INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY TO EXPAND ITS JURISDICTION TO RECOGNIZE US PRIMETIME PROGRAMS IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
NEW CATEGORY FOR US PRIMETIME PROGRAMMING TO BE ADDED TO THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS COMPETITION
New York, November 13, 2013 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced that it will create a new Emmy category for Non-English Language US Primetime Programs, to be added to the 2014 International Emmy® Awards competition. The change is pursuant to a rule adopted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences earlier this year which extended jurisdiction in this area to the International Academy.
“Recent demographic trends and electoral events have made clear that the United States is becoming a multilingual country, and these developments are increasingly reflected in the country’s television programs.” said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner. “The International Academy is looking forward to expanding its jurisdiction in a way that enables US primetime programs primarily not in English to compete for Emmys against each other.”
The Category will be open to any primetime program produced by a US company or aired first in the US, in a language 50% or more other than English. Programs eligible include scripted dramas, comedies and telenovelas, as well as unscripted reality, variety and game shows that originally aired in primetime (6:00 PM- 2:00 AM). Rules & Regulations will be posted on December 12, 2013 at www.iemmys.tv.
About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards and International Emmy® Kids Awards ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.