Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2076600212).jpg
Founded 1946
Area served
Television industry
Product Emmy Awards
Key people
Hayma Washington
(Chairman and CEO)

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also known as the Television Academy,[1][2] is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the television industry in the United States.

Founded in 1946, the organization presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U.S. primetime television.


Syd Cassyd considered television a tool for education and envisioned an organization that would put outside the "flash and glamor" of the industry and become an outlet for "serious discussion" and award the industries "finest achievements".[3] In 2016, producer Hayma "Screech" Washington was elected chairman and CEO of The Academy of Arts and Sciences, his election to such a position marks a truly historic turning point within the industry for Washington is the first African-Americans to hold such office within the academy and the industry.[4][5]

Emmy Award[edit]

The courtyard and Emmy Award statue at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences facility on Lankershim

In 1949, the Television Academy held the first Emmy Awards ceremony, an annual event created to recognize excellence in U.S. television programming, although the initial event was restricted to programming from the Los Angeles area. The name "Emmy" was derived from "Immy," a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube, which was instrumental in the development of modern television. The word was feminized as "Emmy" to complement the design chosen for the statuette, which depicted a winged, idealized woman holding an atom.

The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organizations who focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (primetime), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international).

Publications and programs[edit]

In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy publishes the award-winning Emmy magazine and through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, annual College Television Awards, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs.

Current governance[edit]

  • Hayma Washington[4] (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer)
  • Kevin Hamburger (Vice Chair)
  • Frank Scherma (Second Vice Chair)
  • Marcelino Ford (Secretary)
  • Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg (Treasurer)
  • Joetta Di Bella (Los Angeles Area Vice Chair)
  • Kevin Beggs (Chair's Appointee)
  • Nancy Josephson (Chair's Appointee)
  • John Landgraf (Chair's Appointee)
  • Mark Pedowitz (Chair's Appointee)
  • Brian Robbins (Chair's Appointee)
  • TBD (Chair's Appointee)
  • Bob Bergen (Governors' Appointee)
  • Lucia Gervino (Governors' Appointee)
  • Sharon Lieblein (Governors' Appointee)
  • Robert Swartz (Governors' Appointee)
  • Jerry Petry (Television Academy Foundation Chairman)


Board of Governors[edit]

Mark Kirkland
Chuck Sheetz
Art Directors/Set Decorators
James Yarnell
Casting Directors
Sharon Lieblein, CSA
Howard Meltzer, CSA
Children's Programming
Daniel Evans, III
David Kleeman
Lowell Peterson
Kenneth Zunder, A.S.C.
Sheila Manning
Brian O'Rouke
Costume Design & Supervision
Betsey Potter
Mary Rose
Daytime Programming
John C. Fisher
Matthew J. Olsen
Lee Miller
Gail Mancuso
Documentary Programming
Daniel H. Birman
Shari Cookson
Electronic Production
Kieran Healy
Stephen A. Jones
Interactive Media
Lori Schwartz
Seth Shapiro
Los Angeles Area
Greg Taylor
Gerri Shaftel Constant
Beatriz Gomez
Judy Crown
Patricia Messina
Ian Fraser
Michael A. Levine
Bob Bergen
Lily Tomlin
Picture Editors
Stuart Bass A.C.E.
Scott Boyd, A.C.E
Steven Kent
Production Executives
Tony Carey
Tammy Glover Park
Professional Representatives
Allison Binder
Beth Bohn
[Public Relations]
Sharon Liggins
Russ Patrick
Reality Programming
David McKillop
Jonathan Murray
Ed Greene
Frank Morrone, C.A.S.
Sound Editors
Ruth Adelman
Edward Fassl
Special Visual Effects
Kevin Pike
Mark Scott Spatny
Anthony Molinari
Dorenda Moore
Television Executives
Michael Sluchan
Robert Swartz
Title Design
Ellen Kahn
Lynda Kahn
Kirk Ellis
Pete Hammond


Television Academy Honors[edit]

The Television Academy Honors was established in 2008 to recognize "Television with a Conscience"—television programming that inspires, informs, motivates and even has the power to change lives.

1st Annual (2008)[edit]

2nd Annual (2009)[edit]

3rd Annual (2010)[edit]

4th Annual (2011)[edit]

  • The 16th Man
  • The Big C, "Taking The Plunge"
  • Friday Night Lights, "I Can’t"
  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show, "A Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward"
  • Parenthood, "Pilot"
  • Private Practice, "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?"
  • Wartorn 1861-2010

5th Annual (2012)[edit]

6th Annual (2013)[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

1st (1984)[edit]

2nd (1985)[edit]

3rd (1986)[edit]

4th (1987)[edit]

5th (1988)[edit]

6th (1989)[edit]

7th (1990)[edit]

8th (1991)[edit]

9th (1992)[edit]

10th (1993)[edit]

11th (1995)[edit]

12th (1996)[edit]

13th (1997)[edit]

14th (1999)[edit]

15th (2002)[edit]

16th (2004)[edit]

17th (2006)[edit]

18th (2008)[edit]

19th (2010)[edit]

20th (2011)[edit]

21st (2012)[edit]

22nd (2013)[edit]

The 22nd Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held March 11, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with presenters included Will Arnett of Arrested Development, sports icon John Madden and more stars.[8]

23rd (2014)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How the Television Academy got its brand mojo back". Fast Co Design. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Television Academy getting $40 million makeover". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  3. ^ "History". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b D'Zurilla, Christie (2016-11-18). "Hayma Washington makes history as Television Academy's first African American chairman and CEO". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  5. ^ "NAACP | NAACP Statement on Election of Hayma Washington to Television Academy". NAACP. 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". 
  7. ^ "Executive Committee". 
  8. ^ "Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco hosted the 22nd Hall of Fame Gala". 2013-02-25. 

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