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Emmys: Creative Arts Awards Ceremony Expanded To 2 Nights

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.”

  1. Maybe we could have one night for black nominees, and one night for white nominees. Oh…….wrong award ceremony. Sorry. Hahahaaaaa

  2. I understand how this helps nominees, but for those of us who attend in support of nominated colleagues whose contributions would likely span both evenings, it seems like a nightmare scenario.

    Why not rent out multiple rooms in the LA Convention Center and split things up by subject matter, with the events held concurrently. Each group could actually engage their subject matter over a leisurely 90-minutes. Then everyone could meet up for a nice Governors Ball.

    The current arrangement has been buckling under its own weight for a long time. Pretending the Creative Arts Emmys show is just like the Primetime Emmys show has been misguided. Splitting it up into two evenings seems like a further step away from common sense and possibly a waste of Academy resources.

  3. One thing that this article (and similar on other websites) doesn’t mention is exactly how the categories are being divided into each night.

    I also want to mention as an Television Academy member that this change in format has not been officially communicated to its members in any form of email or phone call and that this split is news to me… There is a lack of communication between the leadership and the rest of the organization and I hope that it improves.

  4. Anything involving the TV Academy is so minor when compared to the world at large, but as a member of the organization, here’s what I’ve taken away from this:

    Under potential category reorganization, if I were to be nominated for producing “Island Hunters” and our editor Dave was nominated in his category, and our categories were at different ceremonies, there’s the potential that in order to support Dave at his ceremony and include him at our ceremony, we would have to spend double the money we would now to attend both shows. (Yeah, by the way, you have to pay to attend the shows, even when you’re nominated, and that can be prohibitive to some nominees. A lot of below the line people routinely win Emmys and are unable to be there to receive their award.)

    Add to this, the Board of Governors made this decision without informing the membership that this was on the agenda, nor have they sent us communication concerning this “issue.” I found out about it through my usual browsing of Deadline and Variety.

    To me, it shows a lack of consideration to active members to be so uncommunicative and to make big decisions that affect the way we’re able to recognize the work of our peers… My dues are up at the end of June and I have five months to decide if I want to spend the $175 to continue to say that I’m an Emmy voter.

    On one hand its disappointing because like working in television itself, being an Emmy voter is something I always aspired to be… On the other hand, being an Emmy voter is essentially a luxury purchase and a lot of the decisions the Academy has made recently (including jacking up the cost of submitting programs and nominees for consideration, even as the number of submissions are at an all time high thanks to the industry hitting “PEAK” production last year,) reeks of classism and doesn’t sit well with me.

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