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John Shaffner Re-Elected as Television Academy Chairman & CEO

North Hollywood, CA–The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has elected new officers for the 2010-11 term, which begins January 7, 2010.

Television Academy chairman & CEO John Shaffner was re-elected to a second two-year term. Prior to his first term, Shaffner had served as a governor in the Art Directors and Set Decorators Peer Group for five years. He became a governors’ appointee to the Executive Committee, and had been elected for successive terms as both second vice chair and vice chair for the Television Academy.

Shaffner, Hurst Tie in Television Academy Chairman/CEO Election

North Hollywood, CA, Dec. 16, 2009 – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold a special January 6, 2010, runoff election for the position of Chairman/CEO as a result of a tie between current Chairman/CEO John Shaffner and current Second Vice Chair Brian Seth Hurst in the election held tonight.

Sneak an Early Peek at the New Emmys.tv

Welcome to the new Emmys.tv BETA, the work-in-progress, version of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' longstanding member, industry and press website, Emmys.tv.

Accessible here at beta.emmys.tv, this temporary site is an advance peek at the soon-to-be relaunched Emmys.tv, allowing you to check out its new design, explore its developing features, test its navigation and much more.

Shelly Cohen

Shelly Cohen was a musician, conductor, and musical director.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Cohen got a job in the NBC mailroom in New York. After several years of taking music lessons at night, Cohen was promoted to NBC music librarian (with the help of bandleader Skitch Henderson).

Shelly Cohen was a musician, conductor, and musical director.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Cohen got a job in the NBC mailroom in New York. After several years of taking music lessons at night, Cohen was promoted to NBC music librarian (with the help of bandleader Skitch Henderson).

Cohen worked as the assistant musical director on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from October 1, 1962, when Groucho Marx introduced the new late-night host from Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center in New York, until Carson's final appearance from NBC’s Burbank Studios on May 22, 1992. Over the years, Cohen would occasionally fill in for on-air bandleaders Henderson, Milton DeLugg, Doc Severinsen, and Tommy Newsom.

A two-time Grammy nominee, Cohen also helped out on Dick Cavett's talk show for about a year while employed on The Tonight Show, wrote and produced two Christmas specials for NBC, and was a music coordinator on the Emmy Awards.

In recent years, he gave lectures around the country, telling stories about his days on The Tonight Show.

Cohen died July 25, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 84.

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Neil Argo

Neil Argo was an American composer for film and television.

While serving in the Air Force. Argo was assigned to the NORAD Band (North American Defense Command Band) in Colorado. He studied with some of the band members, gaining insight into the music business, furthering his desire for writing for film.

Neil Argo was an American composer for film and television.

While serving in the Air Force. Argo was assigned to the NORAD Band (North American Defense Command Band) in Colorado. He studied with some of the band members, gaining insight into the music business, furthering his desire for writing for film.

While in Colorado, Argo was introduced to producer Marty Stouffer, who was putting together a new TV series for PBS, Wild America, a series which explored the variety of wildlife found throughout the United States. Stouffer hired Argo to compose the theme and first 35 episodes for the series. The series, launched in October 1982, was a hit on PBS nationally, producing 120 episodes over twelve years.

Argo’s other work for television includes Dynasty, MacGyver, The Colbys, Hotel, Mission: Impossible (1988-90 reboot), and Beverly Hills 90210.

Argo's film scores included Chavez Cage of Glory (with Steven Bauer), The Legends of Nethiah (with Robert Picardo), Chasing the Green (with William Devane), Bring Him Home (with Ed Asner), and P.J. (with John Heard), among others.

In addition to his work in film and television, Argo taught orchestration and film scoring at California State University at Northridge, and was a member of the Television Academy.

Argo died August 2, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 71.

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Vintage TV Art

Robert M. Thompson was a prolific illustrator in Los Angeles from the mid-1950's through his retirement in the 1990's. When Don Draper of "Mad Men" stepped off the airplane in Los Angeles, Robert Thompson was already there, working with top advertising agencies and entertainment companies in this city and in New York.
Vintage TV Art presents authentic, historic, one-of-a-kind television-advertising art created by Robert M. Thompson from 1959-1984. This library is featured at vintagetvart.com.

Crackle Snaps and Pops

Nine years after it paid $65 million to acquire the San Francisco start-up Grouper, Sony Pictures Television has achieved its vision of a diverse, multi-platform, streaming video network — i.e., Crackle.

This actualization was on full display on Madison Avenue this past spring, when Crackle made its first upfront presentation, a coming-out packed with the kind of star power that definitely means business.