Inside Move: Emmy panel votes for kudofest change

Telecast shuffle hopes to help with overhaul

The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences has moved one step closer to overhauling its Primetime Emmy telecast.

An Academy committee voted 9-2 last week to recommend moving the awards for supporting actor and actress in a TV movie/mini, as well as writing and directing for longform and variety programs, to the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.

Emmys for outstanding movie and miniseries, as well as top actor and actress in a longform, would remain in the Primetime Emmy telecast. Group also suggested giving reality TV a larger presence in the Primetime event.

Org decided to look at ways to revamp the Primetime Emmys, including shrinking the number of awards handed out, after the kudofest suffered ratings declines in September (Daily Variety, Jan. 19).

The TV Academy’s board of governors will now take a look at the proposals; the various guilds also have to approve a change before the committee’s suggestions can be implemented.

“We are in the early stages of evaluation, and there are several steps that need to be undertaken before anything is brought to the board of governors for consideration,” the Academy said in a statement. “In addition, any decision from the board that requires changes to the show must also have the cooperation of the networks and the guilds. We are very early in the process and any changes at this point are highly speculative.”

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