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Leverence Signs Contract Extension With ATAS

Sep 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

John Leverence, who has supervised the Emmy awards for the past quarter-century, has signed a long-term extension of his contract with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He will move into the new position of senior VP, awards, Todd Leavitt, president and chief operating officer of ATAS, announced Wednesday.

Mr Leverence will report to Mr. Leavitt, who called him a “unique resource to the academy and its membership.” The academy did not disclose the length of Mr. Leverence’s contract extension.

Mr. Leverence has supervised awards functions, including the Emmys, for the academy since 1980. He has been a key staff executive in bringing new technology, such as at-home voting and online voting, to the academy’s awards shows. Many of those innovations have subsequently been adopted by other awards shows.

“John’s depth of knowledge of the Emmy Awards has raised the bar for award shows in the entertainment industry,” said Dick Askin, chairman and CEO of ATAS.

Mr. Leverence said the opportunity to work with the academy has been a privilege, “but the continuing opportunity to have a hand in presenting Emmy Awards to the very talented professionals within the television industry is an honor.”