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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.

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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 exist.. and is hanging by it’s own lifeline. stranglehold

somehow… it’s got to be ALL reshuffled.

WOW .. I thought the year Steven Burton @GH and Scott Clifton @B&B SUCKED . with Maurice Benard and Jacquee Innes.. or whatever her name is (just sucked the life out of any thing left of Emmy)… by spreading the emmy around and just disregarding quality work? .. and believe you me… their was clear frontrunners . why should any one take this genre… with any respect ?

I have accepted the fact that this genre has nosedived… with such bad writing… that it no longer cares to be taken seriously.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Ceremonies Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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General Hospital Officially Shuts Down Production Temporarily Due To Coronavirus

GH is the first soap to suspend production due to safety precautions and concerns for the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to shut down from March 16 to April 10.

According to Deadline who announced the production suspension along with halt to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a network rep for GH stated: “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

We anticipate more official word from the other network soaps shortly as to their plans during the health crisis with production halts or schedules over the next month.

Let us know what you think of GH shutting down production at this time and if you hope all the other soaps follow suit for the safety of all their production talents and employees via the comment section below.

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