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March 28, 2018

Academy Membership Expands to Include Promo Producers, Directors, Commercial Performers

New Members Have Until May 10 to Join the Academy to Vote in This Year's Emmys

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    Andy Griffith in an early-1960s commercial for Post Toasties

The Television Academy today announced additional 2018 changes in membership requirements as approved by its Board of Governors.

On-air promo producers and directors are now eligible to join the Commercials Peer Group of the Academy. In addition, membership eligibility in the Performers Peer Group was expanded to include commercial performers and narrators. Eligibility requirements for all voice-over artists and commercial performers were also formally adopted by the Performers Peer Group.

"We are pleased to expand our membership with these talented groups of professionals working in the television industry," said Hayma Washington, Television Academy Chairman and CEO. "These membership changes are aligned with our ongoing efforts to be inclusive and recognize the many unique professionals who play vital roles in the television landscape."

New membership eligibility rules changes:

Active Status (voting) membership for the Commercials Peer Group now includes:

  • Producers or directors employed on at least 20 national on-air promos with each promo having more than 50 percent original content.

Active Status (voting) membership for the Performers Peer Group now includes:

  • Voice-over performers with eight (8) qualifying credits of nationally exhibited content within the past four (4) years. Voice-over is defined as a character voice, live action or animation, narration, in-show announcer, live announcer, promo announcer, and commercials.
  • Commercial performers who have accrued any combination of eight (8) performing credits in principal roles within the past four (4) years.

All new Television Academy members will be eligible to vote in the first and second round of this year's Emmys if they join by May 10, 2018.

Complete Emmy Rules and Procedures for 2018 are available at

The full 2018 Emmys awards calendar is available at

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Stephanie Goodell
breakwhitelight (for the Television Academy)

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