New York – November 20, 2014 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the promotion of David Michaels to Senior Vice President Daytime Emmy® Awards and Events. Michaels has been serving as the Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards since August of 2012.
“We are pleased to acknowledge the outstanding work and individual leadership that David Michaels has brought to the organization,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “His vision, skill and management of the Daytime Emmy® Awards and his diverse background in television production and events have made him a welcome addition to our NATAS staff.”
David began working as a performer at age of seventeen, appearing in productions in New York, around the USA, Canada and in Europe. He worked steadily as an actor until he competed on a game show when an immediate fascination with the “behind the scenes” world of Daytime Television led to his first production job with the legendary Bob Stewart Productions. He rose quickly through the ranks to producer, doing over 25 pilots and air shows eventually producing shows such as The $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, starring Dick Clark, and garnering multiple nominations and two Emmy Awards. He also produced Pictionary for Dan Enright. Transitioning into the talk show world, David produced such shows as Vicki! (2 nominations), Leeza (2 nominations) and Caryl and Marilyn. He also produced and wrote the primetime special, Lie Detector.
At the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, David served as Co-Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards serving on the Board of Governors for 14 years as well as on numerous other committees. He founded TV Cares, ATAS’ AIDS awareness committee, chairing the committee with honorary co-chair, Angela Lansbury for 15 years. He also conceived and produced the annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration honoring programs and individuals for responsible programming in the area of AIDS awareness and education. Along with Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, he helped to make the Red Ribbon an international symbol of AIDS awareness. For two years, he produced and wrote The Ribbon of Hope live event as a Television Special receiving another Daytime Emmy nomination. In addition, David spent ten years as the Director of Special Events for the Western Region of The Actors’ Fund of America.
David has produced countless star-studded live charity events, including, Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words & Music of Jerry Herman, Something Wonderful: the Richard Rodgers Centennial, Kurt Weill: The Centennial, Sing Happy: the Music and Words of Kander & Ebb, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman, Hooray For Love: The Harold Arlen Centennial; and Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Centennial and Falsettos at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization of over 14,000 media professionals 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 Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional 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
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Paul Pillitteri, Director Communications, NATAS