Emmys change episode length criteria for comedies and dramas – The Hollywood Reporter


The Television Academy on Monday announced rule changes for the 74th Emmy Awards that will align with developments in the television industry.

The new changes include the elimination of categorization based on program length for a comedy or drama series, and that the length of episodes will no longer dictate the submission categories. Instead, producers will determine submissions by category, but the Academy’s industry panel has the right to review producer preference.

Comedy and drama series will now be considered multi-episode programs (with a minimum of six) with a theme, storyline and main characters presented under the same title. Programs under 20 minutes are the exception and must be submitted in shorthand categories. Previously, 30-minute shows were automatically considered comedy, while 60-minute shows were considered drama.

The Interactive Program category and the Jury Prize for Innovation in Interactive Programming were also eliminated for the 2021-2022 competition.

Previously, it had been announced that any film placed on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences platform would be considered a theatrical film and therefore ineligible for the Emmys. It was also announced that the Outstanding Stunt Coordination has been split into two categories, one for the Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Show and the other for the Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, a limited or anthology series or a film.

The Academy has also added new qualifying titles. For example, VFX Editor was added as an Emmy-eligible title in the Special Visual Effects categories, and Story Producer Oversight was added in the Structured, Unstructured, and Competition categories. Voice director has been added for animation programs.

“This year, our awards committee worked with industry colleagues to further define program eligibility for the Emmy contest,” said Frank Scherma, President and CEO of the Television Academy. “We have made great strides in differentiating what is eligible for our respective competitions, along with the changes underway in content development and distribution. “

In addition, the description of the Governors’ Award has been revised as follows: “The Board of Governors may, where warranted, recognize an individual, business or organization that has made a profound, transformational and lasting contribution to the arts and / or science. of television by presenting them with the Governors’ Award.

The 2022 Emmy Awards will take place on September 18. The full list of rule changes can be found here.


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