National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is an American professional service organization founded in 1955 for "the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry".[1] Headquartered in New York City, NATAS membership is national and the organization has local chapters around the country. It was also known as the National Television Academy until 2007.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Founded1955; 66 years ago (1955)
Area served
Television industry
ProductsDaytime Emmy Award
Sports Emmy Award
News & Documentary Emmy Award
Technology & Engineering Emmy Award


One of its past presidents, Don DeFore, was instrumental in arranging for the Emmy Awards to be broadcast on national TV for the first time on March 7, 1955. Other past presidents include John Cannon, Peter Price, Frank Radice and Bob Mauro.


NATAS distributes several groups of Emmy Awards, including the Daytime Emmy Awards, the Sports Emmy Awards, the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, and "Public Service".

NATAS also supervised the Primetime Emmy Awards until a split between the East and West memberships in the 1970s led to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences leaving NATAS. ATAS supervises the Primetime and Los Angeles area Emmys, while NATAS is in charge of the other Emmy honors. In 2007, the organization spawned a peer organization dedicated to new media, called the National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences (NAMAS).[2]

NATAS published a magazine, Television Quarterly, which started in 1962.[3][4]

19 Regional NATAS chapters organize award ceremonies of their own, awarding Emmy statues similar to those given out at the national ceremonies. They also administer their own regional scholarship and student productions award programs.[5]

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  1. ^ "History | National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences". Lone Star EMMY. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "NATAS". Emmy Online. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Television Quarterly". Emmy Online. Archived from the original on April 20, 2003. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Journal List June 2015". FIAF. Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Emmy Awards - National Academy Chapters". Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2013-05-19.

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