Apply at– Deadline March 15, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – February 27th, 2020 – The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce the call for entries for the Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship Programs.

"The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is proud to announce our scholarship program for 2020,” said Doug Mummert, Chair, Foundation (NATAS). “The foundation and the academy work in concert to encourage and support students pursuing a career in our industry. Our scholarships also honor the legacy of some of the great professionals in our craft. This year’s NATAS Trustee Scholarship pays tribute to Linda Giannecchini, longtime chair of the academy’s National Awards Committee, who passed away last year."

"I am so pleased to once again be able to offer this scholarship opportunity in conjunction with our television network partners,” said Melinda Roeder Skrbin, Chair, Foundation Scholarship Committee. “Supporting the future of our industry is a critical pillar of the NATAS mission. Year after year our judges continue to be impressed with the talent and professionalism of the high school seniors who enter this scholarship contest and we are looking forward to another successful year of entries."

“With the slate of scholarships available, we reaffirm the standard of creative achievement reflected in the Emmy® Award by investing in these young talented students and acknowledge the lasting legacy of those great practitioners of our craft who have left their mark on our industry,” said NATAS President and CEO, Adam Sharp, a 1996 Trustees’ Scholarship winner.

These are the distinguished national scholarships awarded to outstanding high school seniors planning to pursue television-related baccalaureate degrees:

  • The Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship ($10,000) – Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry, who has made a positive impact through community service.
  • The Randy Falco Scholarship ($10,000) — Awarded to a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry.
  • The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship ($10,000) — Awarded to a student pursuing a career in sports television.
  • The Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship ($10,000) — Awarded to a student pursuing a career in television journalism.
  • The NATAS Trustees’ Linda Giannecchini Scholarship ($10,000) — Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry.

This is the eighth year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its eleventh year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks. It is presented at the Sports Emmy® Awards. This is the fifth year of the Randy Falco and Trustees Scholarships.

Applications for national scholarships are due by 5 pm EST on Thursday, March 15th, 2020 via the online forms at– NATAS Trustees and officials with the National Scholarship Committee will review applications and creative works along with participation from Univision Communications Inc., on the Randy Falco Scholarship. Final selections for all scholarships will be made in April.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a non-profit service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime entertainment, and Daytime Creative Arts & entertainment programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering.

NATAS membership consists of nearly 18,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

NATAS is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the life experiences and diversity of our team, our members, and the vibrant community of creative professionals we serve. For more information go to

NATAS Press Contact:
Paul G. Pillitteri
SVP, Communications

NATAS PR LA/Social Media Contacts:
Harlan Boll / 626-296-3757

2020 Emmy® Gala Discount Hotel Accommodations

Discounted guestroom rate for the 51st Annual Emmy® Gala are now available. To reserve a room at the discounted rate, be sure to use the following information when placing your reservation:

Group Name: 51st Regional Emmy® Gala
Group Code: REG

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
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Judging has opened for the Boston/New England chapter, the Northwest chapter, and the Southeast chapter awards. Panels are awaiting your ballots. Request panels directly from your Account Dashboard! Click Details to see number of entries and runtimes and request to judge. Look for invitations to judge as well. Please complete your panel by Mid March. Actual dates vary among panels. Questions or never judged and want to know if you qualify, contact Bob Hammer, or voice/text 440-526-3669. You need a minimum of 2 years experience in the discipline you are judging. Membership is not required to judge.

Southeast Chapter Categories
Newscast-Daily Markets (26-75)
General Assignment Report
Human Interest-News Single Story
Sports Program–Live
Magazine Program
Boston/New England Chapter & Northwest Chapter Categories
Arts/Entertainment-Program Feature/Segment
Commercial Campaign
Commercial Single Spot
Community Public Service (PSA)
Crime-Story/Series-Within 24 Hours
Director Live or Recorded Live (PL Track is Preferred)
Editor Program (Non-News)
Evening News (Markets 21-80)
Evening News (Markets 81+)
Feature News Report Light Feature
Informational/Instructional-Program Feature/Segment
Investigative Report
Morning/Daytime News (Markets 1-20)
Morning/Daytime News (Markets 21-80)
Morning/Daytime News (Markets 81+)
Newcast-Morning Smaller Markets (100+)
News Producer
News Specialty Report-Arts/Entertainment
News Specialty Report-Education
News Specialty Report-Politics/Government
News Specialty Report-Sports News
Promotion-News Promo – Campaign
Promotion-News Promo – Single Spot
Promotion-Program – Campaign
Promotion-Program – Single Spot
Reporter-General Assignment
Special Event Coverage
Sports Event/Game-Live/Unedited
Sports Interview/Discussion
Sports Program–Live Event or Game
Sports-Program-One Time Special
Spot News
Team Coverage

Questions?  Contact Bob Hammer at or 440-503-2121.


Submissions Now Being Accepted for Student Production Awards (SPA) & Student Scholarships

The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and to college juniors or seniors attending schools within the Lower Great Lakes Chapter region. Recipients and their parents will be guests at the 51st Annual NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony where they will receive on-stage recognition. The gala will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Cleveland Hilton Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2020.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter is now also accepting entries for our High School Student Production Awards. Entries must have been produced between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. The deadline for submitting SPA entries is April 30, 2020.

Entries for both the SPA’s and Student Scholarships are judged by qualified professionals in the Lower Great Lakes Chapter region.

To apply or view info about The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter’s Student Scholarships and Student Production Awards, use the links below.


Nominations Open for Gold & Silver Circle Awards

Gold and Silver Circle Awards logoThe Gold and Silver Circle Award is a special recognition of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor veteran television professionals who have made a significant contribution to television in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Erie, Toledo, Youngstown, Bloomington, Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis. The Award is open to everyone who has worked in the television industry for fifty years for the Gold Circle Award or twenty-five years or more for the Silver Circle Award, with the majority of that time spent in one or more of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter markets listed above. We encourage nominations from all areas of TV including talent, creative, technical, administrative, production, etc, as well as peripheral areas directly related to television such as TV commercial production, TV education, TV journalism, etc. The honor of the Gold or Silver Circle induction is not presented posthumously. The candidate does not need to be a current member of NATAS to be nominated or elected to receive this recognition.

Click the button below to submit a nominee for consideration by the NATAS Board of Governors. You may nominate as many individuals as you wish. All nominations for the 2020 induction must be received not later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) March 6, 2020. Honorees will be enshrined at the 51st Anniversary Emmy® Awards Gala in Cleveland, Ohio.


51st Emmy® Award Call for Entry

The Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards Call for Entry now open.

The Early Bird special is back for entries received by December 31st for PAID UP members. So, renew your membership today.

Non-members will be paying more. It’s to your advantage to become a member.

To view The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Call For Entry for the 51st annual Regional Emmy® Awards, use the links below.

View the 50th Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries 51st Annual Emmy Awards Call for Entries Student Edition

The Emmy® is an international award that recognizes excellence in the industry. This is the highest award given in television. The Call for Entries for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter’s Emmy® awards, is available in PDF format. All regional entry submissions and video uploads are online at


St. Ed’s “Labyrinth” Wins National Student Production Award

Congratulations to Saint Edward High School for winning the Student Production Award Public Affairs/Community Service category with their entry “Labyrinth.”




Awards Ceremony Video Now Available for Download

An mp4 video file of the full gala as live streamed on BoxCast is now available for download to any members who wish to secure a copy. Marketing departments of member stations are welcome to use segments from this video in the creation station promos. Please note that the download link will only be active for 30 days, and that the file is over 11GB. Given the file size, please don’t try downloading this onto your mobile phone, and before downloading, be sure you have sufficient hard drive space available to accommodate the file.



2019 Emmy® Winners

On June 15, 2019 over 500 broadcasting industry professionals gathered at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, OH to witness the 50th Annual Emmy® Awards gala presented by NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter. Many more were able to watch the awards ceremony via our Live Streams available via BoxCast on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as on our website and Facebook Live. Special thanks to Bumble Media LLC, without whose assistance, the live broadcasts would not have been possible. Thanks as well to all the nominees for their excellent entries. To view the list of winners from this year’s awards, click here.

For those interested in celebrating their Emmy® nominations with a commemorative plaque, or purchasing a duplicate commemorative Emmy® statuette, you may do so in our shopping cart by clicking here.



Watch 2019 Gala on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV

Now there are even more ways to watch the 2019 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Gala internet streamed and on TV.

You can view the Great Lakes Emmy® Awards on TV using Roku, Amazon Firestick TV or Apple TV, instructions below.

If you don’t have a smart TV or one of the other listed services, you can still enjoy the GALA via Live Stream online at or Facebook Live at




2019 Nominations

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2019 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Awards.  Thanks to all who submitted nominations, as well as those who volunteered time from their busy schedules to judge them.  Click here to view the list of nominees.



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