At its September 2019 meeting, the board of governors of the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) voted to rescind the Silver Circle honor granted to Joseph O’Brien in 1999. At that time, O’Brien was a priest in the archdiocese of St. Louis and well known for his televised masses in St. Louis. O’Brien also served as the board president of the Mid-America chapter from 1975 to 1976.
The board’s action was prompted by O’Brien’s name appearing in July 2019 on a list of priests whom the archdiocese identified as having had “substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors against them.” The full release from the Archdiocese can be found at: https://www.archstl.org/promise-to-protect/list-release. O’Brien is now deceased.
For more information, please contact NATAS board president Steve Grant at 417-268-3276 or email@example.com
Who is eligible for Gold or Silver Circle?
The Mid-America Silver and Gold Circle are not awards, but a society of honor. The Silver Circle was established to recognize individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry, and who also have made a meaningful and significant contributions to broadcasting and/or new media. The Gold Circle recognizes those whose contribution spans fifty years or more.
The Mid-America Chapter Silver and Gold Circle honorees represent the spirit of innovation, passion, creativity and commitment that are the hallmarks of excellence in the television arts and sciences. We salute them for their efforts, and successes and for the enduring mark they have made on our broadcasting communities.
The contribution can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community or to people training for a career in the field. Nominees are accepted from performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or peripheral areas directly related to television such as commercial productions, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS.
NOTE: The nomination letter, and all supporting materials, should detail the nominee’s contributions to television and community involvement. There is a good chance the selection committee is not familiar with the nominee. Your package will introduce the committee to the nominee and explain why this person should be selected.
When you submit your on-line form it will come directly to the office. Questions? email or call 314-533-2993.
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The deadline is April 30, 2019.