As a three term member of the Board of Governors of the Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences and the Executive Producer
of the LA Area Emmys, I've overseen a number of changes involving
the LA Area Emmy Awards. This year there is yet another! The
following article is reprint of one recently published in
Academy Connection LA, the newsletter of the LA Peer Group
of the TV Academy.
A SEASON OF CHANGE
By Hal Eisner
the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards it's a season of change as
we move our presentation from one season to another! Before
we look ahead, let's look back.
Generally speaking, The LA Emmys is a lot different now than
it was when I was in my first term on the Academy's Board
of Governors. Now, in my third term, and 7th year as the show's
Executive Producer, the changes continue.
many years, the annual presentation involved local anchors
and reporters presenting awards to such winners as -- local
anchors and reporters. There was nothing wrong with that.
In fact, we had some great shows. But, as time went on, we
tried to make it feel more like it's namesake involving more
high profile celebrities ... moving in the direction of what
I liked calling "Primetime Junior."
the next 6 years, our hosts would include Marc Summers, Byron
Allen, Paul Rodriguez (twice), Louie Anderson and Ed McMahon.
We would have some terrific presenters such as Martin Landau,
David Ogden Stiers, Jo Beth Williams, George Gray, Diane Ladd,
Ken Howard, Robert Guillaume, Robert Wuhl, Mathew ST Patrick,
Alan Rachins, CCH Pounder -- the list goes on and on! We began
webcasting the show. We added entertainment to it. And, after
a 23 year hiatus, we got it back on TV! In the last three
years it's been on KTLA, KCOP and KCBS.
2002 there were more changes. For many years it was held at
the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Last year we brought it back
to the home of the Emmys -- The Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences in North Hollywood and threw a terrific after-show
party out on the plaza. The feedback was wonderful!
A lot of people were responsible for making all of this happen.
Shirley Neal, an Academy member who owns Park Hill Entertainment,
was our producer. She had a great hardworking production team.
Our peer group leadership during those years included Nelson
Davis, Socorro Serrano, Harry Kooperstein and Mitch Waldow.
The Academy leadership, staff, Awards VP John Leverence and
LA Area Administrator Liz Korda always gave it 200% and contributed
lots of great ideas.
another big change! For years, we've given out our awards
in May. Slowly, but surely the presentation started creeping
into June. This year we were almost into July. Over the years
many have complained about the timing. It's too hot! It's
right after the May book and it's vacation time! In many ways
it's also seemed out of step with the rest of Emmy season
in the fall.
This year, we're proud to announce that the 2003 LA Area
Emmy Awards Presentation is moving from June to September
-- from early summer to Emmy Season! This year's presentation
will be on September 6th, a week after Labor Day and just
before the September Creative Arts Awards and the Primetime
Emmys. It's a season when there's lots of Emmy talk and buzz.
It should give all of us in the LA Area Peer Group a renewed
pride in, not just our celebration of excellence, but also
in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences!