There’s only so much space available for one of my regular columns, but the latest — about the tough choices facing the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in negotiating a new TV deal for the Emmys — didn’t go into one salient point about the rival show being proposed in conjunction with the Paley Center that’s worth mentioning.
Namely, that the three co-chairman of that effort all have former ties to the TV academy.
As Paley announced in March, “Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the FOX Networks Group, and Dick Lippin, chairman and chief executive of The Lippin Group have been appointed co-chairs of the newly formed The Paley Center for Media Television Awards Planning Committee.”
Lippin, of course, oversaw publicity for the TV academy for a dozen years before resigning the account in 2009; Mosko is the former head of the ATAS Foundation, who gave up that honorary post in 2007; and Vinciquerra was previously a member of the acad’s board of governors.
In other words, the three guys leading the charge in orchestrating the new awards were all active in the academy, and have subsequently chosen to go get involved with these new awards.
If nothing else, that reinforces the point that the academy has more work to do than simply putting on a good Emmy show to bolster its position within the TV community.