From the Chairman
When does the planning for each year’s Primetime Emmys show begin? The day after the previous show, of course.
Which is another way of saying that even though the 67th Emmys will not take place until the fall, the Television Academy leadership and staff have been hard at work since last fall to ensure that everything is ready for an amazing show on Sunday, September 20, at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE.
We are delighted to be working with this year’s broadcast partner, Fox, and we are thrilled to have one of the network’s brightest stars, Andy Samberg, on board as our host. A gifted actor, writer, comedian and musician, Andy currently plays Detective Jake Peralta on Fox’s hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a role for which he won a Golden Globe in 2014.
Though he will be hosting our show for the first time, Andy is no stranger to the Emmys. During his eight-year run on Saturday Night Live, he scored six Emmy nominations for outstanding original music and lyrics, and he took the gold in 2007. He shared that award with several talented collaborators, including Justin Timberlake and his partners in the comedy and music collective known as The Lonely Island, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (who are sure to be helping their pal prep for the big night.)
We are fortunate to have another familiar face, Don Mischer, returning as executive producer. A distinguished industry pro and a great friend, Don, like Andy, is hardly a newcomer to the Emmys. Indeed, this year will mark his 13th as our executive producer — and he is a 15-time Emmy winner as well. His numerous other honors include 10 Directors Guild of America Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.
Joining Don to guide this year’s Emmys will be his longtime collaborators Juliane Hare and Charlie Haykel.
With these key roles in place, we are well on our way, and we can’t wait to see what this talented team has in store for us.
While the Emmys are always front-of-mind, the Television Academy and the Television Academy Foundation maintain a full calendar throughout the year. On April 23, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Foundation hosted the 36th Annual College Television Awards, which celebrated outstanding work by students throughout the nation in more than a dozen categories.
And May 27 brings the eighth Television Academy Honors, our annual salute to programming that creates awareness, enlightens, educates and positively motivates audiences. Dana Delany — actress, activist and a passionate champion of the Honors — returns as host of this year’s event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. You will find details about our 2015 honorees in the Academy News section of this month's edition of emmy and at TelevisionAcademy.com.
All in all, it’s a busy time at the Academy. And it will get busier still, as we approach our big night. As Andy Samberg said when his gig was announced: “Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers! It’s gonna be a wild ride!”