NEW EMMY DEAL STRUCK WITH TV NETWORKS
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has approved a new deal with the broadcast networks for its annual Emmy awards show that will put $66 million in its coffers over the next eight years. The Academy also announced that this year’s telecast will be produced for the first time by reality show maven Mark Burnett, who not only has produced the Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice series but also such awards shows as the MTV Movie Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. While there has been much discussion in recent days about streamlining the awards presentations by removing some categories, Daily Variety reported today (Thursday) that such a revamp has been put on hold because of the protracted negotiations. Some guilds and unions had suggested that they might refuse to grant waivers to allow clips from nominated shows to air during the telecast if the contemplated cuts are put into effect.