|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2008)|
|NATAS Suncoast Emmy Award|
|Awarded for||Excellence in television|
|Country||United States of America|
|Presented by||NATAS Suncoast Chapter|
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which gives presents the coveted Emmy among sectors of the television industry in several award ceremonies. While the National Emmy Award Ceremony is probably the most recognized, Regional Award Ceremonies are held throughout the twenty chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, located across the United States, that conduct regional awards to recognize excellence in all the regional television markets. Because the headquarters of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are located in Los Angeles, the Academy also handles the Los Angeles area membership and regional awards.
Regional Emmy Awards
The Suncoast Chapter, a regional chapter within the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to awarding excellence in television. The Chapter offers annual Emmy Awards called the Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards to television markets in the entire state of Florida; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; Thomasville, Georgia; and Puerto Rico.
Out of more than 8,000 entries submitted each year less than 10% is actually awarded a trophy and unlike other competitions, only one prize is awarded in each category. There are no second or third places awarded.
In addition to the annual Emmy Awards, the chapter awards professionals in several other categories.
Silver Circle Awards
The Silver Circle Award recognizes those people who have made significant contributions to television over a period of 25 years or more. The Suncoast Chapter has offered these awards to television professionals in South Florida since 1989. The Puerto Rican members with the support of the Chapter, under the direction of Victor Montilla have produced three formal dinners in San Juan giving Silver Circle awards to Paquito Cordero, Jacobo Morales, Tommy Muñiz and José Miguel Agrelot.
Golden Circle Awards
The Golden Circle Award is given to those television professionals who have distinguished themselves by their work in television over a period of fifty years or more.
The Governor's Award is the most prestigious award given by the Academy. Since the first award in 1978 to Mitchell Wolfson who founded television in South Florida, the award has been presented over 18 times.
The Governor's Award recognizes those persons, or those television entities, who are worthy of recognition for the quality of their contribution to television in the Suncoast region, but are not otherwise eligible for an Emmy Award for their work.
The Chapter also offers seminars and awards scholarships to distinguished scholars in the field.