Helmer previously directed nine Tony Awards
Glenn Weiss has been tapped to direct this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards — his first.The 61st annual fete will be held Sunday, Sept. 20. Exec producer Don Mischer revealed the pick Wednesday, on the eve of the Emmy nominations announcement. “Glenn brings extensive experience in live television direction to the Emmys,” Mischer said. “He is creative, organized and unflappable. And for a director of a live three-hour event, you can’t beat that.” Weiss has exec produced and directed nine Tony Awards telecasts, winning four Primetime Emmys for his work — including last year, for Special Class Program (Awards). Weiss worked with Mischer on three Super Bowl halftime shows, including this year’s Bruce Springsteen performance, as well as Tom Petty in 2008 and Prince in 2007. Helmer’s other credits include the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, the Kids Choice Awards and the “Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration.” TV series he has directed include “The Singing Bee” and “Star Search.” Weiss runs White Cherry Entertainment with Ricky Kirshner.