After nearly 68 years as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the nonprofit organization has changed its name to simply the Television Academy and is rebranding as part of a “New Look — New Vision — New Destination” fundraising campaign.
In his 40 years with the TV academy, Rieger also served as president of the organization’s Hollywood chapter and editor and publisher of Emmy magazine. He was 95.
Emmy voting just got a digital upgrade. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chairman-CEO Bruce Rosenblum has unveiled plans to transition to an online voting system.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Thursday that it will merge the leading and supporting acting categories for longform programming including miniseries and made-for-TV movies.
The Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley, I Love Lucy’s Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley, and Real World creators Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray are also part of the 2012 class.
Rosenblum, currently the president of Warner Bros. Television Group, was elected to a two-year term and will assume his new duties at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in January.
The TV academy faces a production crunch in preparing for this year’s show, which is less than five months away. There is still no broadcaster set to air the live telecast Sept. 18 from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. The previous eight-year contract ran out after the show last August, and negotiations have sputtered along ever since.
The Primetime Emmy Awards will continue to air on the four major broadcast networks with a new deal between the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox . The new pact, expected to close in about two weeks, is said to mirror tne TV Academy’s most recent agreement with the four networks.