News Nuggets: NATAS could combine Daytime, News, and Sports Emmys

NATAS considers new Emmy show combining daytime, sports, and news: “The hybrid event would launch no sooner than three or four years from now, NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges told Variety today, and would not replace any of the existing awards shows — but would seek to draw upon the added star power that the news and sports events provide. ‘Those shows are powerhoused with a lot of talent,’ Wienges said. The National TV Academy would adjust the voting periods for the different awards shows to make the hybrid event work. The News & Doc Emmys are in the fall, the Sports Emmys in the spring.” THE VOTE

The Daytime Emmys set a ratings record for HLN, but hit an all-time low: “About 912,000 people watched the Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN Saturday night. HLN noted happily that it was the most watched regularly scheduled, non-news telecast in the network’s history. But, of course, everything is relative. And, for the Daytime Emmy Awards, 912,000 is its smallest audience ever — and a nosebleed-inducing dive relative to the 5.5 million viewers the trophy show had clocked last year on CBS, or the 5.6 million in 2010, also on CBS. Until this past Saturday, the smallest audience the Daytime Emmy Awards had ever suffered was its 2009 telecast on CW, when it averaged 2.7 million viewers.” WASHINGTON POST

Michael Curtiz‘s directing Oscar for “Casablanca” goes up for auction: “The Academy Award won in 1943 by the Hungarian-born Curtiz, who died in 1961, will be sold on June 28 by the Los Angeles-based company. Online bidding, which opened last week, had already reached more than $369,000 on Monday, well past the reserve price that was not disclosed. ‘Casablanca,’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and set in the Moroccan city during World War II, is one of the most enduring romances in American cinema. In 2007, the Los Angeles-based American Film Institute named it as the third best film of the past 100 years. Curtiz’s Oscar for directing the movie was previously sold by Christie’s in 2003 for $231,500 to U.S. magician David Copperfield. The auction house declined to name the latest seller.” REUTERS

Uggie becomes the first dog to leave prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater: “Dressed in a black bow tie and posing for photographers, Uggie sank his paws in cement in a ceremony that also marked his retirement from the movies. The 10-year-old canine, who hit the big time as French actor Jean Dujardin‘s cute sidekick in the silent movie [‘The Artist‘], will appear at charity events, his trainer said. ‘Everybody thinks I am great trainer. I don’t think so. I think he is just a great dog,’ trainer Omar von Muller said at the paw print ceremony, thanking Uggie’s fans and his thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. Filmed in black and white, ‘The Artist’ won five Oscars, including best picture, in February.” REUTERS

Interviewing Emmy’s most nominated man: “The most successful artist in Emmys history is camera operator Hector Ramirez. Over a career spanning four decades, he has filmed Richard Nixon in tears, a prepubescent Justin Timberlake and MTV’s very first Video Music Awards. Along the way, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has rewarded Ramirez with 64 nominations and 17 wins. (HBO’s Sheila Nevins has won more Emmys, 22, but nobody has more nominations.) His first nomination came in 1978 for ‘CBS: On the Air’; last year he added four more to his total with nods for the Grammys, the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors and ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ With another round no doubt on the horizon, TheWrap talked with the 67-year-old about the Grammys, Watergate and the Pope.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Could “Magic Mike” head to Broadway? “Director Steven Soderbergh‘s ‘Magic Mike’ debuted over the weekend, closing out the Los Angeles Film Festival. And while the Warner Bros film opens in theaters this Friday, fans may have the opportunity to see it live in the flesh as it were in the future … [Writer Reid Carolin] tipped off to USA Today that there are plans to strut ‘Magic Mike’ on Broadway in the near future. ‘We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story,’ said Carolin, adding, ‘More of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it’s the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show.'” MOVIELINE

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