The goal of the Transparency Report is to provide greater insight into and context around the many actions taken by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awards administration team and National Awards Committee in the effort to adjudicate fair competitions.
The report strives to provide a comprehensive, under-the-hood look at the myriad calculations, discussions, and in some cases, difficult decisions that precede the ultimate presentation of the television industry’s highest honor.
In cases where NATAS actions on a matter resulted in public disclosure — such as the disqualification or category reassignment of an announced nominee — the report identifies the specific entries affected. In other cases, the summaries in the report anonymize the identities of respective entries and claimants to the extent possible while nonetheless illuminating the critical context underpinning the NATAS determination.
NATAS-administered competitive competitions rely on peer judging to review and score all submissions over a secure online platform. This is the process for Children’s and Family, Daytime, News & Documentary and Sports Emmy Awards. The NATAS run Technology and Engineering Emmys does not utilize peer review panels in the same fashion and therefore does not have a transparency report.
After a successful pilot in 2020, NATAS has continued the demographic survey of its judges to better understand the panels’ representation of the broader community of creators whose work they were assessing. The results, based on those who participated in the optional survey, are published in the report and provide critical benchmarks for NATAS in its efforts to expand the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of the Emmy Awards system.
Transparency reports for each contest will be released following the conclusion of the competition.
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