meeting
Wednesday night.

Askin takes over his office Oct. 1, when Bryce Zabel will step down.

Other officers elected were independent production designer John Shaffner to
first vice chair, unaffiliated production executive Karen Miller to second vice
chair, independent producer Dan Birman to secretary, sound engineer Leo
Chaloukian to treasurer and broadcast journalist Mitch Waldow to Los Angeles
area vice chair.

Askin and Waldow ran uncontested, while Birman and Chaloukian were re-elected to second terms and Shaffner and Miller are new appointments to ATAS’ executive

In other ATAS news, luxury magazine Architectural Digest has partnered
with the group for a second year to design the Emmy Awards "Green Room," where stars wait
before they present at the gala awards show.

Also, the Los Angeles-Area Emmy Awards will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at ATAS' Leonard
H. Goldenson Theatre at 6 p.m.

The show will be hosted by John O’Hurley, who played Mr. Peterman on
Seinfeld and will star in UPN’s The Mullets this fall.

An edited version of the Los Angeles Awards will air Saturday,
Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. on KCAL (TV) there.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.