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Emmys Rewards Problems: Diversity Problems, Voting and much more TV

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At Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, the mood may be #emmissohit, but the lack of non-white winners this year is not the television academy’s only critical issue.

All award shows are a twist. Viewership is declining, consumer needs and wants are not being heard or understood by the industry, and the push for diversity is still being met with hostility and an ignorant interpretation in some quarters of Hollywood. Awards shows, for better or worse, forums where we see these excitements are sometimes seen in public – such as the look on Kerry Washington’s face when he realized that Michael K. Williams, the favorite character actor who died on September 6, at the age of 54 The actor did not win the category. It wasn’t just that POC didn’t win any acting category that bothered the audience. It has become clear to viewers that voters went “down the line” in their ballots for the same show in each category. And since the TV Academy had a simple honors system for voters to observe that all programs were viewed in a certain category, the organization felt that they had chosen them and their familiar names.

The frustration of the lack of winning actors from BIPOC backgrounds was evident on TV Twitter, especially among the creative. But the TV Academy’s issues seem to be shrouded in mystery as to which of its more than 20,000 members can vote for the Emmy contest. And on top of that, there’s the “too much TV” factor that some voters may be overwhelmed with, including many shows they might consider. Who has the time to watch and evaluate 13 dramas, come comedy, limited1 limited series and 1 television movie? These were the actual numbers submitted for this year’s Emmy Nomination Voting Round. With so many competitors, which helps explain the kind of broom we’ve seen lately, “Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” dominated this year and “Shits Creek” last year.

Gloria Calderon Kellett, Runner of “One Day at a Time” and the upcoming “With Love” show on Amazon Prime, tweeted during the show to “friends” who told me they were losing their jobs for diversity and that there is so much diversity on TV. Look at the winners. Who got the massive budget and campaign? Still, much remains to be done for real equality. Glad to be on the Exx committee to bring about change. ”

Many of us are identified as “walksters” when we try to raise conversations about the need for systematic change to diversify the storytelling landscape. However, Sunday’s winners show how much work still needs to be done.

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other top streamers – this year, Apple TV and HBO Max – have added competition rules and voting processes for AMDs – increasing HBO-owned competition. It’s hard to put a girdle around division and submission policies when the TV itself is changing a lot for the better. But no, there is no doubt that there is more joking and gamesmanship in search of gold.

In 2013, the year Netflix debuted the Emmy scene with “House of Cards,” the primetime Emmys were limited to the fourth season of “Modern Family” (ABC) and “Breaking Bad” (AMC), HBO’s “Behind the Candlebra”. Or taking the movie when those two categories came together.

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“The Maid’s Story”
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In 2017, Hulu won the opening season of “The Handmade’s Tale”, a contest to claim the first top series award among streamers. Then, the TV academy was flooded with power players and executives asking them to create an equal playground for all kinds of series. That’s when we saw award-winning strategists and pundits being illegally submitted to limited entries in entries like the “American Horror Story” franchise.

In 2015, the Deep Night Competitive Race was expanded to divide the Variety Series section into two parts: Variety of Speech and Variety of Sketches. Why was that? Acknowledging the difference between a sketch comedy and a temporary daily chat show. But that resulted in only two shows being nominated in the sketch category this year, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Saturday Night Live.” With dozens of “SNL” wins over the past decade, rooting for newcomers has not been difficult.

We then selected a variety of specials (live) and variety specials (pre-recorded), one by Colbert and the other by “Hamilton” (Disney Plus), six of which were nominated in the acting category. Director Thomas Kyle has spoken openly about recording various stage performances on Broadway as “a movie”. Yet, when they had no way of submitting for the Oscars last year, and after being nominated for a Golden Globe in the film, they switched to the playbook, angling for SAG on television before moving on to the Ames. Why couldn’t he compete in television movies? These are multiple examples of inconsistencies that have flashed over the years.

Understand the voting practices of the Television Academy to understand what affects the results of the annual Amy Heat. It consists of 30 peer groups, each representing areas of expertise in the television industry – animation, art director / set decorator, casting director, children’s programming, choreography, cinematographer, advertising, costume design and supervision, day programming, programming, director, docum Media, Lighting, Camera & Technical Arts, Los Angeles Area, Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Motion & Title Design, Music, Performer, Picture Editor, Producer, Production Executive, Professional Representative, Public, Sound Editor, Special Visual Effects, Stunt, Television Executive and Writer.

For Nomination Point votes, there is no limit to the number of nominees that voters can choose. For reference, 133 plays were submitted, while comedy fought for 68 title slots. As a member, if you like, you can check out each single series, or if you’re an intelligent award studio, make sure you check out all of the members Yours Shows. Could this explain why jaw-dropping inclusions like “Emily in Paris” have been cut? Probably. When filling out the ballot, the names of the series are shown in alphabetical order, without network or abstract. There is an endless scroll with boxes to check, so does it become a simple name recognition game, or are voters really identifying the party of their choice? There seems to be a better way to sort through the playground in the early stages of the process. Perhaps the BAFTA method will help streamline competitors down to 25 through a long list and / or shortlist rounds and encourage members to take the time to watch all series and performances.

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Another important consideration is the purpose. The time has come to hold a summit for the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) when movies and TV programs for the Emmy and Oscars can be submitted. Even more, logically, it’s time for each of them to make a “letter of intent” or a promise signed by the creator, so they don’t play a second with one when they reject their efforts. As much as I admire the documentaries “76 Days”, “Boys State” and “Dick Johnson Is Dead”, I’ve seen them create 15 Oscar documentary shortlists, before snatching nominations in the morning, and now making a play and winning creative arts Emmys, not something that sits right with many. The feeling is that it hinders filmmakers who are making their series for the purpose of television. Additionally, a $ 12,500 submission fee for the Oscar subsequent and then the additional fee for the Emmy is also the disadvantage of independent and low-budget films and series.

So, where is the check and balance from the academy?

It’s easy to associate the results of last night’s Emmy-winning winners with the TV Academy’s membership population, but what’s the specific breakdown? Prior to the epidemic, the TV Academy had about 25,000 members. In an exclusive interview with Diversity, TV Academy President Maury McIntyre revealed that the number of members dropped by five thousand last year. Who booted out? How diverse are the members? 20,000 Many people have to manage, and how many of them are voting?

So, where do we stand now?

Over the past few years, TV Academy has made significant changes to the rules on a regular basis that seem like a trial and error attempt to root a “fix” like a software bug. But is there a single solution? Probably not. I applaud the past and present efforts of the Television Academy, but they are not yet there.

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