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.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Founded1946 (1946)
Area served
Television industry
ProductPrimetime Emmy Award
Key people
Frank Scherma
(Chairman and CEO) [redirects to, official website of the Emmys and the Television Academy

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".[1] 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.[2]

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".[3][4]

Emmy Award

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 programs

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 governance

  • Frank Scherma[5] (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)
  • Muchael Ruscio, ACE (Governors' Appointee)
  • Lori H. Schwartz (Governors' Appointee)
  • Madeline Di Nonno (Chair, Television Academy Foundation)[6]

Board of Governors


Television Academy honors

See footnote.[8]

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)

2nd Annual (2009)

3rd Annual (2010)

4th Annual (2011)

  • 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)

6th Annual (2013)

7th Annual (2014)

8th Annual (2015)

9th Annual (2016)

10th Annual (2017)

11th Annual (2018)

12th Annual (2019)

Hall of Fame

The Television Academy Hall of Fame was founded by a former president of the ATAS, John H. Mitchell (1921–1988),[9] to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. television. Inductions are not held every year.

See also


  1. "History". Television Academy. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  2. "NAACP | NAACP Statement on Election of Hayma Washington to Television Academy". NAACP. November 21, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. "How the Television Academy got its brand mojo back". Fast Co Design. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  4. "Television Academy getting $40 million makeover". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  5. "Academy Elects Frank Scherma as Chairman and CEO". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  6. "Executive Committee". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  7. "Executive Committee".
  8. "Television Academy Honors". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  9. New York Times obit., January 22, 1988
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