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November 14, 2019

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Television pros are notably hardworking, so from the moment production was suspended, we have all been eager to know: When can we go back to work?

But perhaps the more compelling question is: How do we go back to work?

One thing we know for sure is that every production — whether large or small, whether shot on location or on a soundstage — will be vastly different, with more stringent protocols than we have ever experienced.

You have certainly heard the term “the new normal.” When television production resumes, a lot will be new and little will be normal. But that is as it should be.

Health and safety must be our top priorities, because the last thing we want is another shutdown caused by a rise in illness.

With that in mind, studios, production companies and guilds around the globe have been planning and preparing so that they are ready to roll when we hear “Action!”

And industry members in states like California and New York — where non-remote production had yet to resume when the latest issue of emmy went to press in mid-May — have been able to learn from the experiences of colleagues as far away as Asia and Australia, and as close to home as Atlanta.

Sets that have reopened are mandating such measures as Covid-19 testing, temperature checks, wearing of gloves and masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

In addition, crew sizes are being reduced to limit the number of workers on set, equipment is being disinfected regularly, documents typically supplied on paper are being delivered digitally and craft services is offering boxed meals rather than buffet service.

In some cases, casts and crews have quarantined together prior to the start of production as an additional layer of precaution.

No matter when you resume your “new normal,” please keep in mind the revised Emmy Awards calendar (an update is available at Nominations-round voting for this year’s competition begins July 2 and closes July 13.

To catch up on the entrants, be sure to log in to the Television Academy’s new viewing platform, accessible at or as a download in app stores. The platform is compatible with iOS, Android, AppleTV, Roku, Fire TV and Google Chromecast — it’s the ultimate destination for all of your FYC screening needs.

Enjoy your viewing and — above all — stay safe.

Frank Scherma

Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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