Charles (Chuck) L. Dages has been elected the Chairman of the governing Board of Trustees of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). A former Warner Bros. executive vice president in the studio’s emerging technology division, Dages will work with the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees on all major programming, sponsorship and marketing of the non-profit organization.
“Much has been written in the consumer and professional press of the changes occurring in our industry…the television industry,” said Dages in a statement. “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 laterally 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 nineteen regional chapters, the National Academy will grow and prosper while leading its membership into in this exciting time that many are calling the ‘second golden era’ of television.”
Since 2010, Dages served as Co-Chair of NATAS’ Awards Committee. For close to 30 years, he has been a supporter and participant in the NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy Award Committee and its annual kudo ceremony.
During Dages’ tenure at Warner Bros., he was responsible for implementing new innovative technologies to the production, post-production and distribution of feature films, television and interactive entertainment. He led the creation of a complete digital facility for The Ellen De Generes Show at the studio’s Burbank, CA lot, and he was involved in constructing a tapeless digital newsroom for TMZ. Having joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as SVP Technology, Dages also managed the launches of the Warner International Channel, Extra, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and designed and built the innovative WB TV Network digital infrastructure which was later recognized with a Technical Emmy. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Dages worked at CBS in a number of positions including VP of East Coast Operations, VP Engineering and VP Development. Major projects under his purview included the Ed Sullivan Theater for Late Show with David Letterman; CBS Evening News studio; 60 Minutes post; CBS Broadcast Ops Center and technical facilities for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games among others.