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Emmy Fees: How much it costs to enter the competition

March 29, 2011 | 11:30 am

Emmy_statue7The Emmy is one of the few showbiz peer-group awards that has entry fees. Competing for the Oscar or Tony Award is free, but money is needed to underwrite the expensive cost of Emmy judging. Remember, about 5,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences choose winners after evaluating sample episodes submitted by nominees in more than 100 categories. That can be expensive.

There are about 14,000 members of the TV academy who pay $185 dues per year. That entitles them to enter a contender (presumably themselves) for free. Also, if nominated, they get two free tickets to the awards ceremony instead of just one.

Below is a breakdown of some entry fees. The language is the official jargon used by the academy. See the full breakdown here.

1. Commercial entry fees: There is a flat $250 fee for all commercial entries.

2. Individual achievement entry fees:
The fee for individual entries is $200.
For small teams (2-4 entrants), the fee is $400.
For medium teams (5-8 entrants), the fee is $500.
For large teams (9-10 entrants), the fee is $600.
Teams of 11 or more pay a flat fee of $60 per person

3. Program entry fees:
The fee for a program entry with a single producer is $400.
For small teams (2-4 entrants), the fee is $600.
For medium teams (5-8 entrants), the fee is $700.
For large teams (9 or more entrants), the fee is $800.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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