John Shaffner Re-Elected ATAS Chair

Jan 7, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Production designer John Shaffner was re-elected to a second two-year term as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in Wednesday’s runoff election, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

He had faced second vice chair Brian Seth Hurst from the interactive media peer group.

During his first term, Shaffner oversaw the move of the Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards to the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, and ATAS introduced the new Primetime category of best reality host and split up the variety and comedy categories. A vote last summer to time-shift eight Primetime categories out of the live Emmy broadcast proved so controversial it was reversed.

–Elizabeth Jensen


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