Emmy Award

Emmy Award
Awarded forExcellence in the television industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byATAS/NATAS/IATAS Official Emmy website

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theater), and the Grammy Award (for music).[1]

Because Emmys are given in various sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year. The two events that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy Award ceremonies are those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, national business and financial reporting, and technological and engineering achievements in television, including the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. Regional Emmy Awards are also presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and statewide television. In addition, International Emmys are awarded for excellence in TV programming produced and initially aired outside the United States.

Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS).[2] Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy ceremonies.[3]


The Los Angeles–based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) established the Emmy Award as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity.[3] The first Emmy Awards ceremony took place on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, but solely to honor shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony.[3] The term "Emmy" is a French alteration of the television crew slang term "Immy", the nickname for an "image orthicon", a camera tube used in TV production.[4]

In the 1950s, the ATAS expanded the Emmys into a national event, presenting the awards to shows aired nationwide on broadcast television. In 1955, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) was formed in New York City as a sister organization to serve members on the East Coast, and help to also supervise the Emmys. The NATAS also established regional chapters throughout the United States, with each one developing their own local Emmy awards show for local programming.[3] The ATAS still however maintained its separate regional ceremony honoring local programming in the Los Angeles Area.[5]

Originally there was only one Emmy Awards ceremony held per year to honor shows nationally broadcast in the United States. In 1974, the first Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony was held to specifically honor achievement in national daytime programming. Other area-specific Emmy Awards ceremonies soon followed. Also, the International Emmy Awards, honoring television programs produced and initially aired outside the U.S., was established in the early 1970s.[3] Meanwhile, all Emmys awarded prior to the emergence of these separate, area-specific ceremonies are listed along with the Primetime Emmy Awards in the ATAS's official records.[6]

In 1977, due to various conflicts, the ATAS and the NATAS agreed to split ties. However, they also agreed to share ownership of the Emmy statue and trademark, with each responsible for administering a specific set of award ceremonies.[3] There was an exception regarding the Engineering Awards (those honoring individuals, companies, or to scientific or technical organizations in recognition of significant developments and contributions to the engineering and technological aspects of television): the NATAS continues to administer the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, while the ATAS holds the separate Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards.

With the rise of cable television in the 1980s, cable programs first became eligible for the Primetime Emmys in 1988[7] and the Daytime Emmys in 1989.[8] In 2011, the ABC Television Network cancelled the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and sold the two shows' licensing rights to the production company Prospect Park so they could be continued on web television; this prompted NATAS to create a new Daytime Emmys category for the 2013 ceremony to honor such web-only series.[9] The ATAS also began accepting original online-only web television programs in 2013.[10]

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Afrikaans: Emmy
العربية: جائزة إيمي
asturianu: Premios Emmy
azərbaycanca: Emmi mükafatı
беларуская: Эмі
български: Еми (награда)
bosanski: Emmy nagrada
brezhoneg: Emmy Awards
català: Premis Emmy
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Cymraeg: Gwobr Emmy
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Ελληνικά: Βραβεία Emmy
español: Premios Emmy
Esperanto: Premio Emmy
euskara: Emmy Sariak
فارسی: جایزه امی
français: Emmy Awards
Frysk: Emmy Award
galego: Premios Emmy
한국어: 에미상
hrvatski: Nagrada Emmy
Bahasa Indonesia: Penghargaan Emmy
italiano: Premio Emmy
עברית: פרס אמי
ქართული: ემის ჯილდო
қазақша: Эмми
Kiswahili: Emmy
latviešu: Emmy balva
magyar: Emmy-díj
македонски: Еми (награда)
მარგალური: ემიშ ჯილდო
Bahasa Melayu: Anugerah Emmy
Nederlands: Emmy Award
日本語: エミー賞
norsk nynorsk: Emmy-prisen
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਐਮੀ ਇਨਾਮ
polski: Nagroda Emmy
português: Emmy
română: Premiul Emmy
русский: Эмми
Simple English: Emmy Award
slovenčina: Emmy Award
slovenščina: Emmy
српски / srpski: Награда Еми
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Emmy Award
svenska: Emmy Award
Tagalog: Gawad Emmy
татарча/tatarça: «Эмми» кинопремиясе
Türkçe: Emmy Ödülleri
українська: Еммі
Tiếng Việt: Giải Emmy
吴语: 艾美奖
粵語: 艾美獎
中文: 艾美奖