The Emmy Awards are United States television production awards which are given out each year. They are the television version of the Academy Awards. The first Emmy Awards were given out on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Shirley Dinsdale was the very first person to be given an Emmy in the first awards ceremony.
Three organizations give Emmy Awards:
- The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gives the award for American prime time entertainment (not including sports).
- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gives the award for daytime, sports, news and documentary programming.
- The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gives the award for programming that is created outside the United States.
The best-known of the awards are the Primetime Awards (some of which are named "Creative Arts Emmys") and the Daytime Emmy Awards.
The Emmy Awards is a statuette of a woman with wings holding an atom. It was created by television engineer Louis McManus, using his wife as a model. The trophies are made by a company that has a manufacturing site at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, a prison in El Dorado, Kansas.