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Daytime Emmys: Changes Are Coming…But Will The Soaps Show Up?

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The Daytime Emmys are going to look and feel a whole lot different this year, but will it make an actual difference with the four remaining daytime dramas?

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has released findings of a report conducted, related to changes being made within the Daytime Emmys.

The investigation was conducted after representatives at The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless wrote to NATAS asking for changes to be made within the Daytime Emmy organization.

The firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, a law practice based in Washington. D.C., led the investigation.

Soaps were concerned about voter eligibility, transparency in the voting process, and winners not being revealed until the awards ceremony. There was also a concern raised that the same person who administers the awards should not serve as the producer of the awards ceremony.

A catalyst for these concerns was fan favorite actress Patrika Darbo having her Daytime Emmy rescinded. The actress had won in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Daytime Digital Series for her role as Mickey on The Bay.

Because Darbo had appeared on The Bay previously as Mickey, she was not eligible. Jennifer Bassey was next in line to win the award for her role in the digital drama Anacostia.

However, NATAS made the decision to have there be no winner in her category. This is after Bassey says she had been informed by NATAS that she was going to be given the statuette.

Based on Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth’s recommendations, NATAS intends to adopt the following (per a NATAS press release):

1. We will update and clarify our rulebooks. When we release the 2019 Daytime Emmys® “Call for Entries” on November 12, we will update several category criteria to eliminate opportunities for confusion. We will in particular update the requirements in the performer categories (which are at the heart of much of the concern we heard), and we will more specifically define terms such as “episode” where relevant. Additionally, we will audit the guidelines for our other Emmy® competitions to similarly reduce confusion and differences across competitions.

2. We will provide additional resources to the Daytime Emmys®. The 2018 Daytime Emmys generated ...continue reading on the next page —>

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