ATAS wins arbitration round


UPDATED 5:35 p.m. PT March 27, 2008

An arbitration panel favored the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in its latest ruling involving the academy's tiff with its New York-based counterpart over the creation of a Spanish-language Emmy ceremony.

The panel ruled that programming produced outside of the U.S. without an American partner would not be eligible for consideration for such an award; however, those programs are eligible for International Emmys.

The National Academy of Arts & Sciences had wanted telenovelas to be eligible for consideration since they are such a big part of the Spanish-language networks' schedules, but Los Angeles-based ATAS had argued that most of those are produced outside of the U.S. and fall under the jurisdiction of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

As it stands now, programs that would be eligible are those produced in the U.S. or those produced outside of the country with an American partner and a U.S. presale.

In a December ruling, arbitrators ruled on various issues of contention but mandated that ATAS and NATAS take more time to sort out their issues over the Spanish-language awards.

In addition, ATAS has been named as the prevailing party in the entire arbitration, which means it can seek reimbursement for its legal expenses. NATAS has appealed that ruling.