At Thursday's diversity-themed cocktail reception for Emmy nominees, we chatted with TV academy President Maury McIntyre about the new Emmy rule changes and the voters' penchant for repeat winners in various categories. Watch our revealing interview below.
"One of the reasons behind the rule changes was we want more participation among the members," McIntyre tells Gold Derby editor Chris Beachum. "We saw a lot of small changes behind the scenes that kind of helped with that. And I think you saw the outcome of that with the new nominees we saw this year, with the very broad range of nominees you saw this year, and I think you may see that again with the winners."
McIntyre even addresses the controversy that the Emmys simply reward the same performers year after year. "We've heard in the past it's same old, same old — we honor a lot of the same people. Look, if it's quality storytelling, it deserves an Emmy, whether it's won three or four times. But clearly, we want to make sure that the broad array of programming that's out there is being recognized as well. We think with the increased participation we're gonna see because of the rules changes, we're gonna see some differences amongst the winners."
"We are seeing just phenomenal response in terms of people coming in," he adds about moving voting to strictly online this year and allowing all eligible members to vote, rather than just those who serve on judging panels. "People are really engaged. They are very excited about participating."
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Photo: Maury McIntyre. Credit: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX