From the Chairman
Last month, the Television Academy achieved a significant milestone — our membership surpassed 20,000 for the first time.
As those who follow our industry know, there are more companies pursuing original television production and distribution today than ever before. The spike in production over the past several years has resulted in greater work opportunities for television professionals at all levels, and our membership numbers have followed suit.
However, ramped-up production alone does not account for the rise in our membership. I believe the increase in our numbers is also a reflection of the value that those who work in television place on affiliation with our Academy — networking opportunities, a wide range of entertainment events and professional development seminars, valuable discounts and more.
And, of course, it reflects the heightened relevance of the Emmy Awards competition. These are positive developments, and I am proud of our ever-upward progress.
Speaking of the Emmy Awards… as I have mentioned previously in this space, planning is well under way for this year’s 67th Emmys, which will air live on Fox on Sunday, September 20.
Things are humming along with the Creative Arts Emmys, too. This year’s Creative Arts producer is Bob Bain, one of the most prolific and versatile event, variety, pageant and awards producers in the business. Although this will be Bob’s first outing as captain of the Creative Arts ship, he was a consultant on last year’s show, and he has a long list of credits that include the Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Country Awards and many other large-scale events.
As always, this year’s Creative Arts show, which will take place Saturday, September 12, will recognize excellence among guest actors and actresses, as well as in choreography, music, costume design, art direction, cinematography and dozens of other disciplines. In addition, for the first time, an award will be given in the new category of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, which promises to be an exciting race. FXX will broadcast a two-hour version of the show on Saturday, September 19.
With Bob Bain in place, along with executive producer Don Mischer and his team for the September 20 telecast, we are well on our way with both shows — and we are eager to see how these creative collaborators will wow us when we gather for our annual celebrations of the very best in television.
Of course, honoring television’s top creators is something we do yearlong at the Academy, at various events.
I was pleased to join a very distinguished group at the recent Television Academy Honors. At this annual gathering we salute programs that enlighten, advocate and effect positive change. For coverage of this evening — which acknowledged the producers of programs seen on ABC, Amazon, ESPN, HBO and Netflix — please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Honors.
In the meantime, to all of our new members, welcome aboard — we're delighted to have you!