Chas Norton has been named 2019 Gold Circle Award Honoree by the Boston/New England Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The esteemed Gold Circle recognizes veteran professionals who for 50 years or more have made significant contributions to their professional community, the television industry, and to individuals training for careers in the TV field.
Across 54 years, Chas has mastered the challenges of lighting contrast and exposure for some of WGBH’s most iconic national and local programs, THE FRENCH CHEF with Julia Child among them.
Currently serving as Lighting Director for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW—PBS’s most-watched ongoing series—Chas was “instrumental in creating the look and feel for the series’ 1997 US debut,” says ROADSHOW Exec Producer Marsha Bemko. “He helped build a traveling production that transformed convention centers into television studios, making the backdrop for curious owners to learn about their treasures.” Marsha adds that with the series’ 2017 production move to historic venues and outdoor shooting opportunities, Chas’s “seasoned eye was key to that successful transition.”
His career has spanned work on many WGBH series, including SAY BROTHER (now BASIC BLACK); MASTERPIECE THEATRE; MYSTERY!; FRONTLINE; EVENING AT POPS, ZOOM, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AMERICA’s BALLROOM CHALLENGE (formerly CHAMPIONSHIP BALLROOM DANCING); and a multitude of other shows.
“This Gold Circle Award acknowledges Chas as a master of his trade and pays tribute to the mighty role that lighting plays in our industry,” notes WGBH President Jon Abbott. “Thank you, Chas, for your many contributions.”
The 2019 Gold and Silver Circle Award ceremony will take place Tues, 11/19 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.
From Fred Barzyk