HOST MEREDITH VIEIRA TO BE JOINED BY CELEBRITY PRESENTERS MARTHA STEWART, KEVIN O’CONNOR, AND DAYTIME DRAMA STARS AT THE CREATIVE ARTS DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS IN NEW YORK ON APRIL 22
Sesame Street’s Caroll Spinney To Receive the Lifetime Achievement Award;
New Emmy Award for Internet, Cell Phones, Broadband To Be Awarded
New York, N. Y. – April 12, 2006 – When Meredith Vieira takes to the stage of the 33rd Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy® Awards in New York on April 22, she will be joined by an all-star lineup of presenters including Martha Stewart, host of “Martha,” and Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House,” “Sesame Street” actor Bob McGrath (“Bob, the music man”), and Suzanne Walker Fanning, host of “Fiskars TV Crafting Show” as well as stars of the Emmy nominated daytime dramas: Jennifer Landon and Jesse Lee Soffer of “As The World Turns”; Michelle Ray Smith and John Driscoll of “Guiding Light”; Kassie DePaiva and Robin Strasser of “One Life To Live, ” and Colin Egglesfield and Chrishell Stause of “All My Children.” The black-tie event, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, will be attended by 900 performers, producers and craftspeople involved in daytime television, including drama, talk shows, children’s programs, game shows and service programs.
At this ceremony, Daytime Emmy Awards will be 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 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, will be 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.
The Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards will also be held during a simultaneous black-tie ceremony at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. Daytime Emmy Awards in additional categories, primarily for performances and programs, will be awarded at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, telecast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Friday, April 28 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This will mark the first time the Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Hollywood in the 33-year history of the Awards ceremonies.
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.