Telecast rights to the Primetime Emmys remain in limbo with just five months until the event, raising the possibility of a production crunch in readying this year’s show if negotiations go on much longer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has held eight months of negotiations for a new agreement with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to air the show on a rotating basis among the networks, but a broadcaster has not been signed to air the Sept. 18 telecast, the story notes.
The two sides reportedly remain apart on key points, including the networks’ desire to shorten the show, which would mean cutting some categories. Those categories may be meaningful to the television industry, but aren’t to the public, the networks argue. That’s an issue, the story says, particularly given the show’s ratings declines during the past 10 years.