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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Founded 1946
Headquarters 5220 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601-3109
Phone: (818)754-2800
Fax: (818)761-2827
Staff John Shaffner
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Area served Television industry

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946; just one month after network television was born. It is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry. The Television Academy is the only major organization devoted entirely to television and is made up of more than 15,000 members representing 28 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various other artisans, technicians and executives.


Emmy Award

In 1949, the Television Academy held the first Emmy Awards ceremony, an annual event created to recognize excellence in television programming. The name “Emmy” was derived from “Immy,” a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube, which was instrumental in the development of modern television. The word was feminized as “Emmy” to complement the design chosen for the statuette, which depicted a winged, idealized 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 programs

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

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