CEC teacher honored by Academy
by Celia Shortt
The Director of Broadcast Video Production for the Central Educational Center was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts Southeast region earlier this month.
“Being inducted into the Silver Circle is quite an honor,” said Michael Britt. “To be inducted with people you know, you respect, and hold in high regard is a great reality.”
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATA) is the national organization responsible for the Emmy Awards. NATAS Southeast’s Gold Circle and Silver Circle designations are the regional chapter’s most prestigious awards, honoring a lifetime of dedication to the television industry.
The Silver Circle recognizes television professionals who have worked for 25 years or more in the industry in a performing, creative, technical or administrative position, and who have made significant contributions not only to the industry but to their communities in the southeast region.
“I’m very honored to be among those being inducted, and those inducted into the circle in the past,” he said. “Working in television production for the past 34 years has been a great experience for me … both challenging and rewarding.”
Throughout his career, Britt has worked and traveled all over the world. He has been a writer, director and producer — and has held many other jobs in the television industry. With his life and his work, Britt has sought to give back to the community and the industry.
Giving back is a big part of being on NATAS, but it is also part of his DNA, Britt said.
Some ways he gives back is through volunteering in his spare time, and by being a part of the programs NATAS offers. A recent program he helped with was one allowing high school students to be a part of the Emmys.
“This past year, we have high students at the Emmys because they got involved,” he said.
In 2009, Britt became director of broadcast video production for the CEC. Every day, he works with high school students and not only uses his experience to teach them the ins and outs of video storytelling, but also to help them find the work they enjoy.
“Try to find/identify what you’re passionate about and then follow that passion,” Britt says to his students. “If you fall in love with the work you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
“That Michael Britt, NATAS Silver Circle inductee, commits his time and talent teaching Coweta County students is a measure of the character and passion of the man, and a measure of the incredible opportunities made available to Coweta students through the growing collaboration among our local businesses, the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Technical College,” said Mark Whitlock, CEO of the CEC.
Britt’s second-year students produce one of the first high school student-produced weekly community television shows. Work-based interns produce real products for outside clients, including the lieutenant governor of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and the Newnan Police Department.
Also inducted in NATAS Southeast’s Silver Circle were 12 other broadcast professionals including the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, WXIA-TV reporters John Shirek, Paul Crawley, and Donna Lowry, GPB Sports Director Mark Harmon, United Press Vice-President Sophia Kelley, WSB-TV Vice President and General Manager Tim McVay, WRDW-TV (Augusta, Georgia) news director Estelle Parsley, CNN Senior Project Manager Andy Parsons, AIB Senior Executive Producer Angela Rice, retired WLBT (Mississippi) news director Dennis Smith, and ABC 33/40 (Alabama) chief meteorologist James Spann.