The TV Academy is splitting its mammoth Creative Arts Emmy Awards show into two. The move comes as the number of categories continues to rise each year to a point where producers had to impose draconian measures to keep acceptance speeches under 30 seconds — resulting in winners ditching their shoes to sprint to the stage.
The Television Academy’s Board of Governors has voted to expand its Creative Emmys to two consecutive nights, both of which will take place the weekend prior to the Emmy Awards telecast. The back-to-back ceremonies, both to be held at LA Live’s Microsoft Theater, will be produced by Bob Bain, who also produced the 2015 show.
To avoid audience attendance overlap, the two shows will be split into two broad category groups. Additionally, identical Creative Arts Ball celebrations will be held each night.
Last year, there were 82 categories in the single ceremony.
“One of our primary missions as an Academy is to recognize creative excellence, both in front of and behind the cameras,” said Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Our Academy has a legacy of adjusting and expanding our awards to reflect the changing nature of our members’ Emmy-worthy work. The industry is growing, and we now have more than enough wonderful creativity to enjoy a second Creative Arts show where we can celebrate the excellence and achievement of this year’s work.”