Day­time Em­mys Shake-Up!

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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.”

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