‘A Gentleman of the Press’ = KTLA’s longtime reporter Stan Chambers, an LA Press Club Tribute

Aida Mayo, Diana Ljungaeus, Robert Kovacik and Cher Calvin at LA Press Club Stan Chambers Tribute

(L-R) Aida Mayo, Diana Ljungaeus, Robert Kovacik and Cher Calvin at LA Press Club Stan Chambers Tribute at Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood

This story was first published on Examiner.com

A crowd of family members and top SoCal Journalists packed into the Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood (March 12, 2015) for the LA Press Club memorial to pay their last respects to TV News Pioneer Stan Chambers. The legendary reporter, who worked at  KTLA Ch. 5  for 63 years died Feb. 13, 2015. He was 91. Chambers was the first to broadcast live on TV in Los Angeles. He was known as a “Gentleman of the press.” He often beat the competition in breaking news. From massive wildfires, devastating earthquakes to the L.A. riots that followed the Rodney King Officers beating trial Chambers was there. KTLA was also the first to air exclusively the home video beating of Rodney King.

LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik, NBCLA at Stan Chambers Memorial

LA Press Club President and NBCLA Anchor Robert Kovacik said, “I had the pleasure of working with Stan Chambers, Anchor Hal Fishman, Gerry Ruben, exec producer and Barbara Scott in my childhood,” he joked. “I remember Stan telling me, ‘Just tell what you see Robert.’


But I also I remember when I went to work for Bob Long, (KNBC News Director).  When I handed him a news story there were a few few expletives before Long said, ‘Kovacik, didn’t you learn anything from Stan Chambers?’ I said what did I miss? He said, ‘Great reporters don’t rely on adjectives to tell a great story.’ I will never forget that whenever I write a story,” said Kovacik. For the full story visit: Examiner.com. 

In 2010, Stan Chambers was honored by RTNA at KTLA studios. Photos Online (more).

Los Angeles Fim 20th Anniversary with Commemorative poster by World Reknown Artist Ed Ruscha

Festival Dates: June 11- June 19, 2014 

 The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, today unveiled the Festival’s 20th Anniversary commemorative poster, designed by iconic American artist Ed Ruscha, based on his 1962 painting “Large Trademark With Eight Spotlights.”

“I’m pleased to have designed the poster in support of the 20th LA Film Festival and Film Independent, and I hope the image reaches as many people as possible,” said Ruscha. Ruscha’s work is collected by museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée National Jeu de Paume, The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

“We’re honored that Ed Ruscha created the artwork for the 20th anniversary poster,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “Ruscha’s body of work represents the creative spirit of Los Angeles that is embodied in the Festival.”

Ignition, an LA-based creative agency, worked with Ruscha on the poster design.


2014 LA Film Fest poster art

The Festival opens Wednesday, June 11, and runs through Thursday, June 19. It will include world premieres of American and international features, documentaries and short subject films as well as conversations, master classes, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood studio premieres, and other signature events.

In celebration of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, Festival Director Stephanie Allain and Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell along with artist/scholar Roya Rastegar will program a special section of films and events that celebrates the cultural wealth of Los Angeles.

“Our mission is to foster a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision and to celebrate the cultural splendor of Los Angeles,” said Festival Director, Stephanie Allain. “In addition to our stellar film programming, the festival produces unique, one of a kind evenings, that illuminate the artistic process and shine light on the creators and collaborators behind today’s most exciting visual storytelling.”

The Los Angeles Film Festival programming team is comprised of Festival Director Stephanie Allain, Artistic Director David Ansen, Associate Director of Programming Doug Jones, Senior Programmer Maggie Mackay, Programmers Jenn Wilson, Drea Clark, Hebe Tabachnik and Jennifer Murphy, as well as Guest Curators Elvis Mitchell and Roya Rastegar.

Festival passes go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 22. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 6. Posters will be sold to the public at a later date.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit filmindependent.org.