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November 14, 2019

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

I am amazed at how quickly my first year as chairman has sped by.

I found the year challenging, invigorating and incredibly thought-provoking. With seemingly limitless breadth and variety in genre, budget, length, platform, demographics and more, our medium is big indeed — and it keeps getting bigger. We at the Academy will continue to try to stay ahead of the curve as we navigate what we all call television.

As you have surely heard, two new streaming services have just launched — Apple TV+, which we discussed in the previous issue of emmy , and Disney+, which you can read about in [the current] issue. Expected in the months ahead are HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi, with others likely to follow. And, of course, the broadcast networks, basic and premium cable companies and existing streamers continue to diversify and dazzle us with fresh creativity.

Here at the Academy, we celebrate and advocate for television in its many forms, and we welcome all qualified industry professionals to join our ranks. Whether you work on commercials or episodic series that have run for years, Academy membership is an opportunity to share valuable expertise, forge relationships with colleagues and enjoy our many benefits — including networking mixers, professional development seminars, entertainment panels, for Your Consideration events, a subscription to emmy magazine and, of course, voting for the Emmy Awards.

As my first year as chairman winds down, I would like to thank our executive committee, board of governors, committees, staff and especially all of our members for your talent, your passion for your work and your dedication to this industry that means so much to all of us. When I began this journey, I knew I needed support from all of you to reach the goals that we have set. We have many accomplishments to be proud of this year, but that is only the beginning. the enthusiasm within this organization for the future of our medium is a constant source of inspiration, and it gives me great confidence that — like television itself — even bigger things are on the way in 2020 and beyond.

Frank Scherma
Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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