A Statement Regarding the Recent Actions by the Academy of Television Arts...

A Statement Regarding the Recent Actions by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Los Angeles) Demanding That the New York-Based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Stop Presenting Emmy Awards to Spanish-Language Television and Broadband Producers



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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 27, 2007–It is distressing to hear that the Academy in Los Angeles continues to thwart the recognition of not only Spanish language television but the whole new generation of independent producers on the Internet, based upon the irresponsible assertion that such recognition “proliferates” Emmy awards to the detriment of the Emmy brand.

As the New York Times reported, the average number of channels received by an American household has increased by 63 to 104 since 1995, while the broadband multiples that number by thousands of video streams. Spanish language television alone has grown in that same period from just a few channels to 32. The Hollywood Academy itself has ballooned their primetime categories from 59 in 1977 to 94 today, while annually awarding multiple statues to the same top talent and shows.

The real problem is not quantity of awards but quality of recipients. While the Hollywood stars (English speakers) take more bows, the new stars representing the fastest growing elements of television go unrecognized and unrewarded. Absolutely none of the Spanish language stars or programs have ever won a national Emmy award competition. As Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Emmys en Español, I urge that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences be supported if not applauded in its efforts over the past five years to forge such recognition for the unserved but deserving talent in our television industry. At the same time I urge the Academy members in Los Angeles to open their eyes and ears to the huge population in their own backyard and get out of their protective caves. Yes, Spanish speakers park your cars and clear your tables, but they also run the number one television station in Los Angeles and also happen to run L.A. City Hall.

Raul Mateu

Chairman, Organizing Committee of Emmys en Español

Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Miami Operations, William Morris Agency

2007 Emmys En Español Organizing Committee Members

Fernando Arau

Co-Host, “Despierta America”, Univision

Andres Cantor

Sports Anchor, Telemundo

Maria Celeste Arraras

Host & Managing Editor, “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste”, Telemundo

Gilbert Davila

Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, The Walt Disney Company

Jackie Hernandez-Fallous

Publisher, People en Español

Mario “Don Francisco” Kreutzberger

Host, “Sabado Gigante”, Univision

Jessi Losada

Sports Anchor, Telemundo

Saul Lisazo

Actor

Lucero

Actress & Singer

Jorge Ramos

Co-Anchor, “Noticiero Univision”, Univision

Maria Elena Salinas

Co-Anchor, “Noticiero Univision”, Univision

Cristina Saralegui

Host & Executive Producer, “Cristina,” Univision

Manny Vidal

President & Chief Executive Officer, The Vidal Partnership

Antoinette Zel

Senior Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Telemundo

A Statement Regarding the Recent Actions by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Los Angeles) Demanding That the New York-Based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Stop Presenting Emmy Awards to Spanish-Language Television and Broadband Producers