November 14, 2019

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

For everyone who loves television, September signals that can’t-wait time for the Emmy Awards.

And in a year as uncertain as 2020, when so many aspects of life have been disrupted, it’s reassuring that this beloved industry event is keeping its place on the calendar, marking the turn from summer to fall.

Granted, the Emmys will look somewhat different than in years past. But a familiar face — Jimmy Kimmel — will host our September 20 telecast, and he will no doubt bring us some much-needed laughs.

I can’t help but remember, back in 2012, when Jimmy cohosted our Emmy nominations announcement ceremony with Kerry Washington. He had graciously agreed to step in for Nick Offerman, whose flight had been delayed by bad weather. Then Jimmy surprised us all by showing up for the early-morning live TV gig in his pajamas!

I don’t expect Jimmy to host the Emmys in his PJs, but I do expect a spirited and stirring evening that will expertly combine live and pre-taped segments.

In a letter that Jimmy and our Emmy producers sent to the nominees this summer, they expressed feelings shared by all of us at the Academy when they said: “We acknowledge that our world is going through a challenging moment in many ways. We’ll be producing an event that is filled with warmth and humanity, which celebrates the power of television to bring us together and to help us shape our world.”

As for the shows, they will be produced in full compliance with Covid-19 guidelines. Our goals remain, as always, to honor all the Emmy nominees, to celebrate the excellence of the past television season and to gather as one community. We will do all that, while also protecting the health and safety of everyone involved in the production.

By the time you sit down to watch the Emmys, Jimmy and our producers and their extensive staff and crew will have spent months planning and preparing for this unprecedented telecast.

The executive producers of the 72nd Emmy Awards are Guy Carrington, David Jammy and Ian Stewart of Done+Dusted, as well as Reginald Hudlin. They invite you, as do I, to tune in live to ABC on September 20 at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT.

And don’t miss the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which this year will unfold across five nights. Stream the first four shows on, Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 17, at 5 p.m. PDT. And on Saturday, September 19, catch the live finale on FXX at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

Everyone involved in this year’s shows is committed to delivering a reimagined Emmys that will honor the exceptional television that has brought us together while we’ve had to remain apart. We hope you will join us.

Frank Scherma

Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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