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EMMYS: TV Academy To Transition To Online Voting

The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are taking the plunge into online voting, setting up a two-year plan in which members can vote on digitally beginning with the upcoming 66th Primetime Emmy Awards season. The decision comes a year after the Oscars’ voting body the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began offering online voting — to mixed results.

The Emmy plan calls for a two-year rollout of online voting for the Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2014, online voting will be employed only for the first round of Emmy voting to determine the nominees across all categories. In 2015, online voting will be extended to all rounds of of the voting process, determining nominees and winners in all categories. The TV Academy has contracted with San Diego-based Everyone Counts — also the company contracted by the Oscars — to oversee the transition. We’re hearing that as part of the run-up to the decision that the TV Academy and Movie Academy met to discuss the online process, and the Oscar org cooperated fully. Read More »

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TV Academy Announces Juried Winners In Animation, Costuming & Documentary Filmmaking

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

NoHo Arts District, CA, August 14, 2013 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today the juried winners for the 65th Emmy® Awards in the categories of Individual Achievement in Animation, Costumes for a Variety Program or Special and Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. The Emmy Awards will be bestowed during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 15. The 2013 juried winners include:

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation

Adventure Time • Puhoy • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
Andy Ristaino, Character Design

Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe • Disney.com • Disney Television Animation
Jenny Gase-Baker, Background Paint

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TV Academy Names Lucy Hood President & COO

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 7:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ten days after the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the Academy and Academy Foundation’s longtime Chief Operating Officer Alan Perris will retire at the end of the year, it has appointed his successor. Lucy Hood, Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer for the TV Academy and  was previously President of Fox Mobile Entertainment and SVP at News Corp. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Academy and its Foundation, reporting to TV Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum and Foundation Chairman Jerry Petry and working closely with them and their respective boards. Perris will continue with the Academy through the end of the year as a Consultant to the Chairman, helping Hood transition into her new role. “Lucy is an incredibly smart and forward thinking executive who we believe is the perfect fit for the Television Academy,” said Rosenblum and Petry jointly. “Her leadership along with knowledgeable background in new media is exactly the type of President/COO that the Academy requires as our organization looks toward the future of television.” Read More »

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EMMYS: Why The TV Academy Reversed Its Decision On Merging Longform Categories

By | Saturday April 20, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The timing of last year’s decision by the TV Academy to consolidate the four longform acting categories into two was baffling as it came a couple of days after the record-breaking debut of History’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and the network premiere of HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, which had opened at the Cannes Film Festival. The TV Academy moved to cut the categories in half amidst a renaissance of the longform genre with such programs as British imports Downton Abbey, which started off in the miniseries field, Sherlock and Luther; History’s Hatfields & McCoys and FX’s American Horror Story, which was submitted as a miniseries. At the time, TV Academy’s SVP Awards John Leverence explained the decision by saying that the decrease in longform categories “corresponds to their primetime presence.”

But this week, just as the consolidation was about to take effect, the TV Academy reversed its decision, keeping the lead and supporting acting fields intact. “What a difference 13 months make,” Leverence said yesterday. He said the May 2012 vote “was based on how the longform (programming) was trending — the patient was on the table getting last rites.” But now “there has been a major revival of the longform. The consolidation was based on last year’s reality, not based on this year’s reality; what we thought was happening reversed itself.”

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TV Academy, Humane Association To Meet Wednesday On Animal Safety

The American Humane Association will hold a hearing Wednesday at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to discuss issues surrounding the monitoring of animal action on film and television sets. The AHA’s “No Animals Were Harmed” program was created in 1940 to ensure the protection of animal performers in filmed entertainment, although high profile incidents of animal neglect and death continue to make headlines. Most recently the biggest scandal occurred with HBO’s Luck, which shut down after three horses died on set. WB’s The Hobbit was also plagued by animal cruelty allegations, but other incidents have occurred in film, television and commercial production. The New York Times wrote about showbiz and animals today.

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TV Academy Sets 29 Peer Group Governors

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 8:03pm PST

NoHo Arts District, CA, Nov. 15, 2012 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the names of the 29 newly elected Peer Group Governors who will serve a two year term (2013 and 2014) on the Television Academy’s Board of Governors beginning January 1, 2013. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum announced the governors-elect at the Television Academy’s November Board meeting, noting that they constitute a distinguished group of television professionals.

“I’m extremely excited that this new board will be balanced with governors of varying levels of Television Academy experience, giving us fresh ideas and perspectives from first-time governors as well as great insights, expertise and continuity from returning governors,” said Rosenblum. “It’s a diverse group that can boast of numerous Emmy® nominations, and more than 45 Emmy Awards recognizing their individual work and achievement in such areas as performance, script writing, stunt work, reality programming, art direction, animation, sound and picture editorial and producing.”

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Ryan Murphy Joins TV Academy’s Executive Committee, Hall Of Fame Committee Set

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Murphy TV AcademyNew Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum has named writer-producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) as his sixth and final Executive Committee appointee, completing a group of industry heavy-hitters from different areas of TV. Murphy, who will serve a one-year term, joins previously appointed Gail Berman, Jason Kilar, Steven Lafferty, Steve Mosko and Dana Walden. Additionally, Rosenblum’s Warner Bros cohort, WBTV president Peter Roth, has been tapped to chair the Hall of Fame Committee for 2012 after serving on the committee last year. He has appointed to the committee Hall of Fame inductees Marcy Carsey and Fred Silverman as well as Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios; Rick Rosen, Head of Television at WME; and Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

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Bruce Rosenblum’s Surprise Entry Into TV Academy Chairman Race: He Talks, Board Members React, & What His Opponent Says

Pete Hammond

A new day may be coming for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences if Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum has his way. The high-powered exec — who also holds the title of Office of the President, Warner Bros Entertainment (along with Jeff Robinov and Kevin Tsujihara) — has essentially been recruited to run for chairman of ATAS in the upcoming November election to replace current chair John Shaffner, an Emmy-winning art director who ironically works for WBTV on several Chuck Lorre-produced sitcoms. Rosenblum will be opposed by at least one other candidate, Nancy Bradley Wiard, a veteran ATAS officer currently in her second term as first vice chair who confirmed to me in an exclusive interview today that she’s definitely in the race to stay, although she added, ”I guess I am going to have to get a publicist now.”

Rosenblum’s entry is a significant development both inside and outside the Academy because the position hasn’t had a big name since former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank served, first for a couple of years in the mid-1980s and later in a four-year term in the mid-90s. Since then, there has been criticism that ATAS has not had a true industry heavyweight to lead it through the ever-changing landscape of the business. “I think it’s great,” one veteran TV exec and longtime Academy member who once worked with Rosenblum told me today. “He’s an important guy, and it hasn’t been an important position for several years. If he gets it, it will instantly be an important position again. He employs a lot of the industry, and I think Bruce would bring dignity back to the Academy along with innovation and evolution.”

On the other hand, one board member who will be voting in the election expressed a little wariness today over Rosenblum’s entrance into the race: “To put an executive of this level, it could be a huge conflict. Everyone in that room could potentially work for him. Who’s gonna get in a big fight with him? Also, he has nothing to gain. Why would he want to do this with all the various headaches, personalities and convoluted structure he will have to take on? Who is dumb enough to step in to this pile of s***?”

Another board member welcomed the idea: “To get us through the transition that we need to make is gonna take someone of that stature and acumen to do that. I see this as a good development, a necessary one. It’s probably time for someone who hasn’t been an insider on the board to give this a fresh spin.”

Wiard, who actually once served on the executive committee with Rosenblum, touts her years of service and insider knowledge as a plus. She also says she realizes the importance of having major industry names appointed to the committee (she says she already has two of those commitments should she win) — just not running the whole show. Before Rosenblum jumped in the race, she says she was actually considering asking him to serve on the executive committee again. “We do need people with power that are willing to help the organization, to be able to put on another Super Highway Summit, to do those types of things,” she said. “I can’t reach out into that world, I don’t know that world well enough. It’s why our Foundation works; the big players are willing to serve, but I do not believe you need a president of a corporation to run the room. I do believe we are better off having one of our own.”

For his part, Rosenblum says he made the decision a couple of weeks ago and seems raring to go. “A couple of people came and approached me and asked if I would consider it,” he told me when we spoke earlier today. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Glee’s Sue Sylvester Will NOT Host Emmys, ‘In Memoriam’ Won’t Be ‘Bummer’

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

Jane Lynch said that executive producer Mark Burnett surprised her on the plane back to L.A. from the TV upfronts in New York earlier this year by asking her to save a place on her dance card to host the 2011 Emmys. Burnett, the reality kingpin behind Survivor and The Voice, told her he didn’t have the authority to actually offer her the job, but she said yes on the spot. Lynch, an Emmy winner herself for Glee, has already poked fun at her upcoming hosting role Sept. 18 with TV spots in which she admits to saying to producers upon being asked: “You know I’m not Ellen DeGeneres, don’t you?”

On today’s lively panel with Lynch, Burnett and John Shaffner, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lynch said she would be sitting in the writers’ room throughout the development of the awards telecast (her friend Jill Soloway will be among the writers group). Of live hosting duties, Lynch said she brings “the necessary energetic cocktail of excitement, anticipation and fear.” And both she and Burnett say that viewers will be seeing Jane Lynch, not a version of her Glee character, no-nonsense coach Sue Sylvester, which Lynch used in her emcee duties at the Fox upfronts the last 2 years. “A little Sue Sylvester goes a long way,” she said.  “We will probably leave her track suit on the Paramount lot.” She also said she hopes to avoid classic awards show disasters such as Rob Lowe’s Snow White number on the Academy Awards. For his part, first-time Emmy producer Burnett says he will use his reality TV experience to keep the show’s pacing clipping right along. “The most important thing, [because] the Emmys are three hours long, is pacing,” saying there would be a lot of comic bits to keep things moving along.” Read More »

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