One day, 25 networks and studios, 50 shows.
For a second consecutive year, Deadline is proud to present The Contenders Emmys, an all-day event on Sunday, April 9 to celebrate the launch of the Emmy awards season (Deadline produces Contenders exclusively; it is not affiliated with the Television Academy).
No sooner has one major kudos season ended than another begins, and Deadline is starting out with a bang featuring stars, writers, directors, showrunners and key creative talent from this year’s top contending shows who all have a stake in the race. After our inaugural Emmy event turned out to be an instant smash last year, it was a no-brainer to make it even bigger and better this time around, just as we have done for the past six years with our annual Oscar-season The Contenders held each November.
The Contenders Emmys is an invitation-only event for Emmy voters, who should have just received their special email invite for this unique forum where TV’s top talents talk shop and show off clips that could take them all the way to the stage of the Microsoft Theatre in September. It all starts here at the DGA Theatre in Hollywood, where each network or studio will get the opportunity to make a presentation and share backstories of their hottest prospects.
Incredibly, reflecting the sheer output of the TV industry, we have doubled the number of participating entities starting with HBO as the 8:30 AM kickoff panel and ending with Hulu at 5:45 PM. In between are Netflix, TV Land, CBS Television Studios, Universal Cable Productions/Syfy, Starz, AMC, A+E Networks, Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios, NBC, OWN/Warner Bros Television Group, FX, Masterpiece On PBS, AT&T Audience Network, WGN America, TBS, Showtime, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox, Epix, Comedy Central, and National Geographic.
The day will begin with a Netflix-sponsored catered hot breakfast between 7-8:20 AM. ABC and Black-ish will sponsor a catered lunch, with the entire cast and key creatives attending, and the day ends with a cocktail reception hosted by Hulu. Taking turns moderating the panels featuring more than 50 shows with more than 130 confirmed speakers will be Deadline’s Co-Editors-In Chief Nellie Andreeva and Mike Fleming, Senior Editor Dominic Patten, TVLine Founder and Editor-in-Chief Michael Ausiello, and me. The Contenders Emmys Presented By Deadline is sponsored by Final Draft, Screen Engine/ASI, Poltrona Frau, and Cappellini.
We are pleased that The Contenders series has become a must-attend event during the TV and movie awards seasons. And by the way, congratulations are in order for participants at our 6th annual The Contenders held November 5 to kick off the movie awards season in earnest. A total of 22 of those “contenders” that day went on to receive Oscar nominations and eight of them won including Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actress Emma Stone, Best Song and Original Score Justin Hurwitz, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture Barry Jenkins, Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis, and Best Animated Feature for Clark Spencer and Zootopia.
Congratulations to all the winners, nominees and participants, and good luck to our new crop of Emmy contenders. We’ll see you April 9.