- The Television Academy cancels this year's Governor Balls and will plan for a virtual Creative Arts ceremony.
The Television Academy has canceled three post-Emmys Governors Balls for this year and announced it plans to produce virtual events for the Creative Arts Emmys.
The organization made the decision to cancel “as a precautionary measure to protect the health and safety of Emmy winners, nominees and guests during the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic”
Along with the announcements, chairman/CEO Frank Scherma announced a plan to donate $1 million to the Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief initiative. The organization provides emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry workers whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic.
“As the industry reemerges, we will continue to support our more than 24,000 members and our community through this donation and our Academy’s programs and resources,” Scherma said.
“This has been an incredibly challenging time for our industry; and though we are now making plans to get back to work, we know there are many still suffering from the work stoppage caused by the coronavirus,” Scherma said.
The two Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies were scheduled to take place on September 12 and 13 at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles but with cases still rising, many events will continue to get canceled this year.
No further details were explained but “the new format for these ceremonies is currently in development.” The awards still plan on being handed out.
The Creative Arts shows focus on artisan categories, such as art direction, casting, cinematography, costume, editing, makeup, sound mixing, technical direction, camerawork, music, and more. During the ceremony guest performers, animation series, and several unscripted program categories are also recognized.
The 72nd Emmy Awards telecast still plan to continue on September 20 on ABC but details are still not known about it.