Chuck Dages, Ex-Warner Bros. EVP, Elected NATAS Chairman of the Board

Television executive’s accomplishments include helping to bring TMZ to the small screen

Chuck Dages, former executive vice president of emerging technology for Warner Bros., was elected chairman of the board of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, the organization announced.

As chairman, Dages will work with the executive committee and the board of trustees on all major programming, sponsorship and marketing of NATAS, and will secure its mandate of recognizing excellence in the television and media industry.

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At Warner Bros., Dages was responsible for applying new and innovative technologies to the production, post-production and distribution of feature films, television and interactive entertainment. He led the creation of a complete studio digital facility for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at the Warner Bros. Studio, and worked with the creators of TMZ to build the “tapeless digital newsroom” that brought the website to television.

Dages acknowledged the recent shifts in the television industry in a statement on his election, saying that NATAS will lead its membership into the new era of TV.

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“Much has been written in the consumer and professional press of the changes occurring in our industry … the television industry,” Dages said. “These well documented changes are tectonic: the diversity of new channels continues; the new business models for funding and paying for content are multiplying; the mobile platforms that free the consumer to watch anytime and anywhere. This is an exciting time, and the opportunities and challenges we must master will lead those who lead to reap the rewards. I am confident that with the combined talents of our board of trustees and NATAS staff, working together with our experienced leadership across the country in our 19 regional chapters, the National Academy will grow and prosper while leading it’s membership into in this exciting time that many are calling the ‘second golden era’ of television.”