Thursday, April 25, 2024

So Much for the Emmy Awards: They’ll Be Virtual, Governor’s Ball Cancelled, Academy Donates $1 Mil to Actor’s Fund


There will be no big parties for the Emmy Awards this September.

The Television Academy announced this morning that the Creative Arts Emmys — which precede the big Emmys by a week– will be held virtually, somehow, over three nights beginning September 12th.

The actual Emmys, set for September 20th, will likely also be virtual. The Academy is not going to stuff 12,000 people into the Microsoft Theatre at LA Live.

The Academy also cancelled the Governor’s Ball that follows the Emmys. Instead they’re contributing $1 million to the Actors Fund.

We knew the parties were over when HBO cancelled its big soiree at the Pacific Design Center. This is too bad because I’d planned on stalking Issa Rae. I love her show. So she’s breathing a sigh of relief!

From the press release: “This has been an incredibly challenging time for our industry; and though we are now making plans to get back to work, we know there are many still suffering from the work stoppage caused by the coronavirus,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. “As we strive to do the right thing for our community with these changes to our annual events, the Television Academy is also pleased to support those still in need with a $1 million donation to The Actors Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund.”
Scherma said that the gift will add to a pipeline of support for those in the entertainment industry who are struggling to meet basic needs due to layoffs, employment furloughs and other impacts of the pandemic. “As the industry reemerges, we will continue to support our more than 24,000 members and our community through this donation and our Academy’s programs and resources,” he said.


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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