The Emmy Awards will get a new ceremony next year — the first time this has happened since 1979. The Children’s & Family Emmy Awards will be created to honor works made for that demographic, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced.
What awards will be handed out, exactly? The children’s and family categories at the Daytime Emmys will be moved to the new ceremony. They recognize things like the best shows, voiceover artists, writers, directors, and original songs. Some categories will be modified and new ones will be created, too.
Why the change? The Daytime Emmys had got too big, in part thanks to the boom in kids’ and family programming, which has increased by 23% in the last two years — the fastest-growing field at the awards. NATAS recently took on oversight of all Emmys for this demographic, including kids’ content previously honored at the Primetime Emmys (which is run by a separate body).