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Southeastern Channel Staff

Rick Settoon – General Manager

The General Manager of the Southeastern Channel is Rick Settoon, an international and   Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and director of prime time network television programming.  In a period of only five years, Settoon has guided the Southeastern Channel   to recognition as one of the elite university television stations in the country.   Under Settoon’s leadership, the channel has won over 70 national and international   awards, including four Emmys, more than any other commercial or non-commercial television  station in the state or region. During that time the channel has produced over 600 hours of  new original programming each year and expanded its footprint to cover the entire North Shore   area with roughly a quarter of a million viewers. Also, the Southeastern Channel has trained and   produced television production graduates which have landed jobs at large market New Orleans and   Baton Rouge television stations upon graduation. Settoon’s more than 250 productions have aired   on the Fox Family Network and the ABC Family Network and been viewed by a national audience   of more than one million daily in the U.S. and in   90 foreign countries. As director of the special projects division at CBN and producer for   a live daily news magazine/talk show, he wrote and directed prime time specials, documentary   programs and series, dramatic programs, feature segments, and commercials both in film and   video and in 35 states and overseas. Settoon's productions have been honored with national   Emmy and George Foster Peabody Award recognition along with multiple 1st place national and   international awards in Telly Award, Videographer Award, New York Festivals, U.S. International   Film and Video Festival, and WorldFest International Film and Video Festival award competitions   against the best in the television industry. His award winning documentary Ground Zero: After   the Fall, produced for Coastal Video Productions in Virginia Beach, VA has aired internationally.   A 1980 Southeastern graduate with a Master's in Television and Film from Regent University,   Settoon brings 26 years of experience to the Southeastern Channel.

Jamie Bass – Telecourse Producer

Jamie Bass is the Telecourse Producer/Editor for the Southeastern Channel where he   coordinates, produces, directs, shoots and edits all original telecourses for broadcast,   ranging from Chemistry and Business Management courses to American History. In the past two   years, Jamie has produced over 400 hours of original telecourses airing on channel.   Jamie’s recent production of Career Planning 104, taught by Lorett Swank, was honored   with a 2008 Communicator "Award of Distinction" in the Education category. He also   actively maintains telecourse archives on a network server for students to view through the   channel's website. Prior to arriving at the Southeastern Channel, Jamie served as a production   assistant for Highwire Advertising and Design in New Orleans where he recorded and edited radio   packages and training resources for local and national clients. At Highwire Jamie also assisted   in the design of promotional materials for Whitney Bank and Austin Wranglers and served as   voiceover talent for clients such as Barnett Industries and Bruno and Bruno Law Firm. Prior   to working at Highwire Advertising, Jamie was an intern in the audio/video department of the   Louisiana State Medical Center in Shreveport. There he managed communications between LSUMC and   regional hospitals utilizing state-of-the-art video conferencing resources. Jamie received his   Associate of Arts in Telecommunication from Bossier Parish Community College in 2001 and his   Bachelor's from Southeastern in Mass Communication in 2005.

John Reis – Producer/Anchor

Producer, anchor, reporter, and editor for   "Northshore News",   a student news program about the North Shore. Produced a "Northshore News" broadcast  which won a first-place 2008   Mark of Excellence Award   in the "Television Newscast" category given by the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists   at their Region 12 student competition. John also received a first-place   Mark of Excellence Award   in the "Television News Reporting" category for his "Laptop Initiatives" story. 

Steve Zaffuto – Operations Manager

Steve Zaffuto is the Operations Manager for the Southeastern Channel where he's responsible   for day-to-day master control, studio and technical operations. Steve also directs studio shows   such as "Lion Tracks", "Southeastern Times", and "The Big Game" and produces, directs, shoots,   edits, and creates graphics and animation for selected channel productions. He recently won a   pair of 2007 Emmy awards in the "Commercial" and "Director-Postproduction" categories for   "Tomorrow's Leaders", an image spot campaign for the university. He also received an Emmy   nomination for his "Native Sounds" promo, which earlier won a Telly Award along with his   "Current Events" promo. A 16-year television veteran, Steve was previously the Chief Editor   and Postproduction Supervisor at Robert Berning Productions in New Orleans. There he helped   produce broadcast, multi-media, and corporate productions for several national and international   entities such as Northrop Gruman, Kerr-McGee, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the New Orleans Saints.   Earlier, Steve served as the Production Manager for WVLA NBC33 and WGMB Fox 44 in Baton Rouge,   managing all production activity at two network affiliates, including news, sports and the annual   MDA telethon. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.A. in Journalism, Steve has   also won ADDY awards and was a semifinalist in HBO's "Project Greenlight" scriptwriting   competition in 2000.