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Sacramento November Meeting

Sacramento November Meeting


Here is the announcement for our November SMPTE meeting.

Date:                              Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time:                              6:00 – 8:00 pm (presentation will start at 6:30 pm)

Location:                       Nevada County Media, 355 Crown Point Circle Suite D, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Contact:                        Bob Hudelson – 530-648-8117

Speaker:                       Bob Ennis , Director, Technical Director - Retired                                  

Topic:                            “I’d Like to Buy a Vowel”

Synopsis of meetingThis presentation will describe how the Wheel of Fortune television production team puts together a show from a logistical standpoint.  Bob will describe the overall process and will also explain how specific equipment is used, including Techno Jibs, Ionoco Game computers, and the Switcher.

The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session

About the speakerBob Ennis studied TV production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 1977, he joined the ABC Television Network as a Video Tape Operator. The Lawrence Welk show was where Bob got his first taste of directing when the Director, James Hobson asked him to orchestrate a complex effects sequence.

With Bob’s interest in Video Switchers, he was brought up to the stages to build game shows; He TD’d 8 to 10 different game shows and game show pilots.

While at ABC, he also spent multiple summers as a technical director for their local news channel.

Bob was the Effects TD for multiple Academy Awards telecasts as well as the Preset TD for the 1984 Olympics which won him an Emmy Award.

In 1990, he moved to CBS and was utilized primarily for game shows, including Hollywood Squares, Family Feud, High Rollers, and Wheel of Fortune.  He won his second Emmy for his work on Hollywood Squares.

Bob left CBS in 1994 to join Grass Valley Group as a switcher/DVE trainer, demo artist, and engineering consultant while still continuing freelance TD work in Los Angeles working on Hollywood Squares, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep

It was on Supermarket Sweep that he was able to acquire his DGA card, which lay dormant for over a decade until he was asked to take over the Directing role at Wheel of Fortune in 2015 after 22 years in the TD chair.

Bob retired from active TV production this past June.

We hope you will join us!