Granath to chair NATAS

Replaces Fox TV exec Swanson

ESPN chairman emeritus Herb Granath has been elected chairman of the New York-based National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences.

Granath replaces Fox TV Stations exec Dennis Swanson, who had served in that capacity at the org since 2002 (filling two two-year terms). The National TV Academy’s trustees selected Granath while meeting in New York for its biannual trustee meeting.

Granath had previously served as the group’s first vice chair, as well as a New York Chapter trustee.

“It’s a dynamic time for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as we strive to represent a changing television industry that has come to include not only a growing number of television networks, but also those who distribute video content via ever-expanding platforms including the Internet, cell phones and handheld devices,” Granath said.

In taking the position, Granath has named three execs to serve as chairman’s representatives: Hubbard Broadcasting corporate affairs VP Harold Crump, Telemundo Group prexy Ibra Morales and Gannett Broadcasting prexy-CEO Roger Ogden.

Granath’s lengthy career includes serving as chairman of Disney/ABC Intl. He was a founding partner of the European cable net Eurosport.

Other National TV Academy officers elected to leadership positions include attorney Darryl Cohen, first vice chair; New Jersey Network Public TV deputy exec director Janice Selinger, second vice chair; Sedona Broadcasting prexy Malachy Wienges, treasurer; and Hope Heart Institute VP Jamie Jensen, secretary.

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