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August 12, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 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 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? has come up with something we like to call the "Calendar," where you will find all dates once they are made official. In all seriousness, the Calendar includes dates for both events as well as deadlines and more. The date of the Emmys is not approved until January of the year the show will be held. If you can't find it on the Calendar, please feel free to ask.

How can I find out if someone has won a Primetime 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 Primetime Awards Search for your favorite program or nominee.

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

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences used to have an extensive library in the early 1990s, until 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 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 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 Primetime Emmy Awards?

Tickets generally run from $200-400 depending on seat selection. Shortly following the announcement of nominees a ticket purchase invitation form will be posted. Please check with in July for the latest news and releases.

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

Seat fillers and red carpet arrivals are two of television fans' most coveted places to experience the Emmys. Organization of both is overseen by an outside company. Contact information for that company becomes available shortly following the announcement of nominees. For all dates, please refer to our Calendar.

Who can vote for the Primetime Emmys?

The Emmy award is a symbol of peer recognition. The Academy has over 18,000 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 outHow to Join.

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

Visit the MEMBERS page to log in, then click on Edit Profile or Change Password tab at the top of the page.

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

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 or requesting a password 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:
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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.

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