The Television Academy has voted to expand the Creative Arts Emmy Awards into two separate award ceremonies.
The shows will be held on two consecutive nights, both of which will take place the weekend prior to the Primetime Emmy telecast.
The decision was made in a vote by the TV Academy’s board of governors this past weekend.
The new two-show format, which will be held at L.A. Live’s Microsoft Theater on Saturday and Sunday night, will include above and below-the-line awards: art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, sound editors.
Both weekend shows will be produced by Bob Bain, who also produced the 2015 Creative Arts ceremony. Highlights from the two shows will be combined into one special for telecast prior to the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on ABC.
“One of our primary missions as an academy is to recognize creative excellence, both in front of and behind the cameras,” said Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the TV Academy. “Our academy has a legacy of adjusting and expanding our awards to reflect the changing nature of our members’ Emmy-worthy work. The industry is growing, and we now have more than enough wonderful creativity to enjoy a second creative arts show where we can celebrate the excellence and achievement of this year’s work.”
While no decision has been made yet as to which awards will be handed out on which night, the goal is to balance each night to make both compelling. Both Governors’ Balls, the celebrations which follow the awards, will be identical.
As with last year, the plan is for FXX to air an edited two-hour version of the show.
The decision to split the Creative Arts in two was likely motivated by industry complaints that the ceremony was too long. With 60-plus categories to hand out, the ceremony often ran well over three hours.