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Television Academy adds Primetime Emmy categories

The Television Academy Board of Governors is adding two new categories to this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards competition: Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series. The new Emmy ...
February 24, 2017

The Television Academy Board of Governors is adding two new categories to this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards competition: Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series.

The new Emmy section for Outstanding Music Supervision will acknowledge the contribution made by the music supervisor to the music of any television program. The Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series will recognize casting directors responsible for identifying and assembling ensemble casts for structured, unstructured or competition programs within the reality space.

“In our ever-changing world of television, it’s important to annually evaluate and refine the rules of Emmy competition,” said Hayma Washington, Television Academy chairman and CEO, in a statement. “We are keeping pace with industry innovators, and recognizing excellence within new and changing genres and platforms.”

Other approved Primetime Emmy Awards rules and procedures modifications for 2017 include:

  • Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series is now split into Cinematography for One–Hour Series and for Half-Hour Series.

Converted, retitled and redefined former juried awards into new interactive media category awards:

  • Outstanding Interactive Program (existing category award).
  • Outstanding Original Interactive Program (new category award).
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program (new category award).
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program (new category award).
  • Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming (new juried award).

(Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images).

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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