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December 04, 2013

From the Chairman

Hayma Washington, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

As most of you open this issue, the 69th Emmy Awards will be only days away.

It is the highlight of our year, and we at the Television Academy share our excitement with the nominees, all of our members and the entire industry. Of course, every Emmys is exciting, but this year seems to carry a special thrill.

The host of our September 17 CBS telecast will be the very talented Stephen Colbert, who comes to the stage of L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on the heels of a record season for The Late Show. We’re looking forward to seeing the unique and innovative approach the new executive producers of our ceremony, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment, will bring to the telecast.

And then, of course, there are the nominees, who fill the theater with their own elation — and perhaps some hopefully dashed acceptance remarks tucked in a pocket or evening purse. This year’s nominees reflect the wide range of what we now know as television. Broadcast, cable and streaming networks are all well represented, and many new shows and new faces broke into the Emmy ranks.

For example, the first-time nominees include Milo Ventimiglia of NBC’s This Is Us, Donald Glover of FX’s Atlanta and Claire Foy of PBS’s The Crown. For the nominees, the hubbub has been building since July 13, when the news was announced. Academy members began voting on the nominations on August 14, and balloting closed August 28.

The results have been tallied by our accounting firm, Ernst & Young, and remain secret. (No, they don’t tell me who won!) The whirl of Emmy season continues through August and into September, as the nominees are feted at more than two dozen events. These culminate the week of September 10 with our Dynamic & Diverse Emmy Celebration as well as receptions for our writing, directing, producing and performing nominees.

The big wrap-up then begins with the Creative Arts ceremonies, where Emmys are awarded to behind-the-scenes talent as well as certain performers. This two-night event was held September 9 and 10 at the Microsoft Theater. So, in fact, Emmy nominees in 94 categories are already Emmy winners, basking in the glow of their golden statuettes.

But 27 key races remain to be revealed on September 17. So whether you will be joining us in the theater, or watching at home or on any mobile device, please share our excitement as we acknowledge the excellent television we have all enjoyed in the past year.

For details on Emmy viewing — including red-carpet pre-shows, backstage and post-show coverage — please see Academy News here on And for photographs from all of the Emmy shows — including exclusive portraits from emmy’s backstage photo lounge — don’t miss Emmy Bash Photo Splash, the post-awards edition of this magazine. See you at the show!

Hayma Washington
Chairman and CEO Television Academy

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