Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Founded1946;75 years ago (1946)
95-3130853
Legal status 501(c)(6)
Location
Area served
Television industry
Product Primetime Emmy Award
Key people
Frank Scherma
( Chairman and CEO )
Revenue (2019)
$36,921,627 [1]
Website televisionacademy.com [redirects to emmys.com , official website of the Emmys and the Television Academy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), also colloquially known as the Television Academy, is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the television industry in the United States. It is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization founded in 1946, the organization presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U.S. primetime television.

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History

Syd Cassyd considered television a tool for education and envisioned an organization that would act outside the "flash and glamor" of the industry and become an outlet for "serious discussion" and award the industry's "finest achievements". [2] Envisioning a television counterpart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cassyd founded the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1946 in conjunction with leaders of the early television industry who had gathered at a meeting he organized. [3]

In 2014, alongside its Hall of Fame induction ceremony and announced plans to expand its headquarters, the organization announced that it had changed its public brand to the Television Academy, with a new logo designed by Siegel + Gale. The new branding was intended to downplay the organization's antiquated formal name in favor of a more straightforward identity, and features a separating line (typically used to separate the organization's wordmark from a simplified image of the Emmy Award statuette) used to symbolize a screen, and also portrayed as a "portal". [4] [5]

In 2016, producer Hayma Washington was elected chairman and CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, becoming the first African-American to hold the position. [6]

Emmy Award

The courtyard and Emmy Award statue at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences facility on Lankershim The courtyard -- Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.png
The courtyard and Emmy Award statue at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences facility on Lankershim

In 1949, the Television Academy held the first Emmy Awards ceremony, an annual event created to recognize excellence in U.S. television programming, although the initial event was restricted to programming from the Los Angeles area. The name "Emmy" was derived from "Immy," a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube, which aided the progress of modern television. The word was feminized as "Emmy" to match the statuette, which depicted a winged woman holding an atom.

The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organizations who focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (primetime), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (international).

Publications and programs

In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy publishes the award-winning emmy magazine and through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, annual College Television Awards, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs.

Current governance

Board of Governors

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Television Academy honors

See footnote. [10]

The Television Academy Honors were established in 2008 to recognize "Television with a Conscience"—television programming that inspires, informs, motivates and even has the power to change lives.

1st Annual (2008)

2nd Annual (2009)

3rd Annual (2010)

4th Annual (2011)

5th Annual (2012)

6th Annual (2013)

7th Annual (2014)

8th Annual (2015)

9th Annual (2016)

10th Annual (2017)

11th Annual (2018)

12th Annual (2019)

Hall of Fame

The Television Academy Hall of Fame was founded by a former president of the ATAS, John H. Mitchell (1921–1988), [11] to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. television. Inductions are not held every year.

See also

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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 20, 2009. CBS broadcast the Primetime event and E! broadcast the Creative Arts event; both took place at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The nominations were announced on July 16, 2009.

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References

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  2. "History". Television Academy. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. "Syd Cassyd, 91; Envisioned TV Academy", The New York Times , February 11, 2000. Accessed February 10, 2021. "Syd Cassyd, whose idea it was to found the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which gives the Emmy Awards, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.... Mr. Cassyd was working for a trade publication when he had the idea, and in 1946 he organized a meeting of influential figures in the world of television. He believed that television, then in its infancy, had the potential for enormous growth, so the purpose of the 1946 gathering was to talk about creating an organization like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had been giving the Academy Awards, known as Oscars, since 1927."
  4. "How the Television Academy got its brand mojo back". Fast Co Design. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
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  8. "Executive Committee". emmys.com. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
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  10. "Television Academy Honors". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  11. New York Times obit., January 22, 1988