Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), also colloquially known as the Television Academy, is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the television industry in the United States. It is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization founded in 1946, the organization presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U.S. primetime television.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Founded1946; 75 years ago (1946)
Legal status501(c)(6)
Area served
Television industry
ProductPrimetime Emmy Award
Key people
Frank Scherma
(Chairman and CEO)
Revenue (2019)
$36,921,627[1] [redirects to, official website of the Emmys and the Television Academy


Syd Cassyd considered television a tool for education and envisioned an organization that would act outside the "flash and glamor" of the industry and become an outlet for "serious discussion" and award the industry's "finest achievements".[2] Envisioning a television counterpart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cassyd founded the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1946 in conjunction with leaders of the early television industry who had gathered at a meeting he organized.[3]

In 2014, alongside its Hall of Fame induction ceremony and announced plans to expand its headquarters, the organization announced that it had changed its public brand to the Television Academy, with a new logo designed by Siegel + Gale. The new branding was intended to downplay the organization's antiquated formal name in favor of a more straightforward identity, and features a separating line (typically used to separate the organization's wordmark from a simplified image of the Emmy Award statuette) used to symbolize a screen, and also portrayed as a "portal".[4][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]

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 and Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts and 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

  • Frank Scherma[7] (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer)
  • Steve Venezia, CAS (Vice Chair)
  • Tim Gibbons (Second Vice Chair)
  • Sharon Lieblein, CSA (Secretary)
  • Allison Binder (Treasurer)
  • Mitch Waldow (Los Angeles Area Vice Chair)
  • Bob Bergen (Governors' Appointee)
  • Rickey Minor (Governors' Appointee)
  • Michael Ruscio, ACE (Governors' Appointee)
  • Lori H. Schwartz (Governors' Appointee)
  • Madeline Di Nonno (Chair, Television Academy Foundation)[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

5th Annual (2012)Edit

6th Annual (2013)Edit

7th Annual (2014)Edit

8th Annual (2015)Edit

9th Annual (2016)Edit

10th Annual (2017)Edit

11th Annual (2018)Edit

12th Annual (2019)Edit

Hall of FameEdit

The Television Academy Hall of Fame was founded by a former president of the ATAS, John H. Mitchell (1921–1988),[11] to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. television. Inductions are not held every year.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Nonprofit Explorer". 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ "History". Television Academy. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Syd Cassyd, 91; Envisioned TV Academy", The New York Times, February 11, 2000. Accessed February 10, 2021. "Syd Cassyd, whose idea it was to found the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which gives the Emmy Awards, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.... Mr. Cassyd was working for a trade publication when he had the idea, and in 1946 he organized a meeting of influential figures in the world of television. He believed that television, then in its infancy, had the potential for enormous growth, so the purpose of the 1946 gathering was to talk about creating an organization like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had been giving the Academy Awards, known as Oscars, since 1927."
  4. ^ "How the Television Academy got its brand mojo back". Fast Co Design. 24 March 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Television Academy getting $40 million makeover". 11 March 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "NAACP | NAACP Statement on Election of Hayma Washington to Television Academy". NAACP. November 21, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Academy Elects Frank Scherma as Chairman and CEO". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Executive Committee". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Executive Committee".
  10. ^ "Television Academy Honors". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  11. ^ New York Times obit., January 22, 1988

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