New Awards Show Set for Programming ‘With a Conscience’

Dec 13, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The Emmys are getting a socially responsible spinoff.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the organization will launch a new awards show honoring achievement in programming “with a conscience.” Dubbed “The Television Academy Honors,” the new awards will take place April 22 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
While the initial gathering will not be televised, according to ATAS Chairman-CEO Dick Askin and incoming Chairman-CEO John Shaffner, there are expectations that the honors will one day become the Academy’s spring programming staple.
“This is going to be a franchise for the Television Academy,” said Mr. Askin. “The Academy has always honored excellence, and we’ve been trying to find a way of honoring programming with a social benefit that goes beyond the Governors’ Award and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
This will be about programming that highlights the good things television does for the business.”
Eligible programming must have aired during calendar year 2007. Entries may be submitted for fiction as well as nonfiction for whole series, a single episode or a story arc up to three episodes.
Academy executives expect between six and eight shows to receive kudos.
In addition, the duo said the Bob Hope and Governors’ Awards, given during the annual Primetime Emmys telecast, could be moved to the new honors in the future.
The September telecast of the Emmys will mark the 60th anniversary of the prime-time awards.

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