A deal is near to keep the Primetime Emmy Awards on the top four broadcast network, Deadline.com reports.
The pact is likely to close in two weeks and would keep in place the "wheel" system, with each of the four networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — alternating as TV hosts for the ceremony, the story says.
The license fee received by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences would be somewhat higher than the $7.5 million per year it had been receiving under the previous deal, which expired last year, the story notes.
The article notes that the TV Academy didn’t have the same type of leverage it had eight years, when it last negotiated a deal with the networks, when HBO had made a $10 million-per year offer, the story says. It adds that ratings for the Emmys have also been flat for the past few years.