Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers June 4 - 10




Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation taps recent CMU grad for prestigious internship program

A prolific producer for Central Michigan University's student-run television station has been selected as an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation intern and will work on a hit network television series.

David Seger, a May 2006 CMU graduate from Macomb and a longtime participant in CMU's Moore Hall Television, is one of only 30 students and recent graduates nationwide to be chosen for the academy's internship program. His assignment will include work on the set of the CBS series "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" starring Mark Harmon.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for David, who was a top producer of MHTV situation comedies," said CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik. "The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation only picks 30 students nationwide and most of these have historically come from schools like the University of Southern California; New York University; Florida State University; and the University of California, Los Angeles. "I expect we will be seeing David's work on national screens before too long," Orlik said.

Seger said his CMU experiences were crucial to landing the internship. "I couldn't have gotten this internship without the resources provided to me by the BCA school and MHTV," he said. "Now, I'll be getting experience working with the people who created shows like 'Magnum, PI' and 'Quantum Leap.'"

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Kevin Corbett, who advises MHTV's entertainment and sports programming, said Seger's success in obtaining the internship will bring "the national attention that he so richly deserves. "Dave was, by far, the most prolific and recognized show producer we've ever had at MHTV. He produced five award-winning shows in four years. Most students don't produce any," said Corbett. "Winning this internship is a testament to his creative energy, dedication and professionalism. I wouldn't be surprised if Dave ends up impressing the people he works with in a number of ways."

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation internship program gives "in-depth exposure to professional television production, techniques and practices," according to the academy's Web site. Interns work full time at their appointed sites, which are primarily located in Los Angeles, and receive a stipend for their efforts.

According to the show's Web site, www.cbs.com/primetime/ncis, "NCIS" stars Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, "a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched." Gibbs and his colleagues "travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties." The show, which currently airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, is entering its fourth season.

John Sebastian joins WCZY/WMMI

John Sebastian has been named operations manager for Adult Contemporary WCZY FM 104.3 and Talk WMMI AM 830 Mt. Pleasant. His prior gig was at WABJ AM 1490 Adrian where he exited after more than 25 years on the job last September. John comments that he's loving being back on the air as morning host working with co-host Carmie.

Bay City Times:

Mike Redford closed his broadcast Wednesday with a surprise for viewers who woke up with him every morning on WNEM-TV 5. The veteran broadcaster, who worked at Channel 25, WEYI, for 23 years before coming to WNEM in September 2004, said good-bye ... to both his audience and to television. The Frankenmuth resident will join Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, coordinating its community services among member churches... WMEM's Mike Redford bids adieu to television (Fri 6/2)







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