November 14, 2019
Academy

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Whether you’re a newcomer to the Television Academy or a longtime member, For Your Consideration season can be a heady time.

That’s especially true today, when there is so much programming — from so many platforms — to keep up with as we approach the 73rd Emmy Awards.

To help voters prepare to cast their ballots, the Academy’s viewing platform is continuously updated with episodes from many of the shows you’ve had on your list — and adding more all the time. And our media partners have been busy planning screenings, Q&As and panel discussions, where Emmy voters can engage with creators.

So please keep an eye on your email and regularly check the events calendar at TelevisionAcademy.com/events to take advantage of the many opportunities available to our members. Remember: nominations-round voting kicks off June 17.

Our events page is also home to a growing video library of entertainment panels and professional-development workshops.

If you missed any recent offerings, drop in and screen “A Celebration of Black Television” or “Holiday Movie Mania” on the entertainment side, or “Rebranding Yourself as a Writer” or “Production Collaboration Using Cloud Solutions” on the career-building side. For advice, inspiration and enjoyment, I encourage you to explore this ever-expanding resource.

And as previously discussed in this column, the Academy is expanding its collaboration with the diversity, equity and inclusion firm ReadySet. We recently sent out a survey requesting input on an array of DEI topics from our membership, leadership and staff, and we thank everyone who took the time to participate.

Moving forward, we’ll be conducting interviews and focus groups. Information gathered through this process will be invaluable as we prepare an action plan to drive meaningful change within our organization and, ultimately, our industry.

Long-overdue efforts by the Academy and other organizations to address historical imbalances within the entertainment industry will allow individuals from marginalized groups to contribute their talents, bringing fresh voices and new perspectives.

As we all can attest, we are living through a time of enormous change. Without question, Covid-19 has been a challenge unlike any other, and our industry has responded with courage and creativity. Innovative practices devised by our colleagues will allow us to work smarter and safer for years to come. As vaccination numbers continue to rise, I look forward to that day when we can all see each other face to face.

Frank Scherma

Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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