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December 13, 2018

Rules Changes for 2019 Emmys

The Television Academy has confirmed 2019 rules changes for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards competition that include new and restructured awards categories. The 71st Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 live on FOX (8:00 -11:00 PM ET / 5:00 – 8:00 PM PT) from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys will be presented at the same location on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.

New Category: Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Underscore)

The Academy has approved the addition of a new category, Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special, recognizing the unique creative process and evaluation criteria for documentary scoring, versus scoring for scripted series or specials.

Restructured Choreography Categories
There will be two separate juried awards:

  • Outstanding Choreography for Variety and Reality Programming (Variety Series, Variety Special, Structured Reality, Unstructured Reality and Competition Program)
  • Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming (Comedy Series, Drama Series, Limited Series and Television Movie)

Defined Minimum Run Time for Television Movie

The Academy has set a minimum running time of 75 minutes for a Television Movie.

Download the Additional 2019 Emmy Rules Changes here.

The complete list of Rules and Procedures for the 71st Emmy Awards will be available at in 2019.


Stephanie Goodell
breakwhitelight (for the Television Academy)

For the complete press release, click here.

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