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November 19, 2018

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The Television Academy takes great pride that the Emmys are the most prestigious awards in our industry.

Looking ahead to the next generation of Emmy nominees, some are likely to be found in our own backyard at the College Television Awards, the annual competition for student-produced programming administered by our philanthropic arm, the Television Academy Foundation.

The 39th College Television Awards ceremony, held March 16 at our Saban Media Center, honored 24 nominated teams whose work had risen above a large field. More than 600 entries had been submitted by students at 174 colleges and universities nationwide and were judged by active Academy members.

Over the years, winners have gone on to successful television careers. This year, in an effort to give nominees even greater access to the industry, the Foundation expanded the College Television Awards into three days of insider exposure.

Leading up to the awards, students participated in a Nominee Summit that included a networking breakfast, a screening of nominated pieces with Academy and Foundation leaders, and a professional development experience with top writers and showrunners, creative executives and literary agents.

These events provided nominees with opportunities to build skills and develop relationships that will help them advance to the next phase of their careers.

Beyond the College Television Awards, I love the events that the Academy’s activities committee and event production staff regularly produce for our members. Their extraordinary work so far this year has included “Staying at the Table: A Conversation with Henry Winkler” and “Perfect Harmony,” a live performance celebrating the impact of music in documentaries.

When guests come to our campus for an event, our goal is to deliver an experience that they could get only at the Television Academy. These two evenings not only met that standard, they surpassed it. (If you were unable to attend, you can stream both events from our website: go to Perfect Harmony or We hope to see many of you at other events throughout the year.

Meanwhile, on the Emmy front, For Your Consideration screeners are now available on the Academy’s viewing platform, with more content being added every week. Be sure to visit: to start watching, or download the viewing platform app on your iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Android device or Roku streaming player.

Finally, in response to demand from our members and the creative community, we have more than doubled the live FYC events on both coasts. The result: 2019 will offer an unprecedented number of opportunities for Academy members to interact with programmers prior to voting for Emmy nominations.

We hope that those of you in the Los Angeles and New York areas (and those who may be traveling there) will experience one — or more — of these special events.

Frank Scherma
Chairman and CEO Television Academy

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