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Emmy Adds New Rules

Mar 16, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The Emmy rules receive a face lift this year, which includes the addition of essays, some changes to the voting nomination process and a 5 percent appearance requirement for TV films.

Producers submitting episodes must give a short written explanation – as few as five words and as many as 250 – of what they’ve chosen to submit, along with some words from the actor playing the character depicted.

Nominees in the series and acting categories will now be decided by an even mix of panel member and Academy picks. Academy voters will submit their top 10 selections for each category to the panel, who will then watch the 10 finalists and choose their top 5.

Last year’s well-publicized win by Ellen Burstyn for best supporting actress in a TV film – after only appearing in it for 14 seconds – has prompted what some have already dubbed the “Burstyn Rule” wherein the nominee must appear in at least 5 percent of the film in order to be eligible for a longform supporting category nomination.

Those seeking a supporting role nomination will now go through a screening process involving not only the blue-ribbon panel, but their fellow actors.

In the variety/musical/comedy category, public TV performances will no longer be able to enter under that category. Instead, a special class has been created that is competition-free, potentially allowing multiple Emmy winners in the category.

(Editor: Romanelli)