More rule changes for Emmys

9:27 PM PST 08/04/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Execs can't vote in categories where they're nominated

Emmy-voting network executives will no longer be allowed to cast their ballot in a program category where their network has a nominee.

During the July 29 board meeting of the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences that voted to time-shift eight categories from the primetime Emmy telecast, the board also tightened its conflict-of-interest voting restrictions.

A clause added to the existing affidavit signed by Emmy voters excludes network and production company executives from voting in program categories in which their companies have a nomination.

"The overall percentage reduction of judges caused by the new restriction is about 3%, so we still have very large panels, e.g., Comedy and Drama Series are still at or above the 500-judge mark," said John Leverence, senior vp awards at the TV Academy. "Therefore the practical effect of the new restriction is at or about nil, but regardless, the Board wanted to emulate the example of Caesar's wife."
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