Lucy Hood, President and COO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has died following a battle with cancer. Hood was named to the Academy post after an extensive search last June, just 10 days after longtime COO Alan Perris announced his retirement. She joined the Academy from the University of Southern California, where she had served as Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management. At the TV Academy, she reported to Chairman Bruce Rosenblum and Foundation chairman Jerry Petry and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Academy and its Foundation, overseeing department heads and staff and acting as liaison to the executive committees and the boards of both organizations. Her oversight also included digital strategy, corporate sponsorships, marketing, financial planning and many other facets of the organization.
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Hood’s illness was kept very quiet, and some Academy members are shocked by the news. Rosenblum released the following statement today on her passing: “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dynamic and passionate President and Chief Operating Officer, Lucy Hood, after a courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband, Rob, and her two children, Rachel and Benjamin. Lucy was an innovator and thought leader, always focused on how to best serve an industry she loved. In the all-too short time Lucy led the Television Academy, her extraordinary impact and contributions were deeply felt throughout the organization. Lucy will be greatly missed.”
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The journalist-turned-PR man who went on to serve two terms as president of the TV Academy died Wednesday in Oceanside, Calif. Hank Rieger was 95. In 1977, he became the first elected president of ATAS following the split between the East and West Coast factions of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is one of only 11 recipients of the Academy’s Syd Cassyd Award, presented in recognition of long and distinguished service. “Hank Rieger worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the Television Academy,” ATAS Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement. “He believed in the Academy’s ability to have a positive impact on the entire entertainment industry, and we are deeply grateful for all he contributed.” The Kansas City, MO, native served in World War II before beginning his career as a journalist with United Press International, playing a key role in breaking the news of Marilyn Monroe’s death. In 1965, he joined NBC’s public relations department, where he worked with many of the biggest stars and execs in television — from Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson and Milton Berle to Bob Kintner, Grant Tinker, Herb Schlosser and Brandon Tartikoff. He traveled with Hope as the comic entertained U.S. troops overseas and led the publicity team during The Tonight Show‘s move from New York to Los Angeles in 1972. When NBC News writers and reporters went on strike, Rieger filled in for two weeks as an on-air correspondent and host of a weekend political talk show. Read More »
TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum continues to bring in top TV industry types to the Academy as part of his efforts to modernize the veteran organization and make it more relevant. Rosenblum’s 2014 appointees to the TV Academy’s Executive Committee are FX Networks’ John Landgraf, HBO’s Michael Lombardo, Sony Pictures TV’s Steve Mosko, Netflix’sTed Sarandos, UTA’s Jay Sures, and CBS’ Nina Tassler. Here is the announcement:
NoHo Arts District, CA, January 23, 2014 – Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy has announced his 2014 appointees to the Executive Committee. The six appointees are among the most innovative, accomplished and respected executives working in the television industry.
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The ill-timed consolidation of the best TV movie and miniseries Emmy categories will likely be short lived. The TV Academy has started a procedure for the two longform categories to be restored for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, putting an end to the category’s two-year merger. “The recommendation has been made to split Outstanding Miniseries or Movie into separate program categories,” a TV Academy spokesperson said in a statement. “This is on the agenda to be discussed at the February 4th Awards Committee meeting.” The move, first reported by TVLine, is the first in a two-step process, with a recommendation first going to the awards committee and then to the Board of Governors for a vote. It was triggered by the so-called “rule of 14″ where more than 14 submissions in a category prompts a discussion of creating a new category and fewer than 14 opens a consolidation conversation. The dramatic drop in miniseries production at the end of the last decade — which resulted in only 2 getting nominated in the best miniseries Emmy category in both 2009 and 2010 — invoked the rule of 14, leading to the February 2011 vote to merge the best TV movie and miniseries categories.
One can argue that when made, that decision was already outdated because by early 2011 the miniseries genre was already coming out of the collapse with a number of solid Emmy contenders that year, including the opening installments of PBS’ Downton Abbey, which started off as a limited series; PBS’ Sherlock and BBC America’s Luther; as well as HBO’s Mildred Pierce, ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys, Sundance Channel’s Carlos and Starz’s The Pillars Of The Earth. But the TV Academy continued combining longform categories.
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It was obviously another huge night for AMC, which took home the most prestigious Emmy prize of Outstanding Drama Series for the 5th time in the last six years, this time for long overdue Breaking Bad. Inside the Governors Ball following the Emmys, a raucous celebration at the 400 tables, 3-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston didn’t seem to care that he personally lost in a shocker to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels. “This is the one I really wanted,” he told me about the show’s win. I asked AMC topper Charlie Collier why he programmed a new episode of Breaking Bad against the Emmy broadcast instead of running a repeat. ”There may be a few thousand people here who pay attention to the Emmys tonight. But there are millions who want to know what’s going to happen on Breaking Bad!,” he told me. As for the win, ”this was a show no one could believe got on the air, didn’t get cancelled, and kept thriving,” he added.
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Even AMC stable mate and 4-time drama series winner Mad Men’s Matt Weiner came by and hugged Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, perhaps the nicest guy who has never won an Emmy until now. I asked Gilligan if he really thought any of the other shows he mentioned by name in his acceptance speech were going to win over his. “Oh yes, absolutely. I was convinced House Of Cards would win,” he told me. A day earlier, Saturday’s … Read More »
The rushed nature of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be addressed at a Governors meeting I am assured by someone who said, quite correctly, “we need to stop turning this thing into a track meet”. (Full disclosure: I am a member of the Board of Governors repping the Writers Branch). Certainly there was concern during last night’s 3 hour and 40 minute marathon in which winners were given 45 seconds from the time they left their seat in the cavernous Nokia Theatre to reach the stage and make a speech. For many the orchestra started playing them off even before they could get comfortably into the thrust of their thank-yous. One female winner changed her shoes just so she could charge the stage. One poor overweight winner for The Voice had a choice of either pulling up his loose tux in a confused moment where the clock was ticking or dropping his Emmy. He did the latter and broke it, but at least didn’t reveal his underwear. It was that kind of night.
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You can’t envy Executive Producer Spike Jones Jr who has to edit this show down to about an hour and 40 minutes plus commercials for its broadcast next Saturday on the 3-week-old FXX. And considering the very dirty material of some presenters such as (a hilarious) Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (voiced by SNL‘s Robert Smigel) and particularly a very unfunny and out-of- control Gilbert Gottfried, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had better hope there are a few more X’s after the FXX logo to accommodate the blue humor.
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June Foray‘s 80-year career has including voicing Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Bullwinkle Show, Nell Fenwick on The Dudley Do-Right Show, Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Tweety and Sylvester’s owner Granny from The Bugs Bunny Show, and Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors has voted to bestow its Governors Award to Foray and will present it to her during the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Most recently, Foray won the 2012 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her work on The Garfield Show, and she continues to perform voice roles. “Each year the Board of Governors recognizes a person or organization whose contributions to our industry will forever live on,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, who made the announcement today. “June Foray absolutely embodies everything that this honor represents. A legend and a pioneer, June is not only in a class of her own, but she literally created that class. There is simply no one more deserving of this honor.” Foray started her career on radio dramas at age 12. After moving to LA she landed parts on several TV series including on Johnny Carson’s first TV series Carson’s Cellar, and one of her first … Read More »
James Loper, a founder and past president of KCET, LA’s former longtime PBS outlet, and longtime head of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has died. His family tells the Los Angeles Times that Loper died Monday at his Pasadena home. He was 81. Loper helped establish KCET while a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s. He was the station’s first director of educational television when it went on the air in 1964. Two years later he became vice president and later general manager and president, a position he held until 1983. During that time KCET produced three Peabody Award-winning programs: Hollywood Television Theater, which debuted in 1970; the Visions series in 1976; and Cosmos, the 1980 miniseries co-produced with astronomer Carl Sagan. Loper “left an indelible mark on the history of KCET and public television”, KCETLink CEO Al Jerome said in a statement to the Times. “Jim launched several national productions that aligned the Hollywood entertainment community with the newly emerging national program service PBS.” Loper went on to serve as executive director of the Television Academy from 1984 through 1999. During his tenure, the Emmy Awards were expanded to include cable. Loper also oversaw the academy’s move into its North Hollywood headquarters and the founding of the Archive of American Television, which chronicles television history through on-camera interviews with TV legends.
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(SPOILER ALERT! This report outlines news events that are covered in Season 2 of HBO’s The Newsroom.) Creator-showrunner Aaron Sorkin took the wraps off a chunk of the forthcoming second season of his controversial HBO journalism drama tonight as a gift to voting members of the TV Academy, hoping that a little sneak peek will help win them over just as Emmy balloting gets underway. During an event at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Sorkin described that clip of The Newsroom as the first 15 minutes of the new campaign. “When I was wondering which clip to show, our costume designer said, ‘Well, you know nothing ever really happens in the first 15 minutes of everything you write’,” Sorkin quipped. That convinced him that he wouldn’t be leaking too many spoilers in what the packed house saw. However, it did reveal one or two.
SPOILER ALERT! The new season kicks off with a present-day deposition involving the lawyer portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden in a guest turn and features Jane Fonda returning as the CEO of the show’s fictional network parent company. It then flashes back to Aug. 23, 2011, and the beginning of Mohammar Gadhafi’s fall in Libya. If possible, the pacing is even faster rat-a-tat-tat and adrenalin-infused than it was in its inaugural season. Sample dialogue: Lawyer: “Fourteen months after you went on the air, you called the Tea Party ‘The American Taliban.’ What happened?” Anchor: “The Taliban resented it.”
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Alan Perris, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Academy Foundation longtime Chief Operating Officer, will retire at the end of the year. His departure is expected to widen the vacuum at the top of the TV Academy as chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum is not likely to seek a second term. Perris, who joined the TV Academy in early 2006 and upon his retirement will have served in his current role for eight years, announced his retirement internally to the Academy’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors in February, the TV Academy said. Read More »
Six more names were formally inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences‘ distinguished Hall Of Fame on Monday night in front of a packed audience at the Beverly Hilton. Joining the 140-plus TV legends who are already members were Les Moonves, Ron Howard, Al Michaels, Bob Schieffer, Dick Wolf and, at long last, a posthumous recognition of TV inventor Philo T. Farnsworth. Among those on the selection committee this year were Marcy Carsey, Bonnie Hammer, Rick Rosen, Fred Silverman and Nina Tassler.
Easily the highest honor the Academy can bestow (Full disclosure: I am a member of the Board Of Governors repping the Writers Branch), these new inductees can count on seeing their busts enshrined in front of the Academy’s North Hollywood headquarters, immortalized forever. But last night’s (ironically) non-televised event was a loose and lively affair that had a warm feeling and might be called the TV Acad’s version of the Motion Picture Academy’s Governors Awards. It was a heartfelt shout-out to some of TV’s most accomplished names, and the move to the larger Beverly Hilton International Ballroom this year confirmed its growning importance to the community. Tickets were higher priced and more industryites showed than in recent years. For instance, even though they weren’t there as part of the show, Mark Harmon, James Burrows, Chuck Lorre, Michael Eisner and George Lucas in addition to many others were among the audience members cheering on the new inductees. Read More »
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced a strong list of showbiz notables as presenters for this year’s Hall of Fame gala on March 11. They include Will Arnett (Arrested Development) who will be presenting to inductee Ron Howard; NFL Hall of Fame Coach and Commentator John Madden presenting to Al Michaels; Mary Steenburgen (Joan Of Arcadia) and Ted Danson (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) presenting to Leslie Moonves; CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager and CBS News President David Rhodes presenting to Bob Schieffer; Ice-T (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) presenting to Dick Wolf and Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom, The Farnsworth Invention). He will be honoring Philo T. Farnsworth, who will be inducted posthumously. The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco will host the 22nd Hall of Fame ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Phil Gurin is executive producer. Proceeds will benefit the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television.
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The 6th annual Television Academy Honors is accepting entries for programming that aired from January 1-October 31 until December 14 (the deadline for programming that aired from November 1-December 31 is January 14). Entries can be submitted for fiction/nonfiction series as a whole, for a single episode, or for a story arc up to three episodes. Honorees will be announced March 11 and the awards ceremony is May 6 at the Beverly Hilton. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards recognize extraordinary TV programming — network, cable, and online — that inspires, informs, motivates and has the power to change lives.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that submissions are being accepted for its 6th annual Television Academy Honors. The awards celebrate network, cable and online programming that inspires, informs, motivates and has the power to change lives. The entry deadline for programming that aired from January 1, 2012 to October 31 is December 14. The deadline for programming that aired from November 1 to December 31 is January 14. Winners will be announced March 11.
If they don’t always get all the credit they deserve or a lot of time on the Emmy show itself, this year’s nominated writers in five different categories got a lot of love and all the time they wanted to make a speech while accepting official certificates of nomination at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Thursday night.
Writing Governors Kirk Ellis and Margaret Nagle along with The Writers branch Peer Group Executive Committee threw a lively and loose pre-Emmy celebration of all things written for TV this year with a very well-attended cocktail party (nicely coordinated by the Academy’s Barbara Chase) plus formal presentation in the Academy’s massive Leonard Goldenson Theatre hosted by Breaking Bad’s 3-time Emmy winner and 2012 nominee Bryan Cranston. Clips of all the nominated achievements were shown followed by a ceremony in which stars of those shows gave Emmy certificates to their writers.
“Everybody says it all starts with a script but in this hall we really believe that,” said Ellis in getting the evening rolling. Then in introducing Cranston, Nagle pointed out the close relationship between actors and their writers by saying, “In interview after interview he always states his admiration for writers and he means it”. Pointedly referencing Clint Eastwood’s rambling, improvised appearance at the GOP convention Cranston entered carrying an empty chair which he put beside the podium. “Was there ever … Read More »