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November 14, 2019

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The year is young, but it’s already shaping up to be an extremely busy one for the Television Academy and for our industry.

January brought the first of many special events scheduled for 2020 with our 25th Television Academy Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where we welcomed Robert A. Iger, Geraldine Laybourne, Seth MacFarlane, Jay Sandrich and Cicely Tyson into this exclusive body in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to our medium.

For coverage, please see Academy News in the latest issue of emmy; additional photos, as well as video, can be found on the Academy website.

Also in January, ABC announced that the 72nd Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 20 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will again take place over two nights — September 12 and 13. Nominations will be announced on July 14.

ABC revealed the Emmy date during the winter meetings of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, where John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, shared statistics that could result in this year’s Emmys being the most competitive ever. According to FX research, in 2019 there were 532 original scripted dramas, comedies and limited series — an all-time record and a year-over-year increase of 7 percent.

If this staggering sum — added to the documentary, unscripted, variety and short-form genres — leads to an uptick in entries to the Emmy Awards, then the most coveted prize in television will acquire even greater relevance.

We at the Academy do not take this lightly. The heightened respect for television in recent years has only strengthened our commitment to maintaining the integrity and value of the Emmy. To that end, in this new year we have begun a periodic review of members’ voting status during the membership-renewal process. Our goal is to confirm that Emmy voters, be they active professionals or industry veterans, are best qualified to judge the awards.

Members who currently meet their peer group’s admission requirements will remain eligible to vote in the Emmy competition. And because the Academy values the insight of persons with significant industry experience, members who have been active both professionally and within the Academy for a number of years will also maintain their Emmy voting status, regardless of whether they now meet their peer group’s admission requirements.

To ensure that we have the most current information, we ask that members log on to the Academy’s member portal and provide a link to an online profile at a relevant website such as IMDb or LinkedIn.

To better serve our members and industry partners with this and other matters, the Academy recently merged its awards and membership departments. As vice-president of awards and member services, longtime Academy staffer Julie Shore leads this reconfigured division, which includes four new service managers; they are available to assist with member applications, peer group inquiries, awards entries and much more.

I can’t wait to see what else 2020 has in store. Here’s to a dynamic year!

Frank Scherma

Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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