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Spike Jones On “Too Much TV”, Margo Martindale On ‘Americans’ Return, Jane Lynch On Her Comic Inspiration, Anthony Bourdain On Beirut & CNN – Backstage at Creative Arts Emmys

Backstage, Spike Jones, recipient of TV Academy's Syd Cassyd Founders Award, was asked to comment on FX Networks CEO John Landgraf’s recent comment that there is “too much” television. “I never want to believe he’s right… I love the stuff than I'm seeing,” Jones said. “I love the various (formats) – YouTube, Internet, cable, all over the place.” Then to the important question: What does the former long-time Creative Arts Emmy Awards producer (he oversaw the past 20…
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TV Academy to Honor Spike Jones Jr. at Creative Arts Emmys

Longtime Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards producer Spike Jones Jr. will be honored at this year’s ceremony with the Syd Cassyd Founders Award, the Television Academy announced Wednesday.

Named for the TV Academy’s founder, the award recognizes Academy members who have made a significant, positive impact on the organization through their many years of involvement and service. Last year marked Jones’ 20th year of exec producing the Prime Creative Arts Emmys. This year, he has the night off as Bob Bain takes the reins.

“Spike has been an important part of the DNA of the Academy for a very long time,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “He has strongly influenced the artistic direction of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and shaped it into a wonderful celebration of the many artists, technicians and talents who are the heart and soul of our industry. Spike has also
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Emmys to Give Syd Cassyd Award to Producer Spike Jones Jr.

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Emmys to Give Syd Cassyd Award to Producer Spike Jones Jr.
Spike Jones, Jr. produced the last 20 Creative Arts Emmy Awards shows, but this year he will move from the producer’s seat to the stage to receive the Television Academy’s Syd Cassyd Founders Award at the Sept. 12 ceremony. The award is given to Academy members who have served the organization over many years. Although Jones has done pro-bono work for the Academy in many areas, his longest-running contribution has been in the production of the Creative Arts Emmys, the ceremony at which the vast majority of Emmy Awards are handed out. Far longer than the Primetime Emmy Awards, which are.
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News Nuggets: Will 'Homeland' be the only new show embraced by the Emmys?

This summer marks the end for two noteworthy female TV characters: "They are two of the most brilliant, powerful and wonderfully flawed women to emerge from television's rich drama field. Indeed, looking over the 60-plus years of prime-time history, it would be difficult to think of two more fascinating female characters than Glenn Close's Patty Hewes and Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson. And now we must say goodbye to both of them. How much poorer will the TV landscape be without Patty, the master manipulator pulling the strings on 'Damages,' and Brenda, the unorthodox yet incredibly effective interrogator on 'The Closer'?" The Plain Dealer Dick Askin will receive the Syd Cassyd Founders Award at this year's Creative Arts Emmys on September 15. From the press release: "Former Television Academy Chairman Dick Askin has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the esteemed Syd Cassyd Founders Award,
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TV Academy Re-Ups Longtime General Counsel Dixon Dern

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North Hollywood, CA November 8, 2011 — The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that is has extended the services of its general counsel Dixon Q. Dern for another three years. Dern has represented the Television Academy and its Foundation in legal matters and business affairs negotiations for more than three decades, including oversight of licensing the Primetime Emmy telecast, establishment of the organization’s Hall of Fame and Television Academy Honors events, and numerous trade and copyright issues. During this time, Dern has also handled legal matters for the Television Academy Foundation, its educational outreach programs and its Archive of American Television historic preservation program. Dern was recognized by the Television Academy in 2009 with its Syd Cassyd Founders Award for his many years of service as an active member of the Academy and as its counsel.
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John Leverence's guide to giving a great Emmy acceptance speech

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One of the highlights of the 2010 Emmys' Creative Arts ceremony was John Leverence's acceptance of the TV academy's Syd Cassyd Founder's Award. It's about time Leverence received a trophy. He is the king of Hollywood kudos. No one knows awards better, and no one cares so much about them — their integrity, efficiency and administration. Leverence is the senior vice president in charge of awards at the TV academy, where he's overseen the Emmy voting process for the last 30 years. That's a tough job, because the Emmy employs a complicated voting method involving judges carefully reviewing samples of the nominees' work before they cast their ballots. But Leverence never shrinks from the hard...
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Betty White Scores Emmy Win for `SNL' Hosting Gig

Los Angeles – The Betty White phenomenon keeps getting bigger.White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as "Saturday Night Live" host. The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show.The trophy is the fifth prime-time Emmy received by the 88-year-old White, according to the TV academy. Her previous honors came for classic sitcoms including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."So far this year, besides the "SNL" gig, White made a splash with the new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," scored with a clever Super Bowl commercial and played a mad librarian on ABC's sitcom "The Middle."She did not attend Saturday's ceremony, which included presenters Jane Lynch of "Glee," Elizabeth Mitchell of "Lost" and Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men."Neil Patrick Harris was a presenter and winner,
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Primetime Creative Emmys Roundup: HBO, Betty White are hits

HollywoodNews.com: Prolific stars as well as HBO towered over the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy awards on Saturday afternoon.

Such celeb faves as Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris took respective wins for their work as guests on “Saturday Night Live” and “Glee” in the comedy series acting category. John Lithgow and Ann Margret took top honors as drama guests respectively for Showtime’s “Dexter” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu.” In accepting his kudo, Lithgow accidentally thanked HBO.

That pay cabler had a lot to be thankful for as it took home 17 trophies, seven of which were for its miniseries “The Pacific.”

Largely the Creative Arts Emmys honor the categories of for casting, art direction, choreography, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, editing, lighting, music, sound, visual effects, stunts and technical direction.

Another two dozen Emmys will be handed out in the acting, best series and writing categories in a live
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Show Producer And Presenters Announced For 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

North Hollywood, CA, August 12, 2010 – Today the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences announced presenters for the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards. This year, presenters will be showrunners paired with talent from nominated programs. This will not only add a star quality to the list of presenters, but will allow for the cast and producers of many of the nominated programs to celebrate and honor their colleagues. Presenters include Jane Lynch & Ryan Murphy (Glee), John Lithgow & Clyde Phillips (Dexter), Christina Hendricks & Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Elizabeth Mitchell & Damon Lindelof (Lost), Rico Rodriguez & Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) and more. The aforementioned shows have a combined 67 Emmy nominations this year. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys will be held on Saturday, August 21 and will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27. Spike Jones, Jr. will be back as the Producer of the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Creative Emmys sets presenter pairings

Creative Emmys sets presenter pairings
This year's presenters at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will spotlight showrunners and talent from nominated television programs.

Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips ("Dexter"), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan ("Modern Family"), Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") are among the pairings.

  The ceremony takes place Aug. 21 and the two-hour special airs Aug. 27 on E!

Dr. John Leverence, senior vp of awards for the TV Academy, will be awarded with the Syd Cassyd Founders Award.

Spike Jones, Jr. returns for the 16th year as producer.
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