The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and KNEKT TV are partnering on an inaugural digital telecast of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards taking place April 29, Variety has learned exclusively.
“NATAS is thrilled to have this partnership which gives us the potential of the largest world-wide audience we have ever had,” NATAS senior vice president and Daytime Emmy Awards executive producer David Michaels said in a statement. “In addition we are very excited about the live red carpet show and the backstage winner interviews KNEKT is doing with Carolyn Hennesy which allows the fans to ‘see it all.’”
The event will begin with the red carpet pre-show which will live-stream on all of the Daytime Emmys’ social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and its website), as well as on KNEKT’s digital television network on platforms including Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android.
“Focusing on socially conscious content 90% of the programming on KNEKT TV is around non-profits, animal rights, environment, health & wellness, and living a more balanced and positive life. Celebrating the success of the nominees and winners of the daytime Emmys is reflective of how hard work and persistence pays off. It is an inspiration to fans, members of the entertainment industry and audiences who now have access to watch the show on a global scale,” said Kent Speakman of KNEKT TV.
Speakman will supervise this digital telecast, which will be streamed to multiple social destinations such as Facebook, Youtube, Periscope & Twitter — powered by Switchboard Live — as well as for viewers who wish to have a traditional television experience on KNEKT Television, a new digital OTT network built by UnReel.
Who gave you the good news?
“Chloe [Lanier] called to congratulate me, which was adorable. That was the best possible way to find out. Then I went to work and got to congratulate her in person, and I saw Maura West from across the room and we did a silent jig.”
What does this nomination mean to you?
“It’s like the best pat on the back ever. It’s still so surreal. I get to call myself ‘Emmy-nominated Hayley Erin’ for the rest of my life!”
What scenes did you submit?
“Kiki finding out that Ava had switched Morgan’s pills, and then after the fire, when Ava had the ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ [order] on her chart. I put it together the way it is and then I bothered everyone I know and made them watch it and took all these notes and was going to make all these changes, but when push came to shove, I just left it the way it was. I drove myself insane for no reason [laughs].”
Will you write a speech or wing it?
“If I do win, I will undoubtedly black out, so I am going to have to write a speech and memorize it so that I will be able to say something that makes sense. I know I would pull a Jennifer Lawrence and fall on my face. I think there’s a part of me that hopes I don’t win so that I don’t humiliate myself!”
What are you most looking forward to about Emmy night?
“As a cast, we’re never all at the same place at the same time, so I can’t wait for the after-party, that camaraderie where we’re all together. I just hope there’s a candy bar at the party like there was last year!”