NATAS Launches The Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has launched The Emmys, a free streaming service that will telecast The Daytime Emmy Awards for Digital Drama this Sunday, July 19, at 9 pm ET.

Content on The Emmys also includes interviews, highlights from past Emmy ceremonies, events from the Academy’s 19 regional chapters, and several other live-streamed national awards shows, including the Daytime Emmys for Children, Lifestyle & Animation on Sunday, July 26 at 8 pm ET, and the Sports Emmy Awards on Tuesday, August 11, at 8 pm.

This Sunday’s show will be hosted by Jai Rodriguez, a 2004 Emmy winner for Bravo’s original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

While the award for best digital drama itself was announced during CBS’ telecast of the Daytime Emmys on June 26 (with Amazon Prime’s The Bay winning for the fourth time), other digital drama categories will be revealed on Sunday. Awards will be given for writing, directing, other off-screen craftspeople, and the following acting categories:

Lead Actress

Rowin Amone, King Ester (Issa Rae Presents’ YouTube channel)

Mary Beth Evans, The Bay

Jade Harlow, The Bay

Cady Huffman After Forever (Amazon Prime)  

Shanti Lowry, Bronx SIU (Urban Movie Channel)

Lead Actor

Kristos Andrews, The Bay   

Alex Hurt, The Rehearsal (indie)

Brad James, A House Divided (Urban Movie Channel)

Sean Kanan,  Studio City (Amazon Prime)

Brian White, Bronx SIU  

Supporting Actress

Tina Benko, The Rehearsal   

Veanne Cox, Indoor Boys (indie)

Patrika Darbo, Studio City

Carolyn Hennesy, Studio City

Janet Hubert, King Ester  

Supporting Actor

Venice the Series, The Emmys

Willam Belli, Eastsiders (Netflix)

Leith M. Burke, Eastsiders   

Tristan Rogers, Studio City

Lenny Wolpe, After Forever

Gregory Zarian, Venice the Series (indie) com  

Guest Performer

Rene Heger, Dark/Web (Amazon Prime)

Mary Beth Peil, After Forever

Scott Turner Schofield, Studio City   

Lin Shaye, Eastsiders   

Graham Sibley, Dark/Web

You can access The Emmys on the web at or via apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV  Fire TV, and Roku.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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