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Daytime Emmys: Gender-Neutral Young Performer Category, More Inclusive Eligibility Among 15+ Changes for 2020

(11/1/19) The confirmed merging of the Younger Actor and Young Actress categories into one, gender-neutral award is but one of many changes on tap for the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards.

NATAS has announced a slew of changes and updates for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which as recently reported will now be held across three nights, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

The changes include but are not limited to:

* Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series replaces the Outstanding Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, as well as eliminates the gender of the category.

* All performers eligible for gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one they feel best fits their gender identity — as Asia Kate Dillon, a non-binary cast member of Showtime’s Billions, does by choosing to compete in the Supporting Actor category at the Primetime Emmys.

* These categories are now open to both Broadcast Dramas and Digital Drama entrants:
Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design
Outstanding Casting
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Direction
Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

* Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Hairstyling reels must now include only “everyday” makeup and hairstyling. Special event, Halloween, special effects, prosthetic or period makeup and hairstyling reels belong in a newly created Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling category.

* Other new categories include Outstanding Young Adult Program (created for tween and teen viewers 12- 17 years old, and accepting Series and Specials) and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program.

* Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Family Viewing Program has been replaced with two categories: Outstanding Principal Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult, or Special Class Program, and Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult Program, or Special Class Program (whereby Limited is defined as appearing in 25% or less of the total episodes for the season, appearing on screen in 25% or less of the entire Special, and/or onscreen Guest credit).

* Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program has been eliminated.


Daytime Emmy Awards Eliminates Gender Distinction From Outstanding Younger Performer Category

(10/31/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is all set to open the doors for entries for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as well as “What’s New In Daytime” on October 31 — but they are making some changes.

As gender identity becomes an ever-larger part of the conversation about inclusion, representation and diversity, the category of Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series will replace the Younger Actor and Younger Actress categories, eliminating gender distinction from the nominations, Deadline has learned.

In addition, performers eligible in all Daytime Emmy acting categories will be encouraged to enter the category they feel best fits their gender identity. The Daytime Emmys will honor those category selections.

The changes come at a time when gender identity is being examined in the award show space. In 2017, the MTV Video Music Awards went gender-neutral with all their categories (and changed its “Moon Man” trophy to “Moon Person”). The MTV Movie and TV Awards also did away with gender designations.

In 2018, Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non-binary and plays a non-binary character on the Showtime series, questioned the Television Academy’s gender-specific categories. They felt that there was not a space for them as a non-binary individual.

In other rule changes, Deadline has learned that the six craft categories previously exclusive to Broadcast Dramas will now include entrants from Digital Dramas.


Major Daytime Emmy News Announced!

(10/25/19) (Video) NATAS has announced that the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards 2020 will be divided into three awards shows on Friday, June 12, 2020, Saturday, June 13th, 2020 and Sunday, June 14th, 2020. “We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community,” says NATAS President/CEO, Adam Sharp. Adding, “We have seen how the Television Academy’s expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success.² All events/shows will take place in Pasadena, California. Categories to be presented at each program to be determined and announced at a future date.

Daytime Emmys to Combine Younger Actress and Actor Awards Into One Gender Neutral-Category in 2020

(8/9/19) The Daytime Emmys in 2020 will combine the Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Younger Actor awards into one gender-neutral category, our sister site Variety reports.

The National Academy of Television Arts (NATAS) is also expected to announce that coinciding with that change, the new category will include performers from both broadcast dramas and digital series.

The Daytime Emmys already keep things gender-neutral with its Outstanding Special Guest Performer category.

The young performer categories first debuted at the 1985 Daytime Emmys, at which time they were named the Outstanding Ingenue and Outstanding Young Man awards; Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless) and Brian Bloom (Dusty, As the World Turns) were the inaugural winners. The gender-specific categories were later renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female and Outstanding Juvenile Male, before eventually adopting the Younger Actress and Younger Actor titles.

In 2012, the criteria for the two categories was tweaked, requiring that the nominated performer be aged 25 or younger.

This year’s winners in the separate categories were Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital) and Kyler Pettis (Theo, Days of Our Lives).

The Television Critics Association Awards, held every August, are among the TV-industry accolades that similarly have gender-neutral categories (e.g. Individual Achievement in Comedy).


NATAS Exec Revamp Includes Changes For Daytime Emmys

(6/28/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is realigning some of its executive structure, the organization said Thursday, moves designed to consolidate oversight of planning and producing its shows including the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The moves include David Michaels exiting as SVP of Daytime Emmy Awards & Events and executive producer of the Daytime Emmys, a post he has held for nearly five years, and come after NATAS launched a probe last summer when the four network daytime dramas in a rare show of unity threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless structural changes were made.

Steve Ulrich, the former NBC Sports exec who since 2010 has overseen administration of the Sports Emmy Awards, will now move to the newly created role of SVP Production & Events. He will oversee overseeing the planning and production of the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies, along with the the National Student Production Awards announcement and other NATAS programs and events.

In addition, Lisa Armstrong, who joined NATAS in February, will become Director, Production & Events.

Among the soaps’ demands last year during the boycott threat was for NATAS to “hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show” after questions arose about voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.

The organization said the new structure will create greater independence and differentiation between the production of the Emmy ceremonies and the top-level administration of the competitions.

“This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience,” Adam Sharp, who took over as president and CEO in November, said today. “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.”

Sharp also noted audience growth for NATAS events like the Daytime and Sports Emmys, both of which have seen boosts in social media viewership. The Daytime Emmys streamed live in May on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and emmyonline.tv.


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Actors who have won two or more Daytime Emmys

  • Anthony Geary (8) (1982, 1999-2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015)
  • Justin Deas (6) (1984, 1988-1989, 1994-1995, 1997)
  • Erika Slezak (6) (1984, 1986, 1992, 1995-1996, 2005)
  • David Canary (5) (1986, 1988-1989, 1993, 2001)
  • Jonathan Jackson (5) (1995, 1998-1999, 2011-2012)
  • Heather Tom (5) (1993, 1999, 2011-2013)
  • Susan Flannery (4) (1975, 2000, 2002-2003)
  • Kim Zimmer (4) (1985, 1987, 1990, 2006)
  • Peter Bergman (3) (1991-1992, 2002)
  • Julie Marie Berman (3) (2009-2010, 2013)
  • Sarah Brown (3) (1997-1998, 2000)
  • Scott Clifton (3) (2011, 2013, 2017)
  • Jennifer Finnigan (3) (2002-2004)
  • Helen Gallagher (3) (1976-1977, 1988)
  • Rick Hearst (3) (1991, 2004, 2007)
  • Michael E. Knight (3) (1986-1987, 2001)
  • Jennifer Landon (3) (2006-2008)
  • Christian LeBlanc (3) (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Chandler Massey (3) (2012-14)
  • Billy Miller (3) (2010, 2013-14)
  • Gina Tognoni (3) (2006, 2008, 2017)
  • Maura West (3) (2007, 2010, 2015)
  • Julia Barr (2) (1990, 1998)
  • Maurice Benard (2) (2003, 2019)
  • Larry Bryggman (2) (1984, 1987)
  • Martha Byrne (2) (1987, 2001)
  • Macdonald Carey (2) (1974-1975)
  • Bryan Craig (2) (2016-2017)
  • Eileen Davidson (2) (2014, 2018)
  • Susan Haskell (2) (1994, 2009)
  • Amelia Heinle (2) (2014-15)
  • Elizabeth Hubbard (2) (1974, 1976)
  • Hunter King (2) (2014-15)
  • Judith Light (2) (1980-1981)
  • Dorothy Lyman (2) (1982-1983)
  • Kevin Mambo (2) (1996-1997)
  • Chandler Massey (2) (2012-13)
  • Cady McClain (2) (1990, 2004)
  • Kimberly McCullough (2) (1989, 1996)
  • Tom Pelphrey (2) (2006, 2008)
  • John Wesley Shipp (2) (1996, 1997)
  • Kristoff St. John (2) (1992, 2008)
  • Michelle Stafford (2) (1997, 2004)
  • Jerry verDorn (2) (1995-1996)
  • Jess Walton (2) (1991, 1997)
  • Douglass Watson (2) (1980-1981)
  • Vernee Watson (2) 2018-2019)
  • Ellen Wheeler (2) (1986, 1988)
  • Darnell Williams (2) (1983, 1985)