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EMMY AWARDS RULE CHANGES VOTED LAST NIGHT BY BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES (ATAS)

 NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) last night during its regular January business meeting voted the following Primetime Emmy Awards rule changes, effective immediately:
 -- Producers may enter their programs according to their choice of emphasis on content, without regard to whether the program's medium is live-action or animation. This means, for example, that current primetime animated series such as "The Simpsons" and "Batman: The Animated Series" (or last season's "Fish Police" and "Capitol Critters") have eligibility to enter in Outstanding Animated Series, Outstanding Comedy Series or Outstanding Children's Program categories.
 -- Two-hour episodes of a series -- whether they are the series' opening pilot or a new or mid-season presentation -- return to series competition while two-hour pilots that do not go on to series must remain in competition in the Made for Television Movie category. This eliminates the possibility of last year's double nomination of "I'll Fly Away" which was nominated for Drama Series and again in the Made for Television Movie category.
 -- The four guest performer categories (Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series and Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series) revert back to their own pre-1991 categories and will be presented at the non- televised Creative Arts Award presentations. Winners in these categories, however, will be invited to be presenters at the next night's network telecast, where their wins will be acknowledged.
 The animation and guest performer changes detailed above were recommendations of ATAS' Awards Committee, chaired by George Sunga and Barbara Brogliatti serving as vice chair.
 At the meeting ATAS Governors also reaffirmed their strong support for the Academy's peer-panel, final voting procedure by rejecting a proposal to remove 11 series categories (three for programs and eight for actors and actresses) from final peer-panel voting in favor of two-tier voting. Governors were concerned that such a change might have allowed the possibility of final votes being made by some members who have not viewed nominated work.
 Other Awards Committee proposals will be presented to the Governors at ATAS' February meeting.
 Said ATAS President Leo Chaloukian: "The Academy promised Emmy Awards changes for this year. And here are some of them. There may be others this year and in seasons to come as the Academy constantly tries to respond to the voices and needs of a changing industry while maintaining fairness. We're proud of our Governors and Awards Committee members for their work thus far this year."
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 /CONTACT: Murray Weissman or Tony Angellotti of Weissman/Angellotti, 818-763-2975, for ATAS/


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