An idea is circulating among television executives that may change the way the Emmys are presented in the future, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The top TV networks have been talking with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences about potentially splitting the awards into two programs, with one for broadcast and another for cable or pay TV, the story says.
The audience for Sunday’s Emmys was down by nearly one-third from 2002, although it did show improvement from 2008, the article adds. Splitting the event would address a concern of broadcasters, who have seen cable networks take over the movie of the week, long-form and miniseries categories.
Broadcast executives have been frustrated that the Emmy Awards ceremony is becoming a promotional event for HBO and other cable networks, the article adds. ATAS isn’t commenting, the story says.