Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daytime Emmys Calender Revealed, 46th Annual Ceremony Planned for May 5, 2019

Despite a threatened boycott by the four daytime soap operas, NATAS is moving ahead with the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, with the ceremony planned for May 5, 2019.

Below are key dates and category changes/adjustments.

November 25: Early Submission Deadline (Lower Fee.  Entry Information and Payment Due only)
December 16: Drama Performer Pre-Nom Clips Due
December 21: Final Deadline (Video Upload and Essays completed)

January 6: Judging Registration deadline
January 8: Drama Pre-nomination Judging begins
January 22: Drama Pre-nomination Judging ends
January 24: Drama Pre-nomination Announcement
January 26: Preliminary Judging begins
February 11: Blue Ribbon Actor Reels Deadline
February 16: Preliminary Judging ends
February 21: Blue Ribbon Judging begins
March 2: Individual Achievement in Animation, Non-Drama Performer Live Panel Judging in LA.
March 6: Interactive – Live Panel Judging in NY.
March 13: Blue Ribbon Judging ends
March 20: Nominations Announced
May 3: Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards – Pasadena Civic Auditorium in LA
May 5: Daytime Emmy® Awards – Pasadena Civic Auditorium in LA


  • Outstanding Short Format Children’s Program (accepting Live-Action and Animated Programs).  The definition of short format in this category content with a running time of 9 minutes or less.
  • Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design for an Animated Program.
  • Performer in Preschool Animated Program
  • Original Song in a Children’s Live Action or Animated Program


  • The Outstanding Stunt Coordination category has been eliminated.
  • Outstanding Interactive Media – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series and Outstanding Interactive Media – Original Program categories will now be combined in to a single category, Outstanding Interactive Media in a Daytime Program.
  • Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series will merge and be included in the Outstanding Original Song category.
  • The category of Outstanding Digital Drama Series will undergo 2 judging rounds. Entrants will submit a reel of up to 15 minutes of clips from the 2018 season for the Preliminary Round, which will not contain added content, internal editing or enhancements.  Entrants will also submit a single full episode, to be held in readiness should the program advance to the Blue Ribbon Round.  Programs with episodes that have a running time of 10 minutes or less, will be allowed to submit two back-to-back episodes.
  • All Drama Performer categories now have the same submission rules and requirements.  Entrants will submit a reel of up to 4 minutes from the 2018 year for the Pre-nomination round and all performers advancing to the Blue Ribbon round will submit a reel of up to 15 minutes consisting of any clips from the 2018 year.
  • Hosts entering for Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s and Special Class programming will submit a reel of up to 15 minutes of clips from any episodes of a Series or from a Special.
  • For a Guest Performer submission, the previous appearance rule has been eliminated.
  • Entrants submitting a Storyboard in the Individual Achievement in Animationcategory will now upload directly as a PDF to the ©Yangaroo submission site.  And entrants required to supply beginning and end credits will also upload directly to the site.

The final rules and all details will be included in a Rules and Submission Guide to be released on November 12.  

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