Security Boosts Emmy Budget $1 Mil
An extra $1 million has been added to the existing $3.5 million budget for this Sunday’s Emmy awards broadcast thanks to increased security and a three-week postponement caused by the terrorist attacks, award officials said Tuesday. Another change was adding a simultaneous New York gathering for those TV Academy members who didn’t want to fly to California for the event, said Jim Chabin, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Emmys will be held at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium with host Ellen DeGeneres. New York attendees will congregate at Conan O’Brien’s NBC studio in Rockefeller Center for the event, which will air on CBS. In other revisions for Sunday’s event, Joan and Melissa Rivers will sit out this year’s pre-Emmy Awards show on E! Entertainment Television (they will be replaced by E! anchors Steve Kmetko and Jules Asner) as the network opts for a more serious approach to covering the events leading up to the ceremony, says the Hollywood Reporter. E! is also cutting back its customary Emmy coverage from 10 hours to seven and modifying the format of its pre- and post-show coverage, says the trade paper. These moves are in recognition of the current mood of the country in the aftermath of Sept. 11’s attacks.