7 items from 2016
As president of documentary films at HBO, Sheila Nevins is a major force in the nonfiction world, giving a break to many documentarians and commissioning work that has earned 31 Peabodys, 21 Oscars, and 59 Emmys. This month, “Suited” and “How to Let Go of the World” join her roster of works at the premium cabler. Nevins was first mentioned in Variety on June 21, 1972, as a producer of ABC’s nonfiction “Perpetual People Puzzle.” It was an unsuccessful attempt to translate PBS’ 1971-72 “The Great American Dream Machine,” on which she also worked, to commercial TV. The PBS show consisted of comic/thoughtful bits, with no host and no narration. Aside from giving Nevins a start, “Dream” introduced many TV viewers to Albert Brooks, Linda Lavin, Studs Terkel and Andy Rooney, among others.
When you started out in the industry, what was your goal?
To make a living. It was the ’60s, I was a woman, »
- Tim Gray
How many is too many?
When it comes to the Emmy Awards, it’s hard to find consensus on any subject — but one thing is clear, there are never enough to go around.
But the very idea of adding awards is fraught. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks the show itself should be longer. Host Jimmy Kimmel and producer Don Mischer will have their work cut out for them trying to wrangle the Primetime Emmys in at under the three-hour mark. Things already have gotten so bad over at its cousin, the Creative Arts Emmys, that the show has had to be split into two parts.
There is some good news about this year’s Emmys: With many of last year’s nominees and winners having retired to the TV hall of fame (Rip, “Mad Men,” “Parks and Rec,” “Nurse Jackie”), there’s certainly ample opportunity for new entries to break in. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Don Mischer will return as producer of this year’s Emmy Awards. Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions will be co-executive producing. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 68th Emmys telecast will air on September 18 on ABC.
“We’re honored to be producing the Emmys for ABC and the Television Academy. We love Jimmy Kimmel,” said Mischer. “He brings a level of smart humor, fun and unpredictability, which is the perfect combination for this show. With the high quality of television and Jimmy as host, get ready for a funny and adventurous Emmys this year!”
This will be the 14th year that Don Mischer Productions will produce the Emmy Awards telecast. Mischer himself has won 15 Emmy Awards. The Mischer team has also produced the Academy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, Superbowl Halftime Shows and the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter and Summer Olympics.
- Maria Cavassuto
Don Mischer will executive produce the 2016 Emmy Awards, ABC announced Tuesday. Mischer Productions’ Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will also return to serve as co-executive producers, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as host for the 68th Emmy broadcast. “We’re honored to be producing the Emmys for ABC and the Television Academy. We love Jimmy Kimmel,” Mischer said in a statement. “He brings a level of smart humor, fun and unpredictability, which is the perfect combination for this show. With the high quality of television and Jimmy as host, get ready for a funny and adventurous Emmys this year!” Also Read: Why the Emmys. »
- Linda Ge
Don Mischer is returning as producer of the 68th Emmy Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Emmys will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, September 18, from La’s Microsoft Theater. This will be Mischer’s sixth time producing the awards. Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare also will return as co-executive producers. "We're honored to be producing the Emmys for ABC and the Television Academy. We love Jimmy Kimmel," said Mischer. "He brings a level of smart… »
On June 2, the Television Academy will unveil its media center on its North Hollywood campus at a star-studded gala, the culmination of a multi-year capital campaign. It’s been the primary mission of Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, who last year extended his term at the helm of the organization to see the initiative through.
But that’s not only the issue on his plate as Emmy season kicks into gear, with nomination voting set to begin on June 13 — and more competition than ever in an ever-crowded marketplace.
Here, Rosenblum offers Variety insight into the key decisions he and the board of governors made going into this year’s race.
James Elliot Bailey for Variety
Let’s start with a state of the state. From your perspective, how does this year’s race compare to years past?
We’re just at the starting gate. Emmys submissions were due earlier this month. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Don Mischer has produced a slew of Super Bowl halftime shows including those with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. He also handled the rain-soaked 2007 show starring Prince, which many have called the best of them all. "I have been fortunate enough to work with many talented artists, but he truly was iconic and legendary, and brilliant,” Mischer said of Prince, who died today at 57. “I will say that experience – Super Bowl 41, in 2007 – I heard from… »
7 items from 2016
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