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November 19, 2018

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The Television Academy takes great pride in the fact that the Emmy Award is a global brand recognized as the highest symbol of excellence in the television industry.

Closer to home, the equally prestigious Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards ceremony honors local news, sports and other programming produced within the Los Angeles broadcast market.

As a longtime southern California resident, I can attest to the quality and variety of the programming from our local stations. Just as impressive is their commitment to community outreach and serving the diverse populations in our region.

I was reminded of this on May 20, when I had the pleasure of visiting KCBS/KCAL to surprise president–general manager Steve Mauldin with the news that the stations had been chosen to receive the 2019 Los Angeles Area Governors Award for Stephanie’s Day, a resource fair that provides children with autism and other special needs, along with their families, a place to gather information about available services, enjoy fun activities and much more.

Named for Mauldin’s daughter (she was diagnosed with autism at an early age and is now in her late 20s), Stephanie’s Day began in Florida in 1999, when Mauldin was working in Miami. The event made its Los Angeles debut in 2011 and is now a fixture in our community.

In addition to exemplifying the Governors Award — which recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television over a period of years, or an outstanding singular achievement or contribution — Stephanie’s Day, with its focus on people with disabilities, reflects the Academy’s ongoing commitment to inclusion.

The award for Stephanie’s Day will be presented at this year’s Los Angeles Area Emmys, on Saturday, July 27.

And don’t forget our other shows — the 71st Creative Arts Emmys will take place on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, and the 71st Emmy Awards telecast will air live on the Fox network on Sunday, September 22.

First-round voting begins June 10, and we urge all eligible Academy members to cast their votes by the June 24 deadline.

Frank Scherma
Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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