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Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
Netflix sending a 20-pound box of DVD screeners may have led to TV Academy to scrap the screener practice
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos hated sending out all those DVD screeners, but the problem was he had to keep up with his competitors. "It was a game of Screener Chicken, and no one wanted to blink," he said last year. That's where the TV Academy decided to step in and get rid of DVD screeners altogether.
Posted Saturday 12/15/18 at 12:22AM EST
An Emmy for Megan's Megan Amram isn't happy with an Emmy rule change apparently made in response to her nominations
The Television Academy announced it has adopted a “new vetting procedure to identify Emmy-competitive entries in the Short Form categories on nomination-round ballots. Panelists, randomly selected from a member pool, will evaluate these entries.” Amram, who earned two nominations for her Emmy-seeking web series, tweeted: "Do not let this headline get buried in the current news cycle: the Emmy Academy just CHANGED THE RULES that they now have to VET POTENTIAL NOMINEES IN THE SHORT-FORM CATEGORIES."
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
TV Academy sets the minimum TV movie length to 75 minutes to discourage anthology series
TV series have won the Emmy award for Outstanding Primetime TV Movie for the past three years: Sherlock's "Abominable Bride" and Black Mirror's "San Junipero" and "USS Callister." Of the three, only "San Junipero" would be unaffected by the new guidelines.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Network soap operas lift their threat to boycott The Daytime Emmy Awards
The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless had banded together over the summer to complain about sloppiness and appearances of favoritism in Daytime Emmy voting. Now they're working with National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to fix the problems.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Entire Star Trek franchise to be honored with the TV Academy's Governors Award
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS Television Studios will accept the honor at the Creative Arts Emmys. "Star Trek is the first television program I can remember watching as a child, and has always been ahead of its time," said Governors Award Committee chair Mark Spatny. "Not only have all the franchises promoted inclusiveness and acceptance of all people, and inspired creative thought about space exploration and our future, but the technical innovations sparked by the franchise are incredibly significant to the evolution of television production, and also to the communication and computer tools we use in our daily life. We are honored to present this award to a franchise that has made such a lasting contribution to both television and our society.”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Television Academy renews Primetime Emmy Awards with Big Four networks through 2026
Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC will continue sharing the Emmys for the next eight years.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 6:25PM EDT
TV Academy responds to threats of Daytime Emmy boycotts from four daytime dramas
The TV Academy plans to launch an inquiry after The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless threatened a boycott unless changes were made over the voting and accounting processes. The four dramas' complaints include worries that the winners in this year's Daytime Emmys were known beforehand.
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
TV Academy is working to make the Emmys more entertaining amid declining viewership
ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are on the verge of signing an eight-year deal that would keep the Emmy Awards on broadcast TV for the next eight years, rotating between the Big Four broadcast networks. But before the deal can be made official, the TV Academy is working to streamline the broadcast, "to package differently some categories during the main Primetime Emmys telecast to free up time for more entertainment content," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. While it was proposed last year that the number of awards during the ceremony be trimmed, says Andreeva, "the TV Academy and the networks can’t force a reduction of the categories awarded during the main telecast, and I hear that is not something being pursued. Instead, I hear the TV Academy has been discussing with the guilds — as well as TV networks — changes that would keep the number of categories the same, getting all guild members recognized, while presenting some more efficiently to help make the telecast more entertaining and commercial." The problem, as Andreeva points out, is that the process is very political. The Writers Guide of America and the Directors Guild of America have threatened steep fees for use of show clips if writers and directors are excluded from the broadcast. Yet the TV Academy and the networks feel like something has to be done since the last two Emmy broadcasts were tied for all-time low viewership.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee said last night while being honored by the Television Academy: "Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind"
The Full Frontal host skipped the red carpet last night in Hollywood as her show was one of several being honored by the TV Academy for advancing social change. “You know, the thing is our show is steeped in passion,” Bee said. “Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong.” She added: "We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals. If we are OK with that then really, who are we?" ALSO: Bee can't afford to lose any more sponsors -- her ratings are down 34% in the 18-49 demo and 47% in the 18-34 demo.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Samantha Bee's "C-bomb" was self-defeating: She ended up drowning the point she was trying to make
Bee's Full Frontal segment on immigration in which she called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" "ended up drawing attention away from the subject and not toward it," says Sam Adams. Bee, he says, "shouldn’t have used the word in the first place—not because it’s inappropriate for her to use the word to describe another woman, or because there’s no excuse for using language equal in its harshness to the degree of her outrage, but because it was destined to obliterate whatever point she was trying to make and give rise to the kinds of false equivalencies that have been blooming like mold across conservative Twitter all day. Having failed in their hilariously misjudged bid to exchange Roseanne Barr’s scalp for Bill Maher’s—yes, Bill Maher, that beloved lion of liberalism, whatever you do, please don’t take him away!—people who didn’t care about Trump 'grabbing women by the p*ssy' are suddenly furious about his daughter being called one."
- Television Academy blocks media from tonight's ceremony honoring Bee's Full Frontal for social justice work
- Two advertisers, Autotrader and State Farm, suspend their Full Frontal advertising
- Bee played into the hands of President Trump and his supporters: "There’s an argument that this makes Bee’s comment sort of brave — that in being willing to dish schoolyard slang against a member of President Trump’s family, she’s doing what the other side doesn’t want her to." says Daniel D'Addario. "In fact, she’s playing right into their hands. Not that the right was terribly inclined to pay attention to Bee’s segments going forward, but she’s provided them a sound-bite-sized reason to dismiss her going forward."
- Stop comparing Samantha Bee's C-word and Roseanne Barr's racist tweet!: Bee's use of the C-word was for a decision Ivanka made, while Roseanne's tweet targeted Valerie Jarrett's race, which she's born with
- Bee is a comedian, and comedians say offensive things -- but she didn't say something racist
- Insincere outrage or double standard?: Twitter was divided over "Samantha BeeGate"
- Sally Field comes to Bee's defense, tweeting "C*nts are powerful, beautiful, nurturing and honest"
- Full Frontal executive producer Miles Kahn brushes off the C-word firestorm
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Bill Cosby's name and his bust removed from the Television Academy's Hall of Fame
“All references to Mr. Cosby were removed from the website,” a TV Academy spokesperson says of Cosby, who was inducted to the TV Hall of Fame in 1992. A bust of Cosby that graced the Academy's outdoor plaza won't be returning after being removed earlier to make way for construction.
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 5:50PM EST
TV Academy announces new Emmy rule changes: Variety specials will be separated into live and pre-recorded categories
The restructuring of the “Outstanding Variety Special and Special Class categories” is due to the confusion around the term “special class.”
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
An HBO executive is suing the TV Academy after she slipped and fell on the Emmy red carpet
Nancy Lesser is seeking $1 million from the TV Academy, the City of Los Angeles and the Anshultz Entertainment Group after sustaining multiple fractures after slipping on dirt on the red carpet at last year's Emmys.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 3:42PM EST
Oprah honors Shonda Rhimes at TV Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Oprah Winfrey helped induct Rhimes last night into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, writing later on Instagram: “My great pleasure to help induct @shondarhimes into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. She is Truth and Magic. This is Her time! #shondaland for Real.”