The TV Academy recently announced a rare enhancement for the iconic and beautiful Emmy statuette. The update is set to be added on the award figuirine amid the 75th anniversary of the award ceremony this September, honoring and celebrating the best in television. Apparently it took 48 proposals for the Academy to accept the changing of the statuette, along with “48 weeks of meetings, illustrations, debates, false starts and ruminating to get to the finish line,” according to Scott Buford (senior creative director for the television academy).
What will the new Emmy Statuette look like?
The intention for the redesign was supposedly to achieve an elegantly subtle look, which they certainly did manage to do. The new design includes a beautiful gold “75” inscribed at the base of the statuette. The traditionally handmade Emmy figurine is essentially six pounds and 12 ounces (3.08 kg) of copper, nickel, silver, 24-carat-gold and incredible craftmanship. The iconic winged woman is crafted in a vintage mold, after which the pieces are beautifully soldered together and affixed to the statuette. Taking five-and-a-half hours for each figurine to be created, they stand 15.5 inches tall and certainly are a sight to behold.
The figurine is so gorgeous and historic that it felt almost wrong to change it up, but the sweet inscription was definitely a thoughtful and elegant addition to the figurine to honor the 75th anniversary of the awards. “When I was first asked by the Academy’s leadership to explore altering the statuette,” commented Scott Buford, “My first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? This is like giving a nip and tuck to the Statue of Liberty or the statue of David.'”
“We were trying to find a way to honor the historic nature of the anniversary. Emmy is all about celebrating excellence, and it has been for three quarters of a century. Those standards really haven’t changed significantly regardless of what era the greatest medium on Earth has been in. In that spirit, we didn’t want to veer too far with Emmy herself.”Television Academy president and CEO, Maury McIntyre
Where can you watch the 75th Emmy Awards?
The 75th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air live from Los Angeles on September 18, 2023, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM ET (5:00-8:00 PM PT) on FOX, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay of Jesse Collins Entertainment executive producing the show. However, due to the ongoing writers’ strike, organizers are considering a number of contingency plans, including postponing the event altogether, if the strike has not been resolved by later this summer.