Volunteers come to Emmys’ aid

Various production companies and private public relations firms have volunteered to staff the 45th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, responding to word that CBS, NBC and Fox Broadcasting Co. have declined to participate in this year’s ceremony.

Traditionally, the networks provide about 10 staffers each to escort stars and nominees around, oversee the press room and supervise other activities relating to the event.

This year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will rely on the publicity department at ABC, the host network, as well as the volunteers.

The other networks decided not to staff the awards or buy tickets to the event, irked by the exclusive four-year ABC deal. In recent years, when Fox was airing the Emmys, ABC also chose not to help staff the show.

The awards will be presented Sept. 18-19 in Pasadena.

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