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Media Life: “Deadliest Catch” brothers have another Emmy on their line

Todd Stanley’s “Experience El Dorado” could go statewide; Auburn’s LPGA tourney winner pens tour diary
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County products Doug and Todd Stanley are back in the hunt for an Emmy Award. Nominations were announced Thursday and they’re part of the “Deadliest Catch” team nominated in the Outstanding Cinematography category for nonfiction TV programs. Nothing new for Todd, who lives in Lotus, and Doug, who calls Auburn home. They’ve been nominees for U.S. TV’s most prestigious statuette for the past five years now, winning the Emmy hardware for their camera work in 2008. Todd Stanley was taken by surprise by the latest nomination. He received a “congratulations” text message from a “Deadliest Catch” crew member just after the announcement was made and admitted that he had to answer back “Congratulations for what?” Stanley has been immersed with getting the second season of what had been the “Experience El Dorado” TV travel series underway. He’s now looking at a statewide rollout under the “Experience California” banner, and in negotiations to partner on the project with the California Travel and Tourism Commission. REMEMBERING CAPTAIN PHIL Stanley also has been grappling with the experience of “Deadliest Catch” airing episodes highlighting the last days of “Cornelia Marie” skipper Phil Harris. Stanley is the director of photography aboard the “Cornelia Marie” and had developed a bond of friendship with Capt. Phil over four seasons aboard the crab-fishing boat. The programs now airing that follow Harris through his death Feb. 9 in Anchorage, Alaska, have been a big draw for the Discovery Channel. The shows have been the highest-rated “Deadliest Catch” episodes ever, with 5.4 million people tuning in last week. Stanley said it’s been difficult to see events unfold on the programs and he’s avoided watching the last show. But he understands the need for others to tune in. “A lot of people feel like they really know him,” Stanley said. “But it’s hard for me to watch.” There are three more regular episodes to go in the sixth season of “Deadliest Catch.” There will be a Capt. Phil tribute and then an hour of behind-the-scenes footage. After that, there will be the anticipation of another Emmy for two brothers who grew up in Rocklin and have found their niche in reality TV. KIM TEES OFF The Western States 100 and Tevis Cup endurance epics have their off-the-beaten-track cachet. But Media Life would have to go with the recent running of the Amgen Tour of California through the city as the biggest sporting event to touch down – even ever-so-briefly – in Auburn. No. 2 is a little trickier. In terms of national and international prestige, press and mojo, we’ll choose the Longs Drugs Challenge in 2004 and again in 2005 that brought the LPGA tour to The Ridge in North Auburn. While Annika Sorenstam, the reigning superstar of ladies’ golf at the time, was a no-show both years, Auburn galleries fell in love with a colorful newcomer who found her stroke at the rolling foothills course and won the inaugural 2004 event. While the Auburn tour stop would only last two years – Nicole Perrot of Chile was the winner in 2005 – San Jose native Kim went on to carve out a career on the links, winning millions and dazzling golf fans worldwide with her colorful clothing and no-holds-barred approach to the game. Kim’s first win was in Auburn and she would only have one other since then on the tour but she’s been a steady, popular part of the LPGA. WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN Now she’s bringing her bold approach to the book world, with “Swinging From My Heels,” a diary of the 2009 LPGA tour. The New York Times calls it “poignant, comical and revealing,” from a golfer who knows how to tell a story. For Auburn, the book is a reminder of what could have been. Placer County’s LPGA event started in 1996 at the Twelve Bridges course in Lincoln. After a year at the Lincoln Hills Club, the renamed Longs Drugs Challenge moved to The Ridge. But 2006 saw the event move on again, this time to Danville. Word was that the CEO of Longs wanted to have the event at his hometown golf course. So 2006 saw it relocate to the Blackhawk County Club, where it remains to this day, renamed as the CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge. It’s being held Oct. 14-17. FOR THE RECORD The gremlins were working overtime last week and Media Life ended up with the wrong contact point in the Auburn Journal print edition for people interested in picking up a copy of “Sometimes Life Is Fair,” the new CD from Auburn singer-songwriter Tracey Adamis. The website to go to is www.traceyadamis.com. .