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Emmy Magazine

Emmy Magazine

Issue #2 2021
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Emmy, the official publication of the Television Academy, covers not only television’s stars, but also the achievements of artists, crafts experts and businesspeople who work behind the camera. It also explores the future of television, reporting on the latest tools and technological advances.

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United States
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
apple tv+ — the mosquito coast

High stakes, shocking twists, and a new adventure. Get a first look at the newest Apple Original series The Mosquito Coast, starring Justin Theroux and Melissa George and coming April 30th to Apple TV+ Adapted from the best-selling novel, The Mosquito Coast is a gripping adventure following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico seeking a safe haven. Subscribe to Apple TV’s YouTube channel: https://apple.co/AppleTVYouTube​ Follow Apple TV: Instagram: https://instagram.com/AppleTV​ Facebook: https://facebook.com/AppleTV​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AppleTV​ Giphy: https://giphy.com/AppleTV​ More from Apple TV: https://apple.co/32qgOEJ​ Apple TV+ is a streaming service with original stories from the most creative minds in TV and film. Watch now on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_AppleTVapp​ #TheMosquitoCoast​ #Teaser​ #AppleTV​ Apple TV+ announced today that “The Mosquito Coast,” the widely anticipated drama series adapted from the best-selling novel…

2 min.

The need for greater diversity in the entertainment industry is hardly a new topic. Although it has been discussed for years, and progress has been made, we clearly have a long way to go. The Television Academy is committed to providing leadership within the industry as we pursue this important work. But in order to be an example to others, we must first assess and improve ourselves. In my role as chairman of the Academy, and as an executive in my own production company, I have had countless conversations about how to expand diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our business. Over the past year, as our nation has faced a long-overdue reckoning with a legacy of racial bias and social injustice, these conversations have been more passionate than…

2 min.
dark passage

The play was Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and all Ayelet Zurer did was kiss another girl onstage. But the scene was racy enough for her mom to “freak out” in her seat. “She and my dad were already shocked about my acting career,” Zurer recalls. “This was a lot for them.” But some thirty years later, Zurer notes that her mom watched all eight episodes of Losing Alice — a provocative Israeli neo-noir limited series complete with after-hours skinny dipping, a hotel tryst and murder. “I think parts of it were hard for her because the journey goes to extremes,” she says of the Apple TV+ acquisition. “But she wanted to know where the journey was heading, so she was full-in!” Zurer plays the titular character,…

2 min.
a part she couldn’t pass up

Nasim Pedrad knows that life’s funniest moments can be both deeply personal and universal in nature. So, the actress and former Saturday Night Live writer-performer decided to create a show based on her experiences as an Iranian immigrant growing up in America — and make it one that could resonate broadly. The result is Chad, a comedy about a fourteen-year-old boy who’s seeking popularity and his own cultural identity as an Iranian American. It premieres April 6 on TBS. The twist most viewers won’t see coming is that Pedrad also stars as that teenage boy. “I believed that if an adult could bring nuances to the performance,” she says, “it would really push the comedy further.” Playing Chad makes Pedrad a creator, writer, executive producer, showrunner and star, a workload that went into…

4 min.
window on the world

Simran Sethi, executive vice-president of development and content strategy for ABC Entertainment, has made diversity and inclusion a priority in every job she’s held. Having managed projects for a production company (Happy Madison Productions), a studio (Sony Pictures Television), a streamer (Netflix), a broadcast network (NBC) and a cable network (Freeform), she’s participated in the development process from all sides. That expertise led to her overseeing the introduction of ABC Entertainment’s diversity and inclusion standards, which cover four areas: onscreen representation, creative leadership, below-the-line and industry access, and career development. Sethi recently spoke with emmy contributor Dinah Eng about the guidelines. What was the impetus for the inclusion standards? It has been ABC’s goal to create shows that reflect the world around us, and I think this is evident with shows like black-ish,…

2 min.
her sister’s keeper

Jenny Lumet knows all about facing her demons. In 2017, she wrote a #MeToo letter to The Hollywood Reporter accusing entertainment mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault — a charge that resulted in Simmons stepping down from the helm of his entertainment empire. In some ways, that ordeal gave Lumet an ideal vantage point to peer into the heart of Clarice Starling, heroine of both Jonathan Demme’s 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs and now of Clarice, the new CBS drama Lumet is executive-producing with writing partner Alex Kurtzman. Having met women who shared experiences like her own with Simmons, the writer-producer says she understands that “very strange sisterhood” of victims. Clarice (played by Rebecca Breeds of Pretty Little Liars) shares a similar bond with Catherine Martin (Marnee Carpenter of Criminal…