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NATAS Reorganizes With New Daytime Emmy Leadership

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There are changes afoot behind the scenes for the Daytime Emmy Awards and for its organization The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Under a reshuffling and reorganization announced on Thursday, Steve Ulrich had been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production and Events, which is a newly-created position.  Ulrich will now handle the planning and production of several award ceremonies for NATAS including the Daytime Emmys.

The events under Ulrich will now include: Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremonies, plus the National Student Production Awards and other events.

That means that David Michaels, who had been the Senior VP of the Daytime Emmys and Events, as well as the executive producer of the Daytime Emmy ceremony, is exiting.  For the last five years, Michaels had held that position.

Michaels took to his Facebook page and expressed: “I have decided to move on from the Daytime Emmys. I am proud to be leaving it in much better condition than it was when I arrived and am very proud of the show and competition I just did.”

NATAS President and CEO, Adam Sharp said on the shuffle to Variety that with this new job title and responsibilities for Ulrich, NATAS was looking to “create greater independence and differentiation” between the production of the award ceremonies and the top-level administration of the Emmy competitions.

In a statement Sharp said, “Like so many of the programs and producers we honor with EmmyAwards, NATAS has expanded and engaged its fan audience through an increasingly diversified array of platforms.  This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience. Further, it builds on efforts initiated last year to strengthen confidence in the Emmy Awards process by responding to concerns raised regarding common oversight of awards administration and production.”

NATAS also announced that Lisa Armstrong, who joined in February from the New York Festivals and nearly two decades in the music industry, will now be director, production & events.

So, what do you think of the changes at NATAS and what it means for the Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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My wish is that Hallmark picks up the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards to award daytime fans.

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I just hope it means bigger and better things for the Daytime Emmy Awards. Maybe an even better treatment of the stars and fans.

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To whomever is in charge .. it’s time to – let go – ALL the emmy panelist who vote on whatever category they were assigned. heck.. if the actors who so diligently “thank” the fan… who watch 365 days a year.. are not a part of… let the “fan” be a 1/3 of the voting process ??? the writers from SOD magazine… and/or soap confidential… MFtv.com…the press 1/3 AND change the actors who “volunteer” their time.. get them involved… for those who actually CARE about this genre. they are highly paid… for a genre that by all accounts no longer… Read more »

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The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

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