Voting for the 2019 Emmy Awards opened on Monday, and by Wednesday the Television Academy had already disqualified a number of its members over accusations of “block voting,” alleging some members colluded with the intention of throwing their votes behind specific projects.
The Hollywood Reporter obtained a memo sent by the organization to its members, revealing that certain members were “found to have engaged in or advocated” for voting in a block, and have been disqualified from casting votes for this year’s awards.
“The integrity of the Emmy competition is of paramount importance to the Television Academy,” reads the memo, jointly written by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma and president and COO Maury McIntyre. “Any suggestions of voting impropriety, whether implied or acted upon, are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated.
According to THR, it’s unclear how many members are accused of block voting, who they are, or whether they’ll face expulsion from the Academy. Sources allege they were notified Wednesday afternoon shortly after the memo went out.
You can read the memo in its entirety below.
Dear Performers Peer Group Member:
The Television Academy has determined that a few members of the Performers Peer Group have engaged in or advocated for block voting in the 2019 Emmy Awards competition.
As stated in an email sent to the Performers Peer Group on April 3, 2019:
[A]ny implicit or explicit suggestion of quid pro quo and/or block voting for the Emmy competition constitutes a breach of the 2018-2019 Emmy Awards Rules & Procedures and also may be a violation of the Academy’s Code of Conduct. As such, this activity may be grounds for a member to be disqualified from participation.
Per the 2018-2019 Emmy Awards Rules & Procedures:
[M]embers found to be engaged or otherwise complicit in quid pro quo and block voting shall have any votes cast invalidated and be disqualified… The Television Academy has therefore disqualified these members from the 2019 Emmy Awards competition, invalidating both their ballot entries and any votes they may have cast. In addition, their conduct may be referred to the Conduct Review Committee for further disciplinary action.
The integrity of the Emmy competition is of paramount importance to the Television Academy. Any suggestions of voting impropriety, whether implied or acted upon, are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. The Academy will continue to investigate this matter, and will take appropriate action should other members be implicated.
Chairman & CEO
President & COO