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NATAS and the Television Academy Release Joint Letter of Thanks

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Television Academy
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Television Academy

The (NATAS) and the have issued a joint letter of thanks to Academy members that will appear in this week’s Variety magazine. The letter thanks those who’ve continued to pay and support cast and crew whose productions have been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and those who’ve donated equipment, among other reasons of thanks.

“So many members of the television industry are doing amazing work every day, keeping the nation and the individual communities that comprise it informed and entertained,” NATAS Chairman, Terry O’Reilly, said in the letter obtained by Soap Opera Network. “There has not been a time in recent memory that our work has been needed more, and I daresay there has not been a time in recent history that it has been appreciated more by the audiences we serve.”

The letter, drafted by NATAS President  and staff in New York City, all working from home, is a unified statement of support and gratitude to those working in the television community, acknowledging that “through information and entertainment, critical facts and necessary respite, you’ve helped to keep us connected as the pandemic forces us apart.” It’s been noted that no member dollars from either organization were expended in the creation or purchasing of the ad.

O’Reilly’s letter and the full Variety ad can be viewed below.

Dear fellow NATAS members and television colleagues:

I’m writing today to share something that I think is really special.

I know I don’t need to tell you about the stresses that our industry and those who work in it are facing right now, as the COVID-19 threat works its way across America.  The vast majority of Americans are now under some form of government-imposed “stay at home” order, and many in our industry right now find themselves without work: for example, it was just reported by IATSE that 95% of their ‘below-the-line’ craft members are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the face of all these challenges, so many members of the television industry are doing amazing work every day, keeping the nation and the individual communities that comprise it informed and entertained. There has not been a time in recent memory that our work has been needed more, and I daresay there has not been a time in recent history that it has been appreciated more by the audiences we serve.

We at NATAS thought it would be a timely gesture to say ’thank you’ to all in our industry who serve our country by doing what we do best: informing, enlightening and inspiring. Providing respite in difficult times. Providing families with a way to come together.

Our Academy President Adam Sharp and the great staff at our New York City Headquarters — all working from home — drafted a letter of thanks to our community that you will see on the inside cover of this week’s Variety magazine (a copy is attached as well).

Our friends and colleagues at the Television Academy in Los Angeles joined us in this unified statement of support for and gratitude to everyone in the television industry who is working so hard during this difficult time.  No member dollars from either organization were expended in creating the ad or in purchasing the page.

We thought you’d like to see this.  And we thought you’d like to know how much we appreciate everything you do: for our Academy, and for our country.

For those whose production work is directly impacted, we are maintaining a list of resources on our website: https://theemmys.tv/covid19-resources/

Be well. Stay safe.

Terry O’Reilly
Chairman

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Television Academy
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Television Academy