Welcome to the Heartland Emmy® Chapter

We are a membership based organization dedicated to advancing and awarding excellence in all areas of media and television, through our Emmy® Awards competition, scholarships, and programs. We are one of 19 regional chapters across the US, covering  Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Access your account here, to renew your membership, see what’s available for judging, update your profile, or enter the Emmy® competition. For membership eligibility and/or guest user account questions, click here

And the Emmy® Goes to….

The Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held their 36th Annual Emmy® Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Hilton Denver City Center and at the Oklahoma Historical Society, live-streamed via the Emmy® app. Of 305 nominated entries, 96 were awarded the coveted Emmy® statuette during the first in-person ceremony in three years. 450 Guests enjoyed an elegant evening including Red Carpet events with Eden Lane in Denver and Lucas Ross in Oklahoma City.

The chapter was pleased to welcome five new members to The Circles: Ron Hull from Lincoln and Sam Jones from Tulsa were inducted into the Gold Circle for 50 years of stellar contribution to the industry, while Holly Gauntt from Denver, Dave Tamez from Oklahoma City, and Dominic Dezzutti from Denver were each inducted into the Silver Circle for their 25 years contribution. Scholarships were presented to Elizabeth Osborne and Henry Janzen.

The entire list of award recipients is listed here.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, whose mission is to recognize excellence, was founded in 1947; the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy® Award stand for the best in the television industry.  NATAS is the only non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement, raising industry standards, and improving the quality of television.  Its dedication to excellence is pursued every day by members of its 19 chapters across the country.  The Heartland chapter was formed in 1986 after an intense effort to meet the high eligibility standards of the Academy’s national board.  For more information, visit www.emmyawards.tv.

Category Viability Rule

We at the Heartland Chapter have made some noticeable changes this year, specifically in our increased Certification of Entries. While it’s intended to level the playing field for all entrants, it can be understandably difficult if you’ve been asked to make a change to your entry. Thank you for your patience!

This year, we are merging categories. Entrants can choose to allow us to merge their entry or they may drop out of the competition with a full refund of their entry fee. Deadline 4/29/22.

Remember: You are never, ever, ever, competing against any other entry; the Emmy® awards don’t work that way.  Each entry is judged on its own merits: Content, Creativity and Execution (in the Craft categories, it’s only on Creativity and Execution). We can have none, one, or more Emmy® winners in the same category if, for example, more than one entry earns top scores (this does happen every year). You are competing against a standard of excellence.

Here’s an example of how merging will work:
In the Environment/Science News – No Time Limit category, all the entries will be judged in that one category, as they were submitted — they will not be rolled into a combined “Environment/Science/Technology” category until after the judging is done.

Merged categories are happening in all three competitions:
Click on the link(s), above, to see what’s happening specifically with categories in that competiton. Please note that your entry will be judged in the category it was submitted and merged categories will be judged by the same panelists.

Thank you to our Career Day Presenters!

The 2022 Call For Entries is Closed

Nominations will be announced toward the end of May. Awards galas will be held, in person this year, in Denver and Oklahoma City.
Between now and then, your entries will be busy!

  • First all entries are certified, to make sure submission rules were followed and to uphold the category viability guidelines
  • Entrants and/or submitters may be notified about changes to your entry as the certification process unfolds. Blatant rule violations will result in disqualification
  • During part of March and April, entries will be judged by peer judges at other chapters around the country. As an entrant, you will be asked to volunteer as a judge for those chapters’ entries
  • In May, the judging scores will be reviewed during a blind Curve Cut meeting to determine the nominees
  • Nominations will be announced toward the end of May, at which time tickets to the galas will go on sale
  • Heartland Emmy® awards will be presented – along with the inductees to the Silver and Gold Circles – at the awards galas on Saturday, July 16 in Denver and Oklahoma City

Welcome New Board Members!

With the heartfelt thanks of the entire Board of Governors to Misty Montano and Drew Sidener, outgoing station reps from KUSA and KCNC in Denver, we welcome their successors: Nathan Higgins, News Producer (KUSA) and Kati Weis, Investigative Reporter/Producer (KCNC). Nathan and Kati have large shoes to fill, figuratively speaking, as both Misty and Drew were key contributors to the success of this chapter, offering their time and energy to help keep the brand shiny.  Thank you to Misty and Drew, and welcome to Nathan and Kati.