When Frank Scherma was elected as chairman and CEO of the Television Academy three years ago, he came to office with grand plans to reform the organization. What he didn’t plan on was a global pandemic interrupting that focus. That’s why, as Scherma confirmed on Wednesday morning, he plans to run for re-election in November in a bid to continue as chairman/CEO for another two-year term.
A year into his tenure as Television Academy CEO, Frank Scherma held big plans for 2020. And then, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Months later, the Academy has jump-started the recruitment process for a diversity leader, and that membership drive is ready to go once it’s safe to do so. But Scherma is mostly concerned right now with making sure this year’s Emmys go off without a hitch, wrapping up the most unusual awards season ever.
The Television Academy has named Frank Scherma chairman and CEO. Co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, Scherma replaces Hayma Washington, who is stepping down after one term as head of the organization. Scherma’s two-year term as head of the organization, which oversees the Primetime Emmy Awards, begins Jan. 1.