Open Letter to All 2019 Emmy® Entrants

By Wayne Freedman

Chapter Awards Chairperson


Thank you for entering the Emmy® Awards this year. You have plenty of company.

We’ve tallied 951 submissions by more than 2,000 members in the English and Spanish categories.

As of this writing, Human Interest, our newest category, is also the most popular with 48 entries in English, and 11 in the Spanish contest.

Now, it falls upon the Emmy® Awards Committee to certify every entry and participant, and to assure that they qualify properly as defined by the Call For EntriesOur Chapter takes this massive task. We look at every entry to ensure that each fits the category and complies with the rules. If you receive a notice from us, take it seriously. Your Awards Committee members have already volunteered hundreds of collective hours. Please thank them.

Check the Master List – Deadline for Adding Names is March 31

We urge you to check the Master Entry List. It contains all of the submissions. We update this list continually during the certification process.

This is your opportunity to review your entries and those of others. If you see a submission that may be misplaced or inappropriate, it is your responsibility to notify us. We will look into it.

If you see an entry that is missing names, this is the time to make those corrections. If you want to add a name, you may do so until March 31.

We will be sending your work to members of other Emmy® Award Chapters across the country for judging. At least seven panelists will view each submission. Later this spring, the Emmy® Awards Committee will determine recipients and nominees by looking at columns of returned numbers, one for each category. That panel never knows the correlation between columns and categories, hence the name “Blind Scoring.”

Having entered this year, you have also agreed to judge the work of other NATAS chapters. They will begin sending us material in March. The process is fascinating and educational. Judging provides an inside look at the state of our business. As an added benefit, judging provides insight about what makes a successful entry.

As an added incentive, judging also qualifies you for the member rates on submissions, next year. Fulfill your obligation to judge, or anticipate the higher entry fee. We will enforce that policy.

Nominees announced Wednesday, May 8 on

Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday, June 8, at the SFJAZZ Center

The 48th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be Saturday, June 8, returning to San Francisco’s classy SFJAZZ Center this year. The Chapter’s Emmy® Awards Gala has been held at the SFJAZZ Center since 2015. We will have details soon on the AWARDS page.

Thank you, again for your fine work and support of this organization.

Good luck to all of you, and we look forward to seeing you on Emmy® Awards night, Saturday, June 8.

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