Content will continue to be the most important aspect in the future of the rapidly changing television industry, Katie O’Connell told students in a lecture Monday night. O’Connell, senior vice president of drama development for NBC, graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 and has experience as an executive producer for NBC and CBS. She has also worked on major television shows such as 30 Rock, 24 and Law and Order. “Content will always be king,” she said. “Television is changing so rapidly, so the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to be on top of it.” Many of the students who attended O’Connell’s lecture were Film, Television and Theatre majors. She said they were lucky because that major did not exist when she was a student at Notre Dame. She graduated with a degree in American Studies. O’Connell began her lecture by describing the many different types of jobs that are available in the television industry today, including careers with networks, as managers and agents or as members of television shows’ creative teams. She discussed the most well-known jobs in the industry, but also encouraged students to explore lesser-known jobs. Students should save their money if they plan to move to Los Angeles, O’Connell said, as it is difficult to find a steady income in the field of television. O’Connell concluded the lecture with her thoughts on the future of television. She said the television business was moving toward becoming entirely digital, and mentioned the newly available online rentals of Apple and Amazon. “Work with the architects of change,” she said. O’Connell said although the transition into a more digital version of television may not occur in the next five years, but it will happen in the lifetime of today’s college students.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Leaders of the Nassau County Legislature’s majority are calling for the resignation of their longtime Republican ally, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, seven months after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.On Monday, the same day that the county executive delivered his seventh State of the County address, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) sent Mangano a letter urging him to step down. Mangano swiftly rebuffed the calls, just as he did immediately after his arrest—although he still hasn’t said if he’ll run for a third term this fall.“The perception that you have abused the privileges of your office calls into question your ability to lead Nassau County as you are forced to address the defense of the federal allegations that have been made against you,” Gonsalves wrote, which was also signed by Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) and Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence).“Our constituents no longer believe that you are working for their benefit,” the letter said. “What is clear to us is that in order to combat this perception, you must relinquish your role as county executive.”The charges are related to Mangano’s alleged role in an kickback scheme in which his friend Harendra Singh gave the county executive’s wife, Linda, a no-show job in exchange for lucrative county contracts. Ed, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who resigned four months ago, all pleaded not guilty. They are due back in court Wednesday for their next pre-trial hearing.Republican state senators had called for Mangano’s resignation immediately following the arrests.In a statement Monday, Mangano characterized Gonsalves’ letter as “election season nonsense” and noted that her campaign had failed to report donations to the New York State Board of Elections. As a result, a judge fined her campaign $14,000, Newsday reported.“I ask that residents see these shenanigans for what they are—a cheap political stunt orchestrated by a politician who, herself, broke the law,” Mangano said. “For the past seven years, I have effectively governed Nassau County and will continue to do so.”Gonsalves said that Mangano’s response to her letter further proves her point.“County Executive Mangano’s response underscores what the majority said in our letter seeking his resignation,” she said. “He is distracted from governing and needs to concentrate on clearing his name.”If Mangano were to resign, the legislature would have to appoint a replacement. A spokesman for Gonsalves said they do not have any candidates in mind, should that occur.
THE Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) hopes to establish a chess and scholastic centre as well as to implement programmes to increase female participation in the game. They shared these plans and more with the Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, when they paid her a courtesy call last Tuesday.Representing the GCF were the president, Attorney at Law James Bond along with businessman Frankie Farley; Vice-president of Development, Attorney-at-Law Yolander Persaud; Vice-president of Sponsorship and Finance, and committee member Anthony Drayton.Top of the executives’ plans that they shared was their hopes of seeing the game more integrated in schools. For the Chess and Scholastic Centre, the GCF hopes to name this facility after former national and Caribbean chess champion Maurice Broomes.Naturally, Henry pledged her full support for the work of the Federation, noting that her Ministry has an open door for the GCF and any other sport discipline.She took particular interest on the Federation’s plans to focus on increasing female participation by hosting women’s tournaments and whipping up the interest of young girls across Guyana.Henry vowed her support to assist the Federation in acquiring a home for its activities and also making provision for other board games such as scrabble to have a permanent and conducive space.Expressing her vision for the modern and well-equipped facility, Minister Henry indicated that her ministry is in the process of building capacity amongst her staff to better manage such facilities. This will guarantee optimum involvement and use of such facilities.