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

Let’s Go to the Gala!

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This year we are pleased and proud to honor five professionals who have, individually,  made a difference in our chapter and to our industry. 2022 Silver Circle inductees include Dominic Dezzutti, Holly Gauntt and David Tamez; Gold Circle inductees include Sam Jones and Ron Hull. These outstanding five will be inducted during the awards ceremony in July.

Congratulations, Nominees!

The Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the nominees in our 2022 Emmy® Awards competition. Thank you to every single entrant, and congratulations to all our nominees!
Here’s the list, including the Student Production Award nominees.
There are no nominees in some categories.

We have graphics for all nominees, as promised!  They are here in a Dropbox folder, and we’ll also be tagging you in the next week or so. Celebrate the good news #HeartlandEmmy

This year we are pleased and proud to honor five professionals who have, individually,  made a difference in our chapter and to our industry. 2022 Silver Circle inductees include Dominic Dezzutti, Holly Gauntt and David Tamez; Gold Circle inductees include Sam Jones and Ron Hull.  These outstanding five will be inducted during the awards ceremony in July. Need a graphic to share on social media? Here’s your link to Dropbox.

The 35th Annual Awards Gala is live and in-person this year on Saturday, July 16! Ticket sales will open tomorrow, May 26, through Friday, July 1.

Two locations, same ceremony: Hilton Denver City Center and the Oklahoma Historical Society (seating is limited at this venue). General Admission tickets are $125; nominees may purchase one ticket for themselves at the discounted rate of $100.

We will limit seating in Oklahoma City to 180. All ticket sales are general admission. VIP tables of 10 will be available in Denver at additional cost. 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.

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.