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EMMYS: TV Academy Vets Producers And Bumps 6 — But No Writer-Producers

By | Tuesday August 10, 2010 @ 5:20pm PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.

I’ve just learned that the TV Academy has 6 names on its list of ineligible producers for Emmy-nominated programs. (Not 7: one producer was bumped from two shows.) See my previous, EMMYS: Waiting For That Producer List… and EMMYS: Producer Credits Still Controversial.

Dexter‘s  Michael C. Hall was disqualified from participation for a 2nd consecutive year for his Showtime hourlong’s Outstanding Drama Series nomination, but naturally his nomination for lead actor in a drama is unaffected. By contrast, CSI star William Petersen was included as part of the CBS series production team in 2002, 2003, and 2004 when the mothership hourlong was nominated for top drama. But Hall hasn’t been able to pull a similar trick.

Only one other producer in a non-executive position was ruled ineligible: Michael Novick, who brought the original script for Fox’s Glee to the attention of showrunner Ryan Murphy. Novick’s contributions to the show’s ongoing production were viewed as insufficient to qualify him as part of the show’s production team.

The other four are: Ian Jones and Alison Rayson for the PBS Masterpiece Contemporary entry Endgame; Susan Werbe for the History Channel project Moonshot; and Rebecca Eaton, named for both Endgame and the Masterpiece Classic two-parter Return to Cranford.

Some 223 producers passed muster.

After the controversy that erupted in past years, not a single writer-producer is on the bumped list this time, … Read More »

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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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EMMYS: Producer Credits Still Controversial

By | Thursday July 29, 2010 @ 12:01am PDT

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

It’s an anxious annual guessing game – the vetting of producers for the outstanding series Primetime Emmy Award nominees. Now it’s nearly complete inside the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, with those who are ruled ineligible notified sometime this week. The Academy has aggressively cracked down on the producer lists submitted by nominated series contenders since about 2000, with the joint goals of weeding out the undeserving and capping the producing team’s size. Though there appears to have been a certain moderating of its stance by the Academy over the past couple of years.

Previously, the caps on the number of individual producers who can be nominated for a comedy series (11) and drama series (10) were viewed throughout the industry as arbitrary and punitive. This year, the program producer maximums are based, according to the 2010 Primetime Emmy Rules and Procedures, on “the average team size of eligible producers in the category over a prior five-year period.” But that still seems too random. Read More »

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