Experts on Television Available for Emmy Awards

Sept. 10, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will host the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards on Sept. 21. Faculty experts at The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss topics related to television, such as the issues of race and gender in television, and the role television plays in the American identity.

Race and Gender in Television

Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-475-8648
mkearney@mail.utexas.edu

Kearney is a feminist scholar who focuses on issues of gender and generation across a variety of media, including television. She is particularly interested in how teenagers, especially teen girls, have been represented in both early and contemporary primetime television programming.

Jennifer Fuller, assistant professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-471-4571
jfuller@mail.utexas.edu
Fuller is a television historian who focuses on issues of race and gender. She is particularly interested in representations of blackness on broadcasting and cable. She also has expertise on docudramas, based-on-a-true-story television, historical films, reality TV, gender and TV, and the TV industry.

Charles Ramirez Berg, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-471-9925
ramberg@mail.utexas.edu
Ramirez Berg is an expert in Latinos in U.S. films and on Mexican cinema, as well as film history, narration in film and world cinema, and stereotyping.

Janet Staiger, the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-471-6653
jstaiger@uts.cc.utexas.edu
A theoretician and historian of American film and television, Staiger has published on the Hollywood mode of production, the economic history and dynamics of the industry and its technology, poststructural and postfeminist/queer approaches to authorial studies, the historical reception of cinema and television programs, and cultural issues involving gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity.

Writing for Television

Stuart Kelban, assistant professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-232-6037
stuartkelban@mail.utexas.edu
Kelban is a Writers Guild of America member and has sold screenplays to many of the major studios and productions companies in Los Angeles. He has written several television pilots for many of the major networks, including HBO, NBC and UPN. He can comment on screenwriting for both film and television, and screenwriting as a career.

Robert Foshko, senior lecturer, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-471-6634
rfoshko@mail.utexas.edu
Foshko spent more than 20 years as a professional writer, script editor, director and producer for film and television. He was head of production for MCA and head script editor for MCA/Revue Productions New York.

Television and American Identity

Michael Kackman, assistant professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-471-7194
mkackman@mail.utexas.edu
Kackman's research examines the history of U.S. broadcasting, American national culture and identity, the relationship of film and television to U.S. foreign policy, and popular history and memory practices. His book, "Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage, and Cold War Culture," explores how Americans see themselves in times of political and cultural crisis by studying secret agents on television and the relationships among networks, producers, government bureaus and the viewing public in the 1950s and 1960s.

Economics and Production in Film and Television

Thomas Schatz, the Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in Communication, Department of Radio-TV-Film
512-232-5987
tschatz@mail.utexas.edu
Schatz is an expert on film and television history and criticism, media industry studies, the Hollywood "studio system" and film genres. He is engaged in media production and has consulted and provided on-screen commentary for a number of film and television documentaries. He is co-producer of "The Territory," a long-running regional PBS series that showcases independent film and video work. One of his recent publications includes an essay on "Band of Brothers" in The Essential HBO Reader.

For more subject matter experts from The University of Texas at Austin, visit the Experts Guide.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071.