The TV Academy added new Emmy categories and juried awards for emerging media programming; Revises submission rules for docs

The TV Academy today announced a new Emmy category and a jury award for emerging media programming. It also revised the rules surrounding the submission of documentary programming.

The new categories and juried awards are the result of a reorganization of the Emerging Media Programming Peer Group (formerly the Interactive Media Peer Group). It represents professionals across industries who create or influence emerging media content, such as virtual, alternate, mixed or augmented reality interactive storytelling; audience-driven narratives, storylines and content consumption sequences; and multi-platform and/or metaverse storytelling.

The new juried award will honor outstanding innovation in emerging media programming. It is the producer(s), company(s) and/or individual(s) responsible for creating groundbreaking emerging media programming that showcases technological or storytelling innovation, significantly enhancing the viewer’s viewing experience beyond traditional linear TV programming.

The new category is Outstanding Emerging Media Program, which will be awarded to the producer(s), company(s) and/or individual(s) responsible for creating an existing linear television program or series or a related emerging media programming that is completely original. The award recognizes content that is central to the work itself and demonstrates originality and creative excellence, which elevates the viewing experience of viewers beyond traditional linear programming.

In the case of documentary programming submissions, documentaries that appear on the AMPAS viewing platform but did not receive an Oscar nomination may still be eligible for Emmy consideration. This should (with any luck) increase doc submissions, which have been low in the past.

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