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May 05, 2015

Television Academy Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Television Academy and the National Academy?

The Television Academy is based in Los Angeles. It honors prime-time programming. It is comprised of 29 "peer groups" whose work is aired nationally and whose members are eligible to vote for the Emmy Awards. Peer groups are based on areas of expertise. They cover all fields of television work, from network executives to hair stylists; from performers to cinematographers. The Academy also encompasses a Los Angeles branch whose members work in Southern California.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is based in New York and administers daytime, news and sports Emmys. The National Academy has members nationwide and has affiliated chapters in major cities that award Emmys for local programming. The National Academy and Academy work closely together on the daytime Emmy honors. The National Academy website is located at

Each organization maintains different membership criteria. The Emmy Award is owned jointly by the Television Academy and the National Academy.

See Sister Organizations for more information.

Where is a list of upcoming dates and deadlines?

Both the Emmy Awards and Television Academy Honors have calendars of important dates. Visit both pages and look for Industry Info.

How can I find out if someone has won an Emmy award?

We have taken our vast database of all primetime winners and made it available online. Take a moment to look around in the Advanced Awards Search for your favorite program or nominee.

How can I locate and/or purchase an old television series or movie?

The Television Academy does not have a library of television programming. In the 1990s we transferred all of our reference materials to the UCLA Archives and the USC Library.

You should try to find out who owns the current rights to the series or movie. This information can be obtained at USC (numbers below). If there are any archived copies of the series, UCLA would have them. The owner of the rights of the show would be able to give you permission to obtain such copies, if they exist.

RHINO Entertainment has secured rights for many older television series and movies, and produced videotape volumes for purchase.

Here are the places to start looking:

The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-1000

University of California, Los Angeles
Film and Television Archive
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(310) 206-5388

University of Southern California
Cinema/Television Library
3550 University Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-8906

RHINO Entertainment
10635 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-47778

Can I use the Emmy logo for print or video?

The Television Academy protects the integrity of the Emmy through a strict set of guidelines regarding use of the statue. Before making a formal request, please take some time to review the Trademark Policy.

How can I buy tickets to the Emmy Awards?

Tickets for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and Ball, Emmy Awards and Governors Ball, are available to Television Academy members and nominees. Tickets are not sold to the general public.

How can I be a seat filler or on the red carpet for the Emmy Awards?

Seat fillers and red-carpet arrivals are two of television fans' most coveted places to experience the Emmy Awards. For information on possible 2016 seat-filler and bleacher seat opportunities, please check back in the early Summer.

Who can vote for the Emmy Awards?

The Emmy award is a symbol of peer recognition. The Academy has over 20,000 members, divided into 29 peer groups of specialized fields. The members of each peer group vote on the nominees and winners for categories pertaining to their area of specialty. If you are a professional in the television industry you be eligible for membership, and those voting. Find out How to Join.

I am a member, how can I update my contact or login information?

  1. On the Members page, log in.
  2. Click the MY ACCOUNT tab.
  3. The Profile tab will be displayed.
  4. Click the pencil in a section to edit the information in that section.
  5. After you've updated your information, click the Save button to save it.

If you have any other questions on how to update your records, please email or call the Membership Department at (818) 754-2800.

What should I do if I am having trouble logging on to the members-only area?

Note that your user login is usually your first initial and last name with no space or dot in between (e.g. WSMITH)

If you have questions, or need assistance with resetting your login information, please click here.

If you forgot your password or are requesting one for the first time, make sure to enter the email address that you have provided us when you signed up. If you think that we might have an invalid or non-working email address, please email the membership department at

If your renewal is past due, your membership has lapsed and you cannot login to the web site to pay your dues. You may reinstate your membership one of two ways.

1. Mail a check to:
Television Academy
Membership Department
5220 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601


2. Fax a credit card authorization (Visa or MC) to (818) 754-2808. Please include the credit card number, expiration date, and a signature authorizing the Television Academy to charge your card for the required amount.

I have more questions not answered here.

Find more answers in the Membership Frequently Asked Questions.

updated 2.24.16

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