With “La La Land” set to sweep the Oscars, even the TV academy has caught dance fever. It just announced that choreographers, who had previously been a subset of the directors peer group, are to get their own stand-alone group. These groups, which are akin to the branches at the motion picture academy, have governors who represent the interests of the members on the board.
The inaugural governors of the choreography peer group are two high-profile talents: “La La Land” choreographer Mandy Moore who has reaped four Emmy bids for “So You Think You Can Dance” (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014) and recent Emmy champ Kathryn Burns (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). Membership in the peer group will be open to choreographers, creative directors, associate choreographers, assistant choreographers and dancers.
In making the announcement, TV Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said, “We are thrilled to recognize choreographers and their contributions to television with a peer group of their own. Inclusion of all professionals creating content in our medium is a top priority for the academy, whether they are working in a significant artistic or technical segment of the industry, in established formats, or evolving digital platforms.”
The group will mark its debut with an event at the academy on Feb. 16 entitled “Whose Dance Is It Anyway?” that will include both performances and one-on-one conversations.
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