Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Emmys: TV Academy Expands Short Form Categories, Approves Other Rule Changes

The TV Academy is expanding its Primetime Emmy Awards’ shortform categories, reflecting the growth in storytelling across an expanding TV landscape.

The Academy’s board of governors also approved other awards rule and procedure changes for 2016. Most notably, the nominees for directing and writing, for both comedy and dramas series, have been increased to six in each category. The move reflects the dramatic increase in TV series production.

Three short form categories have been added to the competition. Potential entrants are defined as series with a minimum of six episodes running an average of 15 minutes or less per episode, exhibited over-the-air and/or via cable, satellite or Internet. At the next Emmy Awards, you’ll see statuettes handed out for these competitions:
  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama. This replaces the category known as Short Format Live Entertainment.
  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Variety. This is a new category.
  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction. This replaces the Short Format Nonfiction category.
Additionally, two new acting categories have been created:  Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama. (The Academy is hanging on to its existing Outstanding Short Form Animated Program category.)
Last month, the Academy announced that going forward the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will occur over two consecutive nights the weekend prior to the Emmy Awards broadcast. The expanded short form categories will be presented as part of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies.

For more information, read Lisa de Moraes' article in Deadline by clicking here.

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