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NATAS Announces David Michaels Promoted To Senior Vice President Daytime Emmy Awards And Events!

DMichaels Courtesy/NATAS

Courtesy/NATAS

Official news today out of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)!

The organization who spearheads the annual Daytime Emmy has promoted David Michaels to Senior Vice President Daytime Emmy Award and Events! Michaels has been serving as the Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards since August of 2012.

“We are pleased to acknowledge the outstanding work and individual leadership that David Michaels has brought to the organization,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “His vision, skill and management of the Daytime Emmy Awards and his diverse background in television production and events have made him a welcome addition.”

And for more about David Michaels from the official press release today:  He began working as a performer at age of seventeen, appearing in productions in New York, around the USA, Canada and in Europe. He worked steadily as an actor until he competed on a game show when an immediate fascination with the “behind the scenes” world of Daytime Television led to his first production job with the legendary Bob Stewart Productions. He rose quickly through the ranks to producer, doing over 25 pilots and air shows eventually producing shows such as The $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, starring Dick Clark, and garnering multiple nominations and two Emmy Awards. He also produced Pictionary for Dan Enright. Transitioning into the talk show world, David produced such shows as Vicki! (2 nominations), Leeza (2 nominations) and Caryl and Marilyn. He also produced and wrote the primetime special, Lie Detector.

At the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, David served as Co-Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards serving on the Board of Governors for 14 years as well as on numerous other committees. He founded TV Cares, ATAS’ AIDS awareness committee, chairing the committee with honorary co-chair, Angela Lansbury for 15 years.  He also conceived and produced the annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration honoring programs and and individuals for responsible programming in the area of AIDS awareness and education.  Along with Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, he helped to make the Red Ribbon an international symbol of AIDS awareness. For two years, he produced and wrote The Ribbon of Hope live event as a Television Special receiving another Daytime Emmy nomination. In addition, David spent ten years as the Director  Director of Special Events for the Western Region of The Actors’ Fund of America.

David has produced countless star-studded live charity events, including, Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words & Music of Jerry Herman, Something Wonderful: the Richard Rodgers Centennial, Kurt Weill: The Centennial, Sing Happy: the Music and Words of Kander & Ebb, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman, Hooray For Love: The Harold Arlen
Centennial; and Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Centennial and Falsettos at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.

On-Air On-Soaps congratulates David on his promotion with NATAS!  Share your comments below!

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It sounds like he respects daytime and will give the hard working men and women of daytime television, both those in front and behind the cameras, an award ceremony worthy of their accomplishments and talents. And perhaps he has enough connections around Hollywood to find a cable station willing to air the show and not let it languished on the internet. Let’s hope last year was rock bottom for the Daytime Emmy Awards and it will up and up from here on end.

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I so agree with you… it was such an embarrassment …. it was incredibly disrespectful to the daytime actors that work so hard and have so much talent. They DESERVE at least one televised awards show a year to recognize then properly.

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I do not watch the daytime emmys.
I do not care about the Price is Right or the Chew etc etc etc..
I watch the clips of the soaps awards the next day LOL and read who won ..

For everybody that sits through ”’all”’ the shows awards, you have patients 🙂

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If the actors are good enough to be nominated why have they not been good enough to host the show. lately. Most soap actors can walk and talk at the same time the last emmy show was a joke. Sure GH lost which was good but the daytime emmy’s should be with daytime actors.

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