The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and to the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, logo-ohiovalleyeducational and technical achievements within the television industry. As one of nineteen regional chapters, we are the standard-bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Award.


OVNATAS SPA PillarGet ready to show your best work. Plans are underway for the 2016 NATAS Student Production Awards video competition. The awards recognize students’ work produced between May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016. This means the work your students are doing NOW is eligible!

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OVNATAS Call for Entries

Smoking in the girls’ bathroom at Eastside Technical Center in Lexington, Kentucky was on the rise, so student Lainey Geddes created a video to expose the smelly problem.

Smoke Free Campus, Or is It? later won a 2013 Student Production Award presented by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (OVNATAS).

“Lainey is a natural storyteller,” said instructor Michelle Rauch in an email. “It was her first year taking a multi-media class and first time to enter a contest of this caliber.”

The Ohio Valley Chapter will kick off its 2014 Student Production Awards video competition when the Call for Entries opens March 17 through April 30. The annual competition is a unique opportunity for high school students to be acknowledged for their hard work by the most recognizable name in television craftsmanship.

Entering the competition is easy according to Chapter President Jim Timmerman. High school students in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia can submit videos created as classroom assignments or extra-curricular activities, from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

“There’s a wide range of talent, production and programming categories - from news and music videos to PSAs,” he said.

Entries are judged on content, creativity and execution.

Winners will be announced on the chapter’s website by June 15. Recipients receive a glass award suitable for any trophy case or an honorable mention certificate ready for framing. But, that’s not all; students also receive valuable feedback to improve their skills from award-winning professionals in the television and video production industries.

Timmerman said giving feedback is a rare opportunity to mentor future broadcasters and media producers that makes the chapter especially proud.

“A Student Production Award is a symbol of excellence. Students planning to continue their education in broadcasting, broadcast journalism or media production should have an advantage on a college application.”

As the Ohio Valley Chapter prepares to celebrate a special milestone – 50 years as a chapter - Timmerman offered a suggestion about this year’s competition: Schools should move fast to submit their entries when the Call for Entries opens on March 17 instead of waiting until the April 30 deadline.

“I have a sneaky feeling this year’s Student Production Awards will break all previous records.”

To view the 2014 competition guidelines and 2013 winning videos, monitor competition news, and confirm that entries fall within the Ohio Valley Chapter region, visit the OVNATAS website at



Mark Your Calendar!

Student Express Sign-up Month
Get free access to upload your videos
February 1 – February 28, 2016

Call for Entries Guidelines:
January 31, 2016

Student Production Awards
Call for Entries:
March 1 – April, 30, 2016

Scholarship Applications
November 10, 2015 – April, 30, 2016

Student Production Awards & Scholarship Announcement:
June 15, 2016

Student Production Award & Scholarship Presentation:
August 6, 2016 – Emmy Gala
Lawrenceburg Entertainment Center
Lawrenceburg, IN