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‘Alpha House’ Creator Garry Trudeau On Creating “HBO-Quality” TV On Amazon; ‘Betas’ Panel Stresses Character Over Cliche

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 10:24pm PST

Amazon Studios tonight introduced its first two original series, comedies Alpha House and Betas, during a TV Academy event at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. And the recurring theme was creating quality TV.

Alpha House, about four Republican U.S. senators who share a residence in D.C., is created, written and exec produced by Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury and Tanner ’88 fame. (Cast member Clark Johnson called him “the Aaron Sorkin of the Internet,” adding, “I don’t change a comma.”) Trudeau began by saying he had “several reservations initially” about working with Amazon because “I had not seen great television produced on the web, and I did not see how they were going to be able to kick it up to another level with the kind of resources that had been provided to creators on YouTube and other venues. But as it turned out, that wasn’t the plan — the plan was to provide the kind of support you need to make high-end television. … (The) goal, I believe, was to create HBO-quality television right out of the gate.”

He said he’d read a story about four real congressmen who live together and one said a lot of people mentioned that it would make a great TV series but the problem was “who’s gonna watch a show about four middle-age guys with no sex and violence? So the way we got around that is we added sex and violence.”
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Glen Mazzara No-Show At ‘Walking Dead’ TV Academy Panel

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 9:28pm PST

Walking Dead TV Academy It was an almost Walking Dead full house tonight on stage at the TV Academy’s Leonard E. Goldenson Theatre. Almost. Noticeably absent Tuesday was Glen Mazzara. The departing executive producer and showrunner, who AMC announced was exiting from the hit show in December, was supposed to be there with creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, EP Gale Anne Hurd and the Dead‘s main cast. His name was included along with everyone else’s when the invite went out last month. However, Mazzara’s name and presence suddenly disappeared from the event without explanation late last week. No details were given on stage about his absence; the only questions asked of the panel came pre-selected from social media. No questions were taken tonight live from the audience. However, a source close to the event told Deadline that Mazzara was “unavailable.” He was so unavailable that he was on Twitter throughout the day Tuesday talking about The Walking Dead. In mid-January, Walking Dead supervising producer Scott Gimple was named as Mazzara’s replacement.

Related: NATPE: Glen Mazzara Says “Ask AMC” Why He Was Dropped From ‘Walking Dead’

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UPDATE: Animation Producers Want Emmy “Equal Treatment,” TV Academy Responds

UPDATE, 5:48 PM: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences issued a statement in responsed to today’s letter from The Simpsons’ Al Jean, Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and 50 other animation producers and writers over Community’s eligibility in Emmy animation categories.

It is a general rule of the Emmy competition that producers, writers and directors enter separately in their own program or individual achievement categories, e.g., comedy series writers enter the Writing for a Comedy Series category, drama series directors enter the Directing for a Drama Series category, etc.

Eligibility in animation programming is an exception to this general rule, because the animation producers, writers and directors enter the Animated Program category together as a team.  There is no separate category for the individual achievements of animation writing and directing.   (However, if an animated series opts to enter in Comedy Series rather than Animated Program category, then the individual achievement categories are open to them, e.g., writers can enter Writing for a Comedy Series category.)

“Community” is a Comedy Series that for the last two years has included an animated “special episode.”  The competition includes a rule that a special episode can enter as a stand-alone special, “if it involved a significant and substantive format change throughout e.g. from whole-episode live action to whole-episode animation.”   The “Community” producers followed that rule when they entered the producer-writer-director team for the animated episode in the Animation category and the regular, live-action episodes in the Comedy Series program and Comedy Series

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Warner Bros TV’s Bruce Rosenblum Elected New TV Academy Chairman/CEO; Wants Newer Members “More Actively Involved”

WEDNESDAY 9:30 PM UPDATE: Nikki Finke spoke to Warner Bros TV’s Bruce Rosenblum right after the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Board Of Governors elected him the new Chairman/CEO for a 2-year term. Rosenblum had been opposed by Nancy Bradley Wiard, a veteran TV Academy officer currently in her second term as first vice chair:

“Nancy had many more years of experience and was very familiar to all of the governors and knew the workings of the Academy. I think I gave them a nice alternative choice. I don’t look upon this new position as a lot of headaches. I see it as an opportunity to work with all the governors to bring a renewed sense of vitality to the organization. I’m hoping to bring a broader perspective to the Academy and make it more relevant than just the Emmys. It can’t just be about members getting an Emmy vote. There are opportunities for more philanthropic work through the foundation. And stronger diversity initiatives. And the Academy has to be more relevant to members. I hope with my fellow officers to diligantly work through the political dysfunction and get newer members more actively involved in the Academy. The issues surrounding the Emmys themselves will be dealt with by the Board of Governors and the Committee Chairmen. This wrestling with how to handle the Emmys dates back two decades. There are no easy answers.” Finally, asked if that thorn in Warner Bros TV’s side Charlie Sheen will be presenting at the Emmys anytime soon during his tenure, Rosenblum replied, ‘Oh Nikki, you crack me up.’

8:45PM: What a surprise given how eclectic and unpredictable its voters can be and the discord and infighting inside the organization itself. But the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has voted Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum as its next chairman/CEO. ATAS hands out the annual Emmys awards. Rosenblum, who holds the title of Office of the President, Warner Bros Entertainment (along with Jeff Robinov and Kevin Tsujihara) was essentially recruited to run in the election to replace current chair John Shaffner, the Emmy-winning art director. Rosenblum was opposed by Nancy Bradley Wiard, a veteran ATAS officer currently in her second term as first vice chair. Rosenblum’s entry was 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 last served in the mid-1990s. As a candidate Rosenblum was controversial since his Warner Bros TV employs a lot of the industry and representing the TV Academy could be construed as a conflict. Also, some were perplexed as to why Rosenblum the new gig’s various headaches. But others felt Rosenblum could return the TV Academy’s stature. But Wiard argued that her years of service and insider knowledge of ATAS was a plus.
Here is what Rosenblum said at the Academy dinner:

I am truly honored to be speaking with you tonight. I first became acquainted with the Academy when I was a lawyer at Dixon Dern’s firm in the early 1980s, and 30 years later, much of our industry remains the same. But, so much has changed. Technology is moving our industry forward at an incredible pace. Netflix, Hulu and Google have permanently changed our landscape. At this moment in time, it is vital that our Academy evolve and move forward as well.

But for me, our role as an Academy is not just about business. It’s about passion, the talent represented in all of our peer groups, and the incredible process of story telling. My passion for television started when I was young. I remember sneaking onto the lot at CBS to watch The Carol Burnett Show. Today, I don’t need to sneak onto the lot. But I get the same emotional high when I visit the sets of our shows. My passion for television has never dulled, and from a quality standpoint, I  believe we are in a golden age of television.

As an Academy, we should be very proud of the Emmy’s, but we need to remain relevant with all members beyond just September. We need to increase our brand awareness, our visibility and our stature. We need to prepare for the Academy’s future through initiatives such as: increased professional development events, increased revenue opportunities, including digital and strategic partner sponsorships, a renewed focus on diversity initiatives, increased financial support for the philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, a campaign to limit runaway production, a big-time “Future of Television Summit” sponsored by the Academy and highlighting digital opportunities for our members.

I have 25 years of experience at the leading television studio. I have direct experience with how our industry is changing. It is what I deal with every day. My experiences as a Board Chair at other organizations has shown me that success in this role can only come from listening, collaborating and building consensus. Leadership requires more than tenure – leadership is about vision for the future - leadership is strengthened by hands-on, day-to-day experience, influence, and relationships.

After speaking with most of you during the past few months, I am encouraged by the passion in this room to embrace the future, not retain the status quo. And, there is passion in this room to move beyond the politics that have sometimes limited the effectiveness of this organization. This should not be an election about maintaining business as usual – it is time for us to evolve and embrace a vision for the future. A vision where we can do better.

I enjoyed volunteering on the Executive Committee while Dick Askin was Chair. I would be honored to have your support tonight, and I look forward to  volunteering with all of you once again. Thank you

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The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards from the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences were presented live this morning by celeb hosts Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). The ceremony took place at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Sunday, September 18th (8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT) on Fox and will originate from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The awards will be produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jane Lynch.

Nominations by network/channel: HBO – 104, CBS – 50, NBC – 46, PBS – 43, FOX – 42, ABC – 40, AMC – 29, Showtime – 21, Comedy Central – 11, ReelzChannel – 10, Starz – 9, History – 7, FX Networks, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network – 6

Nominations by show: 21 Nominations, Mildred Pierce; 19 Nominations, Mad Men; 18 Nominations, Boardwalk Empire; 17 Nominations, Modern Family; 16 Nominations, Saturday Night Live; 13 Nominations, Game Of Thrones, 30 Rock; 12 Nominations, Glee; 11 Nominations, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail; 10 Nominations, American Idol, The Kennedys; 9 Nominations, 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Cinema Verite, The Good Wife; 8 Nominations, So You Think You Can Dance; 7 Nominations, The Amazing Race, American Masters, Dancing With The Stars, Gettysburg, The Pillars Of The Earth; 6 Nominations, The Borgias, The Killing, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece); 5 Nominations, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, … Read More »

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Awaiting This Morning’s Emmy Nominations

By | Thursday July 14, 2011 @ 2:52am PDT

The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are just hours away. They will be presented live at 5:35 AM PT by celeb hosts Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). In the meantime, familiarize yourself wih Deadline/TVline’s Emmy coverage to date: Read More »

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EMMYS: Academy Chief John Shaffner Q&A

By | Thursday May 26, 2011 @ 6:44pm PDT

When he leaves his post as Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences following a pair of 2-year terms at the helm, John Shaffner goes out on a high. The art director helped to forge a new 8-year Emmy telecast wheel deal with the 4 broadcast networks that brings a license fee of at least $8.25 million annually and $66 million over the course of the pact (an increase of $6 million over the previous). Shaffner spoke with Deadline TV contributor Ray Richmond about why it took nearly 9 months to get the agreement finalized, where the Emmys go from here, and why the Emmycast’s lukewarm ratings don’t trouble him:

DEADLINE: Congratulations on the new 8-year Emmycast deal. It only took about 9 months to negotiate. Why so long?
JOHN SHAFFNER: You know these things just take time to work through. When we began conversations last year, there were two new guys in there heading up entertainment at the broadcast networks: you had Paul Lee at ABC, and huge uncertainty at NBC with Comcast coming in. The business affairs people were all trying to answer for their bosses and ascertain what the goals should be. Plus, there was the fact we were trying to get this started at the beginning of the fall season with all of that anxiety. Now we’re 4 to 6 weeks out and things aren’t working and everybody’s reordering their schedules. Then you turn around and, bam, it’s Christmas. Then everybody’s busy reading pilot scripts.

DEADLINE: So you’re saying you couldn’t get everyone in the same room to focus on banging out a new Emmy contract even for a day or two?
SHAFFNER: No, we couldn’t. Assembling the leadership of the networks together just wasn’t happening. It’s not the way it was done 8 or 16 or 20 years ago. It’s a new age where no one has time to set a meeting. It’s all done on the Internet. So the process goes around the loop and around the loop and takes a very long time. Even once you get around to finalizing a document and closing escrow, it takes weeks to get everything in order.

DEADLINE: So how does anything ever get done?
SHAFFNER: It’s very difficult when you need everyone’s attention when there are so many things competing for their time. These are incredibly busy people we’re talking about. But it was never a case of our being far apart. From the first meeting, I knew we’d get to a pretty good place. The network guys are all really good people who love television and were tremendously supportive of the TV Academy and the work we do.

DEADLINE: We had heard that a sticking point in the contract negotiations was opposition to keeping the writer and director awards in the primetime telecast. Was that ever on the table?
SHAFFNER: The Hollywood Guilds have nothing to worry about. I personally would have been opposed to any sudden proclamation changing the way we honored members of the WGA and the DGA. There has to be consensus, and sometimes the most interesting thing in an Emmy program is the acceptance speech given by a winning writer. We’d hate to lose that. Maybe we could discuss the way we set up the category on the show rather than changing it out. However we do it, they will continue on the show.

DEADLINE: But I noticed that in the announcement of your new contract, there was a line that read, ‘For the subsequent 7 years of the agreement, the designated network broadcasting the Primetime Emmys and the Academy will give due consideration to reviewing the award categories and the manner of presentation of awards, taking into account the interests of various constituencies of the Academy.’ Doesn’t that basically say the telecast could undergo radical changes with each passing year?
SHAFFNER: What our agreement says, first off, is that we decided not to mess with it at all this first year. Let’s breathe. What that other line means is, we wanted to indicate in writing that there would be a continuing conversation annually about how to make the best telecast, without committing to having to do anything.

DEADLINE: But it says you’re also open to the possibility of a major overhaul.
SHAFFNER: Yes. But one of the great things about this institution is we have discussions to keep the lemmings from jumping off the cliff. There will be no rush to judgment. Do you know what the market research tells us? That one of the things the audience likes best is the ‘In Memoriam’ sequence. We figured that was the time everyone ran to the bathroom. But we were wrong. Everyone’s glued to the TV. That serves as a reminder that the meat and potatoes of the telecast is very important to people. It can all just be frosting. Read More »

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EMMYS: Let The Episode Submissions End

Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman files this report:

Let the countdown to the Emmys begin. That is, if the TV Academy can stop blurring what’s a final, final, final deadline for Emmy submissions. As of May 31, 2011, all TV programs should have been submitted to the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences for nomination consideration for the 2011 Emmy Awards. Programs airing between June 20, 2010, and May 31, 2011, are eligible for submission. An exception is made for series that have new episodes airing between May 31 and June 24, 2011, which are also eligible. And since there’s no downside to entering their own show -– or, for that matter, themselves in an individual category –- almost everybody does it. The nominations will be announced July 14. “It’s important to be on the ballot,” says John Leverence, the TV Academy’s VP of Awards. “It is reviewed by more than 14,000 members of the Academy. These are your industry peers, even if you are doing a show that might not have a snowball’s chance in hell.”

But “all TV programs” does not mean “all TV episodes.” For two of Emmy’s highest-profile categories, Drama Series and Comedy Series, there is a lot of wiggle room timewise. All that was required on April 29, 2011, was a submission of the series as a “body of work” by its title. DVDs of the actual episodes to be considered for the series award — six episodes per show — did not have to be submitted until May 13, meaning that many producers spent an additional few weeks in the agonizing process of choosing their best work.

And, if any of the six episodes chosen by the producer is airing after May 13, all the TV Academy asks is that the DVD of the missing episode be sent in as soon as it has aired. Until May 31, series producers may yank an episode or episodes from the chosen six and replace them with something else. But there is yet another window for changing the episode selections just prior to the actual nominations announcement, which includes the chosen series but not the episode choices. Then that’s it for artistic indecision. “We need the choices by the time of the nomination announcement because we have to make a very fast turnaround to replicate thousands of DVDs for the Blue Ribbon [final judging] panelists,” explains Julie Shore, the TV Academy’s Director of Prime Time Emmy Awards.

The TV Academy instructs voters to make selections on the merits of one program or set of episodes. “I think to the outside world it looks like an objective evaluation of quality, but it’s not,” insists Mike Schur, showrunner for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, which he created with Greg Daniels and which has yet to win an Emmy. ”It’s about trends, and what gets hot, and what’s on the magazine cover at the right time.” Read More »

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EMMY: TV Academy Calls Emergency Board Meeting To Resolve Telecast Deal Delay

Deadline TV contributor Ray Richmond files this urgent report:

UPDATE 7 PM: Deadline has just learned that a new deal to telecast the Primetime Emmy Awards is imminent and that Fox will host without any radical changes to the show. This is the reason for Wednesday night’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences calling an emergency meeting of its Board of Governors at 7 PM. Sources also tell Deadline that ATAS lawyers are assuring the Writers and Directors Guilds staff that the Academy’s waiver agreements for free clips contractually in place with the WGA and DGA which expired with the last Emmys will be renewed and stay essentially the same. This means that ATAS won’t dare to even try to knock the writers’ and directors’ categories off the primetime Emmy show or else they’d have to pay through the nose for clips. Everyone in the TV community can breathe a sigh of relief…

6:30 PM: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has called an emergency meeting for 7 PM Wednesday. Sources tell me the confab is to resolve any remaining issues standing in the way of a new deal to telecast the Primetime Emmy Awards after nearly 9 months of protracted negotiations. The TV community’s patience is wearing thin for a new agreement to be finalized by ATAS and its chief negotiator, powerful showbiz lawyer Kenny Ziffren who did the last bargaining, and presented to the Academy board for approval. After all, it’s just 4½ months before the 63rd Primetime Emmys ceremony airs live on September 18th from Nokia Theatre, yet the kudosfest still remains an event in search of a television home. So what are the problems?

– Problem #1: The lack of a competitive cable network player stepping up to host the Emmys similar to HBO’s $10 million-a-year offer from 8 years ago. That wild card drove up initial lowball offers from the networks in the $3.5 million to $4.5 million range. HBO is said not to want to be a bidder this time, nor apparently TBS which a source confirmed to me had its own bid 8 years ago to beat any other offer by $1 million. So what prevents the TV Academy giving exclusive broadcast rights to a single network in the same way that the movie academy does to ABC? Only the inevitable outcry from the other networks. Because the Emmycast is still prestigious, and very much a marketing opportunity for fall shows, and still annually pulls in a tidy profit in the low 8-figures, as a network source confirmed to me. But as one insider close to the negotiations believes, “The longer they wait to get the deal done, the greater the likelihood of a fire sale.”

– Problem #2: I’ve learned that the deal on the table pretty much mirrors the most recent 8-year “wheel” deal that expired last August with broadcast networks NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox taking turns hosting the show on a rotating basis and paying the TV Academy $7.5 million annually in rights fees. If nothing changes, then it’s Fox’s turn to carry the Emmys this September. But while the Academy is more than happy to keep the status quo, the networks aren’t. Stagnant ratings and the ATAS requirement that the primetime show must hand out 27 trophies in three hours isn’t sitting well anymore. As a source tied to the negotiations tells me: “The networks want to make it a faster-moving, more youth-skew show, which means taking out categories and adding entertainment elements more like the Grammys. They’re also sick and tired of hosting a show that annually turns into a big promotion of cable.” Last year’s Emmy telecast attracted 13.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 on NBC (matching the 2009 numbers). By contrast, the Grammys earlier this year pulled in 26.7 million viewers, its biggest audience since 2001.

– Problem #3: But what categories do you cut? If the ATAS Board of Directors had its way, they’d buckle to the networks and reduce the primetime telecast by a third, to 18 categories. The Academy this year deep-sixed the Outstanding Miniseries stand-alone category and folded it into top Made-For-TV Movie, to the great consternation of those TVmakers. That, however, is seen as a Band-Aid at best on what needs to be a show re-cast. Right now, insiders report that the chief battleground is in the writing and directing and longform categories which both the networks and ATAS would like to delete from primetime. Read More »

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The Four Major Broadcast Networks Close To New 8-Year Deal For The Emmy Awards

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Primetime Emmy Awards will continue to air on the four major broadcast networks with a new deal between the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. I hear that the new pact, expected to close in about 2 weeks, mirrors TV Academy’s most recent agreement with the 4 broadcast networks. Like the old one, it is also for 8 years and keeps in place the “wheel” system, with the four networks alternating as hosts of the ceremony. (In the rotation, it would be Fox’s turn to carry the Emmys this year.) I hear that the license fee the TV Academy is getting is slightly higher than the $7.5 million a year it most recently received under the previous 8-year deal, which expired after the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards last August.

That is considered reasonable for both sides. Going into the renegotiations, the TV Academy didn’t have big leverage, like the $10 million-a-year offer from HBO 8 years ago that drove the license fee with the broadcast nets up from their initial offer of $3.3 million to $4.5 for the first four years and $7.5 million for the second four years.

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Cloris Leachman, Diahann Carroll, Peter Jennings And Tom Freston Inducted Into TV Academy’s Hall of Fame

Nellie Andreeva

North Hollywood, CA – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Committee has selected two iconic actresses, a ground-breaking comedy writer, an innovative cable executive, a trail-blazing TV game show producer, a universally respected journalist and television’s most beloved composer as the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame, announced Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner.

Actresses Diahann Carroll and Cloris Leachman, cable executive Tom Freston, composer Earle Hagen, writer and producer Susan Harris, broadcast journalist Peter Jennings, and game show producer Bill Todman will be honored in the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 20th. The event will be produced by Lee Miller. Earle Hagen, Peter Jennings, and Bill Todman will be inducted posthumously.

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Paley Center Announces Emmy Rival Show

Nellie Andreeva

Just as the TV Academy is facing tough negotiations with the TV networks for a new Primetime Emmy Awards deal, the Paley Center for Media is officially throwing its hat into the ring with an announcement today that it has scheduled its first awards show for May 2012 in New York City. There are no network partners yet.

The announcement came after the center formed a television awards planning committee in March headed by Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group, and Dick Lippin, chairman and chief executive of the Lippin Group, the PR firm that represented the TV Academy and handled the Primetime Emmys for 12 years until parting ways at the end of last year. Meanwhile, Mosko and Vinciquerra have held high-level positions within the TV Academy and its foundation.

The May date in New York was selected to coincide with the upfront presentations, Vinciquerra said.  “The networks, advertisers and much of the top talent will already be in New York at that time and this venue should make it easier for top talent and industry leaders to participate in the show.” The awards show will also be merged with Paley Center’s annual New York gala fundraising beginning next year. The Paley Center said it may introduce one or more of its new awards at this year’s gala.

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Emmys Party List For This Weekend

By | Thursday August 26, 2010 @ 10:26pm PDT

List will be updated continuously…


7:30 PM: Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Reception
For Performers And Nominees
Location: The Plaza, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue

9:00 PM: EW & WIF Female 2010 Primetime Emmy Party
Location: Sunset Marquis Hotel


2:30 PM: BAFTA LA TV Tea
Location: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars

6:30 PM: Showtime Pre-Emmy Party
Location: Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 West Sunset Boulevard

8:00 PM: MPTF Evening Before
Location: The Lawn at Century Park

8:30 PM: NBC Universal
Location: Spago, 176 North Canon Drive

9:00 PM: 2nd Annual Art of Elysium “Genesis” Event
Location: Milk Studios, 844 Cole Street


2:30 PM: Emmy Red Carpet

4:45 PM: Doors close for Emmy Awards

5:00 PM: 62nd Annual Emmy Awards
Location: Nokia Theatre at LA Live

Post Telecast: 62nd Annual Governors Ball
Location: LA Convention Center

8:00 PM: HBO Post Awards reception
Location: The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue @ San Vicente

8:00 PM: Entertainment Tonight Party
Location: Vibiana Downtown, 210 South Main Street

8:00 PM: Fox Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox, and FX
Location: Cicada, 617 South Olive Street

8:30 PM: Comedy Central Emmy Party
Location: The Colony, 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd

9:00 PM: AMC
Location: The Soho House

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2010 Creative Arts Emmy Winners (LIVE)


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) today awarded the 2009-2010 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the 62nd Emmy Awards presentation at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. HBO’s epic $100 million-plus miniseries The Pacific earned the most Emmys at Saturday’s technical category ceremony for its casting, sound mixing, sound editing, makeup, art direction and visual effects. The freshman ABC comedy Modern Family paced series for its casting, sound mixing and editing. HBO led with a total 17 awards and its miniseries The Pacific led all programs with 7 awards. ABC received 15 awards, followed by Fox 9, CBS 7, NBC 7, PBS 7, Showtime 5, Cartoon Network 4, AMC 2, Discovery Channel 2, and A&E, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, History, Nickelodeon, USA one each:

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report • #5076 (in Iraq) • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions
Barry Julien, Head Writer
Stephen Colbert, Writer
Allison Silverman, Writer
Tom Purcell, Writer
Rich Dahm, Writer
Michael Brumm, Writer
Rob Dubbin, Writer
Opus Moreschi, Writer
Peter Gwinn, Writer
Jay Katsir, Writer
Frank Lesser, Writer
Glenn Eichler, Writer
Peter Grosz, Writer
Meredith Scardino, Writer
Max Werner, Writer
Eric Drysdale, Writer

Outstanding Special Class Programs
63rd Annual Tony Awards • CBS • White Cherry Entertainment
Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer
Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer
Neil Patrick Harris, Host

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea • PBS • A Production of Florentine Films … Read More »

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TV Academy Honors Norman Brokaw & The Ad Council With 2010 Governors Award

North Hollywood, CA, Aug. 4, 2010 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has voted to bestow two prestigious Governors Awards this year, one to Norman Brokaw Chairman Emeritus of WME and one to the Ad Council. Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner made the announcement today. Created in 1978, the Governors Award salutes an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television. The award will be presented to Norman Brokaw and to the Ad Council during the 2010 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, August 21st, at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The Creative Arts Awards will be shown as a two-hour special on Friday August, 27 at 1pm on E! Entertainment.

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EMMYS: Waiting For That Producer List…

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage.

Word is that the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences could release as soon as today its list of both eligible and ineligible producers on programs nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards. It would dovetail with the common practice of burying controversial or unpopular information just when everyone’s heading out for the weekend. The buzz continues to be that the TV Academy is toning down its stand fueled by the Producers Guild in targeting allegedly undeserving producers and capping the number permitted on nominated comedy and drama series rosters in particular. That said, Ann Farriday, the WGA’s lead field rep in television, tells me that many of the same concerns that have bubbled up in recent years continue to be on the table in terms of the series role of writer-producers and the perception of their being minimized in the process. “We’re hopeful that we see some progress on that this year,” she notes, “but we’re obviously not going to really know until we see the list.” She said it’s her understanding the Academy has opted this year not to re-target producers who already have been once vetted. “This year, it’s more about looking at new producers and those on new shows rather than ones who have already been looked at in the past,” she says. “That’s what the questionnaire sent out to showrunners indicated this time, anyway. I think there’s the hope at the Academy that things will go smoothly this time, … Read More »

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Is This Any Way To Judge Emmy Awards?

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage:

emmyThe Primetime Emmy screeners and ballots for at-home judging are in the mail. It happens that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is one of the last organizations in the land to depend wholeheartedly on the U.S. Postal Service in the Internet Age. The first of two mailings have been going out this week from the Academy offices in North Hollywood to those judging the creative arts (or technical) categories for this year’s Emmys. Next week, those assessing the categories being announced during the August 29th telecast on NBC receive their packages that include DVD nominee discs and a Scan-Tron voting sheet for marking choices. Yes, the TV Academy is still utilizing the same technology that we all used in high school and college to take multiple choice tests.

So here’s a question that needs to be asked: Is the Emmy judging process itself as antiquated as the Academy distribution and technological procedures?

Both to its credit and detriment, the TV Academy has kept the Emmys in a near-constant state of retooling to supposedly remain relevant. But, clearly, that doesn’t always work. Much of the Academy’s futzing is done in the interest of keeping the telecast fresh and the competition open. But for a lot of the categories, that hasn’t much mattered — as we’ve seen with the seven consecutive wins of both The Amazing Race and The Daily Show and the three in a … Read More »

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EMMYS: George Clooney To Receive ATAS’ Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

By | Wednesday July 21, 2010 @ 8:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

george_clooneyNorth Hollywood, CA, July 21, 2010 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that it has selected George Clooney to be the recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.  The award will be presented — for the first time in six years — to Clooney on Sunday, August 29 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE during the Primetime Emmy® Awards telecast on NBC.

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EMMYS: Nominee List Helpful In ATAS’s Efforts For New Deal With Broadcasters

Nellie Andreeva

emmyThe leadership at the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences  must be breathing a sigh of relief after last week’s Primetime Emmy nominations. As the awards show’s future hangs in the balance, the Academy probably couldn’t have asked for a much better list of nominees.

It offers a compelling underdog story – dismissed Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien getting 4 noms for his 7-month stint on the NBC show – as well as plenty of intrigue: will O’Brien be a presenter on the broadcast which airs on NBC, what he would say if he wins.

But most importantly, the list is brimming with big, buzzworthy shows. With the possible exception of The Big Bang Theory, which surprisingly missed the cut for best comedy series (but landed another lead actor nom for star Jim Parsons), the shows that have dominated pop culture for the past year: Glee, Lost, Modern Family, Dexter, True Blood and Mad Men, all earned best series nominations and all, with the exception of True Blood, also scored multiple acting noms. (The list of top nominees also includes the biggest reality series on TV, including American Idol and Dancing with the Stars)

I hear talks between the TV Academy and the Big 4 broadcast networks that hold the rights to the Primetime Emmy telecast have not started in earnest. The current eight-year “wheel” deal is up at the Aug. 29 telecast, which also will mark the end of the 4 networks’ exclusive … Read More »

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