National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Founded 1955
Area served
Television industry
Product Daytime Emmy Award

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences or NATAS was created in 1955 to advance the arts and sciences of television. Headquartered in New York, NATAS's membership is national and the organization has local chapters around the country. It was also known as the National Television Academy until 2007.

One of its past presidents, Don DeFore, was instrumental in arranging for the Emmy Awards to be broadcast on national TV for the first time on March 7, 1955. Other past presidents include John Cannon, Peter Price and Frank Radice.

NATAS distributes Emmy Awards in various categories including "Daytime", "Sports", "News and Documentary", and "Public Service".

NATAS also supervised the primetime Emmy Awards until a split between the East and West memberships in the 1970s led to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences leaving NATAS. ATAS supervises the primetime and Los Angeles area Emmys, while NATAS is in charge of the other Emmy honors. In 2007, the organization spawned a peer organization dedicated to new media, called the National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences (NAMAS).[1]

NATAS publishes its own quarterly magazine, Television Quarterly, which was started publication in 1962.[2][3]

Local chapters

Local chapters organize award ceremonies of their own handing out Emmy statues similar to those given out at the national ceremonies.[4]

chapter name major markets included areas included
Boston / New England Boston, Hartford & New Haven Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and parts of north east New York state
Chicago / Midwest Chicago, Peoria-Bloomington, South Bend-Elkhart, Green Bay-Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee Illinois, Wisconsin
Heartland Chapter Denver, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita/Hutchinson, Omaha, Colorado Springs/Pueblo Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma
Lone Star Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston Texas
Lower Great Lakes Cleveland, Indianapolis, Toledo Indiana, parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania
Michigan Detroit Michigan
Mid-America St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Springfield, Shreveport Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, parts of Louisiana, Indiana, and Kansas
Mid Atlantic Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey
Nashville / Midsouth Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Nashville, Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem North Carolina, Tennessee, some southern portions of Virginia and Kentucky, northern portions of Mississippi and Alabama
National Capital / Chesapeake Bay Washington DC, Baltimore, Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws, Richmond, Roanoke Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and parts of Pennsylvania
New York New York City New York, New Jersey
Ohio Valley Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, parts of Indiana and Illinois
Pacific Southwest San Diego, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Las Vegas southern (outside of Los Angeles) and western California and southern Nevada
Los Angeles Los Angeles (ATAS) Los Angeles
Mountain / Southwest Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona
San Francisco / Northern CA San Francisco-Oak-San Jose, Sacramento-Stkton-Modesto, Reno, Honolulu Northern California, Hawaii, parts of Nevada
Northwest Seattle-Tacoma, Portland Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska
Southeast Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina
Suncoast Tampa-St. Pete, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Bch-Melbrn, New Orleans, Tallahassee Florida and Southern Louisiana and Alabama
Upper Midwest Minneapolis-St. Paul North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, parts of Nebraska

See also


  1. "NATAS". Emmy Online. Retrieved May 19, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Television Quarterly". Emmy Online. Retrieved May 19, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Journal List June 2015". FIAF. Retrieved October 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Emmy Awards - National Academy Chapters". Retrieved 2013-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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