Los Angeles Emmy Award
Awarded forExcellence in television
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded1949

The Los Angeles Emmy Awards are presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) in recognition of excellence in the local programming of the Greater Los Angeles area. They are the only regional Emmys presented directly by the ATAS; all the other regional Emmys across the country are given out by each regional chapter of the ATAS' sister organization, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).[1][2][3]

The Los Angeles Emmy Award is the successor to the first three Emmy Award ceremonies held from 1949 to 1951 when the Emmy primarily only honored shows that were produced or aired in the Los Angeles area.

The ATAS also gives out the Los Angeles Area Governors Award, which is presented for outstanding consistent achievement over a period of years, or in recognition of an outstanding, single notable contribution.[4]

Board of governors

The Los Angeles academy is composed of individuals who hold prominent positions in and about the entertainment field. Their job is to help oversee the business and artistic affairs of the academy as well as the awards broadcast. They serve as an active board within the academy.[5]

Member Community Involvement
Mark Adler Music
Lynda Kahn Title Design
Lowell Peterson, A.S.C. Cinematographer
Conrad Bachmann Performer
Geoff Katz Interactive Media
Michael R. Polis Children's Programming
Stuart Bass, A.C.E. Picture Editor
Steve Kent Producer
Eric Poticha Television Executive
Daniel H. Birman Nonfiction Programming
Peter Kwong Performer
Betsey Potter Costume Design & Supervision
Jonathon Braun, A.C.E. Picture Editor
Sharon Lieblein, CSA Casting Director
Van Broughton Ramsey Costume Design & Supervision
Nancy Carr Public Relations
Sharon Liggins Public Relations
Frank Scherma Commercials
Shaun Cashman Animation
Sheila Manning Commercials
Lori Schwartz Interactive Media
Tommy Cole Makeup/Hairstylists
David Michaels Daytime Programming
Brian Sheesley Animation
Shari Cookson Nonfiction Programming
Lee Miller Director
Mark Scott Spatny Special Visual Effects
Judy Crown Makeup/Hairstylists
John Moffitt Director
Robert Swartz Television Executive
Marlin Davis Production Executive
Anthony Molinari Stunts
Greg Taylor Los Angeles Director
Kelly DeLap-Evans Children's Programming
Dorenda Moore Stunts
Jon Teschner Title Design
Kirk Ellis Writer
Frank Morrone, C.A.S. Sound
Mark Teschner, CSA Casting Director
Edward Fassl Sound Editor
Peter W. Moyer Special Visual Effects
Steve Venezia, C.A.S. Sound
Lucia Gervino Production Executive
Margaret Nagle Writer
Mitch Waldow Los Angeles Director
Tim Gibbons Producer
Chris Newman Professional Representative
Mark Watters Music
Eileen Horta Sound Editor
John D. O’Brien Electronic Production
James Robert Yarnell Art Director/Set Decorator
Dwight C. Jackson Art Director/Set Decorator
Matthew J. Olsen Daytime Programming
Kenneth D. Zunder, A.S.C. Cinematographer
Stephen A. Jones Electronic Production
Anne Damborg Pedersen Professional Representative

Board members

Board members are elected and unlike the Board of Governors, their function is to attend business meetings and handle the everyday administration of the academy.[6]

Member Office
John Shaffner Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Bradley Wiard Vice Chair
Stacey Luchs Struber Second Vice Chair
Marcelino Ford-Livene Secretary
Kevin Hamburger Treasurer
Joetta Di Bella Los Angeles Area Vice Chair
Jerry Petry Academy Foundation Chairman
Tim Gibbons Governors' Appointee
Sharon Chazin Lieblein Governors' Appointee
John Moffitt Governors' Appointee
Eric Poticha Governors' Appointee
Thomas W. Sarnoff Ex Officio Member
Leo Chaloukian, C.A.S. Ex Officio Member
Dick Askin Chair’s Appointee
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Chair’s Appointee
Albert Cheng Chair’s Appointee
John Landgraf Chair’s Appointee
Benito Martinez Chair’s Appointee
Millicent Shelton Chair’s Appointee


  1. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Chapters". Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  2. ^ "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: National Academy". Retrieved 2009-10-06. Because our headquarters, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, are located in Los Angeles, our offices handle regional membership and awards for the Los Angeles area only
  3. ^ "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: FAQ". Retrieved 2009-10-06. The Academy also encompasses a Los Angeles branch whose members work in Southern California
  4. ^ "Steve Edwards to Receive L.A. Area Governors' Award". Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  5. ^ ATAS. "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2010-07-08.Board of Governors
  6. ^ ATAS. "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2010-07-08.Board of Directors