Daytime Emmys Shake-Up!
In the wake of the scandal that accompanied this year’s Daytime Emmys, the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences conducted an independent investigation of the organization’s practices so as to make recommendations for the future. Here, NATAS president Adam
Sharp outlines for Soaps In Depth some of the changes that are being implemented.
The In Depth Story: After Patrika Darbo (Shirley, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) had the Emmy that she was given for her guest performance on THE BAY revoked due to a category violation, questions were raised not only regarding the digital categories but the competition as a whole. So NATAS gave investiga- tors carte blanche to review its procedures. “The Emmy as that symbol of excellency in television de- pends on the credibility of the process,” says Sharp, “and the faith that the community has in the process.”
Among the actions being implemented as a result of the report, digital performers will now be given a running time for their reels (as opposed to being told they can only submit material from a certain number of episodes), more staff will be hired to accommodate the increasing number of submissions, and a protocol will be created in the event that an error is discovered.
Sharp is optimistic that these changes will also satisfy the concerns of the net-
“We can work
together to strengthen this competition.”
work dramas’ producers. “We are hopeful that in responding to every recommendation that resulted from the report,” he says, “we can work together to strengthen this competition.”
So what will this mean when the 2019 awards are handed out? “These changes are more focused on the competition than the ceremony,” says Sharp. “But the people in the room will be looking at the winner with more confidence in the process that led to that recognition. And that lends a little extra gleam to the gold on that statue.”