November 17, 2022
Academy

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The holiday season is a time of celebration, but it can also be a time of taking stock. And as we reflect on 2022, there is no denying that it has been a year of both vitality and volatility in our industry.

Early in the year, the uptick in production following months of slowdowns led to a robust infusion of content across all platform categories. Here at the Academy, that creative energy translated into record numbers of Emmy Award submissions, FYC screenings and events as well as voter participation.

But as the year progressed, various economic factors — corporate consolidation, subscription fluctuations on streaming platforms, contractions in ad spending and more — resulted in layoffs, budget cuts and other cost-saving measures.

These developments are, of course, concerning, and we at the Academy are mindful of their impact on our members and professionals across the industry. At the same time, we have faith that, between the creativity and resilience of our community and the passion of viewers for the programming you create, we can persevere and emerge in a better place.

Though the Emmys are now behind us, the Academy has a full schedule before the arrival of 2023. On November 16, the Academy inducted six industry icons into our Hall of Fame: Debbie Allen, Ken Burns, Bob Daly, Robert L. Johnson, Rita Moreno and Donald A. Morgan, ASC. Congratulations, and our profound thanks to all! They join the more than 170 luminaries previously recognized for their outstanding contributions to our medium. You can read the full list here.

Our Hall of Fame event also included another honor, the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Our board of governors bestows this award only on rare occasions (it was last presented more than a decade ago, to George Clooney), in recognition of charitable efforts that reflect Bob Hope's legacy of philanthropy. This year the award went to actor-director-humanitarian Sean Penn, for his ceaseless emergency-relief work in regions affected by war, floods, hurricanes and other disasters.

We close out the year making good on a promise stated in August: to hold the Academy's first Inclusion Summit. This industry-wide gathering, scheduled for December 1, marks an important milestone in the Academy's ongoing campaign to promote best DEIA practices, not only within our own ranks but across the television landscape.

The Academy is uniquely positioned to encourage not only meaningful conversations on inclusion, but also actionable initiatives among Summit participants. They will include executives from networks, agencies and studios with DEIA–specific titles or roles; representatives from narrative change organizations; and content creators, showrunners and producers.

The Academy has accomplished much in the past year, but we can hardly wait for 2023, when we'll be working closely with our broadcast partner, Fox, to bring you the milestone 75th Emmy Awards. We'll have much to report on that in the weeks ahead. Until then, happy holidays to you and yours.

Frank Scherma

Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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