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December 04, 2013

From the Chairman

Hayma Washington, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

September marks a period of transition in our industry, with the arrival of the Emmy Awards, which celebrate excellence in the preceding TV year, and an influx of new content as the national broadcast networks roll out their fall lineups.

As one door closes, another opens.

As I write this, in mid-August, preparations for the 70th Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast are in high gear. At the same time, network marketing and publicity teams are busy promoting their new slates of shows.

Television is not limited to the broadcast networks, of course. I have spoken many times in this column about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry, often in reference to people.

But the same applies to content — scripted and unscripted, short-form and long- form — and platforms — not just the broadcast nets, but basic cable, premium cable and streaming services as well. Together, they represent unprecedented levels of plurality, quantity and quality — which in turn have broadened viewer engagement, cultural influence, social significance and more.

At the Academy, these developments have made our commitment to providing thought leadership, serving the interests of all television professionals — and, of course, recognizing excellence through the Emmy Awards — more vital than ever.

The Emmy is top of mind at the Academy, but especially at this time of year. It was therefore fitting that, shortly before this issue of emmy went to press, news broke that we had reached an agreement to extend the contract to televise the Primetime Emmy Awards another eight years, through 2026, with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

Under the renewed agreement, each of the four networks will air the Emmy Awards twice, beginning with Fox in 2019, followed by ABC, CBS and NBC.

We thank the network representatives, as well as our lead negotiator, Ken Ziffren, for their hard work in completing this agreement. With this accomplished, the Academy can continue to focus on expanding our support for all who work in television, and helping to shape the future of our medium.

In the meantime, for a look ahead to some of the talent and trends of note among the new broadcast-network offerings, don’t miss the feature “The Call of Fall.”

For a look back, I hope you will tune in to our annual celebration of the extraordinary content of the past year at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards shows — airing Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. PT/ET on FXX — and the Primetime Emmys telecast, airing live on Monday, September 17, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che.

Hayma Washington
Chairman and CEO Television Academy

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