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Emmy Magazine

2019 Annual Report

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.
message from the chairman & ceo

From programming trends and distribution platforms to business models and marketing strategies, television is always evolving. For those who work in our industry, that dynamism, with its promise of endless new creative and commercial opportunities, has always been one of its greatest appeals. It is also one of its greatest challenges, because keeping pace with change — especially in recent years, as advances in technology have accelerated innovation to new levels — requires the ability to adapt and, at times, to rethink long-established practices in order to remain relevant. An example of this occurred in January of 2019, when the Television Academy became the first major Hollywood organization to announce the elimination of DVD screeners for the Emmy Awards nominating and voting process. This decision, which would go into effect in…

2 min.
message from the television academy foundation chair

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019, the Television Academy Foundation continued its focus on diversity and inclusion, program expansion and service to the television community. New partnerships energized core programming and increased the value of our work to a growing base of constituents. The Foundation’s signature internship program celebrated 40 years in 2019, receiving over 1500 applications from 384 schools in 42 states, all applying online for the first time. The class of 2019 included 60 percent students of color and 75 percent women, and eight of the selected 57 students secured jobs with their host companies. We also inaugurated a new partnership with CBS that offers students the opportunity to work as interns on Star Trek through our newly created Star Trek Command Training program. And thanks to generous donors,…

3 min.
message from the president & coo

The Emmy Awards are always top of mind at the Television Academy. Of course, there would be no Emmys without the thousands of talented industry professionals who comprise our membership, so the two are forever intertwined. And just as we never lose sight of the Emmys, we never lose sight of our members and their importance to our organization. Beyond the privilege of voting for the Emmys, Academy members enjoy many other benefits. Among the most popular is the opportunity to attend panels featuring industry insiders, professional development seminars, networking mixers and more. In 2019, a partial list of our entertainment events includes “Staying at the Table: A Conversation with Henry Winkler,” an evening with the TV icon and recent Emmy winner for his work on the HBO comedy Barry; “Perfect Harmony:…

16 min.
television academy year in review

Young Writers to Watch Showcase — 1/16/19 Eight young, on-the-rise writers, who each developed an original pilot during a 10-week program sponsored by the Television Academy, presented a staged reading of a scene from their scripts, during an inspiring evening at the Saban Media Center at the Academy’s headquarters in North Hollywood. Announcement of Elimination of For Your Consideration DVD Screeners — 1/18/19 The Board of Governors voted to eliminate the DVD screeners traditionally sent to Academy members for Emmy Awards’ For Your Consideration campaigns, effective with the Emmy 2020 eligibility period beginning immediately after the 71st Emmy Awards in September, to reduce costs and favor the environment; all viewing will be done on digital platforms. The Interviews’ First Interview of the Year — 1/24/19 The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, a program of…

1 min.
2019 television academy

COMMITTEES ACTIVITIES Jill Daniels, Chair Steve Spignese, Vice Chair AUDIT & FINANCE Leisa Wu, Chair BUDGET REVIEW Allison Binder, Chair Ann Leslie Uzdavinis, Vice Chair BYLAWS Daniel H. Birman, Chair Rob Swartz, Vice Chair CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDS SHOW Jonathan Murray, Chair Bob Bergen, Co-Vice Chair Steven Kent, Co-Vice Chair DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS Eva Basler, Co-Chair Steven Kent, Co-Chair DIGITAL STRATEGY Lori H. Schwartz, Co-Chair Chris Thomes, Co-Chair DIVERSITY Nicole Marostica, Co-Chair Rickey Minor, Co-Chair ENGINEERING EMMY AWARDS Barry Zegel, Chair GOVERNORS AWARD SELECTION Sam Linsky, Chair Eva Basler, Vice Chair GOVERNORS BALL Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic, Co-Chair Halina Siwolop, Co-Chair HALL OF FAME SELECTION Rick Rosen, Chair INVESTMENT Ed Romano, Chair LOS ANGELES AREA EMMY AWARDS Paul Button, Co-Chair Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic, Co-Chair MEMBERSHIP Sharon Lieblein, CSA, Chair Mark Scott Spatny, Vice Chair PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS Bob Bergen, Chair Bob Bronow, CAS, Vice Chair Bob Boden, Chair Emeritus PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS SHOW James Pearse Connelly, Chair Peter Golden, Vice Chair TELEVISION ACADEMY HONORS SELECTION Howard Meltzer,…

18 min.
2019 television academy executive committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of six Television Academy officers, up to six members appointed annually by the chairman, four members elected annually by the Peer Group and Los Angeles Area governors, and the chair of the Television Academy Foundation. Officers are elected every two years by the Board of Governors and are limited to two successive two-year terms. They include a chair, vice chair, second vice chair, secretary, treasurer and Los Angeles Area vice chair. The committee has all the powers of the board, except for matters related to membership, awards, contract terms of the Emmy Awards broadcasts, the annual operating budget and actions requiring approval of the members of the corporation under California law. Frank Scherma, Chairman & CEO Frank Scherma is the president of RadicalMedia, a multidisciplinary studio that…