The Television Academy announced today that it will expand membership to include on-air promo producers and directors as approved by its Board of Governors. Commercial performers and narrators have also been included in the fold as they are now eligible for membership in the Performers Peer Group.

“We are pleased to expand our membership with these talented groups of professionals working in the television industry,” said Hayma Washington, Television Academy Chairman and CEO. “These membership changes are aligned with our ongoing efforts to be inclusive and recognize the many unique professionals who play vital roles in the television landscape.”

The new membership eligibility rule changes for active status voting membership for the Commercials Peer Group requires producers and directors to have at least 20 national on-air promos with each promo having more than 50 percent original content.

For active status membership for the Performers Peer Group, voice-over performers must have eight qualifying credits of nationally exhibited content within the past four years. For commercial performers, they must have accrued any combination of eight performing credits in principal roles within the past four years.

New members have until May 10 to join in order to vote in this year’s Emmys.