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.

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Tune in to see the Heartland Emmy® Award Nominations!

** When: Friday, June 5 at 12 noon MDT
** Where: Posted on this website
** Participate: No live party this year. Instead, Tweet us at #HeartlandEmmy between noon at 2PM MDT with your category(s) if you’re nominated. We’ll provide your official Heartland graphic to retweet to your friends and followers, so you can share the great news

Emmy® Gala 2020: Update

Due to the extraordinary circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the devastating financial burden on both our members and their respective employers, and in an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of our members, the Heartland Chapter will cancel our live galas in favor of an online event on July 25.
Entries are still being judged, and our nomination event will be held in early June – online.
Details of these events are still being worked out, and we’ll pass them along to you as they become available. Stay tuned; stay well!

Production Resources

Production resources for members of the television community impacted by COVID-19. NATAS has gathered a list of resources for production/freelance workers. This list will grow as we continue to source additional information.

Time on your hands?

If you’ve got time on your hands, don’t forget to help with Emmy® judging! Stay connected to your broader television community and watch something that has nothing to do with the coronavirus. Fires, floods, investigations, tornadoes … all quaint reminders of a world that once was. Log into your emmyexpress.com account and sign up to judge!

Awards Competition 2020

Thank you to all who entered this year! Nominations will be announced later in May, and all entrants will be notified via email of the exact time and place. Winners will be announced at the Awards Galas on Saturday, July 25th: Denver Hilton City  Center and Oklahoma City Historical Society.

2020 Scholarship Program

Open to college, university, trade school and high school students, we offer two different scholarships this year. Deadline and Details here.

What is Television?

Television is no longer defined by a box that resides in the family living room. Television is happening everywhere we go. The Heartland Emmy® Chapter honors original content created for traditional broadcast/cablecast mediums as well as non-traditional and emerging platforms for broadband and portable delivery. Television is ‘moving pictures on a screen.’  If you are a producer (no matter your craft discipline) of original material intended for a Heartland audience, then this is your home for television excellence.

Commemorative Plaques

Memorialize your contribution to an Emmy® winning production with a stunning wall plaque. There is no statute of limitations for ordering these, even for past years’ productions. All plaques are a beautiful rosewood with a polished piano-key finish and engraved brass plate.

Judging Policy

The success of the Emmy® Awards process depends on the willingness of qualified professionals to serve as judges.

By entering, you agree to serve as a judge when asked, and that judging must occur during calendar year 2019.

  • If you enter once, you’ll need to judge once
  • If you enter twice, you’ll need to judge twice
  • If you enter three or more times, you’ll need to judge at least 3 times

Entrants who meet their judging requirements enjoy reduced entry fees.
There are typically 6-9 opportunities to judge other chapters’ entries during the year and all entrants are notified via email at that time. Also, judging availabilities are displayed in your membership dashboard as they occur.
What’s the time commitment for judging? 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the category; judging can be done anywhere you have a computer; it’s all online.

Membership Bonus:
When you judge 3 or more times during a calendar year, you’ll earn a $10 discount on membership dues for the coming year. There is no limit to the amount of judging you can do, as long as you’re qualified to judge the categories you choose.

We polled several of our long-time judges, to ask them Why Judge? Here’s what they said:

  • “I like to compare my work with other markets around the country”
  • “It expands the judging pool, which is how I want my work judged”
  • “I get a ton of ideas from watching other people’s work”
  • “Doing it online is super-easy for my schedule; I don’t have to do it all at once”


Discussion around Categories without Nominations

It has come to our attention that there are questions related to categories which did not receive nominations in this year’s Heartland Regional Emmy Awards. First, thank you to the members who have asked about the judging process. Second, in order to foster clear communication and transparency among all members, we want to further explain that process.

  • This is neither a precedent-setting nor a unique circumstance. Categories with zero nominees occur annually, and over a wide variety of disciplines. This year there were 8 professional categories, including both news and non-news (programs) representing entries from markets across the Heartland chapter, which did not receive nominations.
  • All entries in all categories are judged by at least 7 peers in a NATAS region outside of the Heartland chapter. Peers are defined as people who have three or more years experience working in the category they are judging. Judges acknowledge their experience via affidavits submitted to NATAS. Entries are judged on their own individual merits; they are not judged in competition with each other, which is why it is possible to have a statistical tie once all scores are added together.
  • In order to receive a nomination, an entry must reach a threshold percentage of high scores. Entries with scores below that threshold do not receive a nomination. The Awards Committee determines the cut-off percentage in a “blind” meeting where the entrants and categories are undisclosed.
  • In order to receive an Emmy award, entries much reach an even higher threshold.

In light of the questions regarding this year’s entries, we researched the categories without nominations. We determined that all of the judges were peers and their credentials are in order. We also verified that different chapters judged different categories, meaning they weren’t all judged by the same chapter which might imply a bias toward, or dislike of, the Heartland region. Further, the judges’ scores did not reflect a bias toward or against a particular company, group, or entrant.

We encourage questions about the judging process and work diligently to ensure its credibility and authenticity. If you ever have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to submit a written letter to the NATAS Heartland Chapter office, to be taken up by the Awards Committee. This is the best way to ensure clear, transparent communication.

The NATAS Heartland Chapter Awards Committee

Important Dates

Friday, May 29
Heartland Chapter Scholarship
Application deadline extended!
Apply Here

Early June 2020
Nomination Announcements: Date TBD

July 25, 2020
Awards galas Live-streamed