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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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