DAYTIME EMMY JUDGING
Q: WHAT DOES JUDGING FOR THE DAYTIME EMMYS MEAN?
A: The Daytime Emmys utilizes a peer judging system by which every single entry in every single category is viewed either substantially or in its entirety by a panel of non-conflicted experts in that particular field (lighting designers judging lighting, for example). All judging is done online via a judging portal run by Yangaroo, the same technological partners who design the entry website.
Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
A: Everyone across every Peer Group is eligible to sign up. Daytime Administration will place members on panels based on their areas of expertise. You are required to check off all of your areas of expertise upon sign up.
Q: HOW MANY ROUNDS OF JUDGING ARE THERE?
A: There can be two rounds of judging, the Preliminary Round and the Blue Ribbon Round. The nominees AND the winners are decided in the Blue Ribbon Round. There is no additional judging taking place after the nominees are announced.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND AND THE BLUE RIBBON ROUND?
A: Due to the viewership requirement for judging, categories with so many entries that it is unfeasible for judges to watch every entry will undergo a Preliminary Round of judging. Entries are split into sub-panels so that judges can fully and adequately view and evaluate the content for every entry. This round decides a shorter list of entries to move onto the Blue Ribbon Round.
The Blue Ribbon Round decides both the nominees and the winner in each category based on scores. Only the auditors know the identity of the winners ahead of the respective ceremonies.
Q: WHAT IS REQUIRED OF DAYTIME EMMYS JUDGES?
A: Judges will be placed on 2-3 panels as needed based on their individual area(s) of expertise. Daytime Administration endeavors to keep the total running time of a judging panel to a maximum of 8 hours or less, and gives judges approximate 2-3 weeks to complete the judging process. Depending on your field of expertise, entries to the Daytime Emmys may be full episodes or they may be clip reels. A downloadable judges' worksheet is available to use for reference and notes over the judging period.
Judges are provided a rubric. Judges log in and view each of the entries in that category and score it on a scale of 10-1. Judges can give multiple entries the same scores. Entries are not ranked and there is no "pick five" component. There is a minimum viewing requirement assigned to each category. Each entry opens up its individual scoring when that viewing amount is reached.
Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BECOME A JUDGE?
A: Please go to daytimeemmys.dmds.com/en/Account/JudgeSignupLanding and enter your email address. You will be emailed a link. Click through to fill out your name, affiliation, contact information, and areas of expertise. Please remember under Membership Status to choose Television Academy. It is important to list all programs you are working on as judges must be non-conflicted and cannot judge on a panel where their own programming is represented. You will then be contacted by Daytime Administration by the beginning of March when judging is open.
Q: WHAT IS THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES?
A: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, based in New York City, is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It is comprised of 19 chapters around the country, all of which administer their own Regional Emmys for excellence in local television. NATAS administers the Daytime Emmys, the News & Documentary Emmys, the Sports Emmys, and the Technology & Engineering Emmys.