The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Television Academy) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), two of the three sister organizations that administer the Emmy Awards, have reached an agreement that will see the game show category previously included in the NATAS-supervised daytime awards move to the Primetime Awards Ceremony under the responsibility of the Television Academy.
The move is part of a revised approach that will see some programming categories categorized by genre rather than broadcast time.
The new Television Academy Emmy for Outstanding Game Show will reward programs with game elements that take place primarily in the studio and involve mental rather than physical challenges. Each episode’s competition must either stand alone or have a winner that continues through to the next episode, unlike the successive elimination model of reality competition formats.
In order to better distinguish between game show formats and reality competition formats for award purposes, the Television Academy is revising the name of the existing Outstanding Competition Format category to “Outstanding Reality Competition Format”.
The Television Academy Game Show category will include a category for Outstanding Game Show Host, which will recognize regular and recurring hosts of eligible programs.
As a final condition, game show formats that feature children as nominees will only be eligible for a separate game show category in the Children and Family Emmy Awards, which are overseen by NATAS.