From the Chairman
It was a busy fall season at the Television Academy, with a string of exciting events. We've hosted and toasted the likes of producer-director Jim Burrows, the creative team from FX's Sons of Anarchy, the director of Amazon Studios and the casts and producers of their debut original series and — at our 2013 Engineering Awards — the great minds behind TV's amazing technologies.
So it's no surprise that we're planning a terrific 2014. We'll kick off the year with more must-see member events, our Hall of Fame celebration, the Academy Honors and, come August, the Creative Arts Awards and the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
As you may have heard, 2014 will also mark the launch of online Emmy voting. In a survey last year, our members spoke loud and clear about their desire to vote online. The result: We contracted with Everyone Counts, a San Diego–based company that has put voting systems in place for city governments and private groups across the country. Its clients include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which launched online voting last year.
With the help of Everyone Counts, we will introduce online voting in a two-stage rollout. In 2014, online voting will be used only in the first round, to select Emmy nominees. In 2015, it will be used in both the first and second rounds, to choose nominees and winners.
Voters who like their paper ballot can still use a paper ballot. (At least for the next couple of years.) For those voting online — and we expect this will be most of our members — there will be plenty of help available, in face-to-face seminars, by phone and at Emmys.com.
Let's face it — we all live online these days. And we're watching more and more online originals. In this issue of Emmy magazine, you can find out more about the new shows streaming on Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. (See "Supply and Demand," by Daniel Frankel, on page 42.) You can also read about the Academy's evening with Amazon Studios director Roy Price and the creative teams from Alpha House and Betas.
I look forward to sharing other exciting developments with you in the months ahead. For now, I wish you and your family all the best for the holiday season and for a happy, healthy and successful New Year.