From the Chairman
In the months leading up to the 66th Primetime Emmys, I fielded lots of questions — about the awards process, the category submissions, the expansion of nontraditional platforms and more. But the question I probably heard most often was: “Are you concerned about holding the Emmys on a Monday?”
At first, those of us at the Television Academy and at our broadcast partner, NBC, were a bit concerned. But based on advance research, moving to Monday for the first time since 1976 — a decision spurred primarily by NBC’s commitment to Sunday Night Football — made sense. It sure did.
According to Nielsen Media Research, this year’s show drew the second-largest overall audience for an Emmys telecast in eight years.
It also equaled the second-highest Emmy rating for adults 18 to 49 in seven years — an average rating of 4.2 in the 18-to-49 demo and 15.6 million viewers overall.
Of course, we could not have delivered those numbers without a great show. And this year’s ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers and executive-produced by Don Mischer, was first-class. It was festive and funny, celebratory and silly — but also, as when Billy Crystal paid tribute to his beloved friend Robin Williams, genuinely moving.
At a time when television programming is better than ever, it was gratifying to provide such a wonderful forum to honor the extraordinary work being done by our creative community.
The same was true of this year’s Creative Arts Emmys, our annual gathering to recognize excellence in an array of artistic and technical crafts, including nonfiction programming, animation and interactive media.
The 2014 Creative Arts show was produced for a record twentieth time by Spike Jones, Jr., and aired on FXM the night before the primetime NBC telecast.
This special Emmy Bash Photo Splash collector’s edition of emmy magazine is a visual feast of images from both events.
As always, we serve up hundreds of shots from every corner of the show: the limo line, the red carpet, the audience, onstage, backstage, the media center and the Governors Ball. You’ll also enjoy exclusive portraits shot by photographer Charles Bush in our intimate backstage studio.
Television is a team effort, and this year’s Emmy Awards, like the programming it honored, would not have been possible without the creativity, ingenuity and passion for excellence of talented professionals like the members of the Television Academy.
For that, I offer my sincere thanks to our members. These people, and their work, make all of us proud.