Today's column discusses the race for chairman fo the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which pits Warner Bros. TV Group Prez Bruce Rosenblum against current acad first vice chair Nancy Bradley Wiard, a freelance producer.
Since the web gives you the luxury of space that print doesn't — and I had to pretty ruthlessly edit down separate interviews — I thought I'd more expansively present their comments here.
As stated in the piece, there's really not a lot of campaigning to be done, with the election to be held on Nov. 16. And fortunately, neither of them has a Super-Pac.
Nancy Bradley Wiard
On the academy’s agenda:
“The academy was originally created as a place for people to come and talk about the medium and learn and share. … I want to bring back speakers from the outside into the board of governors and make it available via the website. I also want a future-focused committee to work with the activities committee.” With TV becoming more complicated, “We need to step up.”
On changing the Emmy Awards to suit the major networks:
“Each network has a different need. It don’t think everybody’s in the same boat. A lot can be negotiated and worked on…At this point, it’s way too early in the game to really know. Maybe [awards] can be cycled in and cycled out. … I know how the governors feel, and I support them. We need to make this work within what the networks want. Overall, do we have too many awards? Yes. [But any change] needs to be done with respect for everybody.”
On her status vs. Rosenblum’s:
"I do not think I am at a disadvantage at all. I know many of the network heads by virtue of being active in the academy.
"My belief is I’m the right person because I know the room.” She also plans to put top executives on the academy’s executive committee “so they’re invested. I think it’s just a matter of asking and saying, ‘We need your voice.’ They want to be a part of it. They want to be respected and appreciated….I think it’s a big benefit to the room that I know the individuals, I know their issues, [and] I know where we need to make change.”
Regarding Rosenblum intimidating board members:
“There always is some concern with the below-the-line people, and I can understand some of that feeling.”
On the academy's future role:
"I believe that the Academy can, and should, play a more influential role in expanding diversity and professional development in our industry. The Academy needs to increase its revenues which will allow for … a deeper and more meaningful support of the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts. It’s in the best interests of the Academy to become an advocate for retaining production in Los Angeles, fighting piracy and most importantly, in today’s economic times, for creating more employment opportunities for Academy members in all peer groups. Ultimately, the Academy needs to support a creative and business environment that continues to foster the creation of the best television content on the planet."
On changes to the awards:
"This is not a new issue. The question you raise has been discussed and debated at the Academy for over a decade. … Clearly, the input of every governor and every peer group is vital as the Academy considers this issue."
Concern about his senior industry position representing a conflict:
At Warner Bros., "much of our success can be attributed to our collaborative and consensus building culture … I sincerely believe that my day job will allow me to support the Academy’s efforts to be more influential as we focus and mobilize ourselves around the key issues that we face as an industry."