Over four decades Emil Gallina has garnered credits in vast array of roles and picked up diverse skills and experience to match his wide interests and talents.
He is equally at home in a TV newsroom or a corporate boardroom, in a primitive location or a modern space facility, coaxing an interview from a shy factory worker or getting a cast of actors and singers to be the best they can be.
Emil's experience on both sides of the camera and microphone come to play in every project and extend to his consulting work for companies and non-profits.
For much of his career, Emil has contributed his vocal talents as a Narrator, Voice Actor and Vocalist on a wide array of projects. He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA for more than twenty-five years.
After obtaining a degree in Speech & Drama, Emil worked at the CBS News Washington bureau as Production Supervisor among a group of All Stars including Eric Sevareid, Roger Mudd, Leslie Stahl and Dan Schorr. And he worked on such specials as the US Bicentennial and the Carter Inauguration. He then moved to Hollywood as an Assistant Director on features and commercial shoots.
Emil returned to DC to develop, produce and co-anchor an innovative news program for public television, "Newsfront," the first national program to cover the religion beat as news. He recruited an international team that covered the full spectrum of religious groups with solid, objective reporting, which earned the program several awards. That was followed by his development of the Emmy-winning "Point to Point," a weekly series for ABC's Washington affiliate, WJLA, built around satellite interviews with newsmakers around the world.
As adept in entertainment as he is in journalism, Emil continued to find creative outlets as a Vice President at the DC agency The Kamber Group in the production of large-scale events such as conventions, awards galas, motivational programs, product roll-outs and broadcast advertising. Where one project would find him deep in research on a new technology or social issue, another would find him in the recording studio with dozens of musicians and singers laying down tracks for an original song he wrote for a production, or rehearsing actors in a serio-comic training film. He also created the series "Portraits of American Labor," hosted by Edward Asner, for The Learning Channel (now TLC).
As the decade closed, Emil moved into the position of Senior Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, where he directed a production staff and counseled clients in major corporations and and non-profits.
NINETIES and 2K'S
In 1993, Emil formed Gallina/Bricker, Inc. with former Kamber colleague Ron Bricker. Clients included Pitney Bowes, Iridium and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He began a long association with The Boeing Company, producing major events and literally dozens of live television broadcasts of the company's rocket launches from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AIr Force bases.
GBI merged with Asgard Entertainment Group in 2001. Emil ran the design and promo production division, producing promos and programs for broadcasters including Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, Comcast SportsNet, and the Smithsonian Channel.
BOOTH CHAMPION PRODUCTIONS
Booth Champion Productions is Emil's company, founded in 2011, which proudly produced An Officer and A Movie, a top-rated series on Discovery's Military Channel (now the American Heroes Channel). He also field-produced projects in such far-off locations as Brazil, Rwanda and Indonesia. Meanwhile, Booth Champion Voiceovers is growing exponentially, as opportunities abound for putting his performing talents to work on the other side of the microphone. He also joined the on-air staff at WNAV Radio in Annapolis as a morning and weekend anchor.
ENCORE / PSAV
In 2019, Emil joined Encore/PSAV as an Account Producer based at its recently acquired subsidiary Hargrove, Inc. in Lanham, Maryland. Emil helps the two firms integrate their operations and serves as Executive Producer on select projects.
In addition to the Emmy, Emil has received a number of CINE Golden Eagles, Telly Awards, and awards from the New York, Chicago and other international film festivals. He is most proud to have received a special Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States in recognition of his two specials for Animal Planet on the rescue of animals in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. While at WNAV, he received an award from the Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association for Multi-Media Journalism.