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Dr. John Leverence

John Leverence joined the Television Academy in 1980. As the Awards Department's top-ranking staff member, Leverence oversees the fulfillment of the Board's strategic directives for the administration of the Primetime and LA Area Emmy Awards as well as the Television Academy Honors.

John Leverence joined the Television Academy in 1980. As the Awards Department's top-ranking staff member, Leverence oversees the fulfillment of the Board's strategic directives for the administration of the Primetime and LA Area Emmy Awards as well as the Television Academy Honors.

During his tenure peer awards for casting, children's programming, commercials, guest performer, interactive programming, main title design, music and lyrics, main title theme music, nonfiction writing and directing, prosthetic makeup, reality and reality-competition programming, short-format programming and stunt coordination have been added to the Primetime Emmy competition.

When he joined the academy as Awards Administrator, the only Emmy-eligible distribution platform was nationally-broadcast or nationally-syndicated programming. Over his 34 Emmy competitions, the academy has added cable, premium cable, satellite and internet distribution platforms.

Leverence received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (Bowling Green State University).

His book-length publications include And The Winner Is, which Steven Bochco dubbed a "user's manual" for the "complex mechanisms that are awards competitions."

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