140 LIVE FEEDS!
Maybe it’s just the broadcast and production nerds that care about this but making the Emmys happen might actually be more interesting than the actual Emmys this year. Variety interviewed Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart for an exclusive about the planning that’s underway right now to produce the Emmys and even though they’re still figuring out a lot of the elements, they did talk about their ambitions and the scale of the event now that they’re having to put on a live awards show during a pandemic with nominees and presenters scattered around the world.
Right now Jimmy Kimmel will live-host the broadcast from Staples Centre but there will be no red carpet and no audience. The reason they’re doing it there though is because of the tech and the size of the venue:
“The producers require that capacity because of an ambitious plan they’ve crafted to have professional cameras and, if possible, camera operators stationed where every nominee is located. (For programs, one of the nominated producers will be chosen to serve as the show’s on-camera representative.) That’s as many as 140 live feeds coming into the control room at Staples.”
“This will all depend on the comfort level of the people at the other end, but we’ve got to go and find them,” Stewart said. “They might be at home, they might be in the garden, might be in a hotel, they might be standing on the side of the street. It doesn’t really matter, wherever they feel comfortable. But we want to bring every nominee that we can logistically, live into the show.”
140 LIVE FEEDS!
Imagine that control room? Probably it will have to be multiple control rooms. I mean, no, it’s not like they’re talking all 140 live feeds at the same time – most presenters and nominees will be on standby until their categories are announced. But standby means ready to roll. It means you’re working even when you’re waiting.
So a three hour show, 140 live feeds, they’re sending equipment and crew to locations all over the globe, and the best part of it is… we get to watch. I’m not talking about watching who wins, I’m talking about watching the work!
“As you watch the show, you’ll see what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Hudlin said. “We think that will actually be part of the excitement of watching what we’re doing. We’re going to be very transparent about what’s happening and why.”
In other words, the Emmys are going to be the Show Your Work of award shows!
But will the larger audience care? TV production geeks for sure are all over this. But is that too inside baseball for most viewers? For three hours? On the one hand, the obvious answer to this might be… no, a wider audience isn’t going to give a f-ck how they’re managing the chaos in the control room. That said, overall, award show ratings have been going down anyway, and the ones who remain committed to watching award shows, the die-hards, are already kinda inside baseball anyway. This certainly caters to them. Let me know if you’re into the Show Your Work Emmys.
Yours in gossip,