Sunday, May 26, 2024

Television Academy Announces No DVD Screeners for Emmy Awards Beginning Next Year


It’s the end of an era.

The Television Academy has announced there will not be DVD screeners for the 2020 Emmy Awards. The party is over.

Newly elected Television Academy Chairman Frank Scherma said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Academy to take an important first step to move the industry forward in an area of great concern for both our partners and members, reducing costs and delivering a tremendous positive impact for the environment. Television has an ever-expanding role as the world’s most innovative and popular entertainment medium, and this decision embraces the evolution of viewing practices and preferences of the Academy’s 25,000 members and the industry at large.”

This was inevitable. Peak TV has caused the problem, with dozens of new shows off-network and all series with many episodes– the DVDs were out of control. Also, they were expensive. Plus, no one who received the entire collection had room for it!

Will the Oscars follow suit? I don’t think so. The screeners are needed, especially for indie films. For the Emmys, everything is available on a variety of services already.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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