Nine-time Emmy winner on Cartoni camera media
Deena Sheldon is a woman full of surprises. With a warm smile, she has the ability to put everyone around her at ease. But behind this friendly demeanor, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this is a woman with steely determination. And you wouldn’t be wrong.
In 1977, Sheldon was the national champion in the Ballroom Formation Team category. During her college years, she also performed with jazz dance companies…but made the decision to focus on her passion of being a cameraman.
Therefore, Sheldon has become one of sports’ most formidable forces behind the camera over the past four decades and this year Sheldon was honored to be inducted into SVG’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. She joins other inductees and sports legends including Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Roger Goodell, Drew Esocoff, Ross Greenburg, Terry Adams, Manolo Romero and Darrell Wenhardt.
“My parents instilled in me the belief that I could accomplish anything I wanted with a good work ethic, preparation, and always practicing my craft. Go out there and do the best you can. To them, I will be eternally grateful.”
She adds, “It also means a lot to have the trust of directors and producers as a cameraman and to represent companies like Cartoni and Canon.”
As my father once wrote to me in a letter decades ago, ‘To be honored by his peers is the the greatest honor of all.'”
For Sheldon, induction into SVG’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame is the latest achievement in a career filled with highlights. As a cameraman and technical innovator, she has done it all. His resume includes nine National Sports Emmy Awards, 12 Super Bowls, 17 Daytona 500, 17 Indy 500, 24 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winners, two Triple Crown Winners, six US Open Tennis Championships, three Olympic Games and 11 years of filming. ABC Monday Night Soccer and 14 shootings NBC Sunday night Soccer. Sheldon’s accomplishments aren’t just limited to sports. She was also an integral part of the coverage of nine presidential inaugurations, three presidential funerals, presidential debates, conventions, in addition to being a producer of seven 3D feature films, where she was co-VP, alongside I f Zachary, of the Sports and Entertainment division for the cameron | Rhythm group, for Oscar-winning director James Cameron and Emmy-winning Vince Pace, ASC.
While some people see her as a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Sheldon credits her accomplishments to her philosophy of always being prepared.
“I like to prepare for an event by studying, being ready for anything, familiarizing myself with my environment and the challenges it may present, while ensuring that all my equipment is ready and tested. You are responsible for everything you do while on camera. In a live event, anything can happen and you have to be ready for it. I’m also part of a team, the broadcast team and the Far Side Cart team. For the Cart team, we all make sure we move forward together as one unit…that I have the utmost respect for the driving precision of the incredibly talented Chapman Cart