Not a surprise, but the 2020 Emmys are going virtual.
Shortly after the nominations were announced yesterday, this year’s Emmy executive producers – including host Jimmy Kimmel – sent a letter to key acting people informing them that this year’s ceremony year will be virtual, and asked them to prepare to participate from home, or wherever they want to be.
“As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to ask you to come to the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA on Sept. 20,” the letter says, in part. “This year, it’s still going to be the biggest night out of the TV industry … but we’ll come!”
Details are yet to come, but the letter says, “We’re gathering a team of top-level technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and with you and your team, to make sure that we can try with you (and loved ones ”or whoever others choose to be with) at your home, or any other place you choose. We’re going to make it look fabulous ̵1; we’re exploring cutting-edge technology so we can use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique “on-screen” moments. “
The letter was signed by Kimmel, as well as EPs Reggie Hudlin, and by Ian Stewart, Guy Carrington and David Jammy from telecommunications producer Done + Dusted.
Telecom producers are still reminding the specifics, including which elements will be alive, or whether the winners will be informed in advance. Share a insider: “As ABC and the Television Academy continue to formulate plans for the Emmys telecommunications, producers have taken a proactive step to reach out to some nominees now to inform them of their intention to give a live show that is celebratory and safe. “
Read the full letter below:
The producers of Emmys 2020 congratulate you on this incredible recognition of your work.
We are happy and honored to produce the event on September 20th and have every intention of not only ensuring that it is not compromised by this crazy moment in our lives, but that it is the most memorable Emmys ever and that you have a wonderful night. As you probably guessed, we are not asking you to come to the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA on September 20th. This year, it’s still going to be the biggest night out of the TV industry … but we’ll come!
At a time like this, we are taking the opportunity to create a moment that is more relaxed, more fun, more enjoyable not only for you, but for the millions who watch it at home. It’s still television’s highest honor, and we never want to lose the significance of being nominated for, and perhaps winning, an Emmy, but we will do it in a way that is appropriate for the moment (and guarantees you a memorable night).
But we cannot ignore the circumstances, and apart from NOT being able to unite in one place, we also recognize that our world is going through a challenging moment in many ways. We will produce an event that is full of warmth and humanity, that celebrates the power of television to unite us and to help us shape our world. You’re an essential part of that story.
So, what does all this mean for September 20th?
We are assembling a team of top-level technicians, producers and writers who work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and you and your team, to make sure we can try it with you (and loved ones or anyone else you choose). to be with them) at your home, or another place of your choice. We’ll make it look fabulous – we’re exploring the pioneers of technology to enable us to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique “on-screen” moments.
So, what will you wear ??? Our informal theme for the night is “come as you are, but make an effort!”
If you want to be in formal attire, we’d love to love it, but similarly if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, maybe you want to be a designer pajama and record from your bed! We want to work with you to attack your moments, but we want you to guide us on your comfort levels – where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear, and so on.
In the coming days, Jen Proctor, our Talent Producer and her extraordinary team at Cultivated Entertainment will come to you to start talking through the details.
With respect and admiration,
Jimmy Kimmel, Ian Stewart, Reggie Hudlin, Guy Carrington and David Jammy
Executive Producers, 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Michael Schneider contributed to this report.