THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY PRESENTS
Meredith Vieira in New York and John Henson in Hollywood
New York, NY – April 22, 2006 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the 33rd Annual Creative Craft Daytime Emmy® Awards on Saturday, April 22, during simultaneous ceremonies held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City and the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.
Meredith Vieira hosted the New York ceremony, joined by an all-star lineup of daytime celebrities including Martha Stewart (Martha), Bob McGrath (Sesame Street) Kevin O'Connor (This Old House) and Suzanne Walker Fanning (“Fiskars TV Crafting Show”) plus stars from the Emmy-nominated daytime dramas. In Hollywood, a star-studded ensemble presenting the awards included daytime drama stars as well as Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy!”), Tony Okungbowa (DJ from the Emmy-nominated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), best-selling author Greg Behrendt (He’s Just Not That Into You) who will be launching a new daytime talk show this fall, and Kristan Cunningham (“Design on a Dime”). The Hollywood event was hosted by actor/writer/ comedian John Henson (“Watch This”).
At the ceremonies, Daytime Emmy Awards were presented in such categories as: Directing in a Talk Show; Casting Director for a Drama Series; Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design; Writing in a Children’s Series; Costume Design/Styling; Multiple Camera Editing; Music Direction and Composition; Directing in a Children’s Series; Outstanding Children’s Series, Outstanding Game Show/Audience Participation and Outstanding Service Show. And for the first time, an Emmy Award will be presented for Outstanding Content delivered via the Internet, cellphones, PDAs and other small screen devices.
In addition, Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who plays the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Spinney was chosen for his work entertaining and educating children for nearly four decades, since the series debut in 1969. His characters have been seen on more than 4,000 episodes, as well as Sesame Street television specials that have taken Spinney to China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Spinney starred in the feature film Follow That Bird and has performed on a number of other shows, including The West Wing and Hollywood Squares.
Daytime Emmy Award recipients are chosen by a panel of their peers in 57 categories. Emmy Awards are presented to daytime television programs that are broadcast nationally between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 p.m. The eligibility period for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards was January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005.
Official Partners for the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards include American Airlines, Dr. Scholl’s FOR HER, Fiskars, glacéau smartwater®, and Star magazine. Charles Fazzino is the Official Artist of the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and created the commemorative poster and program cover.
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Television Academy in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The awards were tabulated by the independent certified public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. A breakdown of the Awards by broadcast and cable entities as tabulated by Deloitte & Touche LLP is as follows:
The National Television Academy is a professional 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 Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.
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