Location: USA

Notes:
  • The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) currently has about 10,000 members, all involved in television work that ranges from running studios to editing soundtracks. Members are organized in 27 peer groups representing their field of work. (as of July 2000)

Time Specification: regular

Geographic Specification: national


Awards

Emmy
Given: 1949-
1949: Only shows that have been produced in Los Angeles County, California and broadcast on the four TV stations in Los Angeles are eligible for the awards.
1949: Rudy Vallee is scheduled to emcee the show but he is called out of town and Walter O'Keefe substitutes.
1950: The names of the winners are leaked to the press early on the morning of the show.
1950: Live TV broadcasts from New York are only seen as far west as St. Louis, Missouri. In order for the show to be seen on the remainder of the country, Kinescope prints are made and sent to those cities outside of the live broadcast regions. The Kinescope process consists of filming the show as it appears on a TV set with either a 16-mm or 35-mm camera and then shipping prints of film to other cities.
1957: The year 1957 marks the first Emmy Awards show to be broadcast in color.
1959: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 January 1958 and 28 February 1959.
1960: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 March 1959 and 31 March 1960.
1961: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 April 1960 and 15 April 1961.
1962: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 16 April 1961 and 14 April 1962.
1963: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 15 April 1962 and 14 April 1963.
1964: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 15 April 1963 and 12 April 1964.
1965: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 13 April 1964 and 30 April 1965.
1966: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 May 1965 and 10 April 1966.
1967: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 25 March 1966 and 16 April 1967.
1968: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 27 March 1967 and 6 March 1968.
1969: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 7 March 1968 and 16 March 1969.
1970: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 17 March 1969 and 15 March 1970.
1971: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 16 March 1970 and 16 March 1971.
1972: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 17 March 1971 and 12 March 1972.
1973: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 13 March 1972 and 18 March 1973.
1973: The News and Documentary Awards are introduced.
1974: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 19 March 1973 and 17 March 1974.
1974: The Emmy Awards are beginning to honor achievements in 'Creative Arts' (e.g. art direction, editing etc.).
1975: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 18 March 1974 and 10 March 1975.
1976: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 11 March 1975 and 15 March 1976.
1977: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 16 March 1976 and 13 March 1977.
1978: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 14 March 1977 and 30 June 1978.
1979: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1978 and 30 June 1979.
1980: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1979 and 30 June 1980.
1981: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1980 and 30 June 1981.
1982: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1981 and 30 June 1982.
1983: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1982 and 30 June 1983.
1984: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1983 and 30 June 1984.
1984: ATAS begins accepting casting directors as voting members.
1985: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1984 and 30 June 1985.
1986: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1985 and 30 June 1986.
1987: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 July 1986 and 30 June 1987.
1988: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 July 1987 and 31 May 1988.
1989: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1988 and 31 May 1989.
1990: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1989 and 31 May 1990.
1991: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1990 and 31 May 1991.
1992: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1991 and 31 May 1992.
1993: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1992 and 31 May 1993.
1994: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1993 and 31 May 1994.
1995: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1994 and 31 May 1995.
1996: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1995 and 31 May 1996.
1997: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 1996 and 31 May 1997.
2000: Traditionally ATAS asked for volunteers for judging from the pool of its members. Volunteers would gather for an all-day screening session. From this year on ATAS will allow at home voting by viewing video cassettes. The Creative Arts Emmys are not affected by this rule change. Only the categories included in the Primetime Emmys - major acting, writing, directing and overall series awards - will be judged at home.
2001: The awards are presented to shows that were broadcast between 1 June 2000 and 31 May 2001.
2001: The primetime Emmy awards ceremony is postponed from 16 September due to the assault on the World Trade Center and other facilities on 11 September. On 7 October the ceremony is again postponed due to the US air strikes in Afghanistan, this time only hours before the event with no new date given. By this time ATAS and US TV network CBS already have lost millions of dollars. When shortly afterwards Don Mischer Productions, who had been producing the show for seven times previously, stated that they were unable to continue as producers due to other commitments, the celebration of the 2001 primetime Emmys became uncertain at all.
2002: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2001 and 31 May 2002.
2003: There are no hosts for this year. The primetime broadcast is commented on by a group of comedians, including 'Ellen DeGeneres' , Brad Garrett, 'Darrell Hammond' , 'Matt LeBlanc' , George Lopez, 'Mike Myers' , Conan O'Brien, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Perry, 'David Schwimmer' , 'Garry Shandling' , Martin Short and 'Jon Stewart' . The creative arts gala is hosted by a choice of _"Mad TV" (1995)_ cast members.
2003: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2002 and 31 May 2003.
2004: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2003 and 31 May 2004.
2005: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2004 and 31 May 2005.
2006: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2005 and 31 May 2006.
2007: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2006 and 31 May 2007.
2008: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2007 and 31 May 2008.
2008: The category "Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program" is introduced.
2009: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2008 and 31 May 2009.
2010: The awards are presented to shows that were originally broadcast 6:00pm to 2:00am between 1 June 2009 and 31 May 2010.
- Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video -
To be eligible for the category "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special" from 2000 on a cameraperson must have contributed at least 10% of on-air camera time. If a cameraperson does not reach 10%, he/she is ineligible.

International Award

Governor's Award
Given: 1978-
2002: Usually announced at the Creative Arts ceremonies, the award is this year presented during the September 22 NBC Emmy Awards telecast.
The award's criteria were changed by the board of governor in 1995 in order to deemphasize individual achievements and emphasize achievements of current distinction. Individuals are still eligible for the award, but it will now emphasize the achievement(s) of a company or organization whose work stands out with the immediacy of current achievement (rather than a lifetime of achievement).

President's Award

Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
Given: 2002-

Lifetime Achievement Award
The award is voted by the Academy governors and honors living individuals whose contributions over a long period of time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

Syd Cassyd Founders Award
Given: 1991-
The award is intended to honor those Academy members who have made a significant positive impact on the Academy through their efforts and service over many years of involvement.
Members of the Executive Committee nominate and choose the recipient, with a final approval from the Board and the Executive Committee's decision must be unanimous.

ATAS Broadcast Journalism Award

Station Award

Station Award - Honorable Mention

Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development

Trustees Award

Special Award

Governors' Medallion

Special Achievement Award

Special Presentation

Citation

Primetime Emmy