Deadline Presents The Contenders, Deadline’s popular Oscar-season awards event, is heading to Emmy season for the first time. That’s right. For the past five years, Deadline has been hosting an all-day event in early November in which AMPAS and key guild voters get to see presentations from the top studios and distributors showing off their major awards contenders. Now Emmy voters will soon be receiving a special invitation to attend the television version of this hit concept that has become a must Oscar campaign stop, and soon will be the same for Emmy hopefuls.
Deadline is pleased to announce our inaugural Contenders Emmys event (not affiliated with the Television Academy) will be held at the DGA Theater on Sunday, April 10 from 9 AM-4:30 PM. The invitation-only event will have each network and /or studio offering a presentation directly with their show’s producers, writers, showrunners and talent along with select footage from the shows. Television Academy members as well as key voting guild members will learn the backstories of how the best television shows of the season came to be including the hottest series, movies and miniseries.
When studios and nets were first approached the response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. Thirteen networks and studios are participating, including HBO, Netflix, Showtime, Starz, Amazon, AMC, A+E Networks, Warner Bros Television, Hulu, Sony Television, NBC and Universal TV, ABC Studios and DirecTV’s Audience Network. Each will have their own slot to strut their finest.
Of course, Deadline Presents The Contenders is nothing new to the film world, with the event growing significantly in scope and size over the past five years and now considered the place to be if you have a stake in the Oscar race. It is exciting to see the same opportunity now available to Emmy voters.
Moderators will include Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten and TV Line’s Michael Ausiello.