The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today has announced category changes to the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, including the elimination of the ‘Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama’ and ‘Outstanding Promotional Announcement.’ Other changes include merging ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special’ into ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.’ Additionally, the Daytime Program Host category has been split into two categories – Daytime Personality–Daily, and Daytime Personality–Non-Daily. The complete list of changes is below.
“Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape,” said Adam Sharp, President of NATAS. “We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”
51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Changes
Daytime Program Host Eligibility
Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.
Daytime Personality – Daily
Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, and Correspondents on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams daily AND/OR has more than 52 episodes per calendar year. Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, and Short Form. Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts remain eligible only in their respective categories.
Daytime Personality – Non-Daily
Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, Correspondents, and Narrators on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams weekly or all at once AND/OR has fewer than 52 episodes per calendar year (regardless of how many were filmed or produced). Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, Daytime Special, and Short Form. Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts remain eligible only in their respective categories.
For Daytime Hosts, the Talk Series Host and Culinary Host categories remain unchanged.
Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series (Younger Performers remain eligible to enter Lead, Supporting or Guest categories.)
Outstanding Promotional Announcement
Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series and Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special, merged into Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program
Petitioning Off-List Credits
Late Credit Additions are still permitted, as per the parameters above, but ONLY for on-list credits. Off-list credits must be submitted at the time of entry to allow for Awards Administration to seek a full petition if warranted. Off-list credits cannot be submitted late.
For categories identified as Music Categories (these are Music Direction and Composition and Original Song in the Daytime Emmys), nominees will be REQUIRED to provide complete publishing information and sign an additional NATAS-issued licensing agreement allowing NATAS to use the music featured in the Ceremony Clip(s). The information will be distributed to nominees only. Failure to provide adequate information AND proper contact information for a legally authorized signer will result in a different clip being selected or replacement of the music with rights-cleared music at NATAS’ discretion.
Late Credit Additions
NATAS is moving away from a policy of allowing late credit additions after the ceremony date. Please be aware that this is the final year in which Daytime will allow for fee-based changes after the ceremony date. Entrants should be preparing for a streamlined process including reviewing credits, name spellings, titles, etc. at the time of submission via the Producer’s Proof in Orthicon. To help acclimate the community to our future process, we will be introducing a staggered late credit fee structure:
Changes from the entry window close to five business days after the nominations announcement: gratis
Changes from six business days after the nominations announcement through the ceremony: $250 per change
Changes from the ceremony date through 30 days after the ceremony date: $500 per change **LAST YEAR OF POST-CEREMONY CHANGES**
Changes 31+ days after the ceremony: not allowed under any circumstances
The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy timeline:
February 1, 2024 – Open for submissions/Judging Sign Ups
February 22, 2024 – Entry Deadline
March 7, 2024 – Late Entry Deadline
March 21-April 11, 2024 – Judging for all Entries
Week of April 15, 2024 – Nominations Announced
Five business days after nominations announcement: Gratis credit card changes deadline and program deadline
Additional details for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced in the coming weeks/months.