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Definition: Emmy from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The television equivalent of the OSCAR, first awarded by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1949. The awards, in the form of winged statuettes, are divided into comedy series, drama series and miniseries, with each of these subdivided into individual actors and actresses. The name itself is a form of Immy, a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube that formed part of early television sets. See also GRAMMY.


Summary Article: Emmy award from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US television award, established in 1949. The Primetime Emmy Awards, given by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at an annual ceremony, honour the best shows, actors, writers, directors, and creative technicians in primetime entertainment. The Daytime Emmy Awards, given by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, honour the same in daytime entertainment, as well as in sports, news, technology, and business programming.

The world Emmy comes from ‘immy’, an informal name for television's early image orthicon camera. The Emmy statuette depicts a winged woman who holds an atom; the wings represent the muse of art and the atom represents science.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also gives awards annually. The International Emmy Awards honour programmes produced outside the USA.

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