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November kudocast seems likely, military venue discussed

Incoming Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Bryce Zabel has finalized his executive committee, which meets today to explore the org’s Emmy options.

Academy and CBS insiders, meanwhile, now don’t expect a final decision on the kudocast’s fate until the beginning of next week. Speculation grows by the day as a wide variety of options are weighed — such as holding the event at a military installation like Point Mugu in Oxnard or Edwards Air Force Base, deep in the high desert.

And though some had mentioned January as a possible date, next month seems like the target date.

Zabel stressed that nothing specific has been decided.

“It’s a very complicated question we’re asking ourselves,” he said.

New exec committee officers appointed by Zabel include Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow; Sam Haskell, exec VP and worldwide head of TV at the William Morris Agency; Pat Kingsley, CEO-chair at PMK/HBH; Columbia TriStar Television Distribution prexy Steve Mosko; Barbara Rubin, VP of business and legal affairs, drama, West Coast, at A&E Television Networks; and Nancy Tokos, creative director, Tokos Design Associates.

Exec committee members elected by the ATAS board of governors are Warner Bros. Online vice president Karen Miller and Cinema Fashion Research’s Mary Rose.

Academy officers, including Zabel, first vice chair Dick Askin, second vice chair John Shaffner, secretary Daniel H. Birman, treasurer Leo Chaloukian and Los Angeles area vice chair Mitch Waldow, also are on the exec committee — as are ATAS prexy/chief operating officer Jim Chabin and ATAS Foundation chair Tom Sarnoff.

“Thursday’s meeting will be the first meeting (of the exec committee), and is primarily a briefing on current events affecting the academy, including Sunday’s cancellation of the Emmy telecast and options for moving forward,” Zabel said.

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