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Emmy Magazine

Emmy Magazine

72nd Emmy Awards Program

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.

United States
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
message from the chairman & ceo

It’s great to be with you at the 72nd Emmy Awards. And I do mean with you. It’s true that, unlike years past, we are not gathering under one roof, but physical proximity is not a measure of our unity. As a community of television professionals, we are more closely connected than ever at this unprecedented time. And as we gather virtually to honor the best in television of the past year, we are joined not only by technology but by the resilient spirit of the many thousands in our industry. Our spirit has kept us strong in the face of many challenges this year, starting with Covid-19. Of course, the need to protect the health of our colleagues and our families led to a production shutdown, which now is slowly…

2 min.
message from the president & coo

Welcome to the 72nd Emmy Awards — we’re so glad to have you with us. Every Emmys ceremony is different from those that came before, some more than others. That’s especially true this year, due to precautions implemented to ensure safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But our commitment to honoring excellence in television — the core mission of the Emmys — has never wavered. Just as restrictions on our daily lives have required changes in routine, we knew that this year’s Emmys would have to change as well. Rather than bristling at the need to abandon familiar formats, the production teams for the Creative Arts Awards and the ABC telecast jumped at the opportunity to embrace new ideas. A big one — literally — was the decision to super-size the Creative Arts…

5 min.
access brings success

WHILE IT’S EASY TO GRASP THE LIFE-ALTERING POWER AN EMMY AWARD CAN HAVE FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY, THERE’S ANOTHER ACCOLADE THAT CONVEYS JUST AS MUCH CLOUT TO ANOTHER GROUP, EVEN WITHOUT A GOLDEN STATUETTE TO BACK IT UP: ACCEPTANCE INTO THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OF THE TELEVISION ACADEMY FOUNDATION. For many college students, the program is their first introduction to the world of television, and more importantly, it can open the doors to future success. “For those students who do participate, we have helped them navigate and land valuable experience which has led directly to their pathway into the industry. Many of our interns have actually been hired by their host companies,” says Madeline Di Nonno, Television Academy Foundation chair and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute…

2 min.
nicole byer

NICOLE BYER HAS NAILED IT, ALL RIGHT. A hilarious standup comic, writer, host, podcaster, actress and body-positive guru, Byer does it all — with an infectious energy to match. Indeed, in 2018, after catching one of her exuberant performances, the producers of Nailed It! cherry-picked her to host/judge/ cheer scrappy amateur contestants on Netflix’s sugar-for-the-soul bake-off series. She made history for the show’s just-completed, Emmy-nominated fourth season by becoming the first Black woman nominee in the category of Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. A native of Lincroft, New Jersey, Byer crossed the river to New York City in the early 2000s and promptly began waiting tables at a restaurant and cabaret club. When customers tipped more for her outgoing personality than for her serving skills, she became inspired to…

3 min.
outstanding guest actor

IN A COMEDY SERIES LUKE KIRBY as Lenny Bruce THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL • IT’S COMEDY OR CABBAGE • PRIME VIDEO Amazon Studios FRED WILLARD as Frank Dunphy MODERN FAMILY • LEGACY • ABC Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television DEV PATEL as Joshua MODERN LOVE • WHEN CUPID IS A PRYING JOURNALIST • PRIME VIDEO Amazon Studios ADAM DRIVER Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE • HOST: ADAM DRIVER • NBC SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video EDDIE MURPHY Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE • HOST: EDDIE MURPHY • NBC SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video BRAD PITT as Dr. Anthony Fauci SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE • SNL AT HOME #2 • NBC SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video IN A DRAMA SERIES ANDREW SCOTT as Chris Gillhaney BLACK MIRROR • SMITHEREENS • NETFLIX House of…

1 min.
outstanding host

FOR A REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM AMY POEHLER, Co-Host NICK OFFERMAN, Co-Host MAKING IT • NBC Universal Television Alternative Studio, 3 Arts Entertainment, Paper Kite Productions NICOLE BYER Host NAILED IT! • NETFLIX Magical Elves Productions BOBBY BERK, Host KARAMO BROWN, Host TAN FRANCE, Host ANTONI POROWSKI, Host JONATHAN VAN NESS, Host QUEER EYE • NETFLIX Scout Productions, Inc. and ITV Entertainment, LLC RUPAUL Host RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE • VH1 World of Wonder Productions BARBARA CORCORAN, Host MARK CUBAN, Host LORI GREINER, Host DAYMOND JOHN, Host ROBERT HERJAVEC, Host KEVIN O’LEARY, Host SHARK TANK • ABC MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television PADMA LAKSHMI, Host TOM COLICCHIO, Co-Host TOP CHEF • BRAVO Magical Elves…