Open main menu

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Television Academy,[1][2] legally known as The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS),[3][4] is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the television industry in the United States.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Television Academy - 2018.jpg
Founded1946; 72 years ago (1946)
Area served
Television industry
ProductEmmy Awards
Key people
Hayma Washington
(Chairman and CEO)

Founded in 1946, the organization presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U.S. primetime television.



Syd Cassyd considered television a tool for education and envisioned an organization that would put outside the "flash and glamor" of the industry and become an outlet for "serious discussion" and award the industries "finest achievements".[5] In 2016, producer Hayma Washington was elected chairman and CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, becoming the first African-American to hold the position.[6][7]

Emmy AwardEdit

The courtyard and Emmy Award statue at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences facility on Lankershim

In 1949, the Television Academy held the first Emmy Awards ceremony, an annual event created to recognize excellence in U.S. television programming, although the initial event was restricted to programming from the Los Angeles area. The name "Emmy" was derived from "Immy," a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube, which aided the progress of modern television. The word was feminized as "Emmy" to match the statuette, which depicted a winged woman holding an atom.

The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organizations who focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (primetime), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international).

Publications and programsEdit

In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy publishes the award-winning emmy magazine and through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, annual College Television Awards, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs.

Current governanceEdit

  • Hayma Washington[6] (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer)
  • Frank Scherma (Vice Chair)
  • Steve Venezia, CAS (Second Vice Chair)
  • Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg (Secretary)
  • Allison Binder (Treasurer)
  • Mitch Waldow (Los Angeles Area Vice Chair)
  • Jill Daniels (Governors' Appointee)
  • Gail Mancuso (Governors' Appointee)
  • Rickey Minor (Governors' Appointee)
  • Mark Spatny (Governors' Appointee)
  • Madeline Di Nonno (Television Academy Foundation Chairman)[8]

Board of GovernorsEdit


Television Academy HonorsEdit

See footnote.[10]

The Television Academy Honors were established in 2008 to recognize "Television with a Conscience"—television programming that inspires, informs, motivates and even has the power to change lives.

1st Annual (2008)Edit

2nd Annual (2009)Edit

3rd Annual (2010)Edit

4th Annual (2011)Edit

  • The 16th Man
  • The Big C, "Taking The Plunge"
  • Friday Night Lights, "I Can’t"
  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show, "A Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward"
  • Parenthood, "Pilot"
  • Private Practice, "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?"
  • Wartorn 1861-2010

5th Annual (2012)Edit

6th Annual (2013)Edit

7th Annual (2014)Edit

  • The Big C: Hereafter
  • Comedy Warriors
  • The Fosters
  • Mea Maxima Culpa
  • Mom
  • Screw You Cancer
  • Vice

8th Annual (2015)Edit

9th Annual (2016)Edit

10th Annual (2017)Edit

11th Annual (2018)Edit

Hall of FameEdit

Note: There were no inductions in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "How the Television Academy got its brand mojo back". Fast Co Design. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Television Academy getting $40 million makeover". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "User Agreement". Retrieved March 2, 2017. Please check this Agreement periodically for changes as the owner of this site ("Academy of Television Arts & Sciences")
  4. ^ "Copyright and Trademark Policies" (PDF). Retrieved March 2, 2017. The Emmy name and the Emmy statuette are the trademarked property of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (“Television Academy”) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ("National Academy").
  5. ^ "History". Television Academy. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b D'Zurilla, Christie (November 18, 2016). "Hayma Washington makes history as Television Academy's first African American chairman and CEO". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "NAACP | NAACP Statement on Election of Hayma Washington to Television Academy". NAACP. November 21, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Executive Committee". Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Executive Committee".
  10. ^ "Television Academy Honors". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  11. ^ "Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco hosted the 22nd Hall of Fame Gala". February 25, 2013.

External linksEdit