TV Academy Will No Longer Allow Inactive Members to Vote for Emmys (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 11/15/2019 | Michael Schneider
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The Television Academy is introducing a vetting process to its Emmy-voting body, in a move that it hopes will “uphold the caliber of the Emmy Awards competition and the vibrancy of its membership.”

For legacy members who might be retired or have already made their mark on the industry, the Academy will continue to allow members who have worked for two decades in the entertainment business, and would have qualified for active membership for at least 16 years during their career, to vote in the Emmys.

Others - Members - Industry - While - Status

Others, such as new members or those who only briefly worked in the industry a while ago, will be shifted to “associate status,” which still includes most membership benefits (such as access to peer group networking events and a subscription to Emmy magazine) — but they will no longer be able to cast Emmy ballots.

“Everything we’ve talked about over the past few years is the integrity and the value of the Emmy award,” Television Academy chairman/CEO Frank Scherma told Variety. “It’s making sure that the strength of the Emmy stays and continues to grow. It’s very important to us. By doing this, a periodic review of the people voting on these awards, we just want to make sure they are both active professionals and industry veterans who are the best to judge these awards.”

Classifications - Place - Distinctions - Academy - Org

There are already voting and non-voting classifications in place, although those distinctions have not been actively policed by the Academy. But now that the org’s membership base is more than 25,000, the decision was made to keep a closer eye on who is actually helping determine primetime TV’s biggest prize.

TV Academy president-COO Maury McIntyre said he expects that the majority of members will continue to be able to vote on the Emmys, and that those being moved to non-voting status will represent “a...
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