The Radice Files — Episode 10: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Frank Radice
7 min readApr 19, 2021

Today we add a new feature: “The Wayback Machine”

CNN Producer Reportedly Was Asked ‘Do You Speak English’ After Being Thrown to the Ground, Arrested While Covering MN Protests

A CNN producer was reportedly arrested in a shocking manner last week as Minnesota law enforcement cracked down on protests for the shooting of Daunte Wright.

One America News Network Stays True to Trump — The New York Times

A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who’s actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.

CBS News Will Try to Reinvent Itself, Again — The New York Times

In an interview as she prepares to step down as news division head, Susan Zirinsky said, “I feel I have given my entire soul into rebuilding this organization.”

1,5000 Drones Create QR Codes in China For Players Who Want to Download ‘Princess Connect Re: Dive’ | Tech Times

1,500 drones are deployed in China to create a mind-boggling formation of QR codes for the anniversary of Cygames’ Princess Connect Re: Dive.‘

Facebook plans to go after Clubhouse — and podcasts — with a suite of new audio products

Announcements, including a Spotify partnership, are coming on Monday, but some products won’t show up for a while.

“Your Column Is Not Worth the Price of a Nice House”: With Eye-Popping Auctions, News Outlets Are Jumping on the NFT Gravy Train

The New York Times, Time, and the AP have racked up six-figure sales of digital assets that could be a future revenue stream — or the next bubble to burst. “If it doesn’t make sense,” Quartz’s CEO says of the frenzy, “it probably doesn’t make sense.”

‘Mank’ Wins Top Film Prize at American Society of Cinematographers Awards

Television winners include “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Mandalorian,” “The Crown” and “Motherland: Fort Salem”

Pilot Season 2021: Effects of COVID Linger as Networks Shift Strategies

Pilot Season 2021 is looking shaky thanks to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and networks are rethinking their strategies.

‘These Guys Are Very Different’: Inside Andreessen Horowitz’s Rise — The Information

As recently as two years ago, the performance of Andreessen Horowitz’s investments in tech startups were average, despite the firm’s outsize public profile. But its partners had placed bigger bets on cryptocurrencies than almost anyone else, and they did so during moments when most investors had …

Texas Gov. Matthew McConaughey? Actor Has Double-Digit Lead Over Incumbent in Poll

Matthew McConaughey may not have officially entered the 2022 race to be the next governor of Texas but, apparently, Texans hope he will.

John Boehner Razzes Chuck Todd On-Air: ‘You’re a S–‘ (Video)

Former House Speaker Boehner jokingly cussed out Todd after he was asked whether he would consider running for Congress again

The Problem of the 50/50 Senate

The U.S. Senate is split equally for the first time in 20 years, highlighting the growing representation gap — and structural flaws — in the body.

Prince Philip’s Funeral Watched By Audience Of More Than 13M In The UK

Prince Philip’s funeral was watched by a peak audience of more than 13 million on BBC One and ITV.

‘Minari’ Broke New Ground for Storytellers of Color, But Creatives Don’t Want to Be Pigeonholed | Hollywood Reporter

The Oscar-nominated film navigates the immigrant American journey, but writer-director Lee Isaac Chung, producer Christina Oh and Steven Yeun emphasize its themes are broader than the Asian American experience: “We were just trying to tell something honest.”

How Safe Are You From Covid When You Fly? — The New York Times

As vaccines become widely available and restrictions are eased, millions of people are flying again, raising questions about just how safe it is now to board a flight.

As my pal and Gillmor Gangster, Michael Markman reminds us, it not just the aircraft it’s the ride to the airport, the terminal, the lounges, the concourse, everywhere during the journey from home to the destination is a risk. Be careful out there.

Elon Musk says Starlink should be ‘fully mobile’ by the end of 2021, allowing customers to use it at any address or in moving vehicles

Elon Musk said Friday that Starlink users should be able to move their satellite internet hardware between addresses by the end of the year.

Brood X is almost here. Billions of cicadas to emerge in eastern US — CNN

Brood X is on its way. Love is in the air this spring, and billions of cicadas soon will appear in the eastern United States in the biggest emergence event since 2004. The insects are expected from Tennessee to New York.

With Broadway on pause, creators are turning to Clubhouse for their musical fix — CNN

With Broadway theaters shut down during the pandemic, artists are turning to Clubhouse, a buzzy audio app often used for networking and virtual panels, to create free full-length musicals.

How Disney Will Use ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and More to Promote This Year’s Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney is embarking on a synergy plan across networks and platforms, using “American Idol,” “The Simpsons” and more, to promote the Oscars.

From ”The Wayback Machine”

NATAS Plans to Honor Promos | TVWeek 2008

And the Emmy soon will go to … promos, those spots that tell viewers what, when, where and why to watch news, sports and daytime television programming.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will begin honoring promotional announcements for news and documentary shows, sports and daytime entertainment programming — all categories it honors every year.
The promo Emmys will be presented at the ceremonies honoring the categories they represent, starting with the 29th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards on Sept. 22. The call for those submissions will be made Friday, March 14.
The New York-based NATAS and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awards Emmys for prime-time programming, have been engaged in litigation and arbitration over NATAS’ attempts to open up new awards territory. But the promo Emmys appear not to be problematic, because they apply only to Emmy genres historically overseen by NATAS.
ATAS does honor commercials as part of its annual prime-time Emmy Awards, but it does not have a promo category. There was no comment from ATAS.
Done well, promos are like little movies, said Frank Radice, the advertising and promotion executive VP for the NBC Agency, who campaigned for the establishment of this new category.
“My perspective is that the Emmys should always have recognized the artistic and creative work that is put into making a promo,” Mr. Radice said. “There is no argument that more people tend to see the promos than will see the program.”
Mr. Radice said one early hesitation expressed by a NATAS executive took the form of, “But promos for news aren’t journalism.”
His reply: “It’s not called the National Academy of Journalism Arts & Sciences. It’s called the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”
Av Westin, the veteran news producer who was the point man on the NATAS national awards committee during the process, concedes, “There were a lot of deliberations about this.”
There will be separate competitions for “institutional” promos and for “episodic” promos in each programming category. Institutional spots promote a series, show or event. Episodic spots are plot- or content-specific.
The spots will be judged by peers on their content, creativity and execution. Multiple entries will be allowed, but each requires an entry fee of $350. The news-documentary period of eligibility is work produced during calendar year 2007. The eligibility period for the other competitions is the 2008 calendar year.

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