NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 8, 2013) – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation announced today the promotion of Karen L. Herman to Vice President of the Archive of American Television. A seminal program of the foundation, the Archive seeks to preserve and celebrate the history of American television by producing video interviews with notable TV legends. The interviews are made available to the public free of charge on its award-winning website, EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG.
Herman joined the Academy shortly after the Archive was founded 1997 and previously served as the Archive's director. Among her accomplishments, Herman has produced over 700 interviews in oral history format and has personally conducted over 200. Among the talent she has interviewed are Carol Burnett, Katie Couric, Henry Winkler, Leonard Nimoy and Matthew Weiner.
"Karen is a wonderful asset to the Academy Foundation and has worked diligently to help develop the Archive of American Television into what it is today," said Norma Provencio Pichardo, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Her expansive knowledge of television and passion for the Archive has truly driven this unparalleled program, helping to preserve the history of television for future generations."
Herman also leads the Foundation's "Living Television" initiative, which oversees a curriculum to teach college students nationwide how to conduct oral history interviews with television pioneers and legends in their own locales. In addition, the Archive team is responsible for managing and maintaining the Academy's video assets.
Prior to joining the Academy, Herman worked as a magazine editor and writer in Cleveland and served as an interviewer with Steven Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation. She began her career as a creative executive and consultant in advertising and direct marketing. Herman is a graduate of Northwestern University and has studied film and television production at the University of Southern California.
About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the medium, and educating those who will shape its future. Some of the Foundation's programs include the Archive of American Television, its renowned Student Internship Program and the College Television Awards. For more information on the Foundation, please visit EmmysFoundation.org.
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